• Skies of Olympus: Books One, Two & Three

  • The Immortality Trials, Book 1
  • By: Eliza Raine
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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Skies of Olympus: Books One, Two & Three

By: Eliza Raine
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
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Publisher's Summary

What if Hercules wasn’t the hero everyone thought he was?

His daughter, Lyssa, knows just how cruel he can be. But she has left that life behind, and now her battered smugglers ship, the Alastor, flies under everyone’s radar - just how she likes it.

The Gods have a different plan for her though. They’re about to break one of their only rules and grant a worthy hero a chance to win the ultimate prize - immortality. And Lyssa and Hercules are two of the lucky heroes offered the chance to compete.

Twelve gods, 12 realms, 12 trials. And for Lyssa, they’re about so much more than an eternal life. They’re about facing the monster from her past and stopping him from becoming truly untouchable.

She never wanted to let the world know that she inherited some of her father’s immense power. But maybe it’s time to show them all. How else can she compete with giants, centaurs, demigods, monsters, warriors, and the strongest man in Olympus?

You’ve never heard Greek mythology like this before....

©2019 Eliza Raine (P)2019 Eliza Raine

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Too much

Personally, I felt there was just too much going on. I quite enjoy Greek mythology, so I was really excited to listen to this book. Greek mythology is quite complex already between all the gods, monsters, heroes, etc. adding vampires and other mythical creatures muddies the beauty of Greek mythology. I would compare it to adding witches to a story about dinosaurs. It’s just too much and doesn’t make sense.

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The Hunger Games but with mythology

This book takes everything you know about Hercules the hero and turns it on its head. In this book, Hercules is a villain and his daughter, Lyssa, is the one who is gearing up to take down the tyrant during the Immortality Trials.

I have to be honest ... when I picked up this book, I didn't think it would fall into the YA category, but sometimes it did. I loved the premise of this book and Lyssa, Epizon, and Erix were, hands down, my favorite characters (I wanted SO much more from Erix and 'shipped Lyssa and Epizon so hard). But there were certain instances in this book were it felt like it would fall into some of the bad YA tropes (*cough* Phyleus *cough*). Overall, though it was really enjoyable and all the trials were incredibly fun. I flew right through this audiobook.

I can see why this was compared to the Hunger Games but with mythology. It hit a little too close to that series when the heroes were conscripted into the trials. Which leads me to one of my biggest questions from the book ... why were only four heroes chosen to compete in the trials if all 12 gods were supposed to select someone to compete on their behalf? What was the point of all gods picking someone if only four were going to compete anyway? I don't get why the author chose to go that route rather than just make it clear that there would be a handful of champions competing for immortality.

I absolutely loved the narrator, Elizabeth Evans. She knocked all the characters out of the park and made the entire book incredibly enjoyable.

One note on the grammar. There were some odd grammar issues, such as “they were sat.” I don’t know if it was a case of needing another once-over by an editor, a stylistic choice by the author, or the narrator accidentally saying the wrong verbs, but it definitely needs fixed. It threw me straight out of the story every time as I pondered what I just heard.

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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hunger games with Greek characters and sex

The setting is only moderately greek. characters are certainly pulled from greek mythology, but otherwise there is very little to make this story greek, so I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for that. there are airships, and (rubber) slingshots and characters wear boots instead of traditional greek garb. Monsters are actually automatons built by hephaestus. its kind of like a steampunk version of greek mythology.

this is sort of the story of Hercules, if Hercules was a jerk, the trials were the hunger games put on by the gods, and one of Hercules' surviving daughters entered in order to kill him. she is the hero by the way, and somehow the demise goddess of pleasure is an entrant.

the book is good, but, it is written like YA and then stuffed with sex, so, it's not YA, but all the characters either are teenagers or act like they are, and the plot is pretty rudimentary since it moves with the completion of each of the twelve trials. if your looking for more teenagers vs the world of immortal gods on a sky ship, then you'll enjoy it. it has a distinctive dystopian flavor to it.

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Hidden gem of a series!

I love Greek Mythology and I love retelling of classic tales, but only if they’re done well. This book does that. It’s a new twist on Hercules’s Trials. The author weaves a wonderful story that keeps you coming back for more. The narrator is fantastic as well and really breaths life into the story. Can’t wait for the rest.

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Skies of Olympus

This is a fantastic series. That takes you into a different world, its fast paced and action packed. The Author really brings these characters to life on these pages. And makes it feel so real. The Narrator does a fantastic job as well. I definitely recommend this series
Shauna Joesten


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GREAT READ!

I really enjoyed it! This book was full of action and suspense. The narration was great and will keep you entertained. The author does a great job with the character builds and plot. This was my first book by this author but definitely not my last. I look forward to the next set of this series of books coming out on audio! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Not my cup of tea

I generally really reading about Greek mythology but this story simply contains too much competition for my liking

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awesome

this is an amazing version of the God's never heard before and of Hercules as well. a must read/listen but not for children's ears.

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its a good series bordering on a nice smut novel

it very sexualized without going into sexual encounter details. Overall a great just not for my pre teen like i thought

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  • SD
  • 02-28-21

A story to binge

Honestly, this is the type of story you will wish you didn't have to stop until the end, so if you can, plan to binge read/listen.
The moto of this adventure is as random as the God's moods. They wish to have one more immortal among them, so each God will gather a team of his hero children to enter the competition. And because this has a dark version of Hercules, this too will have 12 "jobs", one for each book.
This bookset has the first 3, the lion and a race included. The fun part is having the goddess of love meddling with our heros.
The narration is very good, the only thing that I didn't like is that I keep failing to really understand if the book is talking about a vessel or a ship as in a flying boat or a spaceship. I think is the former, but I can't be sure... So I wished the hole ambience were a bit more cleverly described...

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  • Tailtrix
  • 04-07-20

very enjoyable

Really enjoyed this twist on Greek mythology. strong characters and engaging adventure, and I enjoyed listening to the narrator, good choice. Im off to buy the next 3 books.

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  • Izzybear1
  • 03-11-20

Engrossing Tale

This is an interesting and fun series of books. I really enjoy stories with Greek Mythology and I liked the twists the author put on some of the characters in this series.
The books focus on Hercules, his daughter Captain Lyssa and the rivalry between them. The two are in a competition to gain immortality and each book follows them through the trials they have to complete.
Their tale is filled with lots of action, suspense and surprises. Book three ends with a bit of a cliffhanger and now I can’t wait to find out what book four has in store for Captain Lyssa and her crew.

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  • Weirdpup13
  • 02-20-20

Interesting mix!

This story/ games of the gods is a bit different from others I’ve read! The only negative is that it jumps around from different peoples activities really quickly so in audio it’s kind of hard to keep straight.... does say like “Lyssa” before the start so I can know right away.

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  • Bluelokie
  • 12-27-19

Action and Adventure

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Skies of Olympus was a great audiobook, the story is a well written Greek mythology tale and the narrator rings the characters to life and rounds out the story as a whole. Beware, this is the first instalment of the series and ends wit a cliffhanger, I fully intend on listening to the other books in the series to find out what happens. This is a great adventure filled with life risking trials, adventure, revenge and twists and turns galore, not forgetting that cliffhanger at the end. Well worth a listen or a read to anyone interested in is genre.

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  • Tacticc
  • 03-22-22

Very good series

Awesome narrative and well written, looking forward to the rest of the series, can't wait

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  • Melia
  • 08-24-21

Fantastic!

Great start to the story. Narrator is how I found the book. Love the twist on Hercules character. 10/10