“ Author: Kate O'Hearn / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 03 February 2011 / Genre: Children's Fantasy & Magical Realism / Publisher: Hachette Children's Books / Title: Pegasus and the Flame / ISBN 13: 9780340997406 / ISBN 10: 0340997406 „
A while ago my daughter came back from school full of the joys, due to there being a well known children's author visiting her school to sign her newest book (the subject of this review), with my only real gripe at the time being that the child couldn't just get an autograph, but had to buy he book first!
This said I did allow my daughter to buy said book (admittedly at a knock down price), and after reading it declared it to be one of the best books she had read and insisted I read it too....hence this review!
The book in question is "Pegasus and the flame" by Kate 'O' Hearn.
13 year old Emily has not had a very easy time of it lately. She recently lost her mother to cancer, and as there is now only herself and her devoted father, she is struggling to find herself at such a tender age.
When the largest storm ever known starts to knock out power and flooding people out of their homes in New York, her Dad (who happens to be a cop!), has to attend and leaves Emily safely at home.
What happens next will take Emily on an adventure of epic and mythological proportions, across space and time to find the one thing that will save not only her planet, but he entire universe.......
As you may have gathered Pegasus is involved within this story, with him being the first character introduced to Emily after crash landing on her roof, and into her beloved mothers )now overgrown) roof garden, and seeing this as a sign from her mum, Emily knows she must help the Olympian to get back home at least, and to save the universe at most.
This was a fantastic read, and due to it being written specifically or children, was a soft and interesting way to teach children about Greek mythology, but at the same time applying much of that to today's world.
I am not much of an expert with mythology myself, so feel that I have also had an education too, with all the main characters being included, Pegasus, Jupiter, Diana etc.... But there were also many I had never heard of, with many of the newer one's becoming integral to the story.
The book is written for what I would deem as the slightly older child (ten onwards) who still have a real love of fantasy, but also would not be as worried to being introduced to the main agency in the book the "CRU", which are described as being larger than the FBI and the CIA put together, but are completely self sufficient, and don't take orders from anyone.
This obvious makes them a real enemy to Emily and the Olympians, and are not adverse to a little "coercion" to get the facts out of people, there are no gratuitous moments, but you are always left with no doubt as to their methods of questioning.
This really was a very enjoyable book to read, and am pleased that not only myself, but also my daughter has read something that offers not only entertainment but also a level of education, though of course I shan't tell my daughter that, it may put her off the idea of reading the next two book in the series!
Price wise this has a RRP of £5.99, but is available for much less via www.amazon.co.uk
Thanks for reading x