Book Review: Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe

Scandalous gossip, wild parties, and forbidden love – witness what the gods do after dark in this stylish and contemporary reimagining of one of mythology’s best-known stories.

Persephone, young goddess of spring, is new to Olympus. Her mother, Demeter, has raised her in the mortal realm, but after Persephone promises to train as a sacred virgin, she’s allowed to live in the fast-moving, glamorous world of the gods.

When her roommate, Artemis, takes her to a party, her entire life changes: she ends up meeting Hades and feels an immediate spark with the charming yet misunderstood ruler of the Underworld.

Now Persephone must navigate the confusing politics and relationships that rule Olympus, while also figuring out her own place – and her own power.

This volume collects episodes 1-25 of the #1 WEBTOON comic Lore Olympus.

Graphic Novels are still a relatively new reading experience for me, until last year I had never got on with them when I tried them. Now however I find myself enjoying the odd dip in to them between by other reads.

Being quite new to them, I’m always on the look out for recommendations and I kept seeing Lore Olympus pop up on my Twitter feed so I asked for it for Christmas (and was lucky enough to receive it).

I loved it. It was such a great read and the style really worked for me. One thing I can sometimes find a little hard with them is picking out who is who in the illustrations but the concept here of everyone having their own colour was brilliant!  The whole book was absolutely stunning.

The storyline was also gripping in a normal sort of way as we watched a fairly naïve Persephone try to find her own style and life in an unfamiliar setting where everyone else also had their own problems and schemes to navigate.

I sped through the whole thing in one evening and am now eagerly awaiting the publication of the next part later this year!

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