WOW! I have really read a lot of good books lately – let the run on good books continue!
By Vicky Alvear Shecter
Illustrated by J. E. Larson
Series: Secrets of the Ancient Gods
128 pages – ages 9+
Published by Boyds Mills Press on September 1, 2014
Synopsis- Have you ever wondered what it is like to be the Lord of the Dead? Or to have people coming to your doorstep, just because you could bring people back to life? That’s the Greek God of the Dead, Hades’, daily experience. Hades leads you through a friendly, behind-the-scenes tour of his realm. Have fun! And watch out for the Furies!
What I Liked- This book is written like I like them – good story with an edge of humor. For example, Hades, even though he is the Greek Lord of the Dead, actually seems like a nice guy, in a god of the dead sort of way. He has a witty sense of humor and is a good tour guide through the underworld. He talks to you, the reader, as he explains a bit about some of the Greek myths and traditions. That was really cool. There are great black and white illustrations scattered throughout the book. They portray the feeling of the book very well. I laughed out loud when Hades said that he was angry at Harry Potter for calling Hades’ hell-hound “Fluffy” and that Lord Voldemort copied his name “He Who Shall Not Be Named,” as Hades was called by the Greeks. I think that this book would be a good one for reluctant readers of any kids interested in mythology. I am interested in reading the other books in the Secrets of the Ancient Gods series after reading this one.