Thursday, May 31, 2012

Olympians: Volume 4: Hades, Lord of the Dead

by George O'Connor, 77 pages

Sadly, Greek mythology does not give its lord of the underworld many stories in which he stars (he's often just kinda there in the background, doing his underworldy thing), so it's not O'Connor's fault that Hades is more of a supporting character even in his own book. The real protagonist here is Persephone and her transition from sheltered, flower-picking daughter to Goth, reform-minded bride. Kelley J. and I have had many discussions about this new take on the story. Socially inept Hades doesn't seem all that bad, despite having kidnapped his bride-to-be, since he had permission from her daddy Zeus (who just neglected to mention it to her overprotective [?] mother, Demeter) and is uncomfortable with the idea of keeping her by force. And what of Persephone's acclimation to her situation? Is it Stockholm Syndrome? Is she just morphing herself to fit whoever has the most influence over her? Or is she simply taking this unforeseen opportunity to discover her rebellious, independent side?

As per the usual, this volume offers much to entertain and educate while encouraging further thought and discussion. I recommend reading it with a friend and then sitting down over food and drink to analyze at your leisure. :P I look forward to the next book!

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