Review–Hippolyta and the Curse of the Amazons
Hippolyta and the Curse of the Amazons by Jane Yolen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Disclaimer: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.
I have always been in love with the old mythologies. I can never understand why the older religions are called myths by mainstream society and the newer religions are called religions. They are all stories of gods and how to live your life.
Well, that is just a personal beef with how society views things that it doesn't approve of or doesn't want to acknowledge.
The story however is a retelling of an old myth but with a fictional twist. Historical fiction has become all the rage. One of the great things about historical fiction is that it helps create a thirst for historical knowledge. Anything that helps people to learn some of the historical occurrences is a great thing in my opinion.
That being said, this is a great introduction into ancient mythology for middle grade readers.
The story is based off of the Amazon Queen Otrere and her daughter Hippolyta. If you look up the myth, you will see that most of the story holds true to the myth. The fictional part is that they don't have actual dialogue or minute by minute telling in the old myths. They just have the basis of the story.
This book helped to breathe life into the myth and make it fun to read. I definitely want to see some of the other books in this series.
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Hippolyta and the Curse of the Amazons (Young Heroes): Jane Yolen, Robert J. Harris: 9780064408486: Books
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