Epic of Helinthia
by MJ Pankey
Publisher: Muse and Quill Press
When a madman seized the throne, the gods on Olympus fell silent, and the island of Helinthia withered into decay...
Dargos is sure these events are no coincidence and convinces Kelric and Gadnor to join him in a rebellion against the king, hoping to incur favor with the gods and restore prosperity to their ravaged lands. Confident of their purpose, they embark on a journey to rally support for war, leaving Dargos's sister Gonivein safe behind the walls of Shallinath. But the king's spies have been watching, waiting for the right moment to strike and make them an example for their treasonous ideas.
Turmoil follows their footsteps, and they're confronted with the terrifying truth that not all who dwell on Olympus want the island to recover, and some will stop at nothing to ensure Helinthia spirals deeper into chaos.
Just when all hope seems lost, one emerges with a dark secret that could bring peace to the island, but at what cost?
Fans of Madeline Miller's Circe and Jennifer Saint's Ariadne will delight in this original epic fantasy as they are transported to a vivid world of myth and majesty, danger and deception, to experience the wrath of both gods and men. Imbued with the essence of Homer's original epic, the Iliad, MJ Pankey's gods, goddesses, heroes, and heroines come alive in all of their flawed complexities to deliver a page-turning narrative that will keep readers on the edge of their seat 'til the very end.