The retelling of Greek myths has become a popular genre in recent years, partly thanks to the success of Madeline Miller’s novels and Rick Riordan’s children’s books. Who doesn’t love a Greek myth? These stories are filled with magic, sex (most of it inappropriate), murder, heroics, adventures, weird creatures, exotic locations, and morality (or even better – lack of morality). Perseus Kills His Grandfather by Richard L. Pastore tells the story of Perseus from before his birth until he fulfills his destiny.
I must start by saying that the author is a good friend of mine, so I got the book the minute it was published. However, if I hadn’t liked it, I wouldn’t be writing this review and telling others to read it.
Perseus’ destiny is that he will kill his grandfather the king. So, like a powerful king, who doesn’t want to die, grandpa ships off his daughter and her newborn son to a remote location and that is that. Except we all know, those darn Greek myth prophecies always come true. If you remember him from Clash of the Titans, Perseus is the one who cleverly slays Medusa (she of the snake hair and turn to stone glance). This retelling has all your favorite gods/demigods including – Zeus, Hermes, Athena, Pegasus, and Andromeda.
The book is funny, as the Greek gods can be very sarcastic. The author loyally follows the original myth, filling in the blanks as needed. It is a fast, light read, appropriate for teens and adults. I enjoyed this book very much and recommend you read it if you like Greek mythology.