Book Review: Who Let The Gods Out? by Maz Evans

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Who Let the Gods Out? is hands down one of the most hilarious books I have read in my life. I spent half my reading time texting lines to my lovely pal Steph and glamorously snort-laughing on the train. I even earned myself a few tuts and eyerolls in the Quiet Coach.

It is the story of Elliot and the gods, who have come to Earth wreaking havoc everywhere they go and is choc full of references to Greek mythology. I love the stories of the Greek gods and thoroughly enjoyed seeing them woven into such an action-packed, laugh-a-minute story.

Elliot’s mum isn’t well; she forgets things a lot, and she is in financial trouble, though Elliot has more awareness of their situation than his mother does. Their neighbour, Patricia, is trying to take advantage of their situation so that she can take over their farm. She is utterly vile in every way. Elliot is trying to hide his mum’s illness from everyone around him. He’s such a good boy, trying to do his best and I adored him as a character.

Virgo, a constellation from the Zodiac council, is determined to prove her competency to her elders, so comes to Earth to deliver Ambrosia to a prisoner. Elliot finds her where she falls on his land. He gets swept along in her adventure, even though he’s just trying to look after his mum. He accidentally releases Thanatos (the Daemon of Death), which causes something of a problem that he and the Zodiac council have to fix. To do this, Elliot and the gods have to find the earth stone to re-imprison Thanatos. Meanwhile, Thanatos is trying to kill them all.

Virgo doesn’t really understand what it means to be human, so her and Elliot have some interesting conversations, especially when she suggests he switch his mother for one that works properly.

There is a lot of humour in the book that will appear to adult readers, with lines like: “I’m as neutral as a magnolia living in Switzerland”, and a scene where Charon delivers an online shopping order where they’ve substituted water and fruit for toilet rolls! I also loved the idea of Pythia exchanging prophecies for buckets of fried chicken. I heartily approve of this method of payment, and will absolutely make up a prophecy for anyone who delivers me fried foods.

I honestly don’t think I went more than a minute without laughing aloud at this book. It is absolutely fantastic, and I’m really looking forward to reading the others in the series.

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