Rating: High Four
Who I'd Recommend to: Fans of Percy Jackson, Wings of Fire, and the Land of Stories.
Synopsis (from Amazon):
The ancient rivalry between the Olympians and the Titans has been rekindled. However, this time the Titans have a secret weapon—a weapon that rivals the Flame of Olympus. The balance of power is tipped in Saturn’s favor now that he has found his own Flame of Titus. Olympus is almost in his grasp! And just when the Olympians need Emily most, she finds her own grip on the flame weakening.
If Emily is going to save Olympus, she will have to save herself first. To do so, she and Pegasus must head to the Diamond Head volcano in Hawaii to track down the one thing that can rescue Olympus…but can they get there before the Titans or the CRU beat them to it?
On to the more positive stuff: I really loved the character of Lorin. At times, her obsession with Paelen got a little strange for me, as a reader, but it wasn't a major part of the story. It almost felt like the author threw that in there to add to Lorin's motivation, but like I said, it wasn't really necessary. Emily happens to be one of my favorite characters from all the books I've read, because she's really someone you want to look up to and respect. She has this amazing power, which she could abuse and use to threaten Olympus and take over, but that thought never once crosses her mind. She's brave, strong, and extremely caring and loving... which makes her human, realistic, and relatable. Kate O'Hearn really has outdone herself with Emily, because at times I feel like she might actually be real, wandering the streets of Honolulu somewhere.... :) And of course, Paelen, Joel, Pegasus, and surprisingly, Chiron (who was in the story a lot) were all amazing, too. I also enjoyed how O'Hearn added in some of the Hawaiian goddesses to create higher stakes. Overall, a wonderful addition to this story, but again, I felt something was missing from the other books.