Monday, April 9, 2012

Review - Hades: Lord of the Dead (Olympians #4) by George O'Connor

Title: Hades: Lord of the Dead

Series: Olympians #4

Other books in this series: Zeus: King of the Gods | Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess | Hera: The Goddess and her Glory

Author: George O'Connor

Publication date: January 31, 2012

Published by: First Second

Source: The publishers via Netgalley

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"Hades: Lord of the Dead" tells the story of the great God of the Underworld and one of the most famous of all Greek myths: Hades’ abduction of Persephone and her mother’s revenge. Be prepared to see a new side of Persephone in this dynamic adaptation of the story of the creation of the seasons. In Olympians, O’Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren’t sedate, scholarly works. They’re action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O’Connor’s vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology.

My rating: ★★★★★

I loved, loved, LOVED this book!!

It was a very fun and quick read about the Greek Underworld and its geography, and its residents and deities (including Hades, of course). It also talked about the Abduction of Persephone. In this myth, he is always viewed as the villain…but truthfully, he isn’t! He is really a nice guy! And Persephone sees that, eventually. I even added him to my favorite-Greek-gods list just recently :)

I liked the way the story was told, and I also really liked the pictures…I guess this is a graphic novel-type book. It’s very cool!

Another thing I was super happy about was the appearances of my two favorite Greek gods: Hecate and Apollo! I also really liked Hermes in this book, especially the exchange between him and Hecate…totally hilarious!

This is book 4 in the series, but I unfortunately have not read the 3 previous ones (they were about Zeus, Athena, and Hera). But I of course, intend to read them soon :)

This book is perfect for those who love Greek mythology, like I do, or those who just want to know about Hades, Persephone, and the Underworld.

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a comment! :)

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