What are the best books about mythology?

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    #1The Odyssey

    The Odyssey

    After enduring the Trojan War, Odysseus begins the treacherous journey home to Ithaca. Homer's The Odyssey was composed around 700 BC and is one of the earliest epics in existence, remaining as one of the most influential works of literature today.

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    Tyler Adams
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "The Odyssey is a literary classic and should be a must read for anyone that has an interest in history. The story telling is amazing for its time and holds its value today."
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    #2The Iliad

    The Iliad

    The Iliad is the first and also most important literary achievement in the history of ancient Greek and mankind. It's an epic poem without rival in world literature that explains the story of the last year of the Trojan War. 

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    Jenny Yu
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "If you're into mythology, this novel is an absolute must. Written in Ancient Greece, it has everything anyone who's a fan of Greek mythology would be into."
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    #3Metamorphoses

    Metamorphoses

    The poems of Ovid bring us a collection of mythological tales about the idea of the transformation as a result of love or lust, and the beginning of the World and the deification of Emperor Augustus. 

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    John Hernandez
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "If you love poems of mythical tales then this is a book for you. I love the mystery and magical journey it takes the readers leaving them breathless and wanting more. I love this book and highly encourage people to read it. "
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    #4The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Lightning Thief is the first book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians. In this book, Jackson discovers that he's Poseidon's son and must stop a war between the gods by finding the thief who stole Zeus' master bolt. 
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    Thomas Hernandez
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The Lightning Thief got my nephew interested in reading. He loved the movie and so I got him the book. He breezed through it and it is still one of his favorites. I gave it a read, and for a young adult series opener it is not bad. I enjoy the spin on classical mythology and the stories are nearly as good as Harry Potter."
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    #5Isle of Winds (The Changeling)

    Isle of Winds (The Changeling)

    Isle of Winds tells the story of Robin Fellows, a 12-year-old boy who lives with his grandmother. His life is turned upside down when his grandmother died so he has to live with his long-lost relative. There, he discovers things about his great aunt and himself.
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    Daniel Ryan
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "Excellent book. Isle of Winds depicts a 12 year old boy who's known to be world's last changeling. The only thing that would have made reading this title more enjoyable is if I read it when I was 12! Great mythical book to delve into."
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    #6The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles)

    The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles)
    Carter and Sadie were reunited by their father Julius for a research experiment, but it unleashed a result far more terrifying than Julius ever wanted. An ancient dangerous god is awakening, and the siblings can only stop him by discovering and embracing their lineage.
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    Ruth Baker
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers, Sadie went to live with her grandparents in London while her brother traveled the world with their dad. Once together, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, in order to stop them the siblings go on a journey across the globe that brings them closer."
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    #7The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus)

    The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus)
    The Son of Neptune, the second book in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series, is centered on a dazed Percy Jackson who remembers nothing of his past, a revived Hazel Levesque, and a clumsy Frank Zhang. 
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    Andrea Snyder
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "This book is fantastic, is has very interesting characters, and the story is so entertaining, and brings your imagination in a very high level. I have had a very good time reading this book, and i recommend it to all. "
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    #8The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus)

    The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus)
    The Lost Hero, the first book in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series, is centered on three new demigods: Jason, Piper, and Leo who go on a journey with their newly discovered powers to look for a lost hero and fulfill a long-awaited prophecy.

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    Lisa Richards
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Awesome novels about mythology. I love old greek mythology, and these seem to be pretty accurate in their depiction of the old heroes I've learned about. The author has a way of bringing me back to Olympus and describing it in so much detail, I feel like I'm there. If you like Percy Jackson, I recommend reading these books from the same author."
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    #9The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    Battle of the Labyrinth, the fourth book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians, is centered on how Percy and his demigod friends braved a vast and dangerous maze to save Camp Half-Blood from an expected attack from the Titan Kronos. 

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    Bobby Davis
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Battle of the Labyrinth, the fourth book in Rick Riordan's series. Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to diabolical. In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos's army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop them, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth-a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn. "
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    #10The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

    The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
    The Last Olympian, the last book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians, is centered on how Percy trained to fulfill his destiny and lead the heroes in protecting Mount Olympus against the Titan King, Kronos.


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    Carol Watson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Percy Jackson books are a great way to introduce Greek Mythology to young adults. It is a new telling of old stories. It got my Middle Schooler super into learning about more of the ancient Mythology "
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    #11Cassandra the Lucky

    Cassandra the Lucky

    Cassandra the Lucky is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2013 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Cassandra. Cassandra the Lucky is the 12th in the Goddess Girls series.

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    David Castro
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is a nice series for young people. It's not a good book about mythology. Maybe one should read a translated collection of various myths or just pull up wikipedia and do some browsing."
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    #12Dream Angus

    Dream Angus
    Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams is a fantasy mythology book written by Alexander McCall Smith. It is first published in 2006 by Canongate US. 
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    Ruth Carter
    Written on May 4, 2018
    ""Dream Angus" by Alexander McCall Smith is a different sort of work for this author. Regardless, it is still full of detailed tails and written with eloquence that few can match. Faithful readers of Smith with enjoy this book as will any new and interested individuals. "
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    #13A Hush of Greek (Out of Olympus)

    A Hush of Greek (Out of Olympus)

    A Hush of Greek is a paranormal romance fiction and the fourth book in Out of Olympus series written by Tina Folson. This mythology book is first published in 2016. 

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    Charlotte Fu
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I love this book. It is really enjoyable. I am thinking of reading other books in the series. I am happy I was given this book for my birthday. I tend to enjoy books that include mythology and are well done."
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    #14Artemis the Brave

    Artemis the Brave

    Artemis the Brave is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2010 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Artemis. Artemis the Brave is the fourth book in the Goddess Girls series.

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    Wayne Santos
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a great book that teaches younger children courage and been convident, I strongly recommend it."
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    #15Lion's Honey

    Lion's Honey

    Lion's Honey: The Myth of Samson is a fantasy mythology book written by David Grossman. This fiction book is first published in 2005 by Canongate US. 

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    Harry Long
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Lion's Honey, The Myth of Samson, is a careful examination of four chapters in the Book of Judges in the Old Testament, which are included at the beginning of his analysis. Grossman meticulously weighs each sentence, holds each to the light, seeing the nuance, what was said, what wasn't, who was there, who wasn't. He is given to conjecture also, but always identifies it as such, even to the proposition that Samson may actually have been the product of an affair between his mother, previously "the barren one," the woman of no name, prior to the arrival of an "angel," who may have been a flesh and blood Philistine."
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    #16The Haunted Mesa: A Novel

    The Haunted Mesa: A Novel

    The Haunted Mesa: A Novel is an action-filled adventure literary fiction novel written by Louis L'Amour. It was published April 1, 1988 by Bantam.

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    Heather Nichols
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Amazing book! I love this author, his works are wonderful, and this didnt dissapoint. Interesting plot, the main character has so much depth. The writers prose is vivid, and makes it almost seem like your there. I strongly suggest this book."
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    #17Norse Mythology

    Norse Mythology

    Norse Mythology is a standalone fiction novel written by Neil Gaiman which retells the various myths from the Norse Mythology in a prehistoric time. 

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    Juan Meza
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "if you are a fan of Norse Mythology then this is good read for you. This is a classic retelling of the Nordic gods that will keep you wanting more. Although you may think that it is a dire subject, in fact it is relatable to all of us. "
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    #18Medusa the Mean

    Medusa the Mean

    Medusa the Mean is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2011 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Medusa. Medusa the Mean is the eight book in the Goddess Girls series.

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    Sandra Day
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Lovely book, I think it does a good job to keep you interested in this and personally I'm a fan of this book all around. "
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    #19Athena the Wise

    Athena the Wise

    Athena the Wise is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2011 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Athena. Athena the Wise is the fifth book in the Goddess Girls series.

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    Gary Lee
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Athena the Wise is a great book to introduce kids to mythology. When you think about it, mythology is fairy tales for adults anyway."
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    #20Aphrodite the Beauty

    Aphrodite the Beauty
    Aphrodite the Beauty is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2010 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Aphrodite. Aphrodite the Beauty is the third book in the Goddess Girls series.
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    Gerald Price
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Yet another book from the Goddess girl series. This one is focusing on adventures of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty. Glamorous and stunning Aphrodite teaches girls that it is not always easy to be perfect! Very adorable and inspirational book for young girls."
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    #21Justine

    Justine

    Known for his Alexandria Quartet novels, Justine by Lawrence George Durell is the first in his tetralogy. More than the characters, the real heroine in this book is its setting - the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

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    Terry Phillips
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "The plot is only so so at some points. However the depth of the characters make up for it. It is surprising that the story still comes together for an enjoyable read but it somehow does. "
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    #22The Call of Agon (The Children of Telm)

    The Call of Agon (The Children of Telm)

    The Call of Agon is the first book in the fantasy series The Children of Telm written by Dean F. Wilson which is about the last remaining bloodline of the dead god Telm.

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    Alexander Evans
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This isn't a bad book, but I personally adore mythologies more so than this one. So i guess there's a personal biased there, but even that said I am open to new ones.. So I guess this simply failed to connect, but it's well written enough to deserve a chance by others."
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    #23Chandrakanta

    Chandrakanta
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    Harry Parker
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "While it's not all-encompassing, this book is great for those who want to learn more about Indian traditions and mythology. It's obviously very specific to one culture, but it is a great look at how people saw the world back then."
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    #24Aphrodite the Diva

    Aphrodite the Diva

    Aphrodite the Diva is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2011 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Aphrodite. Aphrodite the Diva is the sixth book in the Goddess Girls series.

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    James Ryan
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "No, just no. Listen, maybe as a kid and maybe if they want more of a doll-like story, or lighthearted nonsense. However, if you're looking for actual mythology. The tales of Odin's cunning, Ragnarok, Zeus and his lust or the other mythologies.. Then go elsewhere and get a real book."
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    #25Persephone the Daring

    Persephone the Daring

    Persephone the Daring is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2013 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Persephone. Persephone the Daring is the 11th in the Goddess Girls series.

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    Amber Walsh
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "My daughter loves these books. The series got her interested in Greek mythology and she has even researched more about different goddesses. That was enough to get me to keep buying them."
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    #26The Book of Bhima (Krishnavatara)

    The Book of Bhima (Krishnavatara)

    The Book of Bhima is the fourth book in Krishnavatara series written by Kanhaiyalal Maniklal Munshi. It is a fantasy mythology first published in 1970. 

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    Janet Stone
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Book of Bhima is a decent book, though hardly among the best books about mythology. That's a wider genre than many realize, spanning quite a few centuries, so it is hard to crack the best of the best, and this doesn't come close to it even though it's an interesting read."
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    #27Painted Blind

    Painted Blind
    Painted Blind is a young adult fantasy book written by Michele A. Hansen. This mythology retelling novel is first published in 2012 by Createspace. 
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    Douglas Baker
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I love mythology and found Painted Blind a joy to read. It's primarily targeted at young adults and is about a teenage girl that takes revealing photos with disapproval from her father. The photos are placed on a billboard wherein she meets a mysterious man which takes her on adventure in another dimension."
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    #28Athena the Proud

    Athena the Proud

    Athena the Proud is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2014 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Athena. Athena the Proud is the 13th book in the Goddess Girls series.

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    Douglas Watkins
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Athena the Proud is one of the better books about mythology. In a long line of Goddess Girl books, Athena's rises up near the top. She's wise and kicks major butt. "
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    #29Under Heaven

    Under Heaven

    Under Heaven is a fantasy novel by award-winning-author, Guy Gavriel Kay. Inspired by the Tang Dynasty in 8th-century China, it tells the story of army general Shen Tai as he deals with threats to his life.

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    Gerald Nelson
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Mythology based in ancient china, great reviews"
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    #30Only Everything (True Love)

    Only Everything (True Love)

    Only Everything is a young adult mythology fiction and the first book in True Love series written by Kieran Scott. This contemporary romance fantasy book is published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 

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    Ethan Riley
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Only Everything (True Love) may be the best book about mythology I have read this year! I am a big nerd when it comes to Greek mythology and this book had lots of it jumbled up with a romance theme that was oh so delectable!"
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    #31Persephone the Phony

    Persephone the Phony

    Persephone the Phony is a fantasy book for children written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. Published in 2010 by Alladin, it focuses on the adventures of Persophone. Persephone the Phony is the second book in the Goddess Girls series.

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    Manuela Gómez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A fun but slightly dark kids book, great photos, and a decent story, but not for everyone."
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