Synopsis from Goodreads: When her mother is taken from her in a terrible accident, Alexis finds herself facing some previously unknown truths. Her best friend, Keats, is her only confidante when she is faced with an apparent stalker who claims that Alexis’ entire life is built around a lie. Alexis is suddenly thrown into a whirlwind world of danger and secret agendas, of demigods and deities.
When a brutal, self-righteous god decides that Alexis is his best hope for retrieving an ancient artifact, she finds herself on the self-discovery journey of a lifetime – tracking a killer and a kidnapper – and facing conniving and dangerous foes along the way.
She will have to come to grips with who she truly is and just what she might be capable of if she is to survive long enough to save the one person in the world for whom she cares most.
Ancient Greek mythology comes to life in this unique coming-of-age tale that spans the globe and the heart of a girl who only wants to be normal. But, just what is normal in a world like this?
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My Rating: 4/5 stars
The Weight of Night is CL Stegall’s impressive first offering in what will become the Progeny Trilogy. Although written for a young adult audience, this contemporary version of Greek mythology will certainly appeal to adults as well. With that being said, this novel has a bit of a slow start. Once you get past the start, though, the read is absolutely worth the wait!
Eighteen-year-old Alexis Rain lives a charmed life. She’s been accepted to Oxford, drives a BMW, has two parents who adore her, and a best friend, Keats, who is her absolute other half. Here’s the rub: Alexis Rain isn’t a normal teenager, but is, in fact, the daughter of Nyx, the Greek goddess of Night. She kind of doesn’t know about that. Along with her newly discovered maternity, Alexis also notices that she glows when experiencing extreme emotion, can teleport, and knows any and every bit of information that has ever been written or spoken. Sweet!! Super-powers rock!!
Or not. Turns out, Alexis isn’t the only child of the Greek deities, but one of many who are spread across the globe. Smallish side note: most of the other kids are bat-crap crazy and lethal. Alexis is forced to track down these demigods, befriending some and fighting others, in order to find out who killed her father and, just as importantly, who kidnapped Keats. This portion of the novel, right on through to the end, is where the action and drama really kicks into high gear. It’s fun and fast-paced. As a character, we really see Alexis begin to develop; she is smart, cunning, lethally skilled, and wonderfully sarcastic.
As Alexis comes to the completion of her task, she begins to understand and embrace not only her true nature, but also the nature of the demigods. She gets to meet her mother, as well as another deity or two. To top it all off, Alexis also discovers that the person behind the killing and kidnapping is just a pawn in a much, much larger game. What that means for us, dear reader? More books to come!!
The Bottom Line: just suck it up and get through the slow start because the middle and ending are well worth the wait. Alexis is a fine, strong female that is wonderfully balanced by her best friend, Keats. I LOVE Keats! Keats is calm, cool, collected, intelligent, funny, and hot. I also love the fact that Greek mythology is making its way back into mainstream reading markets. Greek mythology is fun, devious, naughty, complicated, and flat-out interesting. Stegall’s re-invention or re-imagining of the old myths is a great new trend that I truly hope continues.