Lord of the Dead

O'Connor, George

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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.

Publisher: New York : First Second, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781596437616
Branch Call Number: J GRAPHIC GN FIC O
Characteristics: 76 p. : col. ill., genealogical table ; 26 cm.


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After abducting the beautiful Kore and throwing her mother Demeter into despair, Hades takes her on a tour of his realm. Kore takes a secret delight in finally being out of her mother's watchful gaze and in Hades' attention, deciding to rename herself Persephone. O'Connor's fushion of several Gre... Read More »

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Dec 01, 2014
  • FindingJane rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In Greek mythology, the gods often abducted women when they took a fancy to them. Ravishment (never called rape) usually followed. This was considered normal and possibly accepted as a god’s due. But what of the women? What did they ever have to say about this kind of behavior? The myths are curiously silent on this matter, an omission that no doubt irks modern female readers. Mr. O’Connor’s tale didn’t initially set out to redress this imbalance; it was meant to be the tale of Hades and how he acquired his bride. But something amazing happens. Persephone (née Kore) gradually takes center stage as she fights to asser herself against a domineering mother and a cold-blooded suitor. Hades is revealed to have a solid core of kindness. His love for his stolen bride shines through as does his tender-hearted care of her. But it is the females who dominate in this tale. The Furies warn Kore, Ceres searches unceasingly for her lost daughter and Hekate is the one who leads Ceres to learn the truth about her abducted child. We read about Kore’s growth from angry daughter to loving, caring spouse. With her newfound maturity, she calms her raging mother and soothes the heart of the god who desires her. The illustrations are also good. They are sumptuous if not big on detail (a field of wheat looks mainly like a large mass of ochre). But the action, storyline and individual voices of the characters are well crafted. Shading, color and wording are expertly crafted to tell this ancient story. This is a very thoughtful re-imaging of the abduction of Persephone, one which I thoroughly enjoyed and believe is more than relevant for contemporary readers.

Jul 20, 2014
  • orange_dolphin_185 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

graphic novel on greek mythology

Jul 18, 2014
  • blue_butterfly_3856 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Great book!:) Part of an AMAZING series.

Aug 31, 2013
  • derekivie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you are a Greek mythology fan you will love this book. Learn the actual stories of the gods who once ruled over the world in this cool graphic novel form.

Aug 06, 2013

O'Connor once again surprises with a teen-oriented, more relatable take on the Persephone fable. The spooky Hades tends to remain a cypher in retellings of the Olympus myths, but O'Connor manages to make him believable as a character as well.

Sep 15, 2012
  • Sidewinder88 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Really good series. Its nice to see this particular myth show a bit of Persephone's point of view. O'Connor did a really good job, can't wait for the next one!

Jul 10, 2012
  • TheAfricanPrince rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This Series inspieres me to start reading the Percy Jackson series and I'am loving it. I highly recommend Percy Jackson to you guys.

Apr 24, 2012
  • unbalancedbutfair rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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Aug 01, 2014
  • red_zebu_50 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

red_zebu_50 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 10

Jul 20, 2014
  • orange_dolphin_185 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 31, 2013
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Jul 20, 2014
  • orange_dolphin_185 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book is about persephone and how she was captured by hades people went without food since demeter was sad

Aug 31, 2013
  • derekivie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If Hades kidnapped your daughter wouldn't you take away the beauty of nature to get her back?


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Jul 20, 2014
  • orange_dolphin_185 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

without payment you would remain for a hundred years on the crowded bank of styx


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