**Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Athena: The Story of a Goddess by Imogen and Isabel Greenberg through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this opportunity.
Athena: The Story of a Goddess by Imogen and Isabel Greenberg is a graphic novel version of a few of the highlights of the ancient Greek goddess Athena’s life story. It’s presented in an easily accessible way for younger readers. It was published on June 22nd, 2021. I rated it four stars on Goodreads.
Here’s the summary from Goodreads:
Discover the adventures of Athena, the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom, war and courage. From her extraordinary birth – sprung from the head of her father, in the midst of a thunderous headache – to her refusal to take no for an answer. Find out how she inspired powerful gods, goddesses and humans and the terrifying fate of those who dared to cross her path.
Follow Athena as she competes against her bad-tempered uncle; watch as she turns her enemy into a spider and join her as she keeps Odysseus safe on his remarkable journey home.
Prepare to be amazed as you uncover the story of one of the most fearless ancient goddesses, and the tales of a world where humans, gods and goddesses could meet. Illustrated and written by the brilliantly talented sister duo, Isabel and Imogen Greenberg, this is a story of daring for goddesses-in-the-making.
I like the idea of short graphic novels that highlight the stories of one mythological figure. I find mythology really interesting and so I like to learn more about it. Admittedly, most of the content in this particular graphic novel was information that I already knew. However, I wouldn’t say that I’m strictly the intended audience. This graphic novel is aimed at a younger audience who want to learn more about Greek mythology. It’s definitely informative.
I liked the combination of images and text. The drawings illustrated the story well. You had a clear idea of what was going on. The eARC that I received said that the illustrations would be in colour for the final edition, and that would be even better than it was. I will admit that sometimes the formatting was a little hard to read on my phone, but I didn’t take anything off my rating because of that. That just couldn’t be helped I don’t think.
The stories were simplistic and easy to understand. It’s a well suited book for a child, and would be a good introduction to the idea of Athena. It’s definitely worth checking out.
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