Apollo: The Brilliant One

Apollo The Brilliant One From high atop Olympus the nine Muses or Mousai recount the story of the powerful and quick tempered Apollo the Brilliant One Born of a she wolf and Zeus King of Gods Apollo is destined fro the

  • Title: Apollo: The Brilliant One
  • Author: George O'Connor
  • ISBN: 9781626720152
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • From high atop Olympus, the nine Muses, or Mousai, recount the story of the powerful and quick tempered Apollo, the Brilliant One Born of a she wolf and Zeus, King of Gods, Apollo is destined fro the greatest of victories and most devastating of failures as his temper, privilege, and pride take him into battle with a serpent, in pursuit of a beautiful but unattainable nymFrom high atop Olympus, the nine Muses, or Mousai, recount the story of the powerful and quick tempered Apollo, the Brilliant One Born of a she wolf and Zeus, King of Gods, Apollo is destined fro the greatest of victories and most devastating of failures as his temper, privilege, and pride take him into battle with a serpent, in pursuit of a beautiful but unattainable nymph, and into deadly competition with his beloved Watch closely as Apollo navigates the tumultuous world in which he lives Will he rise above the rest and fulfill his destiny as the son of Zeus, or will he falter, consumed by his flaws, and destroy all that he touches

    227 Comment

    • Courtney says:

      Book released on Jan. 26/16This is another solid entry in O'Connor's Olympians series, this time covering the legends of Apollo who is best known as the sun god (but also holds healing and prophecy, among others, under his purview). As usual, the artwork is very well-done, in the same unique style as O'Connor's other books. And following previous formats, in this book readers can find extras such as Character profiles, as well as interesting facts and notes that O'Connor collected while research [...]

    • First Second Books says:

      We're always excited to publish a new graphic novel by George O'Connor! And how awesome that it's an annual occurrence.(And I think that the gold foil on the cover of this book is an especially good use of foil!)Check this latest Olympians book out for more mythological adventures!

    • Katie says:

      I didn't think this one was as strong as the others. I felt having the muses tell Apollo's stories was distracting, especially the one where the narrative panels were interrupted with interpretive dance. However, other readers might enjoy this ambitious technique. It could also have been less enjoyable because Apollo is just not that sympathetic and interesting of a character when compared to other Olympians. I was moved, however, at the ending as it revisited the beginning. Nicely done there.

    • Kaethe says:

      I've written before about how much I love this series of mythology biographies. They are so good that you should read them all right now if you haven't already, and also, buy copies for all the kids you know, who will also love them. If you don't know any kids, make sure the local library has them.One of the great things about them is that in the extensive back matter O'Connor explains his choices and decisions as to which stories to include and how. Great stuff.Library copy

    • David says:

      4.0Not my favorite Greek God and not my favorite in the series, but I learned a lot.

    • Kara says:

      This was… not the best of O’Connor’s Olympians series. The muses take turns telling a series of little stories about Apollo, but there’s no feel of an overreaching arch or connection besides the fact they are linear, so first you see Apollo as baby, then Apollo as adult, etc. and there is the very loose connecting theme of “inspiration.” The muses were more interesting in their different approaches to storytelling than the god himself. A book focusing on the muses themselves might ha [...]

    • Lindsay says:

      I actually liked Apollo's story. I wasn't sure I would, but it was quite enjoyable.

    • Maximilian Lee says:

      I liked this book because it was had a lot of information. I didn't know about most of the book at first.

    • Becky B says:

      The nine Muses introduce readers to Apollo.Oh man, is this one hard to rate. So none of the Greek gods are particularly upstanding guys, but Apollo is quite the jerk. He is so egotistical, a bit psychopathic, and highly hypocritical. He falls in love will all sorts of people (several girls and a guy in this story collection, he's not picky), but the penalty for anyone to be untrue to him or spurn him is pretty much always death. Oh, and if you think you're better than him at anything, he'll kill [...]

    • Siina says:

      Err, I don't know why the story was told twice, perhaps there was some error with the assembling or something like it? I've always loved Greek mythology since I was in junior high. Basically I know a lot about it and thus it was fun to read this to see how much I still remembered. Apollo is surely a great character, though the instances used in this comic were scarce and kind of sporadic. In a way this comic suffers from a lack of structure. Apollo: The Brilliant One would've needed "a plot" or [...]

    • Nicola Mansfield says:

      I'm a huge fan of this series and Apollo was all that I expected it to be. O'Connor has changed his narrative style several times with these books and here he switches once more from just telling a narrative tale. The nine muses gather together to tell us several of Apollo's deeds and misadventures through their eyes, letting Apollo speak for himself frequently so we don't miss out on his self-idolatry pomposity. Apollo is only out for himself and it is hard to care for him, especially when a gi [...]

    • Barbara says:

      I'm a firm fan of this series focusing on Gods and Goddesses of Mount Olympus and was thrilled to find a book devoted to Apollo. The son of Zeus and a she-wolf, Apollo is blessed with many gifts, but he is also has many imperfections or character flaws. As the Muses who tell his story make abundantly clear, Apollo has long inspired humans, partly because of his greatness, but also because he possesses so many of the foibles of humans. His arrogance about his musical talent leads him to a terribl [...]

    • Misty says:

      I love this series. I'm a huge mythology nerd, and have been for literally as long as I can remember (one of my earliest memories is of repeated watchings of Clash of the Titans with my dad. I think we drove my mom nuts with how much we watched that movie, and similar others), so this series is always a win for me. This one is interesting because it's told by each of the Muses, in turn, so you're kind of getting a two-for-one: Apollo and the Muses. On a personal note: I delighted in seeing Apoll [...]

    • Christina Taylor says:

      Readers who enjoy Greek mythology will also enjoy O’Connor’s latest addition to this series about the Olympians. Although this title is a collection of vignettes that present lesser known aspects of the god’s personality, both its content and treatment are less brilliant than the immediate predecessor about Ares. Therefore, I recommend that this title only be acquired as an additional purchase with the intent to complete a series - rather than based on its stand-alone merits.

    • Courtney says:

      I really liked it, but I kept waiting for the story about how he pulled the sunor some other story about the sun. I guess my education in mythology was under-informed, because it's possible that he may not have had that role? I'm so confused, but I wish that O'Conner would have addressed that. I believe that he hinted at it in his foot nots, but I would have preferred a straightforward comment.

    • MC Bonet says:

      Another great book about the Olympians from George O'Connor. Truth be told, I love these books. It brings the legends and myths of these gods in an easy to understand format with great art. Like a lot of these gods, Apollo is full of himself. A caution to some young readers, some of the stories of Apollo are a bit too violent.

    • Amanda [Novel Addiction] says:

      Another good volume in the Olympians series! The art continues to be very well done, and the stories make for some very artistic scenes. Each of Apollo's tales are told from the point of view of one (or more) Muses, making for an interesting story dynamic. Received a copy of this in exchange for a fair and honest review. Full review will be up on my blog in July 2015.

    • Kirsten says:

      Another worthy addition to a great series. I liked the way the Muses tied everything together. The footnotes, as always, add a lot to this version and point out some of the interesting choices O'Connor made.

    • Austin Phadoungsyavong says:

      I wonder Zeus have more children from human woman make me hard think what his plan for Zeus want new family then whatever about Apollo want future or something when he was child and nothing answer maybe he get future and became archer god.

    • Tera says:

      While not great it was still a good book. Only fault for me was that it wasn't as strong as the previous ones. I'd suggest new readers of the series start with Apollo and then read the othersc from NetGalley

    • Marsha says:

      Apollo, like a lot of the Greek gods, didn’t necessarily have one sphere of influence. He was the god of magic, the arts, healing, archery and plagues (Wth?!? That’s news to me!). But, if most people think of him, they remember his affinity for the arts, those splendid gifts that raise humans from the mere muck from which they are created. Music, literature, dance, poetry, history, et al are all seen as things under his powerful influence. What’s not to love about all that? As always, Mr. [...]

    • Nick says:

      In the latest volume of O'Connor's excellent Olympians series, Apollo -- his origins, loves, struggles and complex character -- are given a fine, if incomplete treatment. O'Connor, appropriately enough, fleshes out Apollo via seven stories from the nine muses, Apollo's mythological entourage. Apollo is arguably the most complex of all the Greek Gods, and it must not have been easy for O'Connor to approach this. Indeed, many of Apollo's contradictions and subtleties are too much for such a short, [...]

    • Ang says:

      Apollo: The Brilliant One is about Apollo and how he came to be. We also get to meet his mother Leto and his sister Artemis and his nine muses. Each muse helps to tell us tales of Apollo, good and bad. The first tale is about how Leto gave birth to Artemis and Apollo, in the following story we see Apollo defeat the serpent python and how he created Delphi out of Pythia. We also witness the tale of Daphne and how she became a tree, and how Apollo came to be adorned in laurels. We also get to lear [...]

    • Connor Bates says:

      Apollo (Olympians #8) by George O’Connor is a comic book style graphic novel about the life of the Greek God, Apollo. Although I found it difficult to read personally due to having little experience with graphic novels, I can see how this book can be of interest to other readers, specifically upper middle school and high schoolers. O’Connor does an amazing job syncing the emotions of the characters in the story with the illustrations. The theme and tone can be felt before you even read a w [...]

    • Sarah says:

      Again, low rating is for my distaste for the story, not the story-telling. None of the Greek gods are anywhere near perfect, but this guy is the worst. He is malicious, self-centered, and cruel. Hades may be Lord of the dead, but Apollo is the devil! I was disgusted through most of the book, but did enjoy the myth of Daphne (tree-nymph), the introduction to Dionysus, and the legend of Asklepios (first doctor). Stylistically, I also highly appreciate O'Connor modeling certain panels after famous [...]

    • Alicia says:

      Still absolutely obsessed with this series. I know this one came out more than a year ago, but we hadn't had it in the library. I quickly took one copy to read this weekend and gave the other to the English teacher who is equally as obsessed. O'Connor continues to drill down and share a story (or a few connected ones) that biographically share the one Olympian while sharing their interconnectedness with others. Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto and twin brother to Artemis. He avenged his mother [...]

    • Tracey says:

      I had taken a long break from this series. I honestly thought it was finished with the last volume I read. I’m not sure how I stumbled across this one but I’m glad to be reading these again. O’Connor does a great job retelling stories and lore surrounding the Greek gods. His writing style is compelling and is entertaining for all age groups.I’m giving this entry a lower rating because I don’t like the god featured. Apollo was a straight up asshole who I feel no sympathy for. The only g [...]

    • Cynthia says:

      O'Connor's Apollo is brilliant! He weaves a myriad of individual stories, all told by the Muses who visit him at his temple, into a very fine biography of Apollo and his family. Greek myth lovers eat this book up and the others in this series. I am not a fan of graphic novels, but this one got me hooked! Now I see why this book is so popular at our middle school - you can read it quickly, it is enjoyable and you learn all about your favorite Greek gods in the mean time.

    • Cora Coleman says:

      I like it.

    • Shipofools999 says:

      Very enjoyable. Glad I read the series.

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