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Hippolyta and the Curse of the Amazons (Young Heroes) Paperback – 1 Apr 2003
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Young Hippolyta is a brave warrior living among the amazons. When her mother gives birth to a baby boy, there are ominous prophecies that threaten the amazons. Hippolyta is sent with the baby to Troy, where the child's father is king. When her life is threatened, she is thrown together with another boy that is her younger brother. Escaping back to her home, she finds it cursed. In order to break the curse, she will have to challenge the gods themselves.
This book is part of a series, but each is a standalone book. The common factor is that they all take place in Ancient Greece and feature young versions of Greek heroes. I loved young Hippolyta. She is poised and brave and willing to look danger head on. These are great characteristics in a young hero. It was a fun book and I wouldn't mind reading more in the series.
Included are short, interesting author biographies with pictures. The kind of author biography that should be in all books for younger readers.
I was given a review copy of this ebook by Open Road Integrated Media and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this book.
Yolen and Harris give is a truly wonderful look at the mythic figure Hippolyta as she might have been in her youth, complete with a bratty, superior and very arrogant young teenage attitude. We are shown a girl, on the verge of womanhood, who starts out the story very sure of her superiority as a woman and feeling put upon for having to take her unworthy infant brother to his father, clearly thinks all men are beneath her and is, at least at the start, something of a brat. This works for me, because you're taking a young woman thoroughly indoctrinated in the ways of the Amazon and thoroughly sure of their superiority over men (and hers by extension) and who learns some valuable lessons as the tale wears on, truly a well woven coming of age tale as there ever was. I think that her character will be appreciated by young readers and adults alike, who can recognize just a little bit of themselves in her.
As she travels, we are introduced to a selection of supporting characters that are deftly drawn and which tweak just the right nerve necessary to catapult the story along at a pace just fast enough to do the story justice, and not bore us with extended descriptions. We are lucky enough to meet her Amazon rival, Molpadia; the quite just Captain of the Guard, Dares; the beautiful but arrogant and selfish King Laomendon; the ever so talkative Tithonus; and so many more...in addition to the slew of human characters, Hippolyta must also face down a sea monster, gryphon's and ultimately Artemis herself. How will Hippolyta come out of all this and which God makes a special appearance, teaching her that men may not be all that bad? You'll have to read to find out... Truly, a wonderful tale, full of excitement, adventure and lessons that must be learned...simply wonderful!
I love Greek mythology and the intertwining of historical people/places and fiction.
I don't want to give the plot away, but the story was so well written, that it will bring Ancient Greece and the pantheon to life for young readers.
Even as a (middle aged) adult I enjoyed this book very much. It was a great read.