Victory is the only option.
Once a year, the Olympian Empresses grant the wishes of ten people selected by a lottery—for a price. Seventeen-year-old Gen, a former circus performer, wants the freedom of her father, who was sentenced to life in prison for murders she knows he didn’t commit. Castor plans to carry the island Arcadia into the future in place of her brother, Pollux, but only after the Empresses force a change in her island’s archaic laws that requires a male heir.
To get what they want, Gen and Castor must race to complete the better half of ten nearly impossible labors. They have to catch the fastest ship in the sea, slay the immortal Hydra, defeat a gangster called the Boar, and capture the flesh-eating Mares, among other deadly tasks.
Gen has her magic, her ability to speak to animals, her inhuman strength—and the help of Pollux, who’s been secretly pining for her for years. But Castor has her own gifts: the power of the storms, along with endless coin. Only one can win. The other walks away with nothing—if she walks away at all.
Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours and author Rachel Menard for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I am always searching for the next big mythology-based story and Game of Strength and Storm is quickly becoming a new favorite of mine. I thoroughly enjoyed the character development and story pacing and I truly could not get enough of Gen and Castor. Menard wrote a wonderful cast of characters and everyone was so well written. Their journey on the way to victory included so many cool elements and themes of greek mythology and it made me reminisce about the days when I used to reread Percy Jackson over and over again. Rachel Menard truly brought back wonderful memories for me and I would definitely pick this book up again at a later time.
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Rachel Menard was born in New Jersey, raised in Arizona, and then relocated to Rhode Island. Throughout her life she has been a barista, college radio DJ, singer in an alt-country band, marketer, designer, and finally, a writer. Her short fiction has been featured on the Cast of Wonders podcast and her non-fiction has been seen in Writer’s Digest. Her debut novel, Game of Strength and Storm, is coming from Flux Books in 2022.
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