Another stellar entry in George O'Connor's Olympians series. This one isn't getting a ton of love on Goodreads, and I loved it, so I think that means I made the right decision. GR reviews are beocming less and less useful. I mean, if we start at the relatively low level of usefulness and trustworthiness that we had at the beginning, pre-Amazon takeover.
All bookish drama aside, I loved this book. O'Connor has written an unapologetically feminist graphic novel treatment of Artemis when most other authors and stories about her tend to downplay how she fights for her right to choose and instead emphasize her cruelty. Exception being made, of course, for Riordan's genius Artemis' Wild Hunt empowering girls to do their own thing.
Really, any book about gods is going to contain cruelty; however, I think that Artemis often gets typecast as a frigid lady-dog who loves punishing people precisely because of her choice regarding men and marriage. The inference is that Artemis punishes mortals like Niobe and Actaeon because of some repressed sexual issues since she has decided not to marry. I'd like to just point out that Hera, goddess of marriage, is one of the most vindictive people ever. Plus, Actaeon was a creeper. A level-one stalker-creeper and he deserved it. Okay, maybe not the being-torn-to-death-by-his-own-dogs bit, but definitely the transformation bit.
O'Connor has really outdone himself with this one, presenting Artemis as a confident young woman who balances being a helper and a leader, a huntress and a protector. She knows what she wants and she goes for it, and if that makes readers uncomfortable, then that's on them and their sexist ways.
Another amazing addition to an extraordinary series. This should be in all libraries.
I received a review copy from First Second.