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Daughters of Olympus by Hannah Lynn

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Daughters of Olympus

A daughter pulled between two worlds and a mother willing destroy both to protect her…

Demeter: a goddess of life, living half of one.

Demeter did not always live in fear. Once, she loved the world and the humans who inhabited it. After an act of devastating violence, though, she hides herself away among the grasses and wildflowers. Her only solace is her daughter… 

Before she was Persephone, she was Core. 

Core is as bright as summer and devoted to her mother, even during their millennia in exile from Olympus. But she craves freedom. Naïve and determined, she secretly builds a life of her own—and as she does so, she catches the eye of a powerful god…

The daughters of Olympus will have the last word…

Then Hades kidnaps Core and renames her as Queen of the Underworld. In the land without sun, she realizes she may have a chance to gain back what she thought she’d lost forever. But Demeter will destroy anything—even the humans she holds so dear—to bring her daughter back. A mother who has lost everything and a daughter with more to gain than she ever realized, they will irrevocably shape the world: all in the name of something as human as love.


The Review

Hello Book friends!

Today I’m reviewing Daughters of Olympus by Hannah Lynn. In this Greek Mythology, split into three parts, giving voice to the Goddess Demeter and her daughter Core, a story about a mother and daughter and how they both perceived the bond between each other.


Now, let’s chat about the book itself.

Greek Mythology is a fan favorite and I loved how Hannah Lynn portrayed each character in a new and interesting light.  Showing Demeter’s obsession of keeping Core safe and Core’s reaction to her mother’s smothering inability to let her live her own life.  We also saw the way in which grief can become all consuming.  A second self living in a purgatory of endless sorrow, where Demeter is not capable of being the mother Core needs, so she seeks comfort and solace elsewhere.

As the story turns to Core we see her become the Goddess we know as Persephone.  Where she is taken from her home to the Underworld.  Now friends, let me tell you I absolutely LOVED Hades! If you read this book be ready, because he is what readers will savor.  Although he plays a supporting role, he is FANTASTIC.  He’s the complete opposite of Zeus, and although he is appearance is of course godly, I loved how Lynn gave him a stammer, it particularly showed when he was out of his element.  But he never forces himself upon Persephone.  He desperately (in his quiet way) wants her to realize the potential he sees in her.  Most importantly he gives her a choice.  Showing her that by his side she could do so much, and she finds along the way that he’s right.

A bold retelling of two Goddesses who often are left to the side lines of the the epic stories of Greek Mythology and show the bonds between a daughter and mother, while giving the daughter a voice for herself.

Happy Reading ~ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blot – Satisfyingly Inked


About the Author

Hannah Lynn is a multi award winning novelist. Publishing her first book, Amendments – a dark, dystopian speculative fiction novel, in 2015. Her second book, The Afterlife of Walter Augustus – a contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural twist – went on to win the 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award and the Independent Publishers Gold Medal for Best Adult Ebook.

Now settled back in the UK with her husband, daughter and horde of cats, she spends her days writing romantic comedies and historical fiction. Her first historical fiction novel, Athena’s Child, was also a 2020 Gold Medalist at the Independent Publishers Awards.

publication details

Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
9-Jul-24978-1728284293448Sourcebooks LandmarkAdultNetGalley, Digital ARCDecember 30, 2023

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