Reviews for Immortal Fire


Booklist Reviews 2009 May #1
The evil Philonecron survives the cousins' great battle with Poseidon (The Siren Song, 2007), albeit ignominiously, in the stomach of a great sea monster. When said monster meets an unfortunate end, Philonecron finds himself free and in possession of another digestive artifact: Poseidon's trident. He promptly sets off to conquer Mount Olympus, while Charlotte and Zee attempt to save all with another object of great power: the eternal Promethean Flame. A veritable kitchen sink of mythology and relentlessly action-packed, this third book in the series will be a satisfying addition to its predecessors, but will not stand easily alone. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall
With mythical monsters overrunning the Mediterranean, war rages between the Olympian gods and immortal half-demon Philonecron. Charlotte and her cousin Zee join the fight while unraveling a mystery to secure Prometheus's Flame. Readers will enjoy the sardonic dialogue between Charlotte and Zee while thrilling to the girls' heroic self-sacrifice in trying to protect humanity from extinction. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2009 May #1
Still battered from her previous encounter with Philonecron and Poseidon (The Siren Song, 2007), Charlotte isn't ready for another tangle with the Greek pantheon. As her television shows the Mediterranean plagued by an ever-increasing series of freak typhoons, droughts and tsunamis, however, Charlotte realizes that her recent adventure has endangered the world. The formerly secretive gods, who once avoided being noticed by humanity, are now wreaking havoc across the earth. Charlotte and her cousin Zee are determined to save the day, but their erstwhile allies think of them as mere children who need protecting. In a witty, snarky journey from America to England to Greece and finally to the very realms of the gods, these two middle schoolers fight the gods without magical powers or special destiny. Chock-full of clever references for those readers familiar with the Greek myths, Charlotte and Zee's story balances effectively between ironic distance and a heartwarming story of friendship. It's hard to argue with a story that intersperses Homeric epithets with the tale of a semi-divine Canadian named "Steve." (Fantasy. 9-12) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2009 September

Gr 6-9--In this conclusion to the series, Charlotte and her mild-mannered English cousin, Zee, continue to go toe-to-toe with threatening gods, goddesses, and a menagerie of mythological serpents, nymphs, and demons. This novel begins after a pleasant family cruise runs amok and a surly Poseidon jettisons Charlotte halfway around the world, and she is compelled to face off against tumultuous and arrogant gods. This time, tsunamis, natural disasters, and monsters from Hades are destroying the world. Fate steers the cousins to Olympus to have a serious chat with Zeus, restore Earth to order, and save all of humanity. And Charlotte thought seventh-grade math was rough! The action rarely stops, gathers momentum, and goes extreme. Following the 13-year-old cousins as they duck in and out of trouble is half the fun; meeting the irascible and complicated cast of Olympian characters is the rest. From a cameo appearance of Apollo roller-skating around the crystal decadence of Olympus to the girls' eventual confrontation with a thunderously lusty but mostly ineffectual Zeus, the humor is raw and rich. Complementing the story's action, and tempering the humor, is the reappearance of the demonic Philonecron, Poseidon's psychotic grandson. He lurks and schemes in the shadows, creating ever more tension. The young mortals right the immoral wrongs of the gods, but it's the deft blend of intricate plot development, flippant tone, and a fresh twist on an ancient theme that gives this novel its winning finish.--Alison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY

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