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Book Review: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods

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Greek mythology is probably one of the most popular kinds of mythology in the world. Almost everyone knows of Zeus and the Olympians, Achilles and the heroes, and creatures such as nymphs, satyrs, and more. Most students are even taught Greek mythology in class as it is the basis of some known literary works.

However, most Greek mythology is narrated in very formal English, making it quite difficult for students to appreciate and remember.

In 2010, author Rick Riordan reintroduced the world of Greek mythology through the eyes of Percy Jackson, a twelve-year-old demigod and a son of Poseidon. The series known as Percy Jackson and the Olympians made Greek mythology relatable to both kids and kids at heart. Five years later, he published a book that narrates the Greek version of the origin of the universe, told again through Percy’s perspective.

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, published last year, is a collection of basic Greek mythology—the stories of the Titans and the Olympians. The book takes on a light and comedic tone, making it easy for youngsters to follow the stories.

Other collections of mythology often start with the stories of Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades, as they are the three “major” gods of the sky, the sea, and the underworld, respectively. In Greek Gods, however, Percy decides to tell the story in chronological order, starting with the oldest Olympian, Hestia, and ending with the youngest.

Moreover, the book also contains work by artist John Rocco, depicting scenes in mythology such as Athena sparring with Pallas, Poseidon creating horses, Persephone meeting Hades, and more.

Rick Riordan is set to release a similar collection, Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes, later this year.

 

Written by:

Paula Apolonio, a book worm and theater enthusiast, she hopes to one day pen an international bestseller.

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