Lord of the Dead
First Second, Hardcover, 9781596437616, 80pp.
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
Volume 4 of the highly acclaimed Olympians series
"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. This title has Common Core connections.
"Hades" is a" Kirkus Reviews" Best Children's Book of 2012.
"An outstanding addition to a first-rate series."
--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) "O’Connor’s brand of classical mythology for modern sensibilities serves as a good introduction to the gods and settings of the Greek myths."
--Publishers Weekly "The writing is well done, the story line is interesting and moves quickly, the characters are colorful, and this adventure is exciting."
--Children's Literature "O'Connor's artwork remains as strong as ever, especially in the glorious illustrations of the underworld."
--VOYA "Atmospheric, with descriptions and images of the Underworld that are so captivating that readers will pore over those pages again and again. O'Connor's illustrations, filled with lots of color and haunting illuminations, are well suited to this exciting story and will attract even the most reluctant readers."
--School Library Journal