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Synopsis: After struggling against the gods and his fate for more than twenty years, Odysseus has returned to Ithaca at last. But things have changed: what used to be his island has been overrun by suitors who clamour for his wife’s hand in marriage and plague his son, Telemachus. With the help of the grey-eyed goddess, Athena, Odysseus and Telemachus must set out to regain control of Ithaca. In these books based on episodes from Homer’s Odyssey, Mary Pope Osborne brings to life the exciting adventures of one of the greatest heroes of all time.

My review: This is the fifth book in the Mary Pope Osborne’s translation of Homer’s The Odyssey. Odysseus journey is nearly at an end and this book sees him finally being released from his island prison and making his way home. The story is interwoven with that of a new character Eperitus, not in the original saga but added as a best friend foil to add some more drama to the story. Eperitus blames Odysseus for the death of his wife and child but struggles with his anger towards that and his love of his best friend.

Alongside those stories is the struggle for Penelope to keep hold of the kingdom in Odysseus absence and trying to believe he is still alive and her son who at not yet 21 isn’t old enough to rule

It all comes together in a thrilling fight at the end, bad guys being defeated and the promise of one more adventure for all. It’s an easy read and a great way of introducing the classics not just to the younger reader but to anyone who may find the original just that bit too challenging

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