Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic had me doing a bit of thinking. I initially thought about doing several different topics, but ultimately chose to fall back on my good old standby: mythology retellings. So, below you can find the Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to Readers New to Mythology Retellings. However, I didn’t stick to one set of myths, instead bouncing all over the place to incorporate different pantheons. This list is still pretty heavily geared toward Greek Myths – they are my favorite, after all – but I think I included enough variety for folks as well.
1) The Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
Hands down, this is my all-time favorite mythology retelling ever. Percy is a riot, the adventures are fun, and the nods to the Greek Myths amazingly redone. Just read it. Seriously.
2) Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst
Set in the desert, this book includes gods of the authors own creation, but the mythology is well-developed and amazingly woven into the book’s plot. There’s even a fabulous main character and lots of peril and plight and awesomeness!
3) Fury by Shirley Marr
This book is loosely based on the story of the Greek Furies. While I didn’t love the main character – you’re not really supposed to – the nods to the myth and the way this was written just really pulled me in. It’s Australian, though, so Fishpond is your best bet if you want to purchase it!
4) Nobody’s Princess & Nobody’s Prize by Esther Friesner
I loved this look at what young Helen of Troy may have been like. This Helen is full of sass and snark, and extremely strong. I liked the glimpse into various to-dos straight out of the myths as well.
5) The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
Yay, Egyptian Myths! There is a surprising lack of Egyptian Mythology Retellings out there, but Mr. Riordan knows his stuff, and – while I don’t like Carter and Sadie’s adventures as much as I do Percy’s – they’re still enjoyable with a lot of excitement and danger. I actually still need to read the third book!
6) Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
Norse myth retellings are equally as elusive as Egyptian ones, but I loved this look at the female Valkyries. I also really enjoyed the main character, and the romance – which has nothing to do with mythology, but it’s always good to have a well-rounded story, right?
7) All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry
This book took some getting used to, because the prose style is a bit different. But once I did, I found myself entranced by this retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth. The whole book is just hauntingly gorgeous.
8) City of Fire by Laurence Yep
It’s been a while since I’ve read this one, but I remember liking the mix of the mythologies present in this book. There isn’t one set of gods determining things; they’re ALL present and accounted for!
9) Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis
Yep, here’s one of those Hades and Persephone retellings that are oh-so-prevalent! But this one is refreshingly different, and while I haven’t read the rest of the books in the series, I have it on good authority (ie. via bloggers I trust) that they don’t disappoint.
10) The Age of Bronze Series by Eric Shanower
This series isn’t so much a mythology retelling as it is a retelling of the Trojan War WITHOUT interference from the gods. The book really looks at the humans involved more than any divine intervention. I just found out part 3B has finally been released, and I can’t wait to read it!
So that’s my list this week! What topic did you choose? Please link me!