“Ever notice how people get my name and realm confused? Yeah, it irritates me, too.” -Hades
Hades Speaks! A Guide to the Underworld by the Greek God of the Dead is officially out! The dark lord has a lot to say about his origins, his minions, and all the creepy nooks and crannies of his realm.
“One Greek playwright described my realm as a ‘mass of mire’ and filled with ‘everlasting dung.’ Really?…Where is the respect?” -Hades
Readers will meet the ferryman and slink past Cerberus, the three-headed dog guarding the entrance to Hades’s realms. They’ll learn about Greek death practices and meet his “fiendish staff.”
“See that winged man over there? That is Thanatos, God of Death. Wait, you thought I was the god of death? No, no, I am the god of the dead and of my realm. Thanatos is the one who kills ya.” -Hades
Plus, they get to meet Hades’s wife, Persephone and her witchy attendant, Hekate.
“Welcome little mortal. It has been some time since a living human has dared to visit us here in the palace. Good luck making it out…” -Persephone
Readers will meet fierce giants with fifty heads and one hundred arms guarding the entrance to the pit in Tartaros containing the defeated Titans. And they’ll learn about the other “famous” residents of Tartaros, such as Sisyphus, Tantalus, and Prometheus.
Finally, readers end their “tour” of the underworld in Elysium, where heroes and the “virtuous” went.
“[Elysium] is the place where heroes live ‘immortal lives.’ Except they’re dead. Yeah, just go with it.” -Hades
At the end of the book, Hades tells readers they can leave his realm by either backtracking to face Cerberus or floating through one of the Two Gates of Sleep and possibly face the Oneiroi, batlike bringers of bad dreams.
“Up to you, kid. But make up your mind quickly. I don’t have an eternity to wait for you, you know. (Oh wait, I do…never mind.)” -Hades
Early reviews say this is the perfect book for kids in 4th through 7th grade who love Greek mythology and/or are fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. Want a free, signed copy? Leave a comment! Also share on Facebook and Twitter (let me know you’ve done so in the comments) for extra chances. Giveaway ends September 17.