Zeus : King of the Gods

Zeus : King of the Gods

Book - 2010
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Terrified of being killed by one of his children, Kronos devours each of his offspring in turn. Only Zeus, the youngest, is saved. Though raised to enjoy a life of leisure, Zeus must fulfill his destiny and lead a new race of gods--and he must begin by destroying his own father.
Publisher: London : First Second, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781596434318
Characteristics: 76 p. : col. ill., geneal. table ; 26 cm


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Feb 04, 2018

Zeus, king of the gods, is one of the most problematic characters in literature. On the one hand, his origin story makes him incredibly sympathetic and he acts bravely against his tyrannical father; on the other hand, he's an ambitious pretender to the throne who turns around and commits the same crime that his father and grandfather did. It's easy to say his order is better than what came before him, but it's hard to call it justice.

O'Connor does a great job of vividly explaining many of the issues attendant to the Zeus story and the origins of the Titans. (However, he substitutes a name for a Titan that I have never heard or seen before in any retelling- I had to go back to my reference books to figure out he's referring to the Titan Coeus.) He also injects a bit of humor into the story, particularly around young Zeus' frolicking with the Oceanids. It's a little wink to his famous roving eye in later life, and a little poignant because he's most vulnerable with an innocent he'll later betray.

May 16, 2017

This is a super cool book series but the things thats weird is that the gods and the heroes usually use modern language.

Sep 21, 2014

like lol

Aug 18, 2013

I can't wait to read this book!

Sidewinder88 Sep 15, 2012

An awesome beginning to an awesome series. Go Olympians!

May 03, 2012

I've always had troubles picturing what the battle between Zeus and his father would look like. This book does an excellent job at not only portraying the battle between the big three and the titans, but also of giving each character an original design. The art is beautiful and very detailed. The book is a quick read, but definitely worth it.

unbalancedbutfair Apr 24, 2012

This entire series by O'conner is excellent. Not just an excellent graphic depiction of greek mythos, but simply good telling of the greek mythos overall.This series is perfect for the child first exploring greek mythology, and for the adult who wants to revisit these myths. The myths are made understandable, but they are not as watered down as they normally are. O'conner does an amazing job balancing the content of the myths within a PG level story so that you really don't lose much of the original story. The conversation is good, it feels real, and has nuggets of other myths inside it. Even if you disagree with his interpretations I think you'll enjoy the work. Read them.

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Mar 26, 2018

ipopjc thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

Apr 08, 2014

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Apr 17, 2017

"In the time before time, there was nothing,CHAOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"


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