A spinoff of the Pegasus series starring plucky young heroes trying to save the world of Titus from an existential threat.
Titan Astraea and best friend Zephyr, her winged equine (she is not a “horse”!), are starting at a new, integrated school for both Titans and Olympians, established to help ease tensions between the two peoples now that they share one world. A conflict with an Olympian student lands them in detention right away, where they discover a forbidden human boy, Jake. Jake’s not the first human to mysteriously appear on Titus lately, and so they, along with silver-skinned Tryn, a fellow new student who is half human, half Rhean, keep Jake concealed while trying to find his missing sister and to discover who is bringing humans to Titus. Their investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with highly dangerous invaders already infiltrating the highest levels of society. The writing is simplistic and easy to follow, though the story rhythm is disrupted by repetitions and reminders of plot points that pad out the page count. While characters from O’Hearn’s Pegasus series are mentioned many times and appear briefly, saving the day this time is up to a new crop of heroes who must learn to work together. In a sharp pace change, the sequel-prompting climax (after the 400-page mark) is rushed. Both blond, Astraea and Jake present white.
For fans of world-hopping adventure flavored with mythology, magic, and pretty wings on characters. (Fantasy. 8-13)