Game of Strength and Storm

By Rachel Menard

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Victory is the only option.

Once a year, the Olympian Empresses grant the wishes of ten people selected by a lottery—for a price. Seventeen-year-old Gen, a former circus performer, wants the freedom of her father, who was sentenced to life in prison for murders she knows he didn’t commit. Castor plans to carry the island Arcadia into the future in place of her brother, Pollux, but only after the Empresses force a change in her island’s archaic laws that require a male heir.

To get what they want, Gen and Castor must race to complete the better half of ten nearly impossible labors. They have to catch the fastest ship in the sea, slay the immortal Hydra, defeat a gangster called the Boar, and capture the flesh-eating Mares, among other deadly tasks.

Gen has her magic, her ability to speak to animals, her inhuman strength—and the help of Pollux, who’s been secretly pining for her for years. But Castor has her own gifts: the power of the storms, along with endless coin. Only one can win. The other walks away with nothing—if she walks away at all.

About the Author

Rachel Menard was born in New Jersey, raised in Arizona, and then relocated to Rhode Island. Throughout her life she has been a barista, college radio DJ, singer in an alt-country band, marketer, designer, and finally, a writer. Her short fiction has been featured on Cast of Wonders and her editorial work has been seen in Writer’s Digest.

  • Paperback ISBN: 9781635830767
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781635830774
  • Reading Age: from 14 to 18 years
  • Interest Age: from 14 to 18 years
  • Paperback dimensions: 5.25 x 8 in
  • Publication date: Jun 07, 2022
  • Rights/Sales territory: Worldwide
  • Format: Paperback | Ebook
  • Pages: 400
  • Series: The Labors of Gen
  • Imprint: Flux
  • Subjects:
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Greek & Roman
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / General

Reviews of Game of Strength and Storm:

“[A] fast-paced, magical, action-oriented story with a conclusion that points to more adventures to come.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Fast-paced and full of imagination, this glittering twist on Greek mythology surprised me at every turn. The heroines are brilliant, the tasks are brutal, and I cannot wait to be immersed in the world of Olympia again!” —Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless

“[A]n intriguing fantasy series starter….Menard’s rapid pace and sympathetic characters make for a sweeping adventure.” —Publishers Weekly

“[A] fast-paced, suspenseful, magical adventure with a satisfying twist on Greek mythology.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“[T]his exciting novel is a strong selection to share with young adult readers with an interest in fantasy and adventure fiction.” —Children’s Literature

Awards received by Game of Strength and Storm:

A 2022 Junior Library Guild Selection

2023 IPPY Awards Silver Medalist, Young Adult Fiction – Fantasy

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