Book Title: The High Court by Chris Ledbetter
Category: YA Fiction, 290 pages
Publisher: Month 9 Books
Release date: October 16, 2018
Tour dates: April 1 to 30, 2019
Content Rating: PG (some profanity (damn, ass), no f-bombs, some kissing, no sex scenes, some violence, nothing gory or graphic)
High atop Mount Olympus, dawn breaks on a new academic term. Normalcy has returned to campus following a harrowing expedition into The Underworld to rescue kidnapped students by Zeus and his fellow Olympians. Now, as they prepare to testify in The High Court, Hyperion will be tried for the attack on Crete and death of Anytos. Kronos will stand trial for the murder of Mount Olympus Prep’s Headmaster Ouranos.
As the trials draw near, Mount Olympus Prep students and faculty are besieged repeatedly by a race of gargantuan stone and earth giants. Under heavy assault, the Olympians are forced to flee to the volcanic island of Limnos to regroup. Meanwhile, a toxic poison Zeus has carried with him since a prior fight with a dragoness, creeps toward his brain.
In a race against time and beasts, Zeus and his friends must find a way to survive not only the toxin ravaging Zeus’ body, but also the giants who grow stronger after every attack, and somehow make it to the The High Court alive.
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I loved the first, and this sequel turned out to be even better! I love Ledbetter’s take on mythology, and really enjoyed seeing this version of Zeus and the gods around him. I’m always a fan of academy type settings, especially in a mythology/fantasy/paranormal setting, and this one goes above that, taking well known names and showing them in their youth. As with the first book, I loved the characters and story in this series, and the setting is well done and I’m excited to read more!
- In 10 words or less, how would you describe THE SKY THRONE?
Zeus origin story. Actually, Greek Olympian gods: Origins.
- Why do you love writing? When did you first have a love for writing, and how was it formed?
The first thing I love about writing is what we all love about reading, which is the ability to escape the real world and experience life as someone else. When I sit down to write, I am immediately transported. It’s very much like sliding a virtual reality headset down over my eyes. I began writing in 2006, almost as a dare to myself and fell in love with it ever since.
- Who are your favorite authors, and which ones have had an impact on you? Who has affected your writing style the most?
My favorite authors are James Dashner, Jennifer Donnelly, Dan Brown, Laini Taylor, Paulo Coelho, Heather Petty, Kim Harnes, Tracy Clark. They’ve all helped to inspire and shape my writing in one form or another.
- What are your favorite genres to read and write? What are your favorite books?
I like fantasy the most. Page-turning thrillers like Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons are also very high from a contemporary perspective.
- What do you do when you’re not writing? Is writing a part-time or full-time job?
When I’m not writing, I’m coaching my daughter in soccer or playing video games. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is the new favorite game. And yes, I do have a full-time job as a restaurant manager. I dream of writing full time one day.
- Which Greek myth or character is your favorite? If you were a Greek god, who would you be?
I love Greek mythology so much. It’s difficult to choose an overall favorite story. I am slightly partial to the Heracles myths revolving around the twelve labors, as well as Jason and the Golden Fleece.
- Your book revolves around a teenage Zeus who attends an academy on Mount Olympus. Do you love Greek mythology, and if so why?
Mythology is comfort food for the soul. Reading these stories is like eating hot apple pie topped by vanilla ice cream… or whatever your favorite food is. Myths tap into the pleasure center of our brains with tall tales about larger than life characters in otherworldly settings. Ancient deities were the first superheroes.
- Which character was the easiest to write, and who was the hardest to write?
All the Olympians were pretty easy to write except for Hestia. There aren’t nearly as many stories containing her as there are for other Olympians. The source material simply wasn’t plentiful for her. But I absolutely adore how she turned out.
- What is your go-to cure for writer’s block?
I don’t run into writer’s block too much. But when I do, physical activity helps. Going for a walk or a short run always shakes loose the cobwebs.
- Your other books, DRAWN and INKED of the TERRA SEMPRE SAGA, features a protagonist who really loves art. Are you also an artist, or do you like to look at other people’s art? What art media do you like the best?
I am a sketch artist to a very small degree. I *can* sketch, but I’m not nearly as good as my characters in DRAWN and INKED.
- Where is your favorite place to read or write?
I wish I had a “writing cave” per se. I write pretty much on my corner of the couch in the living room. Nothing glamorous about that. I need to put a writing cave shed in my back yard or something. Haha.
- Do you have any tips to any aspiring authors or writers?
Read widely in your genre. Write, and write some more. Keep writing even when you don’t feel like it. You can’t revise an empty page. Join at least one well respected association that corresponds to the genre in which you wish to write.
Chris Ledbetter is an award-winning author of short fiction and novels for young adults. “Jason’s Quest,” a short story retelling of the Jason and Medea Greek myth was published in the anthology, Greek Myths Revisited. His first full-length novel, Drawn earned him two awards, Library of Clean Reads Best YA 2015 and Evernight Publishing Readers’ Choice Award Best YA 2015, as well as a USA TODAY “Must Read” recommendation. His second novel, Inked, concludes that duology. The Sky Throne is his newest young adult series. It includes, thus far, The Sky Throne and The High Court.
He’s a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. He now writes and lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram