Heroes and Villains

Heroes and Villains

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"Action-packed retellings of classic myths and legends"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Kingfisher, c2011
ISBN: 9780753465462
Branch Call Number: j 292.21 H785h
Characteristics: 165 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Yeates, Thomas


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May 21, 2013

Heroes and Villains – Book 4 in the Legends Series by Anthony Horowitz was an interesting quick read. It is a juvenile rated book. Only books 3-6 were available at the Ottawa Public Library in 2013-05: Death and the Underworld (3), The Wrath of the Gods (5), and Tricks and Transformations (6). Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

SPL_Childrens Apr 12, 2013

The stories of such legendary heroes as Achilles, Gawain, Beowolf, Theseus and Hercules - and villains such as the Cyclops and Grendel - are retold in Anthony Horowitz’s recently-published book of short stories, Heroes and Villains.

The battle between good and evil, with its heroes and villains, has been waged throughout time, place and culture. The champions and evildoers portrayed inHeroes and Villains are from various times and cultures: English, Greek, Polynesian, Scandinavian and others.

In his stories, Horowitz is clear that heroes, like other people, aren’t perfect. For example, Achilles, one of the best-known warriors of Greek mythology, is unpleasant, argumentative, often angry and sometimes even cruel.

Some heroes have superior strength or speed; others use cunning and trickery to prevail, and one legendary knight, Gawain, is a hero more because of what he doesn’t do than what he does.

Horowitz’s introduction notes the ever-present link between hero and villain... “You simply can’t have one without the other .... How could you have Robin Hood without the Sheriff of Nottingham? Where would Batman be without the Joker?”

Retold with humour and accompanied by black and white graphic illustrations, these action-filled stories of heroes and villains will keep readers – even reluctant readers - engaged.

Heroes and Villains is one title in the “Legends” series by Anthony Horowitz, who is also the author of the popular M16 Agent Alex Rider stories. Other Legendstitles include The Wrath of the Gods and Tricks and Transformations.


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