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Lore Olympus: Volume One by Rachel Smythe
Lore Olympus: Volume One by Rachel Smythe

Lore Olympus: Volume One

Rachel Smythe

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR

Scandalous gossip, wild parties, and forbidden love—witness what the gods do after dark in this stylish and contemporary reimagining of one of mythology’s best-known stories from creator Rachel Smythe.

“What Scott Pilgrim did for Canadian slackers, Lore Olympus does for the Greek pantheon, while being so beautiful that you know Aphrodite is just staring daggers in its direction.”—Kieron Gillen, co-creator of The Wicked + The Divine

Persephone, young goddess of spring, is new to Olympus. Her mother, Demeter, has raised her in the mortal realm, but after Persephone promises to train as a sacred virgin, she’s allowed to live in the fast-moving, glamorous world of the gods. When her roommate, Artemis, takes her to a party, her entire life changes: she ends up meeting Hades and feels an immediate spark with the charming yet misunderstood ruler of the Underworld. Now Persephone must navigate the confusing politics and relationships that rule Olympus, while also figuring out her own place—and her own power.

This full-color edition of Smythe’s original Eisner-nominated webcomic Lore Olympus features a brand-new, exclusive short story, and brings the Greek pantheon into the modern age in a sharply perceptive and romantic graphic novel.

This volume collects episodes 1–25 of the #1 WEBTOON comic Lore Olympus.

Coming July 5, 2022

Lore Olympus: Volume Two

Rachel Smythe

"It’s easy to see why the internet has fallen in love with Lore Olympus. This dazzling interpretation of the classic Greek myths is as charming as it is provocative.”—Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Timesbestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles

Persephone was ready to start a new life when she left the mortal realm for Olympus. However, she quickly discovered the dark side of her glamorous new home—from the relatively minor gossip threatening her reputation to a realm-shattering violation of her safety by the conceited Apollo—and she’s struggling to find her footing in the fast-moving realm of the gods. Hades is also off-balance, fighting against his burgeoning feelings for the young goddess of spring while maintaining his lonely rule of the Underworld. As the pair are drawn ever closer, they must untangle the twisted webs of their past and present to build toward a new future. 
 
This full-color edition of Smythe’s original Eisner-nominated webcomic Lore Olympus features a brand-new, exclusive short story, and brings Greek mythology into the modern age in a sharply perceptive and romantic graphic novel.

This volume collects episodes 26–49 of the #1 WEBTOON comic Lore Olympus.

Coming October 11, 2022

Lore Olympus: Volume Three

Rachel Smythe

Witness what the gods do after dark in the third volume of a stylish and contemporary reimagining of one of the best-known stories in Greek mythology, featuring a brand-new, exclusive short story from creator Rachel Smythe.

“A refreshingly modern and surprisingly poignant take on the Hades and Persephone myth . . . steamy, often laugh-out-loud funny, and emotional.”—Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author of From Blood and Ash
 
“It is natural for a King to be curious about his future Queen. . . .”

All of Olympus—and the Underworld—are talking about the God of the Dead and the sprightly daughter of Demeter. But despite the rumors of their romance, Hades and Persephone have plenty to navigate on their own.

Since coming to Olympus, Persephone has struggled to be the perfect maiden goddess. Her attraction to Hades has only complicated the intense burden of the gods’ expectations. And after Apollo’s assault, Persephone fears she can no longer bury the intense feelings of hurt and love that she’s worked so hard to hide.
 
As Persephone contemplates her future, Hades struggles with his past, falling back into toxic habits in Minthe’s easy embrace. With all the mounting pressure and expectations—of their family, friends, and enemies—both Hades and Persephone tell themselves to deny their deepest desires, but the pull between them is too tempting, too magnetic. It’s fate.
 
This full-color edition of Smythe’s original Eisner-nominated webcomic Lore Olympus brings Greek mythology into the modern age in a sharply perceptive and romantic graphic novel.

This volume collects episodes 50–75 of the #1 WEBTOON comic Lore Olympus.

Special Editions

Barnes & Noble Exclusive Editions

These B&N exclusive editions feature original cover artwork on the hardcover jacket by author and illustrator Rachel Smythe.

Lore Olympus: Volume One

Rachel Smythe

Lore Olympus: Volume Two

Rachel Smythe

Lore Olympus: Volume Three

Rachel Smythe

Frequently Asked Questions

What is in these books?

The Lore Olympus books are a full-color graphic novel adaptation of the WEBTOON comic by the same name from creator Rachel Smythe. The artwork remains unaltered but has been reorganized into a graphic novel layout.

Volume One collects episodes 1-25 of the WEBTOON comic. Volume Two collects episodes 26-49. Volume Three collects episodes 50-75.

What about the bonus chapter?

In addition to the episodes previously published on WEBTOON, Volume One, Volume Two, and Volume Three each include one never-before-seen short story as a bonus chapter. The bonus chapter is in every edition of the book regardless of format.

Are these novels/chapter books?

No. These books are graphic novels.

Where can I buy the book?

The Lore Olympus graphic novels will be available in hardcover and paperback in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom wherever books are sold.

For books sold outside of the US, Canada, and the UK, check with your local book retailer for availability.

What language is the book printed in?

The Lore Olympus graphic novels are printed in English. For information about non-English translated editions, check with your local book retailer for availability.

Will there be special editions of later volumes?

Nothing additional has been announced yet, but keep checking back here for the latest official news.

I preordered my copy of Lore Olympus: Volume Two before the publication date moved to July 5, 2022. Do I need to do anything?

No action is required; your preorder will be automatically adjusted with the retailer you preordered from to arrive on the new publication date.

What is a signed bookplate?

A bookplate is a sticker pre-signed by the author that can be affixed to the title page of your book.

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