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Sparta forged her into a deadly weapon. Now the gods need her to save the world! Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis—who holds Daphne's brother's fate in her hands—upends the life she's worked Sparta forged her into a deadly weapon. Now the gods need her to save the world! Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis—who holds Daphne's brother's fate in her hands—upends the life she's worked so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have been stolen from Mount Olympus, and if Daphne cannot find them, the gods' waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother's life will be forfeit. Guided by Artemis's twin—the handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god Apollo—Daphne's journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the riddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves. A reinterpretation of the classic Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo, Daughter of Sparta, by debut author Claire M. Andrews turns the traditionally male-dominated mythology we know into a heart-pounding and empowering female-led adventure.


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Sparta forged her into a deadly weapon. Now the gods need her to save the world! Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis—who holds Daphne's brother's fate in her hands—upends the life she's worked Sparta forged her into a deadly weapon. Now the gods need her to save the world! Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis—who holds Daphne's brother's fate in her hands—upends the life she's worked so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have been stolen from Mount Olympus, and if Daphne cannot find them, the gods' waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother's life will be forfeit. Guided by Artemis's twin—the handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god Apollo—Daphne's journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the riddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves. A reinterpretation of the classic Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo, Daughter of Sparta, by debut author Claire M. Andrews turns the traditionally male-dominated mythology we know into a heart-pounding and empowering female-led adventure.

30 review for Daughter of Sparta

  1. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    this story is basically the entire percy jackson series and all the greek myths squeezed into one book. obviously, i approve. lol. this is a really entertaining story and i think readers who enjoy quest-based plots will have a lot of fun with it. i really enjoyed how this shows the fickle, almost cruel, nature of the gods. their characters arent downplayed at all and i found the unsoftened portrayal of them to be refreshing. i think it helps that daphne is a total boss and can hold her own against this story is basically the entire percy jackson series and all the greek myths squeezed into one book. obviously, i approve. lol. this is a really entertaining story and i think readers who enjoy quest-based plots will have a lot of fun with it. i really enjoyed how this shows the fickle, almost cruel, nature of the gods. their characters arent downplayed at all and i found the unsoftened portrayal of them to be refreshing. i think it helps that daphne is a total boss and can hold her own against them. overall, this is a riveting adventure story, full of myths and legends, heroes and villains, gods and mortals. and its only the first book! this series is going to be a wild ride. ↠ 4.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Booktastically Amazing

    ~Special thanks to Netgalley and Jimmy Patterson Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!~ When you find a book that you actually like, and you just stand there. Bamboozled. -Booksy, 2021 I can honestly say, I squealed for about five minutes after having found out that they actually let me read this. Rating: 🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪 4.7 awestruck stabby stabby fwends I need Dr. Booksy to take the floor now because Booksy is crying in pain as to why this had to end. *cleans glasses* *clears throat aggressively ~Special thanks to Netgalley and Jimmy Patterson Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!~ When you find a book that you actually like, and you just stand there. Bamboozled. -Booksy, 2021 I can honestly say, I squealed for about five minutes after having found out that they actually let me read this. Rating: 🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪 4.7 awestruck stabby stabby fwends I need Dr. Booksy to take the floor now because Booksy is crying in pain as to why this had to end. *cleans glasses* *clears throat aggressively* *adopts a British accent* Known data: Booksy willingly chose to keep this book in the 'Currently Reading' pile, for about three days. Unknown data: What the heck did she try to accomplish??? Three days later, she's still a mess. Hypothesis: Booksy needs help. This book was without a doubt, a blessing. It was such an extremely enthralling story, filled with gripping action that left my 3 am self (welcome back, my love) in a state of shock. Apart from that, of course, I must mention that I gasped in horror/betrayed/heartbroken/YASS GIRL about six thousand and twelve times, because UM HOW COULD I NOT. (Dr. Booksy is a guest, not the driver. All caps belong to Booksy. Forgive her intrusion) The book obviously had some things I disliked, but they are so little and so rarely present, I dare not take it out from Why Did This Happen Arsenal. Ha! Smart being, 'tis I. The lack of actual want to do other things besides, sleep, cry and eat, have forced me to actually sit my butt down and write this. The writing , y'all. It was splendid and so very delicious. Forget about a snack, it was a whole MEAL. I had a CRUSH on this writing. I was MARRIED to it. You get it, right? The descriptions were exquisite, the way certain things were handled, like the pace, and feel of the story were staggeringly amazing. And best of all? I remember none of the, 'Not like other girls'. You want to know why? Because GUESS WHAT! All of the female species found in between the pages of this story actually had a certain degree of personality and vigor to do something else than just be present. Which as you know, I absolutely adore. What else can I say about the writing... hmmm... oh! I NEED MORE OF IT. So, let's talk a bit about the plot. Oh, how I wish I COULD SPOIL, DANG IT. It was so astoundingly well-thought-out. The way it all started, from beginning to oh so bittersweet end, left me craving for more. And not because I NEEDED more, regarding the details and such. But because I NEEDED AND WANTED MORE. All the little clues, and masterfully placed questions and intriguing conclusions. I couldn't believe what I was reading- a book with an actual PLOT. The twists and descriptions left my heart feeling full, forgetting the fact that I do not have one. A heart, that is. All the things had a purpose, which I loved and had actual meaningfulness to the story. Picture this, try not to breathe for two hours. That's how it felt. And no, I don't mean in Basic YA Breath Holding. That's another topic for another time. Next on, because if I stay too long in a section, I'll somehow convince myself to 'take a break' and return in 'five minutes'. Y'all KNOW those five minutes feel like three and turn out to be five hours at the end of the day. Pfft, I don't know how I've survived this long without getting sued for Endangerment to Productive Beings. The characters. My PEOPLE, the characters were so GOOD! I was annoyed and feeling like I had been smack down with a truck at the same time, because of how surprised and flabbergasted they made me feel. Well, most of the characters, of course. We can't have it all, it's against the rules of Life. I was stupid enough to google Daphne (who is the MC , by the way ) and basically decided to read her whole life history. Which included spoilers. LOTS OF DANG SPOILERS. So yes, I would recommend not doing that. The crushing sense of disappointment that will invade your soul afterwards, will taste like your parent's stories of when they were young and literally had to walk across the Pacific Ocean to get to school. *sigh* That makes incredible SeNsE, naturally. You know what WASN'T natural? How an amazing MC this girl turned out to be. See, I am sure all of you have experienced a certain satisfaction when the main character in a novel (be it YA or otherwise) actually has a spine and is willingly to pull it out and use it as a sword to cut people's heads off. Metaphorically, obviously. Unless you count this girl, I don't think the word 'metaphorically' existed in her vocabulary. And oh my goodness, did I LOVE it. Since it is an ARC, I'm not going to be able to quote this wonderful human being, so I'll have to deal with describing her in three words. 1.) Warrior 2.) Slightly arrogant (with reason, because, COME ON) 3.) Stabby The rest of the cast characters were wonderful in their utmost detailing (Dr. Booksy is slightly drunk on chocolate). It was full of color, and flamboyant sarcasm. For which I live for. Again, I cannot delve in too much into each and every one. So I'll just state the following: All of them were well constructed, all of them had a story, also, ALLL of them were a LOT of characters. I advise you to keep a mental notebook handy and Wikipedia ready to be googled. Oh! And don't forget, THERE ARE GODS AND MYTHOLOGY AND GOSH DARNIT I NEEDED MORE. Alas, I will never be satisfied, satisfied, satisfieeeeddd. *smirk* The romance was good. No, it was GREAT. Why? Because it was barely present. *smile like nobody is out for you* I suggest that if you're looking for something that will make your toes curl (and not because of all the action. Although those are the best) would very honestly advise you to find another book slightly more... romantically focused. Don't get me wrong, it was sweet and swoony, and cute, and bloody (don't mind that last one). But it isn't anything to make your nonexistent heart go for a run. Scratch that, sometimes it went for a sprint. With a rain shower nearby to cool down. On a closing note , the action was a palpable delight, the characters were a whole buffet and of course, the whole story was amazing from start to wonderful finale. Did it have flaws? Yes, and I don't mean the grammar or anything. But I think that in the mood I was in when I read this, that specific subject was not of importance to me. The book actually lived up to the hype which I'll forever be grateful for. I just realized y'all. IT ACTUALLY LIVED UP TO THE HYPE. I recommend this to people whose expectations have slightly lowered but are still sky-high (if that makes sense) and actually want to enjoy their next read. If you're not a fan of an overly enthusiastic fast-paced book, then um... maybe don't read this. Also, if you actually have plans before reading this book, please cancel them. It will help your mental facilities to cope. I think. Although I never have plans, since I'm extremely antisocial and socially awkwar- Disclaimer: Any and all opinions said up there are my own, and please feel free to call me out for any errors or any offensive comments, so I can get right on it and get it fixed! P.S: The mythology . I need a moment. I have no clue whether it was accurate nor if it had misconceptions, but really? I'm just glad it wasn't boring. I can't with this. I literally can't. *fans mascara less puny eyelashes* It was so beautifully crafted, and I got flustered on multiple occasions because of how much I enjoyed reading about it. Now, I'll go compulsively add mythology books to my TBR, thank you very much- Oh! AND THANK YOU FOR READING THIS, SERIOUSLY. THANK YOU. It's been a looong while since I've sounded so optimistic during a review. It's creeping me out. ------------------------Previous Review------------------ Your ARC for Daughter of Sparta has been accepted Publishers: Me:

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    One of my most anticipated releases for 2021 and I have to say that it was a disappointment :( I'm a sucker for Greek Mythology. Even more so for enemies-to-lovers, so when I heard that Daughter of Sparta included both of which I loved -- well to say that I was excited is an understatement. Unfortunately these high expectations I had were not met *depressed* “You think we gods play such petty games with our powers, but they are nothing compared to the games mortals would play with just a s One of my most anticipated releases for 2021 and I have to say that it was a disappointment :( I'm a sucker for Greek Mythology. Even more so for enemies-to-lovers, so when I heard that Daughter of Sparta included both of which I loved -- well to say that I was excited is an understatement. Unfortunately these high expectations I had were not met *depressed* “You think we gods play such petty games with our powers, but they are nothing compared to the games mortals would play with just a small fraction of them.” Daphne and her brothers have always been considered as outcasts in the face of the Spartans. Longing to be accepted by her people, Daphne will do anything for them despite how they've treated her. When an encounter with Artemis leads Daphne to find out that her brother has been cursed, she'll have to go on a mission to do Artemis's bidding lest she lose her brother forever. But of course, Artemis is oh so kind enough to offer the help of her very own brother the irony, the one and only, Apollo. And so the journey begins with Daphne and Apollo travelling around places to retrieve the items Artemis has demanded for -- and whether or not Daphne is able to get them... well the fate of the world rests in her hands, no pressure at all. It sounds really interesting, right? Especially having a god as a companion?? And not just any god, but Apollo??? Yeah... I wish I could say it was done amazingly. Idk maybe I just have the worst attention span known to humanity but I kept putting the book down and doing other things. Like I didn't really care enough to read the book and was quite bored a lot of the time. And it's funny because there's like a lot of action but I just wasn't invested enough?? It was all pretty underwhelming :/ "Good strategy is a matter of perspective. One is only strong as the other is weak." The characters were pretty amazing though. The way Daphne spoke in such a sophisticated way omg so many good quotes coming from her. And she's arrogant but not in the annoying way. I love Daphne's strength and her love for her people even though they treat her terribly And the way the author doesn't stress the fact that she's nOt LiKe OtHeR gIrLs because of her powers and mission. My respect📈 Apollo was... Apollo. Nothing new there of course. His charming personality had me swooning at times but also I was distrustful of him throughout the whole book... so that definitely didn't have me loving him. The side characters I adored -- Lykou and Theseus were really fun and sweet, although I didn't really hold much of an attachment for the two. Honestly, none of the characters had me with the "I would die for them" feeling which is pretty sad but oh well. I really liked Daphne and Apollo as individuals but to be honest, I didn't really ship them... like their bantering was perfect and hilarious but I just cannot ship the two because my mind kept thinking of all the ways Apollo might be playing with her feelings or something since he's, you know, a god -- and as they say, never trust the Greek Gods👀 The romance in general wasn't really a huge focus. It was all on Daphne's journey to rescue the Muses and her character growth throughout the story. I wouldn't even have been able to enjoy the romance much anyways considering how suspicious I was of Apollo lol. Okay, also something I've noticed for a long time in literally every Greek mythology book I've read- 🛑!!spoilers below!!🛑 Why oh why is the villain always Ares. Like I'm not even surprised anymore when a character says "There's a traitor in Olympus" -- like please don't even bother saying that when I already know it's going to be Ares. And of course that's literally what happened here🤡 Poor Ares, always being picked on and turned into the villain🥺 Like I get why it makes sense that Ares would be the villain in novels but like?? CHOOSE ANOTHER GOD. It's not even a mystery anymore😭 It's so old. I'd love for the villain to be someone I'd least expect, just please And Theseus's death was so underwhelming💀 I only found him slightly interesting but I didn't care much for him, so his death was not really sad. Oh but the way Apollo got rejected by Daphne in the end has me wheezing I can't it's too funny omg. GO DAPHNE BAHAHA 🛑!!spoilers end!!🛑 Anyway, I do feel like I was slightly scammed by that synopsis because I mean?? Reading the blurb had me so hyped, and the book really had so much potential but just the execution fell flat for me. Also I can't believe this was actually going to only be a standalone at first with that ending?? Thankfully there's going to be another book. I just hope I enjoy it much more than this. ____ Pre-read Review: Apollo as a love interest is something i never knew i needed in my life🥺🥺

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sofia

    Did somebody say... SPARTA and FEMALE WARRIORS and GREEK GODS and ENEMIES TO LOVERS??? *punches TBR button with fist*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    Spartans don’t fear death. Death fears them. ✅ Mythology / Gods ✅ Action ✅ Plot ✅ Fast pace ✅ Kickass main character 🆗 Hate-to-love (kind of) / Romance Daphne is a young woman living with her two brothers and adoptive parents in Sparta. She is not seen as a true Spartan, however, and will forever remain a mothakes, a non-spartan who is not allowed as many liberties as true-spartans are. Daphne spent her life training and fighting, hoping to one day be seen as something more than a mothakes Spartans don’t fear death. Death fears them. ✅ Mythology / Gods ✅ Action ✅ Plot ✅ Fast pace ✅ Kickass main character 🆗 Hate-to-love (kind of) / Romance Daphne is a young woman living with her two brothers and adoptive parents in Sparta. She is not seen as a true Spartan, however, and will forever remain a mothakes, a non-spartan who is not allowed as many liberties as true-spartans are. Daphne spent her life training and fighting, hoping to one day be seen as something more than a mothakes. When she has the opportunity to take her brother's place in a ceremonial race to catch a stag and bring the gods favor and good harvest to the land, she decides to go with it, hoping that she might gain status and recognition, but little does she know her life is about to change drastically. The gods are just and cruel, beloved and feared. Ligeia insists that the gods are so merciless because they love us, that they only want us to better ourselves. I believe it’s because the gods are envious of us. They will never understand the beauty of watching the day pass and knowing that it could perhaps be your last. They will never experience the bitter taste of fear as it floods your senses or the sometimes bittersweet ache of pain. They also fear us because they understand that whipped backs will always heal, and eventually, they will no longer bow. At the behest of Artemis, and under the threat of never getting her brother back, Daphne is forced in a quest to recover mysterious items that were stolen from Olympus, but will thankfully have the help of Artemis's twin, the gorgeous Apollo. This book is full of action and ancient Greek myths and legends. It's fast-paced, and our heroes barely have the time to catch their breath before another problem appears. They are either fighting monsters or trying to escape them, solving riddles and battling gods. I have to admit that I am far from being an expert on Greek mythology, but I enjoyed the details of the Greek folklore that were weaved into the story, the author definitely knows her facts about Olympus and its inhabitants and a great deal of research has clearly gone into this book. “You found pleasure in my pain! You enjoyed watching me fall!” I roared, darkness flooding my vision. “Now watch me rise!” The story is told from Daphne's point of view, and I have to say that I loved her fiery personality. She is proud, strong, and stubborn, and she has quite a temper. She is also very determined and resilient, no matter how hard it gets or how much she wishes to go home and forget about the whole ordeal, she pushes through and emerges stronger than before. Apollo first appears as an arrogant (and sexy) god who can be quite a flirt, but he shows a more vulnerable and almost human side as the story progresses, which I liked. “You should not have accepted his gift,” Apollo mutters, turning back to the horses. “Why should I trust you and not him?” “You should know better, Daphne, than to trust any of the gods.” The kind of hate-to-love relationship between Daphne and Apollo was expected since this is a loose retelling of Apollo and Daphne's story, but I find that it lacked depth and development. Daphne was wary of Apollo, and with reason since gods are known to be cruel and to disregard human lives sometimes, but after that, I didn't really feel the change between them. Apollo was annoying Daphne, they went through a few adventures together, survived a few life-or-death situations, and suddenly they were kissing, she was feeling all giddy and he was professing his undying love for her... (view spoiler)[I am actually happy that they don't end up together, I would have been disappointed if Daphne decided to just roll with it and remain with Apollo. (hide spoiler)] This is a great book for fans of mythology and YA. There is action, intrigue, a little bit of romance, and a powerful main character... I am going to read the next book for sure! 😁 On a side note... I had to brush up on my greek mythology while reading this book. Here is a crash course on what (or rather who) you need to know to better understand this book : - Artemis and Apollo: twins, children of Zeus and the Titan Leto. Apollo is the god of music, poetry, light, prophecy, and medicine, and Artemis is the goddess of hunting. - Ares: son of Zeus and Hera, god of war - Hermes : son of Zeus and the Pleiad Maia - Demeter is the goddess of agriculture and fertility and the mother of Persephone. - Minos: King of Crete, son of Zeus and Europa - Pasiphae: immortal daughter of the sun god Helios and Perseis - Ariadne: daughter of Minos and Pasiphae - Minotaur: son of Pasiphae and the Cretan bull (although it seems as if he is the son of Pasiphae and Minos in the book? As I said, I am not an expert in greek mythology...) - The Nine Muses are goddesses of the art and the sources of all knowledge. They are also the caretakers of Hesperides, the source of all the power of Olympus.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Helena Paris

    I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. - Ancient Greek setting - Daphne on a quest - Artemis, Apollo, etc - The GODS THEMSELVES, YAY!!! - And even better...ENEMIES TO LOVERS!!! I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. - Ancient Greek setting - Daphne on a quest - Artemis, Apollo, etc - The GODS THEMSELVES, YAY!!! - And even better...ENEMIES TO LOVERS!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    this book has ENEMIES TO LOVERS TO ENEMIES?!!!?!!!?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I might be a bit biased, but this book changed my life!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tani

    I'm all here for Daphne spilling the blood tea on the Greek gods. I'm all here for Daphne spilling the blood tea on the Greek gods.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Zoraida

    Daphne and Apollo is one of my favorite myths. This is definitely a fun reimagining of the classics. I don't know if this will be accuarate for everyone but it gave me the high action Xena vibes I missed from when I was a kid! Also, Apollo has my heart. Daphne and Apollo is one of my favorite myths. This is definitely a fun reimagining of the classics. I don't know if this will be accuarate for everyone but it gave me the high action Xena vibes I missed from when I was a kid! Also, Apollo has my heart.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    Rating ~2.5? I really wanted to love this one, but sadly did not. I didn’t care for the romance and overall the events that took place just felt far too easy. It shouldn’t feel so easy to best the gods, who all the mortals claim to be so clever. The greatest indicator that the book did not resonate with me is that I don’t feel all that compelled to pick up the sequel. Might I eventually pick it up? Possibly. But I’m not at the edge of my seat rearing and eager to do so. This book feels forgettab Rating ~2.5? I really wanted to love this one, but sadly did not. I didn’t care for the romance and overall the events that took place just felt far too easy. It shouldn’t feel so easy to best the gods, who all the mortals claim to be so clever. The greatest indicator that the book did not resonate with me is that I don’t feel all that compelled to pick up the sequel. Might I eventually pick it up? Possibly. But I’m not at the edge of my seat rearing and eager to do so. This book feels forgettable and in a sea of many books/series I hope to read, some of which are piling up on my bedroom floor, it’ll likely be lost and forgotten.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beenish

    I'm obviously going to read this because Madeline Miller has given me a taste of Greek mythology that I just cannot turn away from. Plus, female-led adventure? I'm in! Who doesn't like a born-to-be-a-warrior female protagonist? I'm obviously going to read this because Madeline Miller has given me a taste of Greek mythology that I just cannot turn away from. Plus, female-led adventure? I'm in! Who doesn't like a born-to-be-a-warrior female protagonist?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Claude's Bookzone

    DNF 51% I might try this another time. It has everything I love, but for some reason I'm just not drawn to the characters. DNF 51% I might try this another time. It has everything I love, but for some reason I'm just not drawn to the characters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Ruth (I need all the book boyfriends please)

    Thank you Netgalley and Little Brown Books for this incredible arc! Daphne is a young woman living with her brothers and adoptive parents in Sparta. However, she is not seen as a true Spartan but as a kind of Outcast. Daphne has the opportunity to take her brothers place in a popular race to catch a stag and return with the garland it's wearing. Little does she know her life is about to change when she meets Artemis and agrees to help her. This book is about an incredible quest full of danger an Thank you Netgalley and Little Brown Books for this incredible arc! Daphne is a young woman living with her brothers and adoptive parents in Sparta. However, she is not seen as a true Spartan but as a kind of Outcast. Daphne has the opportunity to take her brothers place in a popular race to catch a stag and return with the garland it's wearing. Little does she know her life is about to change when she meets Artemis and agrees to help her. This book is about an incredible quest full of danger and bringing to life the thrilling myths and legends of ancient Greek Mythology. I definitely recommend this for fans of Mythology and young adult fantasy. There is something for everyone here; romance, conflict, prophesy, a powerful female warrior and the amazing depictions of Greek gods and goddesses. Definitely check this one out!

  15. 4 out of 5

    AziaMinor

    Overall Rating : B "A well-matched army may battle for years, even decades, numbers diminished by foolish actions, battles won by wise men. But even the most powerful army can fall from a single misstep." I'm loving this whole "Greek-retelling" stories, and this was a good addition to all the other books coming out. But like with most Greek stories, this was mostly focused on the quest instead of the characters. People introduced - even gods - are there and gone with barely a nod. Even the main ch Overall Rating : B "A well-matched army may battle for years, even decades, numbers diminished by foolish actions, battles won by wise men. But even the most powerful army can fall from a single misstep." I'm loving this whole "Greek-retelling" stories, and this was a good addition to all the other books coming out. But like with most Greek stories, this was mostly focused on the quest instead of the characters. People introduced - even gods - are there and gone with barely a nod. Even the main characters seemed one-dimensional, never going farther than the most basic of emotions. Daphne was a good protagonist, but she could've been a great one with just a bit more work. And don't get me started on Apollo(talk about ego to the extreme.) The story left off at an okay spot, but since there's a second book coming out, maybe it'll make more sense. And it looks like it'll be even more action than this one

  16. 4 out of 5

    Valerie May

    3.95 stars I am so thankful that the kind of plot twist I've been avoiding is not in this book! This book is so full of adventures with like little to no time at all for the MCs to rest. It's fast-paced. It's like an enemy or a problem, or an adventure appears quick enough one after another. If you can consider fighting to death, escaping, solving riddles, battling monsters, gods, bandits, and whatnot an adventure, that is. The romance is not that intense, a bit lacking in my opinion, especially 3.95 stars I am so thankful that the kind of plot twist I've been avoiding is not in this book! This book is so full of adventures with like little to no time at all for the MCs to rest. It's fast-paced. It's like an enemy or a problem, or an adventure appears quick enough one after another. If you can consider fighting to death, escaping, solving riddles, battling monsters, gods, bandits, and whatnot an adventure, that is. The romance is not that intense, a bit lacking in my opinion, especially in the ending. A lot of adventures. Camaraderie is present. Writing style can be still improved, I think. Another one thing I like about it is it doesn't really have a plot twist (maybe in the second installment? idk) but it has so much going on. The pacing was good, was well thought out and polished well, despite it being fast-paced. Andrews was able to write this straightforward, leaving little parts or scenes for the unnecessary unlike other fast-paced stories out there. Like almost ALL that happened in this story were important and were sequenced carefully. The MC's learned what they need to do, off they go, travelled, duty-calls, met with some bad luck, rescues, then the ending. I like that about this book, since many authors nowadays are vying to put a plot twist in middle or end just to get readers hooked, shocked, or whatever desired effect they want. (Don't get me wrong, I still love and want plot twist and to be shocked and surprised). It's like the flow of this story is natural. Before this book, I have not read any fictional/fantasy book about the Olympian gods except for Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson & the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus. So my impression and how I was trying to picture the gods while reading this are entirely different to who they are in this book (characteristics & attitude-wise). I had a bit of a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that they are not as much as ridiculous as I thought they would be. Which is somehow a good thing because that had made it a little more realistic. I just kept wondering though, how does Daphne start spilling her tears right away? Wasn't there supposed to be like watery eyes or blurred vision first or something before tears start pouring down her face?? Many thanks to the publisher for the e-ARC thru Edelweiss. This review is based in an advance reader's copy, so there might be some changes in the published book. Will try to read the published one and give it a review too.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ☀︎El In Oz☀︎

    Okay y’all but enemies to lovers to enemies?????? My feelings are gonna become so messed omg😭 Greek Mythology inspired with a quest, what more do you need to convince you to read this?? Edit September 23: that cover ain’t it for me, but maybe it’ll grow on me this sounds fantastic

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leanne

    This is by no means a bad book, but I think it would've benefitted from a slightly slower pace. I think the author should've spent more time on character development, because as it is, I wasn't super invested in any of the characters. There was some excellent retelling of the Greek myths. but I was occasionally frustrated by Daphne's character, and her romance with Apollo felt off to me. This is by no means a bad book, but I think it would've benefitted from a slightly slower pace. I think the author should've spent more time on character development, because as it is, I wasn't super invested in any of the characters. There was some excellent retelling of the Greek myths. but I was occasionally frustrated by Daphne's character, and her romance with Apollo felt off to me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    Thanks to the publisher for the free copy of this book! This action-packed book follows Daphne as she's recruited to save the powers of Olympus and save the life of her brother and maybe lover. But if you're looking for a close resemblance to the Greek myth, you won't get it. But that's OK. I had loose knowledge of the tale ( I had to wiki it soon after finishing the book lol) so this was all new to me. I loved how to changed and I loved the liberties the author took in this retelling. I found th Thanks to the publisher for the free copy of this book! This action-packed book follows Daphne as she's recruited to save the powers of Olympus and save the life of her brother and maybe lover. But if you're looking for a close resemblance to the Greek myth, you won't get it. But that's OK. I had loose knowledge of the tale ( I had to wiki it soon after finishing the book lol) so this was all new to me. I loved how to changed and I loved the liberties the author took in this retelling. I found the book intriguing and I absolutely loved Daphne's voice. I thought or sure this book would be bogged down with description and mythology but it was all very fun. Daphne is the best protagonist; she's determined, fierce, and brave and she deeply loves her family and her friends. She wants so badly to be accepted into Spartan society, but as an adoptee and an outsider (nvm being a woman), she's seen as nothing but an outlier. She takes no s&^t especially from the arrogant Apollo, who accompanies her on her quest. The mystery of her past still haunts her, and she continues to gain clues on who her parents truly were. If you're wondering whether there are some awesome Greek monsters and my answer is HECK YES there is. I don't know what I would have done if there weren't. Claire's writing is not flowery or weighed down; it flows easily. The pacing is good and the twists and turns will surely knock your socks off. There isn't a lot of romance which, by the end, sorta disappointed me BUT I respect that Daphne has other things to worry about. Girl's got a life. Overall, I loved this book! I cannot wait to read what else Claire has in store for Daphne's story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2021/06/06/... If you’re a fan of YA fiction and Greek myths, then you’re in luck. Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews is a reimagining of the tale of Daphne and Apollo, taking readers on an adventure which puts them up close and personal with some of Greek mythology’s most famous legends and figures, including the Minotaur and the labyrinth, the riddles of the Sphinx, Hippolyta of the Amazons, and many, many more. The novel begins 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2021/06/06/... If you’re a fan of YA fiction and Greek myths, then you’re in luck. Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews is a reimagining of the tale of Daphne and Apollo, taking readers on an adventure which puts them up close and personal with some of Greek mythology’s most famous legends and figures, including the Minotaur and the labyrinth, the riddles of the Sphinx, Hippolyta of the Amazons, and many, many more. The novel begins with an introduction to Daphne Diodorus, our seventeen-year-old protagonist who has always felt like an outsider. Despite being raised Spartan, society has never ceased to remind her that she and her brothers were adopted, even if it was by one the most respected families of Sparta. As a result, even though Daphne had been trained from a young age to be a warrior, she finds she still needs to fight harder to constantly prove her worth, not only because of her blood but also because of her sex. Then came the day of the games, in which each family must put forth a young man to compete in a race to win the favor of the gods and blessings for their village. After her brother Pyrrhus is a n0-show, Daphne is forced to step up to take his place in order to uphold her adoptive parents’ honor. But during the race, she has an encounter in the forest with the goddess Artemis who tells her that Mount Olympus is in danger. Nine powerful items have been stolen from the gods, weakening the powers of the pantheon. Now Artemis wants Daphne to help them take back what rightfully belongs to them—or else. With horror, our protagonist next discovers what had really happened to Pyrrhus, who had been taken captive by Artemis and turned into a stag. To further ensure Daphne’s obedience, the goddess of the hunt also casts upon the girl a magical binding curse which would kill her if she were to fail in her task. And finally, Artemis has arranged for her twin Apollo to accompany Daphne, to keep her in line as well as to help speed things along. Not unlike her sister, Apollo has his own ways of coercion, turning Daphne’s best friend Lykou into a wolf after the young man tries to follow them. Left with no other choice, Daphne sets out on her quest knowing it would be seen as desertion, putting an end to her dreams of ever being accepted. Still, the alternative is that neither Pyrrhus nor Lykou would ever regain their humanity, not to mention if the Olympus falls, so too would the mortal world. This book moved fast—too fast, in some instances. I have to say, I had a rough time at the beginning, trying to find some connection to Daphne, which proved difficult when there was virtually no breathing room at all to get to know her or learn about her relationships. The introduction to the book suffered from too much telling and not enough showing, and as such we were given few reasons to sympathize with Daphne or care what happens to Pyrrhus or Lykou, for simply declaring their importance to her was not automatically enough to make me believe so. Readers were pretty much shuffled from one action scene to the next with no attempt to develop the setting or characters, to the point it all became one big blur. Thankfully, the pacing stabilized once Daphne set out with Apollo, and it became rather clear to me that the author had rushed the intro just to get these two together. After that, I began to enjoy myself a lot more, as what came next was essentially a tour through some of Greek mythology’s more well-known stories. These encounters also came at us relentlessly hard and fast, but at the very least, we now had plenty of quieter, more intimate moments where Daphne and Apollo’s feelings for each other were given a chance to grow. That said, I still wasn’t sure how to feel about their romance. One thing to know is that Andrews took a whole lot of liberties with the original Daphne and Apollo myth, but she did get one thing right—the Greek gods were assholes, and sure enough, there were many instances of their cruelty, jealousies and pettiness in this novel. Suffice to say, I did not feel Apollo was truly deserving of Daphne’s attentions, or that she really needed him at all, especially given the way her character was written, i.e., tough, ferociously independent and free-thinking, too clever by far to be love-struck by any of his bullshit. However, lots of YA go down this path these days, and perhaps the notion of our protagonist taming a wild god and making him change was always going to be inevitable. My verdict? If you like fantasy inspired by Greek mythology, Daughter of Sparta the book for you. At times, it feels obvious that this novel is a debut, given some of its pacing issues, and there are also moments where the story leans heavily on YA clichés when it doesn’t have to. Still, Claire M. Andrews is to be applauded for doing an impressive job spinning her own take on the original Greek myths and characters, and the action is superb, far outshining the romantic elements—which, in my eyes, is not a bad thing at all.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carly Lyn

    Daphne is a Spartan warrior who’s tough, impatient, and determined. She forms a complicated alliance with the god Apollo as they set out on a journey to save Olympus and her brother. At first Apollo seems arrogant and full of himself, but I love when his vulnerability and humanity is revealed. A great deal of research has clearly gone into this book. The action and drama is truly cinematic. This would make a fabulous film or Netflix series. The writing is poetic and evocative—the adventure compe Daphne is a Spartan warrior who’s tough, impatient, and determined. She forms a complicated alliance with the god Apollo as they set out on a journey to save Olympus and her brother. At first Apollo seems arrogant and full of himself, but I love when his vulnerability and humanity is revealed. A great deal of research has clearly gone into this book. The action and drama is truly cinematic. This would make a fabulous film or Netflix series. The writing is poetic and evocative—the adventure compelling. A fantastic read for those who love Greek mythology or who are seeking an exciting historical fantasy with a strong female lead.

  22. 5 out of 5

    June Hur

    I am so HYPED for this book

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Haas

    Sexy, Greek god or loyal wolf shifter BFF?? I’ll take one of each. Thanks.😘 ATTRACTIVE WOLF SHIFTER BFF is like the new(ish) YA fantasy trope and I am so here for it! ❤️🐺❤️🐺❤️ I’m now convinced that in order to have a successful YA fantasy book it must include a sexy man who shape shifts into a wolf! (Throne of Glass, From Blood and Ash etc) 🐺💜🥰 ANYWAYS, the wolf shifter friend is only one of the many things that makes this book so enjoyable. I feel like SO MUCH HAPPENED! It was non stop action!! Sexy, Greek god or loyal wolf shifter BFF?? I’ll take one of each. Thanks.😘 ATTRACTIVE WOLF SHIFTER BFF is like the new(ish) YA fantasy trope and I am so here for it! ❤️🐺❤️🐺❤️ I’m now convinced that in order to have a successful YA fantasy book it must include a sexy man who shape shifts into a wolf! (Throne of Glass, From Blood and Ash etc) 🐺💜🥰 ANYWAYS, the wolf shifter friend is only one of the many things that makes this book so enjoyable. I feel like SO MUCH HAPPENED! It was non stop action!! I loved it all. I was worried that there would be a love triangle🤮 but there was not so that made me very happy. I am concerned for the rest of the series though. Im really hoping that the author doesn’t follow the real story of Apollo and Daphne, I would just be devastated if it ends like the myths say it does. So I’m crossing my fingers for a happy ending. 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 I saw someone compare this book to a female version of Percy Jackson and I would have to agree. It doesn’t copy it so that it feels like the same story, it definitely felt like a new plot and it keeps you guessing the whole time but you will see some similarities for sure. Im really looking forward to the next book!❤️💙💜

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    2.5 stars. There were moments I LOVED... but unfortunately they were few and far between. The concept is amazing - revisiting Greek myths through a feminist lens with most of the slants close enough to the myths with which we are already familiar that it becomes completely believable that it could have happened this way instead. Our heroine is Daphne, who I initially loved... but this lessened as the story went on. Some of her decisions and reactions were questionable, and I'm sorry - but I just 2.5 stars. There were moments I LOVED... but unfortunately they were few and far between. The concept is amazing - revisiting Greek myths through a feminist lens with most of the slants close enough to the myths with which we are already familiar that it becomes completely believable that it could have happened this way instead. Our heroine is Daphne, who I initially loved... but this lessened as the story went on. Some of her decisions and reactions were questionable, and I'm sorry - but I just didn't feel the chemistry between her and Apollo. Apollo himself was an obnoxious teenage boy and while yes, this is believable as a Greek God, there wasn't really anything that felt godlike about him. He would have fit in great at my high school back in the day. Daphne randomly confessing love for Apollo was so tropey and did not fit with the strong and empowered character she claimed to be. Don't get me started on the portrayal of Artemis. The narrative sometimes drawled in unnecessary directions. There were far too many side characters with their own stories touched on, but nothing delved in very deeply. The ideas were all great, but there just wasn't enough room to include EVERYBODY. Also, with the name Sparta in the title, I had thought we would get to learn more about Sparta. Silly me. I read the entire book and did feel compelled to see it through, but I was really hoping for more. Maybe I've just been spoiled by just how good other mythological reimaginings have been of late. Thank you Hatchette Book Group and Edelweiss for the ARC!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    Daughter of Sparta is a captivating and immersive quest story that follows Daphne as she tries to save the powers of Olympus. Set in ancient Greece, the novel is a retelling of Daphne and Apollo, but it is very different from the original story. I’m a fan of Greek mythology and appreciate how well the author interwove the stories of the Gods and Goddesses into this novel. It definitely gives you a different perspective of some of the classic God and Goddesses like Apollo and Artemis, which I fou Daughter of Sparta is a captivating and immersive quest story that follows Daphne as she tries to save the powers of Olympus. Set in ancient Greece, the novel is a retelling of Daphne and Apollo, but it is very different from the original story. I’m a fan of Greek mythology and appreciate how well the author interwove the stories of the Gods and Goddesses into this novel. It definitely gives you a different perspective of some of the classic God and Goddesses like Apollo and Artemis, which I found intriguing. I also like that the author didn’t focus specifically on one mythological story, and instead twined several together to create a new and fresh tale. Daphne is a fantastic protagonist! Brave and determined, she is a true warrior. All Daphne wants is to be accepted as a Spartan even though she was not technically born in Sparta. Daphne’s sense of isolation and of not being fully embraced by the Spartans is clear from the first pages, and her need to belong propels many of her actions. She has spent much of her life trying to prove her worth to people who deem her unworthy, and yet she never gives up. There’s a fierceness about her that is admirable and empowering. I love her strength and confidence, as well as her relentless spirit. The love story is not the focus of the novel, and it is a slow-building romance. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Daphne and her love interest at the start of the story, but I ended up liking them! Their story is very different form the original myth between Apollo and Daphne, which surprised me, but it’s an interesting spin on their tale. I like that the author took the essence of the original characters and stories and put new spins on them. Though this is a fantasy, there are many themes that readers can relate to, the desire to be accepted and to feel a sense of belonging chief among them. Daphne’s journey, both physical and emotional, is intriguing, action-packed, and immersive and shows the power of determination, resilience, and fighting for something bigger than yourself. I also really enjoyed the humor, sarcasm, and witty banter throughout the story. It broke up some of the more serious and intense scenes and added depth to the characters and relationships. Some of my favorite parts were the great and humorous conversations between Daphne and her counterparts! I think readers who like unique stories with dynamic characters, quests, a lot of action, and a slow-building romance will enjoy Daughter of Sparta, and I’m thankful to NetGalley, Claire M. Andrews, and Jimmy Patterson Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elliott Womack

    I read every draft of this book before Claire sent it to her agent and editing team, and I was hooked from word one. It's such a gripping tale! I really enjoyed Daphne and her trials, and the worldbuilding is superb, even as it's rooted in real-world history. All in all, would definitely recommend to a friend, and I am wholeheartedly looking forward to doing so! I read every draft of this book before Claire sent it to her agent and editing team, and I was hooked from word one. It's such a gripping tale! I really enjoyed Daphne and her trials, and the worldbuilding is superb, even as it's rooted in real-world history. All in all, would definitely recommend to a friend, and I am wholeheartedly looking forward to doing so!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Richel (letsreadshallwe)

    Update | May 24, 2021 “What good are kisses compared to the bite of steel?” “You’ve got much to learn if you don’t know that a kiss can be just as deadly as a sword.” Daughter of Sparta, as the blurb suggested is a reinterpretation of the classic Greek mythology of Daphne and Apollo. And while I adore most retellings and reimaginings, Greek mythology is an unfamiliar territory to me. Hence, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Daughter of Sparta other than my most basic knowledge (which is almos Update | May 24, 2021 “What good are kisses compared to the bite of steel?” “You’ve got much to learn if you don’t know that a kiss can be just as deadly as a sword.” Daughter of Sparta, as the blurb suggested is a reinterpretation of the classic Greek mythology of Daphne and Apollo. And while I adore most retellings and reimaginings, Greek mythology is an unfamiliar territory to me. Hence, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Daughter of Sparta other than my most basic knowledge (which is almost zero) of the said myth. This definitely made an impact to my reading experience. A badass female character in a male—dominated mythology? Yes please! I am all for female empowerment and Daughter of Sparta gave me that. I loved Daphne’s fiery personality, she was strong, stubborn, impulsive, has a temper but she gets the job done. As for Apollo, he’s a god and he has the arrogance to prove it, it doesn’t hurt that he’s beautiful and also a flirt. There are so much more to know about Apollo that I wanted to see but wasn’t able to since Daughter of Sparta was told in Daphne’s point of view. And like most stories in first person POV, we don’t get to see what else is happening especially that Daphne is not the curious type of character. This somehow defeats my initial plan to read Daughter of Sparta as an original story (again, because of my lack of knowledge of greek mythology). I tried not to research and just focus on what’s in the book but it was impossible because there's a lot of side characters and I mean a lot. I ended up researching every name in the internet and somehow the story made more sense having that background of who the gods and goddesses were in the original mythology. I would have loved to know these characters but the characters are gone from the scene before I could utter a word. I was transported to Ancient Greek while reading Daughter of Sparta and it has a potential to be a great movie. I loved the pacing! There was no time for rest, I felt tired and beaten throughout the story. For a debut novel, Claire Andrews did an amazing job. Although I have so many questions, there is still another book in the series and I am hoping to get my answers then. Especially after that ending that is asking my romantic heart to be patient. I can’t end this review without sharing this another great quote from Daughter of Sparta that will stick with me for the years to come: “Find your footing and climb. Don’t think about what is beneath you, only how far you have left to go.” Thank you so much to Hachette Book Group Canada and Netgalley for providing me an E-ARC and a finished copy to review! What you’ll find in DoS: -Greek mythology -Strong heroine -Competition -Quest -Playful or should I say arrogant and cruel gods and goddesses? -Chosen one -Fast paced -Hate to love (ish?) -Bibidi bobidi boo magic May 22, 2021 That ending is asking me to be patient but it’s something that I was never really good at. Book 2 please🥺 Proper review to follow.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    I received this book as an eARC from Netgalley. All opinions are my own! All Daphne wants is to be a true Spartan, but when an encounter with the goddess Artemis places her in the service of the gods, she finds herself thrown into a quest to save Olympus and the world. She must find nine objects that were stolen from Olympus or face the downfall of both the gods and mankind alike. The first thing that struck me about this book was how Greek mythology and its retellings were finally finding a femal I received this book as an eARC from Netgalley. All opinions are my own! All Daphne wants is to be a true Spartan, but when an encounter with the goddess Artemis places her in the service of the gods, she finds herself thrown into a quest to save Olympus and the world. She must find nine objects that were stolen from Olympus or face the downfall of both the gods and mankind alike. The first thing that struck me about this book was how Greek mythology and its retellings were finally finding a female-led story through this book! So much of mythology in general is male-driven and male-centered. But Daughter of Sparta takes the tale of Daphne and Apollo and centers it on a strong female lead who never needs a man to save her. I loved the evolution of Daphne throughout this story and how she has come to know herself even as she still has questions about herself. As a fan of Greek mythology from a young age, I loved that this story incorporated so many of the classic tales. It was refreshing to see it all spun in a different light through Daphne's eyes. The plot was new and fresh enough that I never found myself bored or felt as though this was a story I had read or heard before. At times I did feel as though the plot kind of jumped around a little, and I wished that there was more explanation or "filler" between the action events of the book. Overall, I adored Daphne's story, and I cannot wait to see where she's headed next! If you have an interest in Greek mythology and are ready for a fresh, female-centered take, this book is the book for you!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    If you are a fan of fast paced adventures, chosen one trope, a fiercely competitive heroine and lots of banter, this one is for you! Also, there is some forbidden romance going on and I am here for it! The author does an amazing job of filling in any information you would need about the gods if you aren’t super familiar with Greek mythology like myself! While I’ve always enjoyed learning about it, it’s not something I actively seek out, so this was a super fun read! Definitely already in need of If you are a fan of fast paced adventures, chosen one trope, a fiercely competitive heroine and lots of banter, this one is for you! Also, there is some forbidden romance going on and I am here for it! The author does an amazing job of filling in any information you would need about the gods if you aren’t super familiar with Greek mythology like myself! While I’ve always enjoyed learning about it, it’s not something I actively seek out, so this was a super fun read! Definitely already in need of the sequel. Thank you Jimmy Patterson Books for the early copy!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Janna G. Noelle

    In ancient Sparta before the time of Trojan War, Daphne is a mothax, a non-citizen of Sparta who along with her two brothers was adopted by a Spartan family when they turned up as orphans. As a mothax, Daphne is viewed as lesser than the Spartans, an outsider, when all she wants is to feel like she belongs. This desperate need drives her to train endlessly at arms, seeking to become a warrior worthy of the famed Spartan army, even though as a woman (and a mothax) the odds of her ever being permi In ancient Sparta before the time of Trojan War, Daphne is a mothax, a non-citizen of Sparta who along with her two brothers was adopted by a Spartan family when they turned up as orphans. As a mothax, Daphne is viewed as lesser than the Spartans, an outsider, when all she wants is to feel like she belongs. This desperate need drives her to train endlessly at arms, seeking to become a warrior worthy of the famed Spartan army, even though as a woman (and a mothax) the odds of her ever being permitted in the army are all but nonexistent. But when Daphne's brother falls afoul of the goddess Artemis, to save him Daphne is sent on a dangerous mission that will test all her warrior skills. She is charged with recovering nine items of power whose loss from Olympus threatens the power of the gods and the fate of the entire world. And as her guide and companion, she's accompanied by Artemis's devious and handsome twin brother, the god Apollo. This book was an action-packed adventure and journey through the ancient world. Daphne is tough-as-nails fighter with some hidden magic about her as well who never hesitates to throw herself headfirst into danger. I enjoyed the various familiar Greek myths and monsters that made appearances in the story, as well as the notable heroes, kings, and members of the Olympian pantheon. For all that the book is called “Daughter of Sparta”, I wished we'd spent more time in Sparta, for I wanted to see more of Daphne’s home life firsthand. As well, although it was hinted it, the secret of Daphne's mysterious parentage and assorted godlike abilities was never revealed. It's only through my pre-existing knowledge of part of the Daphne and Apollo myth (of which Daughter of Sparta is a feminist retelling) that I know what Daphne truly is. Perhaps there will be a sequel in which this is covered more thoroughly. I was thrilled to win an advanced reader copy of this book in a draw by the author. Fans of badass warrior women, Netflix's Blood of Zeus anime, and retold myths in general will enjoy this book.

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