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Step into a world of fearsome battle, cruel treachery, and fierce loyalty. Your guides are the three Fates, eerie figures who weave the tale of life. Their subject today is Athena, warrior goddess. Five astonishing tales of brave Athena's adventures lies ahead. Get ready for adventures you've only dreamed of as the Greek gods come to explosive life in OLYMPIANS. Epic battl Step into a world of fearsome battle, cruel treachery, and fierce loyalty. Your guides are the three Fates, eerie figures who weave the tale of life. Their subject today is Athena, warrior goddess. Five astonishing tales of brave Athena's adventures lies ahead. Get ready for adventures you've only dreamed of as the Greek gods come to explosive life in OLYMPIANS. Epic battles, daring quests, and terrible monsters await you...


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Step into a world of fearsome battle, cruel treachery, and fierce loyalty. Your guides are the three Fates, eerie figures who weave the tale of life. Their subject today is Athena, warrior goddess. Five astonishing tales of brave Athena's adventures lies ahead. Get ready for adventures you've only dreamed of as the Greek gods come to explosive life in OLYMPIANS. Epic battl Step into a world of fearsome battle, cruel treachery, and fierce loyalty. Your guides are the three Fates, eerie figures who weave the tale of life. Their subject today is Athena, warrior goddess. Five astonishing tales of brave Athena's adventures lies ahead. Get ready for adventures you've only dreamed of as the Greek gods come to explosive life in OLYMPIANS. Epic battles, daring quests, and terrible monsters await you...

30 review for Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess

  1. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    This is my last one to read for the Olympians series that he has written so far. I hope he writes more of these. They are FANTASTIC! I like how George uses the fates to tell the tale of Athena. He finds some interesting source materials for her birth that was in D'Aulaire's mythology or other mythologies I have read. Either he makes it up or he reads very widely on the subject from multiple historical perspectives. Then, one of the stories told is about Medusa, which is such a great tale. Athena This is my last one to read for the Olympians series that he has written so far. I hope he writes more of these. They are FANTASTIC! I like how George uses the fates to tell the tale of Athena. He finds some interesting source materials for her birth that was in D'Aulaire's mythology or other mythologies I have read. Either he makes it up or he reads very widely on the subject from multiple historical perspectives. Then, one of the stories told is about Medusa, which is such a great tale. Athena seems less cold in this story and a little warmer. I kinda like her. The next tale is of the Gigantomachy which attack Mt Olympus and Athena is the one to defeat their leader. They are almost invincible. Lastly, is the famous story of Arachne. I do love this story. I find the hubris of Arachne interesting. The longest tale is of Perseus and Medusa. That is one of the most well known as well. I simply love these story by George. He tells the myths so well. He has a great perspective and understanding. He carries on the tradition and lineage of this work. I hope he does one on Hestia and Hephaestus.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I thought that this was already reviewed, but I am correcting that now. This was my first George O'Connor read and I highly recommend his works to my fellow high school teachers. The illustrations are excellent and really follow the familiar Greek myths well. I thought that this was already reviewed, but I am correcting that now. This was my first George O'Connor read and I highly recommend his works to my fellow high school teachers. The illustrations are excellent and really follow the familiar Greek myths well.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Donalyn

    Athena is my favorite Olympian. She is the goddess of wisdom, tactical warfare and crafts, after all. Besides, I have a thing for owls. The illustrations in this graphic novel remind me of superhero comics and it does a superb job of creating a linear "biography" of Athena from several classic stories. Athena is my favorite Olympian. She is the goddess of wisdom, tactical warfare and crafts, after all. Besides, I have a thing for owls. The illustrations in this graphic novel remind me of superhero comics and it does a superb job of creating a linear "biography" of Athena from several classic stories.

  4. 4 out of 5

    paula

    I gave this book a star for School Library Journal and if I could have given it two stars, I would have!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is the second book in the Olympians series of graphic novels by George O'Connor. It's an entertaining and dramatically illustrated version of the classic Greek mythology. It features the story of Athena's birth, two stories that explain why she is also called Pallas Athena, as well as two more stories in which Athena is a major character. Our girls love Greek Mythology and we've read a lot of books that feature various Gods and Goddesses. We've really enjoyed the variety of styles, from D'Au This is the second book in the Olympians series of graphic novels by George O'Connor. It's an entertaining and dramatically illustrated version of the classic Greek mythology. It features the story of Athena's birth, two stories that explain why she is also called Pallas Athena, as well as two more stories in which Athena is a major character. Our girls love Greek Mythology and we've read a lot of books that feature various Gods and Goddesses. We've really enjoyed the variety of styles, from D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths to the Goddess Girls series to the Tales from the Odyssey series. And now our girls are really getting into graphic novels, so they were very excited to discover these books. The story is dramatic and exciting and the family tree on the inside of the front cover really helps to put things into perspective. I don't think I've ever really understood the incestuous way in which all of the Gods are related. This book really helps to make it all clear. I also love the G(r)eek notes that offer glimpses into the illustrated asides that are alluded to, but not discussed in the narrative. The story is entertaining and the illustrations are terrific, sure to appeal to both girls and boys. Our oldest is a big fan of Athena and she loved this book so much she read it three times. We are looking forward to reading all of these books. It appears that only five books are published so far, so we are hoping that more will be published soon... interesting quote: "She learned to never again let anger cloud her judgment in battle. She would always use her good counsel." (p. 24)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    I enjoyed this anthology of Athena tales more than the preceding volume on Zeus, mostly because I guess the pesky chore of world-building (in the most literal sense of the term I think I've ever used) was accomplished already and the Grey-Eyed Goddess could be given her fullest due. Interesting how the author displays a generally admirable figure here but one that is nonetheless touched by tragedy and pride. It definitely makes me interested to see how the rest of the Olympians fare, though it ma I enjoyed this anthology of Athena tales more than the preceding volume on Zeus, mostly because I guess the pesky chore of world-building (in the most literal sense of the term I think I've ever used) was accomplished already and the Grey-Eyed Goddess could be given her fullest due. Interesting how the author displays a generally admirable figure here but one that is nonetheless touched by tragedy and pride. It definitely makes me interested to see how the rest of the Olympians fare, though it may take me some time to find out as my local library's collection of the series is only half complete for the time being.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jacq ~

    This was just fun mythology!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    Reason for Reading: Next in the series. This second book starts off with a one page summary of volume one. It also introduces The Fates who are the storytellers of this issue. Different from Zeus, this volume is not one singular story but a collection of vignettes of Athena's creation and birth story and her other adventures. Each story, in the end, tells how Athena added to her Aegis, which became her most powerful weapon. Plus there are two versions of why she took the name Pallas Athena and of Reason for Reading: Next in the series. This second book starts off with a one page summary of volume one. It also introduces The Fates who are the storytellers of this issue. Different from Zeus, this volume is not one singular story but a collection of vignettes of Athena's creation and birth story and her other adventures. Each story, in the end, tells how Athena added to her Aegis, which became her most powerful weapon. Plus there are two versions of why she took the name Pallas Athena and of course no collection of Athena would be complete without the story of Arachne. A superb follow-up to Zeus and I'm definitely hooked on this series. The myths are brilliantly told, following mostly exactly as I expect them to with a few exceptions plus I'm also finding a few new-to-me tales as well along the way. One thing I didn't mention in my review of Zeus, which became an invaluable resource in this issue is the Genealogical Chart on the inside cover which starts with Gaea goes straight through to the Olympians and then ventures off to show the lineage of the gods and demi-gods who one presumes will be seen in future volumes. Many characters are introduced in this volume from The Fates and The Gigantes to Pallas and Medusa and I loved being able to flip to that chart to see where everyone fit in! I'm loving the artwork. I really appreciate the facial expressions and the uniqueness of the creatures, it really brings the myths to life in a way that an all-text version just cannot accomplish. There is a lot of violence in this volume, considering Athena is the Goddess of War, but there is no bloodshed shown, (unless you count a puddle of green Medusa blood) in keeping with the age appropriateness of the series. The only thing I'd consider of concern to parents would be their comfort level with the word "lover". Looking forward to the next volume which will concentrate on Hera.

  9. 4 out of 5

    David

    The second volume in the Olympian graphic novel series is excellent. I already loved this series after Volume 1 (Zeus), but the enigmatic Pallas Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, Craft, and War, becomes a real character, and I like that the author, George O'Connor, sticks to the original myths (and really knows his sources) while not being afraid to take a few artistic liberties. The dialog is contemporary, the facial expressions suitable for a young adult graphic novel, and a more or less invented The second volume in the Olympian graphic novel series is excellent. I already loved this series after Volume 1 (Zeus), but the enigmatic Pallas Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, Craft, and War, becomes a real character, and I like that the author, George O'Connor, sticks to the original myths (and really knows his sources) while not being afraid to take a few artistic liberties. The dialog is contemporary, the facial expressions suitable for a young adult graphic novel, and a more or less invented childhood for Athena is inserted here, which nonetheless reads as true to the original myths, like a newly discovered "hidden chapter" unearthed of Hesiod or Homer. The stories (related to us by the Fates) will be generally familiar to anyone who knows their Greek mythology: there is Athena's birth from Zeus's forehead (which kinda sorta makes sense in this version), her participation in the Gigantomachy, the war against the Giants, which leads to her creating her famous Aegis, and then of course, Medusa, Perseus, and Arachne. I always thought Medusa got a raw deal, but that's pretty much the theme of Greek mythology. Likewise, Arachne always seemed just a little bit unbelievable to me - how does someone raised in a world in which the Olympians are a real presence not know better than to deliberately antagonize one of them? But the myths were allegorical tales, not meant to be fully believable character dramas. Taking all these larger-than-life stories, George O'Connor illustrates a beautiful, formidable goddess who is wise and potent and maybe has just a bit of a temper (though much less than her Olympian brothers and sisters, let alone Daddy), and tells her stories in a child-friendly but not childish way. These would be perfect to introduce a youngster to Greek mythology, but they're still entertaining enough to appeal to adult fans of mythology as well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kellee Moye

    In the 2nd book in George O'Connor's Olympian books, he explores the stories of Athena. I really liked how this book was set up more so than the first because I felt that there was more elaboration and details into Athena's stories while in Zeus's book, it was more a history lesson of the Olympians. In this graphic novel, we get to hear the story of Athena's birth, Perseus, Arachne and more. I also loved this book because Athena is very much my favorite of the Olympians because of her intelligen In the 2nd book in George O'Connor's Olympian books, he explores the stories of Athena. I really liked how this book was set up more so than the first because I felt that there was more elaboration and details into Athena's stories while in Zeus's book, it was more a history lesson of the Olympians. In this graphic novel, we get to hear the story of Athena's birth, Perseus, Arachne and more. I also loved this book because Athena is very much my favorite of the Olympians because of her intelligence and strength- she is what all women should try to be. And George O'Connor compliments her well by making her seem like a superhero in his graphic novel (because she is). This (and Zeus) will be a great resource for me and my students when we do our mythology unit as well- excellent!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    This book shows the story of Athena.How she was born and how she was raised. The story of her outfit and also why she is a god of war.This book is just fantastic in overall.Thats it for part one theres multiple. In the beginning we learn of a women Zeus loved named Metis the mother of Athena.Then it goes into the creation of Athena's shield and Armor when Hephaistos,Ares and Poseidon's help.They open Zeus head and Athena comes out.Then we learn of giants who want to take over mount olympus.but the This book shows the story of Athena.How she was born and how she was raised. The story of her outfit and also why she is a god of war.This book is just fantastic in overall.Thats it for part one theres multiple. In the beginning we learn of a women Zeus loved named Metis the mother of Athena.Then it goes into the creation of Athena's shield and Armor when Hephaistos,Ares and Poseidon's help.They open Zeus head and Athena comes out.Then we learn of giants who want to take over mount olympus.but the gods destroy them all.Then we find out that a women can weave better than Athena and they have a contest but Athena destroys the women because she makes fun of the gods like Zues in hers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    This is a fantastic graphic novel for kids and teens about Athena, one of my favorite Greek goddesses. George O'Connor does a nice job of picking a mix of well-known stories about Athena (such as her role in Perseus's slaying of Medusa, or the story of Arachne) and lesser-known tales. His artwork is really excellent -- the pages are full of motion and excitement, and he captures changes of mood beautifully though subtle shifts in characters' facial expressions. I was reminded strongly of P. Crai This is a fantastic graphic novel for kids and teens about Athena, one of my favorite Greek goddesses. George O'Connor does a nice job of picking a mix of well-known stories about Athena (such as her role in Perseus's slaying of Medusa, or the story of Arachne) and lesser-known tales. His artwork is really excellent -- the pages are full of motion and excitement, and he captures changes of mood beautifully though subtle shifts in characters' facial expressions. I was reminded strongly of P. Craig Russell, one of my favorite comic artists (and the artist behind the graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline). This is thrilling stuff for all ages.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ken Yuen

    Informative. Love the extra info pages in the back. It's great that it covers heroes, monsters, deities that appear in the stories. I've never seen Andromeda represented with dark skin before. As a princess of Ethiopia, that makes a lot of sense! I used to really like Athena for what she represented, but man does she curse a lot of people. It's weird to have a book devoted to Athena, and have a bunch of stories that paint her in such an unflattering light. But maybe that's just me bringing my adul Informative. Love the extra info pages in the back. It's great that it covers heroes, monsters, deities that appear in the stories. I've never seen Andromeda represented with dark skin before. As a princess of Ethiopia, that makes a lot of sense! I used to really like Athena for what she represented, but man does she curse a lot of people. It's weird to have a book devoted to Athena, and have a bunch of stories that paint her in such an unflattering light. But maybe that's just me bringing my adult sensibilities into it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    katsok

    I'm impressed with this new series of O'Connors. This one was different than Zeus. The Zeus volume was more of a narration of his life. This one has the three fates telling different stories of Athena. Starting with a brief recap of Zeus and the battle against Kronos. Then it goes on to explain Athena's unique beginning. Finally it shows how Athena was a bit lost in her place and then events in her life that shaped her. I'm impressed with this new series of O'Connors. This one was different than Zeus. The Zeus volume was more of a narration of his life. This one has the three fates telling different stories of Athena. Starting with a brief recap of Zeus and the battle against Kronos. Then it goes on to explain Athena's unique beginning. Finally it shows how Athena was a bit lost in her place and then events in her life that shaped her.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maggi Rohde

    Richly detailed and creatively structured, this compilation of tales about the goddess Pallas Athena evokes the grim violence and majesty of ancient Greece. George O'Connor's magnificent prose and dynamic illustrations are a winning combination. This is a shining star among dull third-person retellings of Greek myths. Ages 10+. Richly detailed and creatively structured, this compilation of tales about the goddess Pallas Athena evokes the grim violence and majesty of ancient Greece. George O'Connor's magnificent prose and dynamic illustrations are a winning combination. This is a shining star among dull third-person retellings of Greek myths. Ages 10+.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)

    This would be a nice compliment to the Percy Jackson Series for kids/teens wanting a little more information about the Gods. I found the stories about Athena very entertaining. Already thinking about who I can recommend this to.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is a great series, so much good background information in a wonderful visual format! I don't know whether to love Athena or be irritated by her. Awaiting the next installment! This is a great series, so much good background information in a wonderful visual format! I don't know whether to love Athena or be irritated by her. Awaiting the next installment!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    Excellent retelling of Greek mythology.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    A great way to convey the different myths.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Regina Hunter

    I like it because most of it is by the book, and now I actually saw "modern" pictures of it!!! I like it because most of it is by the book, and now I actually saw "modern" pictures of it!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    pob

    I thought the other two gorgons looked like Medusa but without the "stone eyes" thing. Well, this graphic novel's illustrator totally made the sisters of Medusa looked like green she-werewolves. I thought the other two gorgons looked like Medusa but without the "stone eyes" thing. Well, this graphic novel's illustrator totally made the sisters of Medusa looked like green she-werewolves.

  22. 4 out of 5

    ACS Librarian

    Like all of the books in this series, this was a fun read. Not only does this graphic novel tell the story of Athena but also Perseus, Medusa, and Arachne.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kyungnan Gam

    Like always, I really like this myth series of George O'Conner. I like his realistic drawings that makes the readers want to read more and be more interested in the books. Like always, I really like this myth series of George O'Conner. I like his realistic drawings that makes the readers want to read more and be more interested in the books.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chumofchance

    Who doesn't love Athena? She's a badass strong female protagonist, but did you know she's a bit of a 'b' as well? Following the first book in the series, the Olympians #2 follows in the trend of looking in to the psychology of the gods, accepting that they're unknowable but not that they can't be misunderstood. They're people, after all. It was a smart move going from Zeus to Athena's story, following up on what came of Metis and getting a glimpse in to the generational saga. Athena's always been Who doesn't love Athena? She's a badass strong female protagonist, but did you know she's a bit of a 'b' as well? Following the first book in the series, the Olympians #2 follows in the trend of looking in to the psychology of the gods, accepting that they're unknowable but not that they can't be misunderstood. They're people, after all. It was a smart move going from Zeus to Athena's story, following up on what came of Metis and getting a glimpse in to the generational saga. Athena's always been the best of Zeus's progeny, and seeing her quest echo her father's starts to build up the fascinating running motif (You have to much of your father in you...) that threads together the series. Random thought: I heard somewhere Athena is the Egyptian goddess Neith. It explains her status as an outsider, and her portfolio has always looked a little funny with the Greeks being down on women and all. There's something really very Greek about Athena though, and if I dare say, Western, about her though, so who's to say. If I ever meet her, I'll ask.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brewer Community School

    The book that I just finished reading is called: Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess, by George O’Connor. It is all about the different tales of Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom and War. It talks about how she was born from the head of Zeus, the King of the Gods, who her mother Mitus was, how she battled Pallas and ended up accidentally killing her with her spear. It tells the story of Zeus giving Athena his Aegis because it was sort of his fault that Athena killed Pallas, and how Athena cursed Arachne and M The book that I just finished reading is called: Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess, by George O’Connor. It is all about the different tales of Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom and War. It talks about how she was born from the head of Zeus, the King of the Gods, who her mother Mitus was, how she battled Pallas and ended up accidentally killing her with her spear. It tells the story of Zeus giving Athena his Aegis because it was sort of his fault that Athena killed Pallas, and how Athena cursed Arachne and Medusa. Those are just a couple stories told in this book. The setting is essential to this story because without it, we wouldn’t know what Mt. Olympus is, where Athena grew up training, where Perseus went to kill Medusa and retrieve her head. The setting is the lifeline to pretty much any story. My overall opinion is that I loved this book! I would rate this book 5 stars and would recommend this book series to people to who love Greek Mythology and graphic novels!! -CW

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ash Rowe

    One Athena’s birth is pretty awesome. Two: Athena is like THE kick butt female goddess in my opinion. I she’s wise and doesn’t agree with her father that she is ready to be on Olympus she instead trains on Earth. She’s an amazing strategist and fighter. I enjoyed every story about Athena. From how she got her name Pallas Athena ( both interpretations), How she added to her aegis to make it the most powerful part of her armor, how she came to help Perseus in his quest and the story of Arachne. Al One Athena’s birth is pretty awesome. Two: Athena is like THE kick butt female goddess in my opinion. I she’s wise and doesn’t agree with her father that she is ready to be on Olympus she instead trains on Earth. She’s an amazing strategist and fighter. I enjoyed every story about Athena. From how she got her name Pallas Athena ( both interpretations), How she added to her aegis to make it the most powerful part of her armor, how she came to help Perseus in his quest and the story of Arachne. All these stories were accompanied with wonderful artwork. I think this books is great for those interested in Greek Mythology its kid friendly ( in my opinion, I’m reading these then handing them to my 8 year old to read) , fun , action and adventure filled stories. I love the questions at the end that I can go over with my son after he reads them also. And all the extra bits at the end is interesting.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christina (Christina's Book Corner)

    Book review Athena Read from March 15 to 15, 2015Boom! Pow! Crash!Greek Gods as you’ve never seen them before!The strong, larger-than-life heroes of the Olympians can summon lightning, control the sea, turn invisible, or transform themselves into any animal they choose. Superheroes? No! Greek gods. The ancient pantheon comes to explosive life in this new series where myth meets comic books. Epic battles, daring quests, and terrible monsters await readers within the pages of these books.Volume 2, Book review Athena Read from March 15 to 15, 2015Boom! Pow! Crash!Greek Gods as you’ve never seen them before!The strong, larger-than-life heroes of the Olympians can summon lightning, control the sea, turn invisible, or transform themselves into any animal they choose. Superheroes? No! Greek gods. The ancient pantheon comes to explosive life in this new series where myth meets comic books. Epic battles, daring quests, and terrible monsters await readers within the pages of these books.Volume 2, Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess, is the tale of the goddess of wisdom and war, recounting her many adventures. Review - I loved this one so far this one is my favorite I love Athena's story she is the god of wisdom and of course the art is amazing in these graphic novels I also loved that there were other stories than Athena like Medusa and Perseus.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kaethe Douglas

    Highly recommended. I look forward to reading the whole series. I like the nice, clear Olympus family tree at the front, I like the stories O'Connor chose to tell and the way he told them, and I like all the backmatter including further reading suggestions, comments on the rights not enjoyed by Greek women, etc. Accessible and modern, without being revisionist at all. And I learned some stuff, or maybe re-learned stuff I'd completely forgotten. Highly recommended. I look forward to reading the whole series. I like the nice, clear Olympus family tree at the front, I like the stories O'Connor chose to tell and the way he told them, and I like all the backmatter including further reading suggestions, comments on the rights not enjoyed by Greek women, etc. Accessible and modern, without being revisionist at all. And I learned some stuff, or maybe re-learned stuff I'd completely forgotten.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I would have eaten these up as a child if they had been around! I loved Greek mythology (and I still do!), so this was a nice and quick read that reminded me of that love. The language in this book is simple and great for a young reader who is interested in Greek myth. There's not a ton of violence either, despite these tales of Athena having a bit of it (like the tale of Perseus and Medusa). I like that the author talks about the research done for the book at the end, which allows children to l I would have eaten these up as a child if they had been around! I loved Greek mythology (and I still do!), so this was a nice and quick read that reminded me of that love. The language in this book is simple and great for a young reader who is interested in Greek myth. There's not a ton of violence either, despite these tales of Athena having a bit of it (like the tale of Perseus and Medusa). I like that the author talks about the research done for the book at the end, which allows children to learn more about the history of Greek myth and how tales were recorded orally.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    I rather enjoyed this one a bit more than the first volume in the series. But then I’ve always been fond of Perseus and his adventures. Also while the first volume was just focusing on Zeus and the events that led to his becoming king of the Olympians, this one deals with Athena and Perseus. That breaks up the narrative a bit and allows for more diversity. A much better approach.

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