Who let the Gods out

Author:

Maz Evans

Age range:

8

12

to

Genres:

This is a great next book if your reader likes:

  • Greek mythology 

  •  A familiar but fresh take on the Greek myths

  • Witty and wacky plots based on hard-hitting themes, such as divorce, being a parent carer and repossession. 

  • Funny puns and wordplay.

  • Rich characters who you can laugh with and at. 

  •  Humour that appeals to all ages (even my teenagers can't help but still crack a smile!)

  • well spaced out font.

  • Characters that grow over a series of books.


Blurb - Elliot's mum is ill, and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo - a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world - and solving Elliot's problems too?


Who let the Gods out is the first book in the series of four. The hilarious dialogue and plot twists and turns sensitively around  Elliot's bleak family situation. It feels like a mix of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, with a bit of J K Rowling thrown in. 

The God's characters are cleverly crafted based on traditional stereotypes. For example, Zeus' womanising is played up - he is not the master of the Greek Gods that we usually imagine. 

Elliot manages to be sassy and determined, as well as loyal and tender. We have enjoyed the audio, read by Maz Evans herself. It has entertained all the family for long journeys and left is wanting more. Thank goodness there are now more books in the series.

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