War has come to Olympus. New creatures who call themselves the Nirad are ravaging the home of the Gods. No one knows where they came from, but one thing is certain: the flame of Olympus is weakening, and so is the strength of the Gods. If the flame is extinguished all hope will be lost. Somewhere in the world of the humans, the heart of the fire was planted in a human girl, many years ago. It passes down from generation to generation, always making its home in the heart of a human girl.
Determined to save Olympus, Pegasus enters our world, in search of the girl who can return strength to the Gods. Struck by lightning Pegasus falls onto a rooftop garden in New York City. In the apartment below a twelve year-old named Emily hears his landing. Terrified, she investigates the noise. Emily can hardly believe her eyes when she finds the winged stallion on her roof. Because he is badly wounded from the fighting in Olympus, Emily enlists the help of a boy named Joel to care for Pegasus.
Within days, Emily, Joel and Pegasus are on the run, searching for the girl who can save Olympus, and chased by Nirads as well as a secret government agency determined to imprison them. As the story unfolds Emily realizes that the future of two worlds rests squarely on her shoulders. In order to save her own world, and the world of her new friends, Emily must make the ultimate sacrifice. However, what looks like the end may be a whole new beginning.
Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus is the first in a trilogy by Kate O’Hearn. Fans of the Percy Jackson series will enjoy this blend of Roman mythology and modern New York City.
Reviewed by Grace