Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians Series #1)

Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians Series #1)

by George O'Connor

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Zeus: King of the Gods 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kids love Greek mythology and this is an accessible and appealing graphic novel adaptation, complete with back matter that made my heart skip a beat. Reading this first book made me want to run out and get the rest of the series. Loved it! One beef? Why do all the human-looking gods have to be light-skinned?
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: I am a huge fan of Greek mythology.This tells the tale of creation from the Greek mythological point of view up to the birth of Zeus. Then it follows Zeus's story, how he battles his father Kronos to become King of the Gods and the founding of the home for the Olympians on Mount Olympus.Fantastic first book in a new ongoing series retelling the Greek myths. The story here is very well represented going right back to the beginning with Gaea, The Cyclopes, The Hekatonchieres and the Titans even before the birth of Zeus. This part of Greek mythology is often confusing to children (I never could understand it as a kid) and the graphic representation, especially of the Titans and the Hekatonchieres with their fifty heads and one hundred hands, is the ideal format for telling this myth. This story is also hardly ever included in children's Greek Myth collections and I've read many such collections over the last 16 years to my children. I feel quite confident in saying the author has done a brilliant job of re-telling Zeus' story in an exciting format. The illustrations are dark and unusual as to fit the subject matter from Kronos and the eating of his children to Zeus' final battle with his father. The book ends with the final destinies of those who came before Zeus and looks forward with a frame of Zeus with his Queen, brothers and sisters, and his children preparing us for the next volume. There is also some extra info at the end with an Author's Note, Fact pages on four characters, a Notes section referenced to pages and panels and finally a further reading section both for younger and older readers. I'm very impressed. This is a keeper for me and I'd highly recommend it as a library purchase.
MelyDely on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is the first book of the Olympians series. This story is about a young god, Zeus, and his dangerous plan to overthrow his father, Kronos.A great book for every greek myth lover.
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Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
Zeus: King of The Gods What I got out of the book was that you can learn about complicated story lines and plot through entertaining pictures. The author writes about Zeus¿s back story and how he later becomes king of the Greek gods and rules over the old world. Greek mythology is filled with heroes and monsters of different sorts so I find it rather fascinating, but also rather complex. With various names and various personalities¿ Greek tales and myths is fun to read and learn about. With unsuspecting turns and plots it opens the reader to a whole new world of magnificent culture and ideas that can be related back to our own society. For example Zeus is a man with super human strength but he has an ego and still makes mistakes like most regular people. I find Zeus one of the more exciting and interesting of Greek tales. His father Kronos tries to be rid of his children for fear that they will one day over throw him. Zeus¿s mother loved her children so much and couldn¿t bear to see Kronos swallow all of them for fear of revolution, that she hides her last child and sends Zeus to safety. Zeus grows up to become strong and in touch with his godly powers and later soon learned to master them. He then decides to confront his father and fight him to overthrow his corruption. Zeus frees his brothers and sisters by making Kronos cough up all the children born before him. They help Zeus to fight against Kronos and the titans. Zeus also releases the Cyclopes that Kronos and the titans had imprisoned in Tarturas or the underworld. Their war lasted many years and changed the face of the world. Finally Zeus and his force defeated the titans and dammed them to darkness in the deepest hole of the earth forever, leaving the gods to rule in their place. After defeating their father, Zeus and his family made their home on the tallest mountain left standing from the war. This mountain was called Mount Olympus. As far as tales go, this legacy will never end because elements of their culture have taken root in many aspects of our society. For example, Zeus still remains as a traditional representation of power today. This is why I find Greek mythology so fascinating, because it is timeless. Additionally, it is much easier to understand in graphic novel form.
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