Book Review: Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans


If you are looking for an exciting, fast-paced story which delivers hilarious, original jokes on practically every page then I urge you to read this book.

Elliot Hooper is a twelve-year-old boy, struggling to look after his very ill mother, failing at school and desperate to find a way to save his family farm from repossession. His life is suddenly interrupted when the constellation Virgo crashes through the roof of his cow shed one night. At first Elliot mistakes her for a slightly confused teenage girl and chivalrously accompanies her to deliver ambrosia to Prisoner 42 who has been buried beneath Stonehenge for two thousand years. Unfortunately, they accidentally release the prisoner who turns out to be the Daemon of Death, Thanatos, who wishes to bring chaos to the mortal world.

From this moment the book takes you on a rip-roaring adventure in the company of a wise-cracking cast of Greek Gods, Daemons and Pegasus the flying horse. Elliot must help the Gods recover the Chaos Stones before Thanatos can get his evil hands on them and also prevent his equally evil, mortal neighbour, Patricia Porshley-Plum, from building a housing estate on his farm.

I love the way that the author, Maz Evans, has combined a child-friendly version of Greek mythology, with lashings of jokes, an underlying story of deep family love and the reality of caring for a relative with dementia in an absolute page-turner of a book. The characters are hugely engaging, my favourite was Charon, the proprietor of Quick Styx Cabs, with his whip-smart banter. If you have been reading lots of best sellers written by TV comedians, try this as your next humorous book, you won’t be disappointed.

If you read this book and love it as much as I did, lookout for the other books in the series:

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