High atop Mount Olympus, dawn breaks on a new academic term. Normalcy has returned to campus following a harrowing expedition into The Underworld to rescue kidnapped students by Zeus and his fellow Olympians. Now, as they prepare to testify in The High Court, Hyperion will be tried for the attack on Crete and death of Anytos. Kronos will stand trial for the murder of Mount Olympus Prep’s Headmaster Ouranos.
As the trials draw near, Mount Olympus Prep students and faculty are besieged repeatedly by a race of gargantuan stone and earth giants. Under heavy assault, the Olympians are forced to flee to the volcanic island of Limnos to regroup.
Meanwhile, a toxic poison Zeus has carried with him since a prior fight with a dragoness, creeps toward his brain.
In a race against time and beasts, Zeus and his friends must find a way to survive not only the toxin ravaging Zeus’ body, but also the giants who grow stronger after every attack, and somehow make it to the The High Court alive.
Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the conference without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.
After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. He taught high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, and also coached football.
He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.
Road to Publication
I began writing in 2006. After finishing my first novel in 2009, I self-published it, but I shouldn’t have. It was raw and needed lots of work. I was then introduced to SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). Through this organization, I connected with other authors and found a phenomenal critique group. I also went to conferences where I took classes and attended various seminars to hone my craft. I began writing The Sky Throne in 2011. I then submitted the story, and got accepted, to a prestigious Mentorship Program. Later in 2015, I got my first agent, which I eventually lost. But that’s part of the business. And then finally in late 20,15 The Sky Throne was contracted for publication. It’s been a long journey, but one that is not so dissimilar to others.
- One (1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a digital copy of The High Court