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The third book in the hilarious bestselling WHO LET THE
GODS OUT series; perfect for fans of David Solomons!

'I
totally fell in love with Elliot and the gods, and I think you're
all
going to love them too.' ROBIN STEVENS on book 1

'One of the funniest new voices in children's literature.
The laughs come thick and fast' DAVID SOLOMONS on book 1

Elliot's
life is spiralling out of control. He's been suspended
from school, his ex-convict dad is useless around the house
and hismum's health is worsening. What's more, the gods are determined
to forge on with the quest for the third chaos stone. An unlikely,
hilarious and heart-warming odyssey begins. But Elliot has
heard of a mythical potion rumoured to cure all ills - can he
save his mum, even if it means sacrificing the fate of the world?

Are
you ready to find out how it all ends? Elliot's final
adventure, AGAINST ALL GODS, is out now!

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20th February '19
UnicornGirl read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Beyond the Odyssey 9781910655993
5 stars
I have read the first 2 books in the series, they were all really funny and made me laugh my socks off!!! I love the character Hermes - he is brilliant and hilarious. He called the Queen 'my royal babeness!' My whole class dressed up as characters from the 3 books for world book day. I went as Virgo and my mum even sprayed my hair silver. I can't wait to read the new book Against All Gods!!!
24th September '18
Bobbin read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Beyond the Odyssey 9781910655993
5 stars
The third book in a series of four, continues Elliot Hoopers quest alongside Greek gods. This time he is looking for the third chaos stone. Alongside a life on Earth mixed up with Greek gods, Elliot has to cope with his mums ill health and the return of his convict father. Needless to say there is A Lot going on, and the story balances humour with poignancy as the tale takes you on an epic adventure.  My son really enjoyed it and can't wait for the final book. He did want to give the book four stars, but that was because of the cliff hanger at the end, so I think really this book does deserve five stars!
26th January '19
Mimmim read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
I have read all of Maz Evans' ( current) books and I love them!!! They are a hilarious twist on the Greek Myths. If you like them, I would recommend Rick Riordan's books, which are also about myths.
7th May '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
Yep, it's super-optimal all right! I think this is actually the best of the three so far; it's so much more than a simple quest story. I'm a huge fan of The Odyssey anyway so I had a good cackle at the jokes there (I will never stop being amused by Mypu). What a great way to introduce kids to such a classic.

Elliot's arc is deftly done and my goodness, aren't those villains something else. Literally. My daughters (12 and 7) both loved this installment, and I've just let a copy loose in the school library too - I can't wait to see what the kids make of it!
22nd February '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Beyond the Odyssey 9781910655993
5 stars
The third book in the WLTGO series is a tense, exciting and heart-wrenching tale which will leave you breathless and desperate to get your hands on the final book in the series.


Elliot Hooper bears the weight of the world on his thirteen-year-old shoulders. Following a tip off from the dastardly duo of his neighbour Patricia Porshley Plum and her new sidekick, Mr Boil, the “authorities” have been on a home visit to Home Farm. He can no longer hide his mother’s dementia and there are plans afoot to take her into care, find a guardian for Elliot and therefore allow Patricia to get her greedy hands on the farm.


Aside from his mortal woes, Elliot remains a target for Thanatos, the daemon of death, his evil sibling Hypnos and their ruthless mother Nyx, all of whom want him dead once he has gathered all four chaos stones for them.


Accompanied by Zeus, Virgo (who increasingly resembles a mortal teenager after she discovers electronic games) and a strangely helpful Hypnos, Eliot embarks on a dual quest to discover the Water Stone and Panacea’s Potion which he has been told can cure any illness. The Water Stone ruby is hidden on the Island of the Cyclopes and in the absence of Pegasus and Hermes, transport in this story is provided by the travel company owned by Odysseus, Don’tcAIR, motto: you cut prices, we cut corners!


Cue a story brimming with jokes and fast-paced action. However, it is not all fun this time. You can sense Elliot’s increasing desperation on every page and this book presents an incredible insight into family love. Be prepared for leaky eyes and have tissues to hand as you read. Bravo Maz Evans on another supreme piece of writing, as before illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff.

(This review has previously appeared on my own blog)
24th July '18
Alex Readalot read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
I got to read this book first because Casper (my annoying big brother who annoys me all the time) was out doing a Scouts cooking competition. Thanks to the competition, me and Casper didn’t need to fight over who read the book first unlike when we got Simply the Quest.
This is the third book in the Who Let The Gods Out? series. In this story, Elliot goes on a giant adventure to try to get the water stone and Panacea’s potion so he can save his mum and the world.
My favourite character is Gorgy (who is an energetic, helpful and rude infant gorgon) because he helps Elliot on his quest to get the Chaos Stone and ends up saving Virgo’s life.
My favourite part is something that might ruin the story if I tell you. I’ll just say that it is near the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has read Who Let The Gods Out? and Simply the Quest. I would also recommend this to people who like adventure stories because it is a great adventure!
24th July '18
Casper Readalot read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
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5 stars
When Elliot Hooper meets a group of gods his life will never be the same again… is what I would say if I were reviewing the first book. Instead, I’m reviewing Beyond The Odyssey, the third book in the amazing series full of random jokes that are still funny when quickly reading parts of the book again for this review.
Elliot Hooper is a young boy who lives on a farm with his mum (who has dementia) and his dad, who’s just got out of prison. Oh yeah, and a group of ancient Greek immortal gods. He has the job of collecting the Chaos Stones, powerful stones that can control elements, before Thanatos, daemon of death, can get them and destroy the world. This time, with two stones in his possession, he goes after the water stone, along with trying to find the only thing to heal his mother – Panacea’s potion.
Beyond The Odyssey is an amazing book to read for anyone who can laugh or has any sense of humour (not Alex!) It was enjoyed by my mum – who is in her thirties – so that shows anyone can enjoy this! It did make me laugh but also deals with a serious issue (Mrs Hooper’s dementia) and those bits did make me sad at certain parts.
17th July '18
bookworm2007 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
 What I love about this book is that Maz Evans can fit loads of exciting sad funny memorable nervous things into 384 pages. The genre of this book is adventure  There are no illustrations in this book. It made me feel sad at times and made me excited when they set off for there mission.
31st March '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Beyond the Odyssey 9781910655993
5 stars
Maz Evans is back with a bang in the third installment of the superb ‘Who Let the Gods Out’ series, with even more laughs, action and downright heart-breaking moments. ‘Beyond the Odyssey’ is superbly crafted and brilliantly entertaining. Every time I think it simply can’t get any better and every time I’m blown away even more by Maz’s storytelling. Elliot’s life is becoming increasingly more difficult as his Mum’s condition deteriorates, his secret life is at risk of exposure and everything he has been desperately clinging on to protect, is in serious danger of slipping away. So we can’t blame Elliot when he succumbs to the temptation dangled in front of him like the proverbial carrot by the sinister Hypnos who tells him of a potion that could save his Mum. And so Elliot must undertake his most dangerous mission yet, one that will take him beyond the mortal realm on an odyssey of his own.
This book should definitely come with a warning but it doesn’t so let me prepare you in a way that I wasn’t prepared. You think that you’ve seen the bad guys at their baddest but no you’re wrong. You think that nothing could possibly make you laugh as much as ‘Who Let the Gods Out‘ and ‘Simply the Quest‘ and yet you’re still wrong. And you think you have cried all the tears you could have possibly cried but yes I’m sure you’ve guessed it  you’re WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!! Nothing quite prepared me for the comedy genius of this book, Maz is one of the funniest writers I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Yet again her gift for observational comedy shines through particularly in the scenes at economy airline ‘Don’tcAir’ and Circe’s huge rant at the frustrations of being a working Mum. Although she does cleverly mixes smack you in the face comic moments with subtle hilarious quips that will make you snigger to yourself because she is after all the Queen of children’s comedy.
However the utter brilliance of this book is that it plays out this comedy against a very tragic background of pain, confusion and despair which is handled sympathetically with absolutely no sugar coating. For this Maz deserves all the praise, she never chooses the easy way or to wrap her story up in a big shiny bow, it’s real life – with lots of mythical gods and goddesses thrown into the mix of course. So now after finishing ‘Beyond the Odyssey’ I’m left feeling emotionally battered and  bereft. “How long will I have to wait for the final book,” I wail as I feel like it’s been an eternity already despite only finishing it yesterday. I long to hold this book in the way that Virgo needs to have her Kardia restored, the Gods desire to reunite the Chaos stones and how Patricia Porshley-Plum craves Elliot’s farm. An irresistible combination of heart and humour, it is indeed a super-optimal read.
5th June '18
Bee read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow! The best school book my teacher has read! Just don't read it if you are a wimp+if you can't cope with death . This book if you ask me is super optimal
7th September '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Beyond the Odyssey 9781910655993
5 stars
This book started with the laughter I have begun to expect from this serious - at points I was laughing aloud to myself, but the end gave me unexpected goosebumps. I cannot wait to read the fourth and final book of the series, when it is published.

During this book, Elliot has to continue his quest for the Chaos Stones, whilst continue to try to care for his mother. He ends up seeking an important potion and begins his own Odyssey to find it. With the Gods (and the Daemon of Sleep) by his side, he sets of to the Island of the Cyclops' and discovers a way to visit the afterlife in order to find what he seeks. Meanwhile, the situation at home becomes even worse still, in his absence. Is he able to help save his mother? You'll have to read to find out. 
20th July '18
UnicornGirl read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Beyond the Odyssey 9781910655993
5 stars
I have read the other 2 books in the series, they were all really funny and made me laugh my socks off!!! Especially, Hermes - he was hilarious. He called the Queen 'my royal babeness!' My whole class dressed up as characters from the 3 books for world book day. I went as Virgo and my mum even sprayed my hair silver. Maz Evans is such funny yet creative writer. I love her books and I can't wait to read her new book Against All Gods!!!
19th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Beyond the Odyssey 9781910655993
5 stars
As you know from my past reviews, I’m a huge fan of this series! Who isn’t?! Throughout the series we meet Elliot as he teams up with the Greek Gods (who have abandoned Olympus and now live on earth with Elliot and his mum) to search for the Chaos Stones, to prevent Thanatos from ruling the world! Keeping up with the hilarious, breath-taking, fast pace of the previous two books, Beyond the Odyssey, offers just as many twists and turns, laughs and tears, as Elliot and the Gods try to track down a potentially magical potion that could cure Elliot’s mums dementia.
The tone of the book felt a lot darker compared to the others, as the stakes are incredibly high for Elliot, but Maz still maintains the hilarious humour that the series is known for. The odyssey begins with new characters, old favourites, new places, old haunts, but can Elliot save his mum, even if it means sacrificing the fate of the world? I absolutely cannot wait for the fourth installment!
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