The Face Of Apollo [NOOK Book]

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In fine form, Saberhagen turns to a world that recalls (and may actually be) that of his Swords series. The ancient classical gods have returned but are at war among themselves, and this yarn opens with a battle to the death between Apollo and Hades. Although Hades appears the victor, the face of Apollo is carried off by one of the sun god's human votaries. It ends up entering the body of 15-year-old Jeremy Redthorn, turning him into an avatar of Apollo who possesses many attributes of the god. That … gives him ...
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The Face Of Apollo

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Overview

In fine form, Saberhagen turns to a world that recalls (and may actually be) that of his Swords series. The ancient classical gods have returned but are at war among themselves, and this yarn opens with a battle to the death between Apollo and Hades. Although Hades appears the victor, the face of Apollo is carried off by one of the sun god's human votaries. It ends up entering the body of 15-year-old Jeremy Redthorn, turning him into an avatar of Apollo who possesses many attributes of the god. That … gives him the power to summon swarms of bees against his enemies, but it also imposes responsibilities equal to the new powers and thrusts him forcibly into the front lines of the cosmic battle of good and evil. Saberhagen offers classical scholarship, wit, and brisk pacing in an admirable coming-of-age story that should appeal even to readers unfamiliar with the Swords books and attract Swords-familiar readers in swarms. Roland Green --
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Editorial Reviews

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In a post-technology world in which the Olympian deities are distant memories, Jeremy Redthorn discovers a divine artifact that transforms his life and heralds the return of the gods. Equally at home with both sf and fantasy, Saberhagen (Berserker Fury, LJ 8/97) here shows off his skill at revitalizing old mythologies in this rousing series opener. Combining the epic quest with a story of one young man's rite of passage, this title should appeal to YA readers as well as to the author's many fans
Michael Behr
Authors who write very long and successful series, like the Swords series (all really good, btw!), often start a new series that's only a slight rework of their original. … At the same time, I prefer to shell out my hard earned bucks for something that I *haven't* read before, and Fred Saberhangen delivers just that! NOTHING is the same, which I love! Kudos, Fred!
This storyline is quite unpredictable and engaging too! This looks to be a great new series, and I highly recommend it.
A. Kato
The Face of Apollo is a real thriller that catches the mind, another fantastic novel by Fred Saberhagen. I enjoyed the twists and turns in the plot line and the wide array of characters. … The main characters journey … was well plotted and executed so the reader wasn't bombarded with too much all at once. The ascending ideas broiling up instead until they spilled over in an array of Greek mythology and medieval fantasy. Bravo to Saberhagen and this superb novel.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014274500
  • Publisher: JSS Literary Productions
  • Publication date: 3/21/2012
  • Series: Saberhagen's Book of the Gods, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 759,743
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Fred Saberhagen is widely published in many areas of speculative fiction. He is best known for his Berserker, Swords, and Dracula series. Less known are the myth based fantasies in the series Book of the Gods. Fred also authored a number of non-series fantasy and science fiction novels and a great number of short stories. For more information on Fred visit his website: www.fredsaberhagen.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Sophie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2001

    I have doubts about Saberhagen writing this himself...

    I don't know how someone else could have gotten the rights to his name, but this book is almost like he wrote the outline and some passages and then gave it to a tenth grade high school student to fill out the prose. The passages are so repetitive that the same book could have been written in 2/3 the number of words. At one point (page 171 to be exact) it is mentioned that Jeremy is lucky not to have been injured in a fall. Then it is mentioned twice more in the next few paragraphs. Maybe he was getting paid by the word. There also seems to be some confusion in the flow of time. Days will appear to have gone by and then it turns out to be the same afternoon. I hate to say it, but it is almost like Mr. Saberhagen would write a few lines, have a couple of cocktails and then write a few more. Doesn't TOR have editors that read these books before they are printed? I have read almost all of Fred Saberhagen's books and am terribly disappointed by this one. I will read the next in the series, but if it isn't any better, then it is time move on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2001

    full of action and adventure

    i thought the book was great. Mr. Saberhagen is a great author and i cant wait till he puts out the book of gods part 2

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