The League of Delphi by Chris Everheart
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
The League of Delphi is a trilogy by Chris Everheart and takes the reader into a world of conspiracy, secret societies and danger. If you enjoy a good story with some solid characters you just might enjoy this trilogy.
Book one begins with Zach White. His mom has recently died and Zach has made the decision to go back to the town he lived in until he was 7 years old. He wants to know more about his past as well as what happened to his mom to make her so paranoid that she moved him to France and changed his name. When he gets to town, Zach gets a job at the local coffee shop as that seems to be the best way to interact with just about everyone in town.
As Zach gets back into life in Arcanville and begins to observe what is going on, he realizes things are a bit odder than he originally thought. Recently, a boy he knew when he was younger died (Sutton), supposedly of suicide, and no one seems to be acknowledging it. That is, no one but Ashley Sloan.
Ashley catches Zach’s eye and he begins to notice her. Ashley hasn’t had it easy. She is following in her sister Katie’s footsteps and seems to be lacking…according to those around her. Her sister is on the “Inside Track” and she has been spending time in psych wards because her parents and others in town think there is something wrong with her. Little do Ashley and Zach know that there is something else going on.
The story follows Zach and Ashley on their way to figuring out just what Arcanville is all about. There is a link to Ancient Greece as well as this League of Delphi which appears to have chapters across the world. Everheart takes the reader on an action filled ride in this book. I found myself turning the pages in order to find out what was going to happen next and what the big mystery was.
Everheart also creates some great characters in this story. From Zach and Ashley to Larry and Katie – it is hard to know with all the twists and turns the story takes just who is good or bad and when I hit the end of book one, I was absolutely hooked and glad I had a copy of book two as there is a definite cliffhanger.
There is a bit of a case of insta-love between Zach and Ashley but overall I don’t feel like it took away from the rest of the story. Outside of that, I thought the story was well done and I am interested to see where the author takes it.
Definitely check this one out if you enjoy a good mystery and a bit of that conspiracy theory stuff in your books. The fact that this was a pretty quick read didn’t hurt either. Everheart did a great job of drawing me into the story and I am looking forward to starting book two to see what happens with Zach and Ashley next.
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THE LEAGUE OF DELPHI #1
By: Chris Everheart
Publication Date: July 22, 2012
History’s darkest secrets hide in plain sight.
One of the freshest new voices in the world of young adult suspense, Chris Everheart confirms that he’s here to stay with this fast-paced, ingeniously plotted, unputdownable thriller.
A lone teen, a suspicious death, an ancient conspiracy. The first book of the gripping new Delphi series, The League of Delphi draws you in, takes you on a tense and thrilling ride, and leaves you wanting more.
Ten years after his father’s mysterious death, 17-year-old Zach secretly returns to his wealthy hometown in search of answers. Why did his mother move him away then go into hiding to die alone? Why did she change his name, forbidding him to ever reveal his true identity? Why was he never allowed to return home?
Left with nothing and no one, Zach is desperate to reconnect with this seemingly “perfect” town. But something isn’t right. When a local teen commits suicide and no one seems to care, Zach’s hopes collapse into disenchantment and suspicion. Ashley, a local teenager on the fringe, piques his interest with whispers of a secret committee controlling the lives of everyone around them. Could it be true? Together, Zach and Ashley delve into the hidden life of the town and discover a dark connection to Ancient Greece and the Oracle at Delphi. Their suspicions are confirmed – but the conspiracy is more terrifying and dangerous than they ever imagined…
I’m living proof that harnessing talents like staring out the window and watching TV can be put to use for the good (or at least the entertainment) of humankind.
Fifty percent of my childhood was spent staring out a classroom window, wondering what was going on “out there.” I daydreamed about interesting places, fascinating people and exciting adventures.
As a reluctant and struggling young reader, my hunger for stories was fed mostly by TV and movies. I still haven’t read all the classics (I promise I will eventually). PRIDE AND PREJUDICE wasn’t on my reading list as a kid. But I distinctly remember going to the drive-in movies with my dad and little brother and seeing SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT for the first time! I wanted to LIVE in a world where a Trans Am really could jump a creek from a collapsed bridge and keep tooling down a dirt road away from the county mounties.
In high school, though, I was lucky enough to be inspired by a dedicated teacher to read and connect to the arts and humanities. It opened up a world that I might otherwise never have known. I went on to study art and anthropology/archaeology in New Mexico and Minnesota and traveled throughout the lower-48, Western Canada and Alaska. My jobs have included: archaeological illustrator; art gallery manager; motion picture/TV/indy film crew, writer, director and actor; waiter; maitre d; pool boy; slime line worker (people who’ve worked in an Alaskan fishery know what this is).
While working at an ad agency, I started writing my first book – a political thriller – because I needed to express my passion for stories but couldn’t afford to go to film school. It stuck. I found that story is always lurking just below the surface of my conscious mind, so writing fiction comes very naturally to me. I got a contract to write action/adventure books for young readers and found it so easy and fun to write to my 12-year-old self (ref: “reluctant and struggling reader” above).
So I write for young readers and grown-ups alike – short stories, novels, chapter books, graphic novels. I still love daydreaming about interesting places, fascinating people and exciting adventures. But window gazing has gotten even better – because today I get to share my daydreams with you. Enjoy!