Review! Hades Speaks! By Vicky Alvear Shecter

WOW! I have really read a lot of good books lately – let the run on good books continue!

hadesspeaksHades Speaks!: A Guide to the Underworld by the Greek God of the Dead 

By Vicky Alvear Shecter

Illustrated by J. E. Larson

Series: Secrets of the Ancient Gods

128 pages – ages 9+

Published by Boyds Mills Press on September 1, 2014

Synopsis- Have you ever wondered what it is like to be the Lord of the Dead? Or to have people coming to your doorstep, just because you could bring people back to life? That’s the Greek God of the Dead, Hades’, daily experience. Hades leads you through a friendly, behind-the-scenes tour of his realm. Have fun! And watch out for the Furies!

What I Liked- This book is written like I like them – good story with an edge of humor. For example, Hades, even though he is the Greek Lord of the Dead, actually seems like a nice guy, in a god of the dead sort of way. He has a witty sense of humor and is a good tour guide through the underworld. He talks to you, the reader, as he explains a bit about some of the Greek myths and traditions. That was really cool. There are great black and white illustrations scattered throughout the book. They portray the feeling of the book very well. I laughed out loud when Hades said that he was angry at Harry Potter for calling Hades’ hell-hound “Fluffy” and that Lord Voldemort copied his name “He Who Shall Not Be Named,” as Hades was called by the Greeks. I think that this book would be a good one for reluctant readers of any kids interested in mythology. I am interested in reading the other books in the Secrets of the Ancient Gods series after reading this one.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 6-9

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16 replies

  1. I have this book! I haven’t read it yet- but boy does it sound good! I laughed about the Voldemort part. 🙂

  2. OK, Erik, this book looks just plain NASTY! lol And, of course, I always smile when Harry Potter is mentioned. J.K. Rowling studied mythology and did wonderful things to make it work for HER story 🙂 Great review, as always!

  3. I love how greek mythology never grows old. Cool review!

  4. That’s one bold cover! Glad you’re into mythology!

  5. It sounds awesome, Erik! I am still struggling to get Matthew to read fiction but since he is really into cop shows and war games on Xbox a devil book might interest him. Thanks!

  6. My son really likes a lot of action and adventure (he just read “Urban Outlaws” by Peter Jay Black in one sitting last night, for example), but he hasn’t been interested in the Percy Jackson series. Do you think this one has the potential to turn him into a mythology convert?

  7. That cover is pretty creepy, but the tale sounds pretty cool!

  8. This book sounds great. I enjoy books that are a modern take off of old stories and characters.

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