Sons of Gods
Arthur J. Gonzalez
Publication date: January 25th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
Long ago, the wrath of the three God brothers marked the onset of the Great War. The other Gods watched in horror, until they, too, were forced to take sides. Their beloved Mt Olympus collapsed, ruin was brought to all Divine, and the Age of Darkness gripped the world in its clutches. But a group of Gods was wise, and before their impending deaths, they had crafted a pact, committing to one day rebuilding the Territories – the Heavens, Seas, and the Underworld. It would usher in the world they protected and honored out from its darkness. And from it would rise the new Greats: the Sons of Gods.
Cienzo has always had an affliction for metal and fire; never did he anticipate it would one day translate to wielding dormant powers. It is during a journey to fulfill a promise to his dying sister, that he is plunged into a dark and magical world, and where great responsibility is bestowed upon him.
Is he worthy of assuming the throne of the Territories? Can shattering steel and splitting fire change his mind?
5 of 5 Stars
In a world and time apart, Cienzo is a young man desperate to save his little sister. He is just about willing to do whatever is necessary to heal her, no matter the cost. Little does he know he's about to dive headfirst into the myths that surround his life and maybe lead him to answers that are the key to his past.
From the premise of infamous Greek gods battling over something so simple as familial love, I was hooked. In this mythological re-imagining, the gods lose their war as lines and alliances blur, until there are none left. Or so the world believes. The author made a brilliant move altering the legends we know, allowing for a brand new canvas to paint something refreshingly new. The greatest strength of this novel, for me, lies in Cienzo's devotion to his sister. While I loved the other characters, Cienzo continued to keep me invested.
I love Greek mythology, no small part due to the Hercules and Xena television shows I gobbled up as a child in the 90's. While this genre has had some resurgence thanks to Clash of the Titans and Percy Jackson in the last decade, it's rare to find such well-written and compelling re-telling's today. Heartfelt and imaginative, with characters that leap off the page, Sons of Gods finally gives us the mythological fantasy we didn't know we'd been looking for.
Arthur J. Gonzalez is a Young Adult author of the Photo Traveler series. Originally born in Miami, FL, you can now find him living on the West side in Los Angeles. If he’s not drinking coffee or playing with his adorable Schnoodle, Sookie, then he’s probably enjoying a nap. Also, he forgets the lyrics to nearly every song.