Arrow Through The AxesBook - 2014
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Looking for a story or a series filled with action, adventure and suspense? Patrick Bowman’s “Odyssey of a Slave” trilogy would be an excellent suggestion, especially for those who have enjoyed Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” and “The Heroes of Olympus” series.
Torn from Troy is the first book of this series, which is a retelling of Homer’s Odyssey. Readers are introduced to Alexi, a 15-year-old Trojan youth who has just been enslaved by Odysseus after his rout of Troy. The Greek leader and his warriors decide to take Alexi with them when they return to Greece. As they fight off the savage one-eyed Cyclops, survive a terrible storm and are nearly bewitched by the Lotus-eaters on the long journey, Alexi’s anger against his captors is gradually replaced by respect.
In Cursed by the Sea God, the second book of the trilogy, Alexi continues with his captors to Ithaca. Now the crew encounters the wily enchantress Circe, the dangerous songs of the Sirens, and horrific man-eating creatures known as Laestrygonians. They experience a fearsome trip to Hades and then, in the deadly passage between the monster Scylla and the whirlpool Charybdis, many of the crew die.
Arrow Through the Axes completes the trilogy. After the long, circuitous journey back to Greece, Alexi sets about to discover if his sister may have also been brought there as a slave. As he travels through the Greek lands, he has many more adventures. Finally he reaches the home of Odysseus in time to help the Greek hero rid his home of his wife’s many suitors.
Alexi is an engaging, quick-thinking and brave protagonist. Bowman’s gripping retelling of The Odyssey follows the key plot points of the epic poem and brings the Bronze Age alive for readers. At the same time, it speaks to the violence and the pointlessness of war.
** Recommended for ages 10 to 13 years.
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