I hated, yes actually hated, Greek mythology in high school. At least in the manner in which it was presented. I couldn’t keep anybody straight, what with all the marrying and fooling around with sisters, mothers, half-sisters, uncles, brothers, etc. etc. And there was way too much blood and guts to make any of the stories appealing to me.
With her Gods and Goats trilogy, V. L. Locey has done what no teacher ever could—make me love Greek mythology.
Ares, the Greek god of war, and Libby Simons, Pennsylvania goatherder and young widow, are the main characters in the trilogy. They develop a love that is passionate, fiery, and yet very sweet. Who knew Ares could have such a tender side?
In this spring’s Of Heroes & Hay Bales, the follow-up to last year’s Of Gods and Goats, Libby takes on a new set of challenges as Hades, god of the dead, continues his evil quest to bring the entire world under his control. Libby is aided by an assortment of gods in addition to Ares. There are Ares’ twin sons, Phobos and Deimos, Ares’ daughter, Harmonia, and a number of other gods and creatures that would give any mortal nightmares for the rest of their lives.
I was so taken with how different the gods were from what I remembered from high school, that I decided to take a ride out into the mountains to see if I could find Libby’s farm.
Locey gave me directions and last week, Husband and I took off on our quest to find the gods, and the goats. Locey explained that she had an appointment in town that morning, but Libby would be happy to show us around. (Husband said he wanted to see the animals, but I suspect he wanted to make sure that I didn’t fall under Ares’ spell as Libby did.) (more…)