Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt, by George O'Connor

In his afterword to Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt (First Second, January 31, 2017) , the latest in his graphic novel series about the Olympian gods and goddesses, George O'Connor shares that this was one of his favorites to create.  That enthusiasm shows clearly, and this was by far my favorite of the series to read.

The story of Artemis, strong-minded protector of wild things, is told from multiple points of view, beginning with her mother, Leto's persecution by Hera, and including the sad tale of Niobe whose pride in her children came to a dreadful end, the story of  fierce hunter Atlanta, and that of Orion, her would be lover, as well as others. It's a rich and varied tapestry, with one constant factor--Artemis herself, steadfast in her choice to be free and fierce all her life.  She is not kind, but she is not unsympathetic either; though she's a killer, she's also admirable.  The book is given depth by the emotional heft of Artemis' choices and their consequences.

Although I haven't read the other books in the series recently, the images here seem brighter, which is appropriate for moon-loving Artemis, and they are full of vivid detail and expressiveness.  They
 help make Artemis a more complex character than some of the other Olympians featured in earlier books..

In short, it's a very vivid collection of vignettes that combine into a gripping portrait of one of my own favorite Olympians, and fans of the series will not be disappointed!

disclaimer: review copy received from the publisher


  1. That picture on the cover reminds me -- have you read Longbow Girl, by Linda Davies? Welsh girl travels back to the time of Henry VIII....

    1. Thanks for the reminder; I meant to get a hold of it when it came out, and other books jostled it out of my mind.

  2. Yes! You would like Longbow Girl. I have it linked in my mind with A String in the Harp, but only because of the Welsh setting, I think!


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