Books influenced by Greek Mythology

As a huge Greek mythology nerd who loves reading, there is nothing better than when I find a book that includes Greek Mythology. Here are a few of my favourites of my favourites, along with a few honourable mentions at the end.

1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

Please note that the above photo was taken by me. Also pictured: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide; Percy Jackson Demigod Diaries
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a middle-grade series based off Greek mythology. Percy Jackson begins as a twelve-year old boy with no idea of the hero's fate that awaits him. Throughout the five book series, he embarks on great quests that mirror the odysseys of classical heroes, facing mythological beasts and undergoing many trials. The series follows Percy on his adventures throughout five years, culminating in a war that threatens to destroy the world as the demigods know it.

Combining humour and mythology, this series is a great introduction to mythology for younger audiences, and an entertaining series for older readers as well. It is one of my favourite series, and my copies of the books are well worn from re-reading.

A Goodreads summary can be found here.

2. The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Please note that the above photo was taken by me.

The adventures continue in The Heroes of Olympus series, where Percy makes another appearance alongside many familiar faces and personable new characters. There are some more mature issues dealt with in this second series, as Percy loses loved ones and faces betrayals, however this is still a middle-grade series with plenty of humour to keep the series light without undermining key messages.

A Goodreads summary can be found here.

3. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

This novel is marketed as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, however there were definite elements of the myth of Persephone and Hades.

Never make a deal with the Gentle Lord. For he is a demon, and whatever you have asked of him will come about in the most terrible of ways.

Nyx Triskelion's fate was sealed the day her father made a deal with the Gentle Lord, the treacherous demon ruler of Arcadia. Betrothed since birth, Nyx has been trained to one day become her husband's downfall.

On her seventeenth birthday, she is brought to an enchanted castle where she intends to slay Ignifex, the demon ruler of her kingdom. But as Nyx attempts to unwind the mysteries surrounding Ignifex, she is drawn into a greater mystery still. One which concerns the curse on her kingdom, one which could alter everything she thought she knew.

Filled with magic and mythology, culminating in a mind-blowing plot twist, Cruel Beauty is a truly unique read that will linger in the minds of readers long after they've turned the last page.

A Goodreads summary can be found here.

Some other books influenced by Greek Mythology that I have read include The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter and Oh. My. Gods. By Tera Lynn Childs. (Links open to Goodreads summaries).


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