Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rick Riordan Returns To Retelling Greek Mythology With Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes

If you think we've seen the last of Rick Riordan's foray to Greek mythology with the release of The Blood of Olympus, then you might be rejoicing to hear that a new book will be coming our way. With the success of Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, there is no wonder then that the author would try to make at least one companion book for it.

Collaborating yet again with the talented John Rocco, Rick Riordan announced during the The Blood of Olympus tour his next project, Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes. This is similarly a coffee table book, featuring some lavish art from Rocco. The book obviously will focus on the Greek heroes, most probably including Achilles, Odysseus, Herakles and, of course, Percy Jackson's namesake Perseus.

Check out this fantastic cover of Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan, featuring art by John Rocco.

Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

Updated: Synopsis

Who cut off Medusa's head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I've had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I'm going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan's legions of devoted fans--and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you've got arrows in your quiver. We're going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we'll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let's do this.

No official synopsis has been revealed yet, but here is what Rick Riordan has to say about the book: "My versions of the myths are absolutely faithful to the original sources. I didn’t tweak anything, except of course to couch the narrative in modern language and add modern sensibility and humor. If you use Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods as a textbook for a Classics mythology test, I wanted to be sure you would get an A+!"

From Goodreads: Stories of the heroes of Greek mythology told from Percy Jackson's perspective announced at Blood of Olympus Boston tour, written by Rick Riordan and illustrated by John Rocco.

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan will hit shelves on August 18, 2015.