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The Iliad

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  46 reviews
In a companion volume to his award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey, the incomparable graphic novelist Gareth Hinds masterfully adapts Homer's classic wartime epic.

More than three thousand years ago, two armies faced each other in an epic battle that rewrote history and came to be known as the Trojan War. The Iliad, Homer's legendary account of this nine-year ordeal, is
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Candlewick Press
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Amalia Gavea
‘’How I wish that Discord could be banished from the world.’’

There have been many novels that chose the greatest war story of all time as their setting. Trilogies, plays, you name it. This graphic novel by Gareth Hinds is probably the best adaptation I’ve ever encountered.

Narrating the rhapsodies of Homer’s immortal epic is no easy task. However, Hinds succeeds in transferring the Trojan War in the contemporary art of the Graphic novel and retaining the beauty of the Homeric language and the vi
Wow. There is a lot going on in this book. Like a super lot. For me, someone who is not well-versed in the Iliad or Greek mythology, this was just too dense.

Reading this felt a bit like trying to watch all 8 seasons of Game of Thrones condensed into one season. The result is a massive info dump of character names and relationships and that doesn't leave a ton of room for engaging story. I chose to read this because I thought it would be an easier way to familiarize myself with the stories. I th
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Homer's epic war poem The Iliad, set in ancient Greece, is one of the most revered classics of all time, and it's quite a tough read for many, so I was excited to discover this graphic novel version which I thought would be especially perfect for introducing youngsters to Homer's works. However, I'm afraid there were a number of issues. It was very difficult to read as the words ran into one another, and I felt describing it as a graphic novel was a bit of a misrepresentation; it's more accurate ...more
Kimberly Carrington-Fox
It looks like an oldish book, with simple artwork (pencils, maybe?) and too much text. I love The Iliad and, although I think this graphic novel can be perfect for the youngsters to get to know the classic story, for me it was a little dissapointing. Don't expect something like 300, this is the story (not only the Trojan horse but the whole story) with drawings. I think it's great for aproaching to Homer's tale but not so much for people that have read the original many times, like myself.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Iliad is a cautionary tale for our time.

It's an old story, from around the twelfth century B.C. and the reader can't help but feel glad we don't live in times such as these. Men grow angry with each other. They steal others' possessions. They seek vengeance for wrongs done to them. They attack each other, and they are vicious in their attacks, slashing with spears, brutally killing and maiming. They go to war against each other, and their wars last for years. They relish the cruelty they do
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Well written, accurate, faithful to the original. Unfprtunately, I actively disliked the art. I'm sure others will love it, though.
Liv | Books to Liv by
Rating: 4 stars
HEA: You know it’s not going to happen
“I’ll never follow your orders again if you take Briseis. And should you lay claim to anything else of mine, your blood will soak my spear.”

The Iliad has always been my favorite of the three classics. I don’t know exactly why, but I guess there’s something unequivocally sad and melancholic about Achilles’s character and the madness he experienced after Patroclus’s death. The same madness that drove him to kill Hector and fulfill that
B.A. Wilson
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I love this concept of telling the story of the Iliad using a graphic novel, but I confess that I did still struggle to push through this, often caught myself skimming, and probably didn’t absorb much of it. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting, as it has very text heavy panels and the art is a bit rough around the edges, with an almost biblical feel.

It can be a challenging read in its original format, with all of the different characters. They did a good job of trying to include identifiers t
Ivana de B.

This is a retelling of The Iliad in form of a graphic novel. The author Gareth Hinds brings us once again to one of the most famous battles of all time. There is no need for me to summarise this graphic novel since the story is so well-known and well-loved.

I immensely enjoyed the maps and the charts. They were very helpful in bringing the story closer to me. Also, the chart with all the characters at the beginning was incredible, it made it easy to visuali
Faith Hough
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don't let the graphic novel format fool you into thinking this is a dumbed-down version of Homer's classic work. Rather, its gorgeous illustrations, maps, and character charts (the latter two are a brilliant addition) provide a new facet or two to the work, while still maintaining the same story, same gorgeous (albeit abridged) language, and plenty of the same epic violence. If your children are not ready for reading about spears through heads, bloody battles, and the like, then hold off on this ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
This was horrible. This was not what I was expecting from a graphic novel. It is essentially a book with random (bad) small pictures thrown into it. Not the traditional format of a graphic novel at all. This was just down right bad to read as an ebook as well. The writing was all messed up and sentences were mixing together so the story itself made no sense. Hopefully a print version of this will be a lot better. I liked the idea of making older stories easier to read in graphic novel form but t ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
*Physical ARC kindly provided by Candlewick Press*

I think this could be a good way to reach new readers of the classic, but for me, it just didn't hit the mark. Maybe it was because the artwork wasn't in color (as I read the ARC), but something about it just didn't flow well. It was confusing at times, how it was written, and the characters were hard to tell apart (but that's just the bad luck of there being so many in The Illiad!). That war touched hundreds of lives, all because of the ficklene
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This is sort of a mixed bag. I really wouldn't call it a graphic novel--more like an illustrated story. You have the pictures that go along with the narrative describing what is happening. For me it was hard to get into.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I haven't read The Iliad by Homer yet, but this seems to be an interesting adaptation, even if I think that the ratio of text and images wasn't always optimally balanced.
I could imagine giving this graphic novel to teens as an introduction to the epic of Homer.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Candlewick Press for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, own, review-copies
I feel like I would have enjoyed this better if I had read it in physical format instead of an e-book. I'll definitely be trying it out again once release day comes!

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Okay, so I'm honestly not sure if this review is going to be the best or not, but I'm going to do the best with what I can, so just bear with me. The reason I'm starting off my review like this is because this was literally the hardest book to read as an e-book... At least, the copy that I received from Netgalley was. The
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this graphic novel enough, but I still prefer the original epic book, but if it takes a graphic novel to spread the Iliad, it is ok and I hope a lot of people would read this great story!

Mi é piaciuta abbastanza questa graphic novel, anche se ovviamente preferisco l'epica originale, ma se servono i disegni per far leggere questa storia, ben venga!

Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arcs, dark, feels
I've always loved the story of Troy and the great battle that happened there and resultingly have read and watched my way through quite a number of renditions. I definitely have my favorites, and this graphic novel The Iliad by Gareth Hinds is one that I deeply enjoyed. It's really quite a lot of fun to read this story in a way that gives you a great visual of the characters and what is going on with each of them within the course of the battle. The inclusion of the gods and their roles in the b ...more
Sydney Smith
Thank you to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for providing me with an ARC!

I'll try to make this short and sweet. I love the original classics The Odyssey and The Iliad, so I thought this would be one of my new favorite graphic novels. Unfortunately there were a few things I found to be annoying while reading.

My number one complaint was with the font. Why oh why would you use a font like Papyrus? I guess I understand the thought process of "this font looks like something Homer would have used" or
Emily (emilykatereads)
As a big fan of The Iliad and anything about Ancient Greece, I was hyped to receive of copy of this graphic novel for review. And it was a pleasure to read.

My positive critiques about this graphic novel are that it ties the story of The Iliad into a visual form wonderfully. It flowed nicely and told the complete story. We get the same feel as Homer's writing and see all the characters we already know. Each book from the epic poem had it's own section in this graphic novel, and it followed the sa
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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Thank you to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for providing me with an ARC!

Homer's Iliad and Odyssey are long-time favourites of mine, and I have read many interpretations and adaptations of the story over the years. To see it depicted in graphic novel form was not something I'd even considered, but now that I have read this, I'm going to be looking for other such well-loved stories retold in this form. It's quite something to see such a complex epic rendered with su
Belle Ellrich
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it

Can I just really quick say how stunning the artwork in this book was? And I have an ARC, so that means that it isn't even colored in yet! Now, that would be a pretty sight to see.

If you—like me—have no clue what the Iliad actually is, this graphic novel is probably for you. I feel like, if you're just starting to learn about this story and everything going on, it'd probably be wiser to see it in pictu
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I've read The Iliad twice before, the classic edition and a modern edition, and I generally love the old tales of Homer. They show a lot of humanity, both good and bad, and it's intriguing to watch the gods pick a side and help their favorites reach glory. It was really cool to get a well-known story visualized in a graphic novel and the artwork fits the content well - a little rough but dynamic and detailed. I did have some trouble staying entertained halfway through since there was a big mi
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gareth Hinds has authored a number of graphic novels of classic literature, but this was my first taste of his work. I was only casually familiar with The Iliad previously, and this was a welcome sampling -- perfect either to get a taste of what the story is all about, or as a jumping-off point toward the more complex editions. I had hoped initially to pass this copy on to my third grader, who is enamored with all things mythology right now, but the violence is depicted extremely graphically so ...more
Mrs. Kenyon
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
The Iliad is an epic story telling about the heroic battle between two ancient people. Although these armies fought each other over three thousand years ago, readers are still turning pages and authors are still writing their own version. Hinds has created a new graphic novel interpretation of these events to help readers with many visual ques. This is a book about an extensive battle that transpired with close contact fighting. With that being said, the art work shows these graphic scenes, yet ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mythologies of all types have always been one of my weaknesses. Anything related to Greek mythology including the Trojan war and anything like that, just hand it over. That is the reason for which I jumped at the opportunity to review this book. I was a bit disappointed. While Mr. Gareth Hinds did not disappoint in his adaption to The Iliad, (the art is wonderful), the storytelling could have used just a little help especially since this book is aimed at Teens and YAs. There was a lot of poetry ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have always been a fan of Greek Mythology, but to be honest, even as a teacher The Iliad and The Odyssey can be hard to get through. I was so excited when I saw this graphic novel by Gareth Hinds on Netgalley!

Hinds does a wonderful job taking the original story of The Iliad and making it a lot easier to understand. The story isn't as scary or as time consuming. The illustrations were beautiful as well.

I can't wait to pick up a finished copy when it comes out. I also plan on buying Hinds vers
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Note: I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley)

This is a triumph of graphic adaption. Hinds' historically realistic art takes readers right into the midst of the Trojan War, leading to a wonderfully immerse reading experience. Meanwhile, his layout and generous supply of maps, character guides, and author's notes makes a hearty barrier against the confusion that can easily swamp anyone trying to work their way through a translation of Greek epic poetry. There's no doubt about it - t
Feb 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Oh dear. As a graphic novel, this is far too wordy, and stagy, with just literal images of people and nothing more dynamic, interpretative, or fancy. As a book getting the young into the particular story, it fails – the characters are impossible to tell apart, even with the key at the beginning, and it washes over the reader with far more names than the average telling. I don't think this works at all for the target audience. It might be a quality, fulsome, lengthy and well-meaning undertaking, ...more
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, ebooks
ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Candlewick Press.

I thoroughly enjoyed this illustrated version of The Iliad. Gareth Hinds has a wonderful art style that was clear and made the characters very recognisable, especially since there were so many. I have not read The Iliad before and having a graphic novel like version of it for my first read was a great help to understanding the story and being able to see the action.

I thoroughly recommend this book to those who would like to read The Iliad but are
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is a wonderful adaptation of the Iliad in graphic novel form. There is clearly a lot to fit in but the author does a great job of focussing on the important aspects of the story. Though most of us are familiar with the tale, many of us find it intimidating or unwilling to tackle the original translation (myself included). This is a great alternative! Maybe it will even inspire you to rea
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Gareth Hinds is the creator of critically-acclaimed graphic novels based on literary classics, including Beowulf (which Publisher’s Weekly called a “mixed-media gem”), King Lear (which Booklist named one of the top 10 graphic novels for teens), The Merchant of Venice (which Kirkus called “the standard that all others will strive to meet” for Shakespeare adaptation), The Odyssey (which garnered fou ...more
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