Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"When Evie Walker goes home to spend time with her dying father, she discovers that his creaky old house in Hope’s Fort, Colorado, is not the only legacy she stands to inherit. Hidden behind the old basement door is a secret and magical storeroom, a place where wondrous treasures from myth and legend are kept safe until they are needed again. The magic of the storeroom prevents access to any who are not intended to use the items. But just because it has never been done does not mean it cannot be done.
And there are certainly those who will give anything to find a way in.Evie must guard the storeroom against ancient and malicious forces, protecting the past and the future even as the present unravels around them. Old heroes and notorious villains alike will rise to fight on her side or to undermine her most desperate gambits. At stake is the fate of the world, and the prevention of nothing less than the apocalypse."
I LOVED Discord's Apple. It does a beautiful job of weaving in Greek mythology (without vilifying any deities) into a modern setting with believable characters.
The setting is contemporary, but with a few changes- Homeland Security and the atmosphere post 9/11 has led to a more police state in this case. And honestly, it's so seamlessly woven together that it's believable. The micro and macro stories overlap seamlessly, as well, creating a story with depth and breadth.
There's a story-within-a-story aspect that serves as a wonderful character development tool (and why didn't I think of that, in my writing?), and the character voices are very true.
I highly recommend this book, for everyone...but especially if you enjoy fiction, adventure, strong female protagonists, Greek mythology, world mythology, history, clever and unexpected moments in novels, and books that are so filled with multiple genres that they can't be classified as anything other than 'awesome'.
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