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From Medusa to Hercules: Greek Retellings for Young Readers

From Medusa to Hercules: Greek Retellings for Young Readers

Welcome to a world of gods, monsters, and epic battles! Greek mythology has captivated readers for centuries, and its influence can be seen in literature, art, and pop culture today. From the wisdom of Athena to the strength of Hercules, the stories of Greek gods and heroes have inspired countless retellings and adaptations. 

If you're a fan of Greek mythology, you're in luck - there are countless books and re-tellings out there to explore. Whether you're a seasoned scholar of the classics or a newcomer to the world of Greek mythology, there's something for everyone.

In this blog post, we'll take a journey through some of the best Greek mythology books and re-tellings, both old and new. We'll explore the most famous tales of gods and heroes, as well as some lesser-known stories that are sure to captivate your imagination. We'll also look at the different ways that writers and artists have interpreted these ancient myths over the years, from traditional retellings to modern adaptations.

So, whether you're looking for a thrilling adventure, a romantic tale of love and loss, or a deep dive into the history and culture of ancient Greece, we've got you covered. From the epic poetry of Homer to the modern-day retellings of Rick Riordan, there's a Greek mythology book out there for every reader.

So sit back, grab a copy of your favourite Greek mythology book, and let's dive into the world of gods and heroes. Get ready to be transported to a world of wonder, danger, and endless possibilities - the world of Greek mythology awaits!

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

How can we start off this blog without mentioning one of the most heroic and nostalgic re-tellings of greek myths for the modern generation?

The Percy Jackson books, written by bestselling author, Rick Riordan, are based on Greek mythology and are a modern retelling of ancient myths. The series follows Percy Jackson, a demigod, as he navigates the world of gods and monsters, battling against powerful adversaries and trying to save the world from impending disaster. Riordan weaves together various elements of Greek mythology, including monsters, heroes, and gods, to create a unique and engaging story that captures the spirit of ancient myths. Through the Percy Jackson series, readers can learn about and appreciate the rich history and culture of Greek mythology in a fun and accessible way. Check out the full series in one box set with our Percy Jackson Collection 5 Books Box Set, perfect for ages 7+.

Lore Olympus series by Rachel Smythe

Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe is a modern retelling of Greek mythology that has taken the internet by storm. Set in a world where gods and mortals coexist, the series follows the love story between Hades, god of the underworld, and Persephone, goddess of spring. Smythe's intricate storytelling and stunning artwork have captivated readers, who eagerly await each new episode.

One of the unique features of Lore Olympus is its depiction of the gods as

flawed and complex characters rather than the perfect and infallible beings often portrayed in traditional mythology. Hades, for example, is depicted as a kind and empathetic god who struggles with his responsibilities as ruler of the underworld and his desire for Persephone. Persephone, on the other hand, is portrayed as a young and innocent goddess who learns to navigate the complexities of the divine world.

Beyond the romance, Lore Olympus also explores themes of power, trauma, and identity. The series delves into the darker aspects of Greek mythology, such as the stories of abuse and assault that often accompany the tales of the gods. Smythe's thoughtful handling of these topics has earned her praise from readers and critics alike.

Overall, the Lore Olympus series is a captivating and thought-provoking take on Greek mythology that has earned a devoted following. With its stunning artwork and engaging storytelling, it's no wonder that readers are eagerly anticipating the next instalment.

Russell Andrews Collection - Hades, Icarus & Gideon

Russell Andrews is a renowned author who has written several captivating thrillers, including Icarus, Hades, and Gideon. His books are known for their intricate plots, well-developed characters, and edge-of-your-seat suspense. In Icarus, a man's life is turned upside down when he discovers a shocking secret about his past. Hades follow a detective's investigation into a series of gruesome murders with a disturbing link to Greek mythology. Gideon, on the other hand, is a psychological thriller that explores the dark secrets of a seemingly perfect family. If you're a fan of gripping suspense and thrilling plot twists, Russell Andrews' books are a must-read.

Hades X Persephone Series by Scarlett St. Clair

The Hades X Persephone Series by Scarlett St. Clair is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Hades and Persephone. The series consists of three books: A Touch of Darkness, A Touch of Ruin, and A Touch of Malice.

The story follows the forbidden romance between Persephone, the daughter of

the harvest goddess Demeter, and Hades, the god of the underworld. In St. Clair's retelling, Persephone is not the innocent maiden who is kidnapped by Hades but a strong and independent woman who is trying to escape her overbearing mother. Hades is not the cold and distant god of the underworld but a complex and passionate character who falls deeply in love with Persephone. 

The series explores themes of love, betrayal, and redemption, as well as the power dynamics between gods and mortals. St. Clair's writing is vivid and engaging, drawing readers into a world of gods and goddesses where the stakes are high, and the consequences are deadly.

Overall, the Hades X Persephone Series is a must-read for fans of Greek mythology and romance novels. It offers a fresh and unique take on the classic myth while staying true to its roots. With its compelling characters, thrilling plot, and steamy romance, this series is sure to capture the hearts of readers.

Greek Myths Series by Stephen Fry

The Stephen Fry Greek Myths series is a captivating retelling of ancient Greek myths, brought to life by the wit and charm of the renowned actor, comedian, and author Stephen Fry. The series includes three books: Mythos, Troy, and Heroes. Mythos explores the creation myths and early tales of the Greek gods and goddesses, providing a comprehensive and entertaining introduction to the pantheon. Troy tells the story of the famous Trojan War, from its causes and origins to its devastating conclusion. Heroes explore the myths surrounding the great heroes of Greek mythology, including Perseus, Theseus, and Heracles.

Fry's writing is engaging and accessible, making the stories of ancient Greece come alive in a way that is both entertaining and informative. He seamlessly weaves together historical context and mythological storytelling, making the series a great choice for both fans of ancient history and lovers of fiction. With his signature wit and humour, Fry brings the gods, goddesses, and heroes of Greek mythology to life, immersing readers in a world of epic battles, heroic deeds, and complex relationships. The series is a must-read for anyone interested in mythology, history, or simply a good story well told.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Embark on a gripping journey through a world where courage, sacrifice, and

cunning collide with ancient legends in The Hunger Games. This breathtaking novel, inspired by the timeless tales of Greek mythology, delivers a heart-pounding narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat, eager for more. Suzanne Collins, the mastermind behind this thrilling saga, ingeniously draws upon the enchanting tapestry of Greek mythology to craft her spellbinding story. At the core of The Hunger Games, one can sense the echoes of the ancient Greek tale of Theseus and the Minotaur. In the mythical labyrinth of Crete, King Minos demanded a grisly tribute from Athens - seven young men and seven maidens - to be sacrificed to the fearsome Minotaur, a monstrous creature with the body of a man and the head of a bull. Similarly, Panem's oppressive regime forces the districts to offer their own youthful sacrifices for the Capitol's entertainment, evoking the harrowing essence of the Minotaur's labyrinth.

The Hunger Games transports readers to Panem, a dystopian nation divided into twelve districts, each under the iron fist of the Capitol. As a reminder of their failed rebellion, the Capitol forces each district to send two "tributes," one male and one female, to participate in a twisted spectacle: a televised fight to the death known as the Hunger Games. In this ruthless arena, only one tribute can emerge victorious, but the cost of survival is perilously high. In the gripping pages of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins brilliantly weaves together the threads of Greek mythology to create a captivating tale of resilience, sacrifice, and the enduring power of the human spirit. The fusion of ancient lore and futuristic dystopia offers readers a unique and unforgettable experience.

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Greek re-tellings have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. These timeless tales of gods, heroes, and monsters offer something for everyone, from action-packed adventures to tales of love and betrayal. Authors like Stephen Fry and Rick Riordan, among others, have breathed new life into these ancient myths, making them accessible and exciting for modern audiences.

Whether you're a die-hard mythology buff or a casual reader looking for a captivating story, Greek re-tellings have something to offer. They allow us to explore timeless themes of love, power, and the human experience in a new and exciting way. So whether you're diving into a classic like Percy Jackson or discovering a new favourite like Lore Olympus, be prepared to be transported to a world of gods and heroes that will captivate you from start to finish. 


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If you're a fan of Greek mythology, there's nothing quite like getting lost in a good book that brings those ancient tales to life. From epic tales of gods and heroes to stories of mythical creatures and epic battles, the world of Greek mythology is full of adventure and wonder. And fortunately, there are countless books out there that explore this rich and fascinating subject. So if you're looking to discover more Greek mythology books, you're in luck! Whether you're a casual reader or a mythology enthusiast, there's something out there for everyone.

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