Ares: Bringer of War (Olympians Series #7)
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Ares: Bringer of War (Olympians Series #7)

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by George O'Connor
     
 

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The myth continues in the tenth year of the fabled Trojan War where two infamous gods of war go to battle. The spotlight is thrown on Ares, god of war, and primarily focuses on his battle with the clever and powerful Athena. As the battle culminates and the gods try to one-up each other to win, the human death toll mounts. Who will win this epic clash of power? And

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The myth continues in the tenth year of the fabled Trojan War where two infamous gods of war go to battle. The spotlight is thrown on Ares, god of war, and primarily focuses on his battle with the clever and powerful Athena. As the battle culminates and the gods try to one-up each other to win, the human death toll mounts. Who will win this epic clash of power? And how many will have to die first?

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-10-22
In the latest of his inimitable Olympians series, O'Connor comes around to Ares and the Trojan War.The heroically ripped Ares is depicted howling maniacally on the cover and later thundering into the melee in a chariot driven by Eris, the goddess of discord and plainly (as the author puts it in his closing "G[r]eek Notes") "crazier than an outhouse rat." Ares is openly reviled by his father, Zeus, thoroughly drubbed by his cooler-headed half-sib Athena ("Bring it, blowhard!") but ultimately savvy enough to see his father's subtle hand in the war's course. In short, he comes across (like much of his immortal family) as wild and flawed but not one-dimensional. In compressed form, the major events of the Iliad and the subsequent sack of Troy serve as cause and backdrop for the internecine strife that the earthly war brings to Olympus. On both stages, Athena, still fuming from the beauty contest that started it all, practically steals the show. Zigzagging between Earth and Olympus, the sequential scenes present a typically lively mix of melodramatic action and strong reaction shots—enhanced, often, by not-exactly-Classical language. For all the chaotic violence, though, there is little visible gore. What family doesn't have its little disagreements? Thank goodness the Olympians have many. (family tree, afterword, discussion questions, source notes). (Graphic mythology. 8-14)
From the Publisher

“O'Connor draws most of his material for his final volume of his popular series from The Iliad, an account of a long and bloody war perfect for showcasing Ares' anger.” —Booklist

“In this nuanced, multilayered view of the usually vilified bringer of war, O'Connor continues his exceptional graphic novel series about the Greek gods. Less a biographical take on the subject and more of a character study, this entry is seen through the lens of the events that take place in Homer's iconic battle-driven epic poem The Iliad. Just like the original source material, the complex relationships among the deities and the tension and drama that arise when the glory and fate of their own demigod sons are at stake, take center stage. Ares is presented in many ways as his father's son, as evidenced by his affair with Aphrodite, but he also tries to rebel against Zeus's practice of using humans for sport. O'Connor highlights that of all the gods, Ares is the only one who grieves the death of his mortal son, shedding light on his own strained relationship with his father. Humor and zingers combine with the author's adept handling of Greek mythology, history, and popular culture. The variety of panels lends a dynamic feel to the battle scenes and confrontations between the dueling sides. The mostly scarlet-tinged color scheme is in perfect tune with the raging, bloodthirsty god of war's modus operandi. The author's extensive notes amusingly explain connections to The Odyssey, The Aeneid, and the series' previous works. VERDICT This expertly executed graphic novel will have fans anxiously awaiting even more adventures of mythological proportions.” —School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Michele C. Hughes
In this seventh volume of the “Olympians” series, O’Connor retells the Iliad as a graphic novel. As background, he contrasts Athena with Ares, describing Athena’s strategic approach to war and Ares’ bloodthirsty, chaotic tactics. The Trojans and the Greeks are at war, and the gods debate intervention. The mortals agree that a duel between Paris the Trojan and Menelaos the Greek will decide the outcome, but when Aphrodite steps in to protect Paris, the gods protest. Athena inspires the Trojans to break the truce, and they descend into war once again. Athena hears the prayer of Diomedes and gives him the ability to recognize gods on the battlefield, but she also warns him against harming them. Diomedes stabs both Aphrodite and Ares in the same day, and when Ares complains to Zeus, his father speaks harshly to him and instructs the gods again to stay out of the war. Achilles then steps up to lead the charge against the Trojans. The gods begin fighting, until they realize that Achilles has killed Prince Hektor of Troy, claiming victory for the Greeks. Disgusted by Achilles’ disrespect for Hektor’s corpse, the gods lose interest in human affairs. Ares and Zeus end the book with a rueful conversation about their strained father-son relationship. Readers familiar with Greek mythology or the Iliad will enjoy the depictions of the many characters, while those unfamiliar with the topic may find it confusing. Dramatic and sometimes violent illustrations accompany the narrative and tell the story in tandem with the dialogue. At the back of the book, the “G(r)eek Notes” section provides informative annotations, while discussion questions, character profiles and a bibliography offer further food for thought. Reviewer: Michele C. Hughes; Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal
★ 03/01/2015
Gr 4–8—In this nuanced, multilayered view of the usually vilified bringer of war, O'Connor continues his exceptional graphic novel series about the Greek gods. Less a biographical take on the subject and more of a character study, this entry is seen through the lens of the events that take place in Homer's iconic battle-driven epic poem The Iliad. Just like the original source material, the complex relationships among the deities and the tension and drama that arise when the glory and fate of their own demigod sons are at stake, take center stage. Ares is presented in many ways as his father's son, as evidenced by his affair with Aphrodite, but he also tries to rebel against Zeus's practice of using humans for sport. O'Connor highlights that of all the gods, Ares is the only one who grieves the death of his mortal son, shedding light on his own strained relationship with his father. Humor and zingers combine with the author's adept handling of Greek mythology, history, and popular culture. The variety of panels lends a dynamic feel to the battle scenes and confrontations between the dueling sides. The mostly scarlet-tinged color scheme is in perfect tune with the raging, bloodthirsty god of war's modus operandi. The author's extensive notes amusingly explain connections to The Odyssey, The Aeneid, and the series' previous works. VERDICT This expertly executed graphic novel will have fans anxiously awaiting even more adventures of mythological proportions.—Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781626720145
Publisher:
First Second
Publication date:
01/27/2015
Series:
George O'Connor's Olympians Series, #7
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
583,337
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

George O'Connor is a New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator of the Olympians series as well as such graphic novels as Journey into Mohawk Country and Ball Peen Hammer. In addition to his graphic novel career, Mr. O'Connor has published several children's picture books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Nikki_Mansfield More than 1 year ago
Another outstanding volume in George O'Connor's "Olympians" series. Book 7 brings us the story of Ares, the god of war, and the Trojan War. If you've read this far in the series you know what to expect with the artwork and O'Connor brings the same magnificent illustration to the table once again. This story is quite a complex one and brings together all the gods we've met in the other books, plus minor ones who've popped up here and there. They are all assembled watching as the Greeks and Trojans fight their ten-year war after Paris kidnaps Helen. The book doesn't just focus on Ares but rather contrasts Ares with Athena, the goddess of war, giving both of them about equal page time. Achilles' story and important role in the Trojan War are also part of the main plot. Other topics explored are all the various gods/esses relationships with their mortal sons and how the gods/esses intervened during the war, taking sides and arguing amongst themselves, playing with the participants during the first years. A wonderful addition to this ongoing series.