Imagine, if you will, a world where the gods of Olympus are real. They went to war, they lost the war and the survivors came to live among us.
Now imagine the lineage of those survivors and what hunts them.
This is the world that Ken Mooney presents to us in the book Godhead, the first novel in The Last Olympiad series.
In this telling of the Greek myths, demons have laid siege to Mt. Olympus, Zeus has been killed and the land is in ruin. Other gods have been killed in the ensuing battles with these demons and what set in motion the ruin of Olympus falls on one of their own- Aphrodite (guess this really means love is a bitch).
The story picks up many many years later with the descendants of those who survived the slaughter and sealing of Olympus working to keep Aphrodite from getting what she wants and that's where The Circle comes in. They're a group made of up of the surviving lines- the gods who made it out of Olympus and managed to blend in with mortal society. Their purpose is to ensure Kaos remains right where it is and Aphrodite does not carry out the full weight of her revenge. Her revenge against the gods that never truly accepted her and whose leader sent her beloved husband into a war he never should have been a part in.
While we're spared recruitment and training montages, there is still betrayal to be had. We get to see the extent a person is willing to go for their own selfish means. All it really takes is one wish of selfishness seen through the eyes of righteousness.
As this chapter closes, one wish is granted, one wish is denied and a whole lot of hell has broken loose.
I was a little skeptical on the premise of the book, but the way everything was presented was really well written. In mythology, Aphrodite was a bit of a wild card when it came to her origins and she really wasn't the most stable (but then again most of the Greek gods were a little off in their own ways), so it's easy to see her losing it and causing mayhem on an epic scale.
Can't wait to see how this story continues and book 2 is already out, so happy reading ahead!