THE HIGH COURT by Chris Ledbetter ***Trailer -- Guest Post -- Giveaway***

The High Court 

by Chris Ledbetter

YA Fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Month 9 Books
Release date: October 16, 2018
Tour dates: April 1 to 30, 2019

Content Rating: PG (some profanity (damn, ass), no f-bombs, some kissing, no sex scenes, some violence, nothing gory or graphic)

High atop Mount Olympus, dawn breaks on a new academic term. Normalcy has returned to campus following a harrowing expedition into The Underworld to rescue kidnapped students by Zeus and his fellow Olympians. Now, as they prepare to testify in The High Court, Hyperion will be tried for the attack on Crete and death of Anytos. Kronos will stand trial for the murder of Mount Olympus Prep’s Headmaster Ouranos.

As the trials draw near, Mount Olympus Prep students and faculty are besieged repeatedly by a race of gargantuan stone and earth giants. Under heavy assault, the Olympians are forced to flee to the volcanic island of Limnos to regroup. Meanwhile, a toxic poison Zeus has carried with him since a prior fight with a dragoness, creeps toward his brain.

In a race against time and beasts, Zeus and his friends must find a way to survive not only the toxin ravaging Zeus’ body, but also the giants who grow stronger after every attack, and somehow make it to the The High Court alive.

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Guest Post 

by Chris Ledbetter

The world of The Sky Throne and The High Court

The first thing one has to know is that The Sky Throne series takes place in ancient Greece before humans, where only deities exist. The story roughly follows the plot line of Hesiod’s Theogony, wherein Kronos and Rhea have children, Kronos hears that one of his children will overthrow him, so he decides to eat them all. Rhea, having hid Zeus from ingestion, tricks Kronos into swallowing a stone. After freeing his siblings from Kronos’ belly, Zeus leads the Olympians in a war against the Titans.

The World of The Sky Throne is more expansive than first meets the eye. It’s not only about the Greek pantheon. The reader is initially introduced to Zeus on the island of Crete attending a lower academy. Soon, the world expands to include two upper academies, Mount Olympus and Othrys Hall. The stage rapidly opens to include ancient pantheons from around the world. We see a wrestling match where competitors come from Celtic and Sumerian academies.

The drama and bad blood between Mount Olympus Prep and Othrys Hall exist because Kronos had a different vision for how a school should be run. After several disagreements between Ouranos, headmaster at Mount Olympus and Kronos, Ouranos’ son and fellow professor, Mount Olympus split into two upper academies.

As a point of reference, the professors and administrators are comprised of first and second generation Titans and Primordial deities, Ouranos and his siblings, and then Kronos and his siblings. The student population, so far, includes children of the second generation of Titans, some of which are considered Olympians, some of whom are still Titans.

The High Court further pushes the worldbuilding to recognize a gathering storm of threats around the world and how they’re all connected in some way. The clashes between the Devas and Asuras in the Hindu pantheon is referenced, as well as the rising tide of conflict that leads to Ragnarok in the Norse pantheon. In other words, the Olympians are not alone in this.

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Meet the Author:

Chris Ledbetter is an award-winning author of short fiction and novels for young adults. “Jason’s Quest,” a short story retelling of the Jason and Medea Greek myth was published in the anthology, Greek Myths Revisited. His first full-length novel, Drawn earned him two awards, Library of Clean Reads Best YA 2015 and Evernight Publishing Readers’ Choice Award Best YA 2015, as well as a USA TODAY “Must Read” recommendation. His second novel, Inked, concludes that duology. The Sky Throne is his newest young adult series. It includes, thus far, The Sky Throne and The High Court.

He's a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. He now writes and lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.

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