Aphrodite: Goddess of Love (Olympians #6)

Aphrodite: Goddess of Love (Olympians #6)
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Age Range
9+
Release Date
December 31, 2013
ISBN
978-1596437395
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n volume six of Olympians, graphic novel author/artist George O'Connor turns the spotlight on Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Look for the same thoroughly researched and wonderfully accessible comics storytelling as O'Connor tackles the story of the Aphrodite from her dramatic birth (emerging from sea-foam) to her role in the Trojan War. O'Connor has outdone himself with this volume: the story is riveting and the artwork is beyond compare. Greek mythology has never been so vivid! A Neal Porter Book

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Aphrodite: Goddess of Love
(Updated: June 27, 2014)
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Love graphic novels! This latest from First:Second continues the Olympians series with Aphrodite. It starts with her 'birth' and then forced marriage to Hephaistos and a contest that ends up starting an infamous war. So much to love about this graphic novel! Aphrodite is not so much a ditz like in other versions but rather someone forced into a love-less marriage just so Zeus doesn't have to 'deal' with another power play or God rivalry. The contest on who is the most beautiful also hints at Zeus's manipulations.

I did want to see more of Ares, who is in the background but figures a lot in Aphrodite's life. Hera also doesn't seem as nasty as other versions I've read. I did feel for poor Hephaistos who doesn't have the beauty of the other gods and really is smitten with Aphrodite. Still, it must be hard to be forced to marry someone and not care for them.

The illustrations are catchy and sure to appeal to reluctant readers. This whole series is great and a must have to those who love Greek mythology or want to learn more.
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