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Title:
Ares : bringer of war
Author:
O'Connor, George.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : First Second, 2015.
Physical Description:
76 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Summary:
"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?"--

"The myth continues in the tenth year of the fabled Trojan War where two infamous gods of war go to battle"--
General Note:
"A Neal Porter Book."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Middle School.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 3.7

Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.7 1.0 170748.
Conference Subject:
ISBN:
9781626720138

9781626720145
Format :
Book

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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?

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Author Notes

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.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

O'Connor draws most of his material for this final volume of his popular series from The Iliad, an account of a long and bloody war perfect for showcasing Ares' anger. He takes readers right into the chaotic action, depicting a blood-drenched, muscle-bound, red-eyed war god in the midst of battle, set on appropriately rusty red backgrounds. Ares and the other Olympians are divided over whether the Greeks or Trojans should win the war, and O'Connor focuses mostly on the gods' and goddesses' bickering and interference. Meanwhile, scenes of Greeks and Trojans battling are clearly depicted in the panels, and an author's note links the illustrations to moments in Homer's epic for readers unfamiliar with the story. Greek myths are full of frothy drama and revenge, which sometimes gets lost in prose versions, but O'Connor's comic-book-style artwork, witty asides, and clearly drawn characters make for very entertaining reading, and it's informative, too, especially if paired with more staid accounts of the deities. Ares is the seventh volume in this planned 12-book series, and the first 6 are now available together as a boxed set.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist


Library Journal Review

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 © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.