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Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess (Olympians #2)

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Greek Gods as you’ve never seen them before!

The strong, larger-than-life heroes of the Olympians can summon lightning, control the sea, turn invisible, or transform themselves into any animal they choose. Superheroes? No! Greek gods. The ancient pantheon comes to explosive life in this new series where myth meets comic books. Epic battles, daring quests, a
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by First Second
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Ana {The Good Gif Fairy}
Jan 09, 2016 Ana {The Good Gif Fairy} rated it it was amazing
Shelves: greek-mythology
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My favorite goddess. This is an absolutely delightful graphic novel, pure fun from first page to last!

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Apr 19, 2010 Donalyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Athena is my favorite Olympian. She is the goddess of wisdom, tactical warfare and crafts, after all. Besides, I have a thing for owls. The illustrations in this graphic novel remind me of superhero comics and it does a superb job of creating a linear "biography" of Athena from several classic stories.
I gave this book a star for School Library Journal and if I could have given it two stars, I would have!
Dec 26, 2010 Kellee rated it it was amazing
In the 2nd book in George O'Connor's Olympian books, he explores the stories of Athena. I really liked how this book was set up more so than the first because I felt that there was more elaboration and details into Athena's stories while in Zeus's book, it was more a history lesson of the Olympians. In this graphic novel, we get to hear the story of Athena's birth, Perseus, Arachne and more.

I also loved this book because Athena is very much my favorite of the Olympians because of her intelligen
This is a fantastic graphic novel for kids and teens about Athena, one of my favorite Greek goddesses. George O'Connor does a nice job of picking a mix of well-known stories about Athena (such as her role in Perseus's slaying of Medusa, or the story of Arachne) and lesser-known tales. His artwork is really excellent -- the pages are full of motion and excitement, and he captures changes of mood beautifully though subtle shifts in characters' facial expressions. I was reminded strongly of P. Crai ...more
Apr 13, 2010 katsok rated it it was amazing
I'm impressed with this new series of O'Connors. This one was different than Zeus. The Zeus volume was more of a narration of his life. This one has the three fates telling different stories of Athena. Starting with a brief recap of Zeus and the battle against Kronos. Then it goes on to explain Athena's unique beginning. Finally it shows how Athena was a bit lost in her place and then events in her life that shaped her.
Maggi Rohde
Oct 10, 2010 Maggi Rohde rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Percy Jackson
Richly detailed and creatively structured, this compilation of tales about the goddess Pallas Athena evokes the grim violence and majesty of ancient Greece. George O'Connor's magnificent prose and dynamic illustrations are a winning combination. This is a shining star among dull third-person retellings of Greek myths. Ages 10+.
May 25, 2010 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
This is a great series, so much good background information in a wonderful visual format! I don't know whether to love Athena or be irritated by her. Awaiting the next installment!
Aug 04, 2010 sastrapertala rated it it was amazing
Buku ini salah satu alasan gw cinta mati sama buku :)
Sementara itu aja ulasannya.. hehe
A must-read, in my opinion.
Regina Hunter
Nov 11, 2010 Regina Hunter rated it it was amazing
I like it because most of it is by the book, and now I actually saw "modern" pictures of it!!!
Jun 11, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic, read-2010
A great way to convey the different myths.
Edward Sullivan
Jun 06, 2010 Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Excellent retelling of Greek mythology.
Jan 28, 2014 Piper rated it it was amazing
I loved it.
Aug 06, 2015 Chumofchance rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't love Athena? She's a badass strong female protagonist, but did you know she's a bit of a 'b' as well? Following the first book in the series, the Olympians #2 follows in the trend of looking in to the psychology of the gods, accepting that they're unknowable but not that they can't be misunderstood. They're people, after all.

It was a smart move going from Zeus to Athena's story, following up on what came of Metis and getting a glimpse in to the generational saga. Athena's always been
Nicola Mansfield
Apr 26, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

This second book starts off with a one page summary of volume one. It also introduces The Fates who are the storytellers of this issue. Different from Zeus, this volume is not one singular story but a collection of vignettes of Athena's creation and birth story and her other adventures. Each story, in the end, tells how Athena added to her Aegis, which became her most powerful weapon. Plus there are two versions of why she took the name Pallas Athena and of
Aug 26, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is the second book in the Olympians series of graphic novels by George O'Connor. It's an entertaining and dramatically illustrated version of the classic Greek mythology. It features the story of Athena's birth, two stories that explain why she is also called Pallas Athena, as well as two more stories in which Athena is a major character.

Our girls love Greek Mythology and we've read a lot of books that feature various Gods and Goddesses. We've really enjoyed the variety of styles, from D'Au
Brewer Community School
Mar 18, 2014 Brewer Community School rated it it was amazing
The book that I just finished reading is called: Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess, by George O’Connor. It is all about the different tales of Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom and War. It talks about how she was born from the head of Zeus, the King of the Gods, who her mother Mitus was, how she battled Pallas and ended up accidentally killing her with her spear. It tells the story of Zeus giving Athena his Aegis because it was sort of his fault that Athena killed Pallas, and how Athena cursed Arachne and M ...more
Ash Rowe
Apr 18, 2015 Ash Rowe rated it it was amazing
One Athena’s birth is pretty awesome. Two: Athena is like THE kick butt female goddess in my opinion. I she’s wise and doesn’t agree with her father that she is ready to be on Olympus she instead trains on Earth. She’s an amazing strategist and fighter.

I enjoyed every story about Athena. From how she got her name Pallas Athena ( both interpretations), How she added to her aegis to make it the most powerful part of her armor, how she came to help Perseus in his quest and the story of Arachne. Al
Christina (Christina's Book Corner)
Book review Athena Read from March 15 to 15, 2015Boom! Pow! Crash!Greek Gods as you’ve never seen them before!The strong, larger-than-life heroes of the Olympians can summon lightning, control the sea, turn invisible, or transform themselves into any animal they choose. Superheroes? No! Greek gods. The ancient pantheon comes to explosive life in this new series where myth meets comic books. Epic battles, daring quests, and terrible monsters await readers within the pages of these books.Volume 2, ...more
Dec 08, 2015 Ethan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like the greek gods
Recommended to Ethan by: no one

This book shows the story of Athena.How she was born and how she was raised.
The story of her outfit and also why she is a god of war.This book is just fantastic
in overall.Thats it for part one theres multiple.

In the beginning we learn of a women Zeus loved named Metis the mother of Athena.Then it goes into the creation of Athena's shield and Armor when Hephaistos,Ares and Poseidon's help.They open Zeus head and Athena comes out.Then we learn of giants who want to take over mount olympus.but the
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Dec 18, 2010 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it really liked it
This would be a nice compliment to the Percy Jackson Series for kids/teens wanting a little more information about the Gods. I found the stories about Athena very entertaining. Already thinking about who I can recommend this to.
Apr 18, 2015 Zoe rated it really liked it
This second volume was on Athena. 4/5
Plot- I loved the fates telling stories of Athena. The fates would tell the story but spinning a string of Athens life, the plot was very well developed with strong retelling qualities. The plot was a solid 3.5/5

Character- Athena is everything I imagined when I think about my personal idea of who she is , wise , strong , bright but also compassionate and a little temperamental (can't Blame it all on Ares). Athena's character was a solid 3.75/5

Art-really st
This series is just great. I like reading about mythology and O'Connor does it very well. You can tell he's clearly interested in the subject and tries to make it entertaining for his readers as well. Sometimes, it's fun to learn lol
sweet pea
Aug 02, 2010 sweet pea rated it really liked it
i'm excited about this series. considering the mania for Greek myths among America's youth, this series is sure to be a winner. growing up, i cared little about the "main" Greek gods (Zeus, Athena, Hera), leaning more towards the quirky ones (Artemis, Hermes, Persephone). so i got to learn quite a bit in this work. the narrative deftly covers both the brutal and the lewd without being either. the use of the Moirae as narrators was a brilliant choice and allows the author to weave together the so ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Renata rated it really liked it
I thought I knew a fair amount about Greek mythology, but I learned a LOT from this. And it was a fun read with cool, gory adventures. I'd definitely recommend this to tween, teen, and adults who are interested in mythology--especially those looking for Percy Jackson readalikes. I'll be checking out the rest of O'Connor's Olympians series for sure. (This volume contains a story of the OG Perseus.)

Oh, and it was awesome that the art Andromeda was a beautiful black woman. Like, duh, she's Ethopian
Sep 09, 2010 Nick rated it really liked it
I think this is an excellent book to hand to kids who have read the Percy Jackson books and want to know more about the stories of the Greek gods. Now I have to go back and read the volume about Zeus, but the artwork and the writing were very good in this volume. I liked the way he included alternate, conflicting versions of some of the stories, like the origin of "Pallas" in the name Pallas Athena. If there are two versions of why a name exists, why not include both?
I have heard that this will
Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)
O'Connor does a good job in summarizing Zeus's story for new readers. He also introduces the Fates who are the narrator's of this volume. Unlike Zeus's graphic novel, there is not a linear story told but rather a collection of vignettes of Athena's creation and birth story along with the story of Arachne and Perseus. Each story, in the end, tells how Athena added to her Aegis, which became her most powerful weapon. Plus there are two versions of why she took the name Pallas Athena.
The storytell
Aicha Lonergan
Jan 08, 2016 Aicha Lonergan rated it it was amazing
“Athena” is a interesting comic book written by George O’Connor. This story takes place in many different places, because the book has many different myths about Athena the Greek goddess. The Greek Goddess Athena lives with her family on Mount Olympus. Pallas Athene goes on many quests to help humans and demigods. The first myth in the book begins with Zeus meeting Metis, she gives him advice to help him defeat the Titans. The problem sets when mother earth tell Zeus that the first child he has ...more
Rebecca Burkhardt
Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess is a graphic novel by George O'Connor written in 2010. This novel is about Athena's life. How she was born from Zeus' head, her first acts as Zeus' daughter, and when she was a great warrior. My text-to-self connections was when Medusa disobeyed Athena and even though she tried to beg for forgiveness, Athena turned her hair into snakes. This reminds me of when I lost a friend when they betrayed me by spreading secrets about me and they begged my forgiveness, but I could ...more
Another tale of another goddess, this focusing on one of the more unusual divine births.

The Olympian gods rarely had births that were normal or without drama of some sort. But Athena’s was one of the strangest. Warned that he would father a child who would overthrow him (much as he overthrew and destroyed his own father), Zeus decides to take care of the matter by eating the woman who would give birth to the child. Unfortunately, the woman in question didn’t tell him that she was already pregna
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George O'Connor is the author of several picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Kapow!, Kersplash, and Sally and the Some-thing. JOURNEY INTO MOHAWK COUNTRY was his first graphic novel, a long-held dream that weaves together his passion for history and ongoing research into Native American life. He's also the author/illustrator of a new picture book, If I Had a Raptor.
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Other Books in the Series

Olympians (8 books)
  • Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians, #1)
  • Hera: The Goddess and her Glory (Olympians, #3)
  • Hades: Lord of the Dead (Olympians, #4)
  • Poseidon: Earth Shaker (Olympians, #5)
  • Aphrodite: Goddess of Love (Olympians, #6)
  • Ares: Bringer of War (Olympians, #7)
  • Apollo: The Brilliant One (Olympians, #8)

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