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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Adventure, 25 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: Pegasus and the Flame: Pegasus: Book One (Kindle Edition)
Just finished this book and I really enjoyed it. This is the story of thirteen year old Emily and how her life is turned upside down when the magical Pegasus lands on the roof of the apartment where she lives. In the midst of a New York blackout Emily must try to save the injured Pegasus and workout why he is in New York and why nowhere is safe. Emily enlists the help of Joel a difficult boy from school and realises that they have more in common than they would have ever realised as they tell each other about their lives whilst trying to keep Pegasus and themselves safe from danger. The story is fairly fast paced and gripping, the characters are soon on the run both from the evil Nirads who want to kill both Emily and Pegasus, and more interestingly but perhaps as evil the CRU, a secret government agency.
This book mixes modern life with characters from Roman mythology, Pegasus, Jupiter, Diana, Apollo etc. and makes an exciting mixture of the two as Emily and Joel are entrusted with saving both their own world and Olympus from the Nirads.
I enjoyed the inclusion of the CRU as it made for an interesting section in the book as the characters are waylaid by this strange and awful organisation.
This was a good adventure story that I would definitely recommend. If you enjoyed the mythology side of the Percy Jackson books then you'll enjoy this as well. The book has a few unanswered questions but does have an appropriate ending so no nasty cliffhanger, looking forward to the sequel.
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Initial post: 9 Mar 2011 18:02:23 GMT
Please allow me to make a correction: It's actually Greek mythology, not Roman...The fact that the Romans decided to change the names of some of the Greek Gods (Diana for Artemis, Venus for Aphrodite etc) doesn't make the mythology Roman. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2011 07:22:22 BDT
A. Simmons says:
In the book someone does say that it's Greek mythology. But one of the main characters, who is originally from Rome, says he prefers Roman since that's where he's from. Also I'm a Classical Studies graduate and it wasn't simply a case of changing the names from the Greek gods and goddess to the Roman ones. The Romans adapted the Greek gods and goddesses but there were some changes to their characters and attributes, not simply the names. So the Roman gods and goddesses were not simply Greek ones with Roman names, there were quite a lot of differences.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2011 16:00:34 BDT
I am a Ancient History graudate and I have spent a lot of time studying Greek and Roman culture and I can state quite confidently than Roman and Greek mythologies are not the same. The Romans actually had their own deities but they admired the Greek deities so much that they decided to incorporate them with some of them rather than wipe them out when they conquered. Also, the tales of the Roman gods versus the tales of Greek gods have been known to vary as have their aspects, they are not quite mirror images of each other.
The Roman gods were more personifications of ideas above anything else e.g Vulcan for fire, Mars for War, whilst the Greek gods had families and personalities so that the people could relate to and understand them better, something which the Romans certainly did take on board.
To say they are the same however is false, Jupiter existed before the Romans came across Zeus as did many other immortals in Roman mythology.
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