I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
So this was my first foray in the Myth-O-Mania series. The books can be read in any order, and combined with the fact that I'm a huge ancient myth enthusiast, was the reason I requested this book. Unfortunately, the book really wasn't to my liking. I finished it though, which has to count for something (right?).
If you know the story of Odysseus, you know it's quite the page turner. Or at least, it can be depending on the rendition. I was expecting a middle grade version of the epic adventure I had previously read in The Odyssey by Homer. Instead I got a watered down version, made for kids, but without any notable differences or successful attempts at humor. The story is told from Hades perspective. He helped Odyseuss, and was there watching throughout his journey. The thing is, I didn't really understand why it had to be Hades. At the end of the story, it didn't make a difference which god helped Odyseuss, it just had to be one who could observe the entire journey. This bothered me. There was a sideline story about Hades' dog Cerberus, and how he was upset with Hades for spending so much time away from the Underworld. Again, what was the point of this? It wasn't funny or amusing, it just seemed like there needed to be an additional plot with Hades so it was added on.
I don't want to make a long review with all the negative reasons I had for not liking this book. So I'm going to wrap it up by saying this:
If kids had never read or heard this story read it here first, well let's just say I wouldn't be surprised if they never take a Myths class in college. The story was too bland for my taste.