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Age of the Ashers (Book 1 of the Petros Chronicles trilogy) by Diana Tyler
Age of the Ashers is available and ebook formats on Amazon. It’s free on Kindle Unlimited.
Series Info: The Petros Chronicles is a young adult fantasy series inspired by Greek mythology. It follows an eighteen-year-old girl named Chloe who finds out she possesses supernatural powers, powers that have not-so-mythological beings trying to destroy her and her family. It’s suitable for ages 13 and up.
Age of the Ashers Blurb:
One power. One prophecy. One chance to change the world.
Petros is a well-oiled machine of an empire that has been overrun by evil. Every individual’s life is mapped out precisely, from the day of their birth until their much-anticipated Coronation at age seventy-five, when they each become ruler of their own personal paradise.
Eighteen-year-old Chloe Zacharias is content to exist as a social outcast and virtual recluse. Orphaned at the age of eight, she and her twin brother Damian live with their aunt and uncle, who only just tolerate their unwelcome charges. When classmate Ethan Ross gives Chloe a one-day pass to a newly opened museum, she discovers there’s much more to her utopian city, and the mysterious government that runs it, than she could ever have imagined.
An ancient prophecy has plans for Chloe; plans that will catapult her into the middle of an ages-old war between beings she thought belonged only to ancient mythology.
When it becomes clear to the powers of the Underworld that Chloe could uncover their secrets and dismantle their world, the rulers send cunning Hermes, devious messenger to the lords of Hades, on a mission to destroy her before she finds out who—and what—she is.
Famed poet and romantic musician, Orpheus will do anything to reunite with his beloved wife Eurydice. Manipulated by Hermes into believing he can win back Eurydice if he charms a mortal known as “the Vessel,” Orpheus takes advantage of Chloe’s naïveté and voracious curiosity, and leads her into mortal danger.
Damian can’t ignore his sister or her strange behavior any longer. He has discovered that he has an astonishing gift of his own, and Hades and Apollo are shaken by the possibility that there is not one, but possibly two, entities with the power to topple the evil world they have created.
Chloe and Damian must work together, without becoming paralyzed by fear like their ancestors before them, or the citizens of Petros will continue to believe and be ruled by the horrific lies that have corrupted their world.
Filled with magic, mystery, and sprinklings of Greek mythology, Age of the Ashers is a powerful fantasy adventure for those who love to lose themselves in the world of make-believe.
What readers are saying about Age of the Ashers:
Age of the Ashers is a story set in a Greek mythological-inspired world of fantasy. With pacy twists and turns, it is interwoven with warm, real characters, realistic dialogue and beautiful fantastical descriptions. The beautiful writing evokes a thrilling wonderful experience as you read.”
Soulla Christodoulou, London, UK.
“I fell in love with this book, from the world building to the characters. It was engrossing, beautifully written, and a "keep you on the edge of your seat" page turner. I even had to reread certain paragraphs because the prose were so captivating. Diana is an excellent writer who has the ability to make you believe that the world she created in Ages of the Ashers exists.”
“A fascinating and well-written novel, the plot is tightly paced and keeps the reader turning pages. The concept of the Greek civilisation continuing until modern times, is both sophisticated and intriguing. The characters are believable and very three dimensional, in that, as in real life, good people do bad things, and supposed bad people do good things. It is especially impressive, how the author handles the jumps between times and locations, never once leaving the reader confused.”
“Age of the Ashers was an exciting and mystical read that kept my imagination bubbling until the very last page. Diana has beautifully merged the mundane world of the relatable Chloe Zacharias, an eighteen loner with a fascination of the unknown, with the mystical world of Orpheus, a damned poet spending his eternity locked away in the playground that is Hades Underworld. Diana has created each and every character with such passion that you can't help but be drawn into their surreal lives of heart ache, corruption and secrets.”
“Once again, Diana Tyler has written characters that resonate with my soul … I wanted to punch bad guys in the face, I wanted to hold poor Chloe, and I wanted to high five Damian. If you are a fan of mythology and magic, you will love this book.”
She got into her car, happy to see that the rain had let up and there was still enough daylight to keep her drive down the mountain safe from her made-up, horror-movie scenarios. She put the car in reverse, looked in the rearview mirror, and then screamed as her heart leapt into her throat. Sitting in the backseat, looking back at her in the mirror, was a girl.
“Who in Zeus’ name are you?” Chloe shouted as she turned to face the interloper. She pulled a bottle of pepper spray out of the console.
The girl smiled softly and folded her hands, clearly unalarmed by Chloe’s threat.
“Do you know what this is?” said Chloe. “It’s pepper spray. It burns really, really bad. Get out of my car or I’m going to blind you with it.” This made the girl giggle a bit and twirl the ends of her wavy, auburn hair. “You think that’s funny?” That made the girl giggle even louder, and Chloe began to wonder if she was a bit slow. “Are you deaf?” Chloe said, raising her voice and enunciating each word so much that her jaw popped.
The girl stopped laughing and shook her head, then she opened her mouth and said,
“I can only speak what I’ve been sent to say,
So listen well before I fly aw—”
“Why are you talking in rhymes?” Chloe interrupted. “Wait. Are you…are you…” She could feel her chin quivering as the answer to her own question was becoming all too clear.
Was she hallucinating as she had in the treehouse? She pinched herself up and down her arms. She tugged on her ears. She was tempted to spray herself in the face with the pepper spray just to ensure she wasn’t dreaming.
Then the girl spoke again.
“Do not harm yourself; you’re wide awake,
But you must know what steps to take.
If more of the past you wish to see,
Take and eat from the walnut tree.”
The girl held out both fists and opened them. In the center of each ivory palm sat a walnut still in its shell.
As Chloe stared at the walnuts, she noticed that her car had never smelled so good, not even when Damian had put a wintergreen-scented air freshener in it after Chloe spilled a milkshake in the backseat and waited five days to clean it up. Now it smelled like lemon and lavender, rosemary and thyme all mingled together.
Before Chloe could ask another question, the girl began to speak again, only this time her voice was louder as she pronounced every syllable with urgency.
“There’s just one warning you should heed:
Do not eat of the enchanted seed.
Take a lesson from Hades’ wife,
Who descended to hell, though she kept her life.”
“You’re a funny little thing, you know that?” Chloe turned back toward the steering wheel, where the car didn’t smell so fresh. “Now get out of here before I—”
Before she could finish her sentence, the image of the stranger vanished from the rearview mirror. The only sign she had ever been there were the two walnuts hovering in the air where her hands had held them up.
“This birthday just gets better and better the crazier I get,” Chloe muttered. Then she took the walnuts and stuffed them in her purse, wondering why in the world she wasn’t hurling them out the window instead.
Diana has been writing all her life, starting with her own versions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comics when she was four. She’s always been fascinated by Greek mythology and comic-book superheroes, all of which inspire her fantasy novels. She’s also a gym rat who loves to pretend she’s Wonder Woman while lifting heavy weights, and swinging from rings and pull-up bars. She co-owns CrossFit 925 in San Antonio, Texas with her husband Ben.
Diana currently writes entertainment and media-related articles for movieguide.org, and contributes regularly to charismamag.com. When she isn't writing or working out, she can be found playing Scrabble with her husband, watching Marvel and Pixar movies, and pinning recipes on Pinterest that she never gets around to cooking.
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