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Experience the propulsive love story of two Greek gods—Hades and Persephone—brought to life with lavish artwork and an irresistible contemporary voice. 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 most well-known stories from creator Rachel Smythe. Featuring a bran Experience the propulsive love story of two Greek gods—Hades and Persephone—brought to life with lavish artwork and an irresistible contemporary voice. 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 most well-known stories from creator Rachel Smythe. Featuring a brand-new, exclusive short story, Smythe’s original Eisner-nominated web-comic Lore Olympus brings the Greek Pantheon into the modern age with this sharply perceptive and romantic graphic novel. This volume collects episodes 1-25 of the #1 WEBTOON comic, Lore Olympus.


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Experience the propulsive love story of two Greek gods—Hades and Persephone—brought to life with lavish artwork and an irresistible contemporary voice. 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 most well-known stories from creator Rachel Smythe. Featuring a bran Experience the propulsive love story of two Greek gods—Hades and Persephone—brought to life with lavish artwork and an irresistible contemporary voice. 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 most well-known stories from creator Rachel Smythe. Featuring a brand-new, exclusive short story, Smythe’s original Eisner-nominated web-comic Lore Olympus brings the Greek Pantheon into the modern age with this sharply perceptive and romantic graphic novel. This volume collects episodes 1-25 of the #1 WEBTOON comic, Lore Olympus.

30 review for Lore Olympus: Volume One

  1. 4 out of 5

    Becca & The Books

    400 delicious pages of Mutual Pining. Obsessed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melanie (MelReads)

    omg that ending!!!!! i can’t wait for volume two😭

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    People keep recommending this to me and I hear it is the ULTIMATE Hades/Persephone retelling

  4. 4 out of 5

    ✧ Marureviere ✧

    Edit: I'm ecstatic that this won on the Goodreads Choice Awards. So well deserved. This is now my new hyperfixation. Random incoherent thoughts after reading season 1: ✔️ Odysseus needs a new hairdresser ✔️ Apollo can choke ✔️ A form of media where Zeus is portrayed as a piece of shit and the scum of scums that he really is? Win. ✔️ Topless Hades is a sight I don't deserve but here we are ✔️ Hades spoiling Persephone 😭🤚🏻 ✔️ WOMEN ✔️ Wtf you deserve to be loved and cared for Hades and not just be given ha Edit: I'm ecstatic that this won on the Goodreads Choice Awards. So well deserved. This is now my new hyperfixation. Random incoherent thoughts after reading season 1: ✔️ Odysseus needs a new hairdresser ✔️ Apollo can choke ✔️ A form of media where Zeus is portrayed as a piece of shit and the scum of scums that he really is? Win. ✔️ Topless Hades is a sight I don't deserve but here we are ✔️ Hades spoiling Persephone 😭🤚🏻 ✔️ WOMEN ✔️ Wtf you deserve to be loved and cared for Hades and not just be given half-assed attention ✔️ When is Minthe gonna get turned into mint? ✔️ Zeus doesn't deserve a queen like Hera ✔️ Hermes is a good boi ✔️ This comic is basically TRAUMA: gods & goddesses edition ✔️ Death is too lenient for Apollo's entitled ass ✔️ Zeus 🤢🤢🤢🤢 ✔️ Why is Demeter acting like my mother ✔️ The way that emotional abuse and sexual trauma are handled here is commendable ✔️ Doggos!!! ✔️ Cerberus!!!! 🌟⭐✨🌟⭐💛 ✔️ God is a woman and her name is Persephone ✔️ I love this so much omg ✔️ "Congratulations you're dead!" 💀 ✔️ I have a new-found love for Aphrodite and Eros ✔️ Ares with other people: 😡😠🤬🤪😤👹😈 Ares with his mom: 🌟⭐♥️💚💛🧡✨🌸🌺🌹 ✔️ Daphne!!! Run!!!!!! ✔️ Wow this story is fucked up and deeper than I thought ✔️ Aphrodite has so many kids omg ✔️ The underworld >>>>>>> anywhere else ✔️ Eros is the bestie you wish you had 💅💅💅 ✔️ Artemis needs another brother bc hers is cancelledt ✔️ I need more Athena!!! ✔️ No incest? GASP ✔️ Why is Hestia portrayed like this umfgh she's one of my fav goddesses and basically the least problematic but just ajhsjajjs ✔️ The art is god tier holy fuck ✔️ How can I reach the author I JUST WANNA TALK ✔️ Whomst do I pay to off Apollo ✔️ Thanatos is hot but bland ✔️ Minthe's friend squad is the epitome of toxic friendships ✔️ Where is Hephaestus?? Did I miss him??? ✔️ What's with all these secrets aaaaaa ✔️ Hades adopted another doggo! So smol asfaghss ✔️ Persephone's definition of a make out session is a quick peck on the lips lmaoo ✔️ Minthe desperately needs a new personality transplant ✔️ Ngl I want more Poseidon content he's chill ✔️ Hecate can run me over with a truck and I'll still ask her to do it again repeatedly right after ✔️ 💛⭐🌟✨⭐💛💛🌟⭐ Persephone and Hades 🌟💛🌟✨✨🌟✨✨🌟🌟 ✔️ Persephone getting turned on is hilarious and also adorable ✔️ Persephone did what????!!!! ✔️ Wait where tf is Psyche

  5. 5 out of 5

    s.penkevich

    *Winner of the 2021 Goodreads Choice Award for Graphic Novels!* Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades If reading about mythological god clowning around while spreading gossip and scandal is intriguing to you, Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe is a must. Setting Greek myth in a modern day society of fast cars and bars, Lore Olympus is comedic and playful with the well-known characters in a way that is fresh and just thoroughly entertaining. Originally released as a webtoon (read it here), this graphic novel co *Winner of the 2021 Goodreads Choice Award for Graphic Novels!* Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades If reading about mythological god clowning around while spreading gossip and scandal is intriguing to you, Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe is a must. Setting Greek myth in a modern day society of fast cars and bars, Lore Olympus is comedic and playful with the well-known characters in a way that is fresh and just thoroughly entertaining. Originally released as a webtoon (read it here), this graphic novel compiles the first 25 episodes in full color to show off Smythe’s wonderfully stylized artwork. Using the Hades and Persephone story as an anchor around which all the other god’s stories play out and cross paths, Smythe retells the myth without the horrific rape and instead as a cute story of shy romance. These are the gods of Olympus here, so while it is playful and fairly lighthearted it is also dark and filled with toxic interactions, manipulations and assaults—as one would probably expect but heads up. This is a treat for those who know the stories, but if you are unfamiliar with Greek mythology or only have a basic understanding this book won't make you feel outside of it at all and, if anything, will really welcome you in and be easy to follow. With sharp and colorful art that really pops and spirited, modernized retellings that demonstrate a true love for the source material, Lore Olympus is a delightful success. As one should probably expect, we get to watch the gods be complete pricks to each other and spite one another and scheming for revenge or just pure sport. The gods of Olympus were more or less an early soap opera and Smythe definitely delivers on the soap opera front. Lore Olympus opens with Persephone as the “new girl in the city” role, having just moved in to be Artemis’ roommate while Hades is this corporate executive-type just off a breakup with Minth. He spots her at a party with his brothers Zeus and Poseidon and the plot races off down the morally murky highway. It’s all fast cars, high fashion, and rich folks with too much time on their hands and a complete lack of fucks to give about anyone other than themselves, and I’m here for it. The depiction of Zeus is great, depicting him as super shitty and egotistical as you’d imagine but still making him just a lot of fun as he messes with his two brothers. My favorite depiction is Eros as a bubbly bisexual, though the strong-willed, protective best friend vibes from Artemis are equally enjoyable. It’s all very energetic and entertaining, and the modern setting opens up a lot of fun with the characters all having iphones and instagrams which quickly spread all the gossip. With Lore Olympus you get pretty much what you expect, and all of it is a really good time. The color palettes are great, contrasting Persephone’s pink with Hades and the underworld all in blacks and blues and a fun watercolor-splash look to the backgrounds. It looks pretty andt while the stories aren’t exactly pretty, they really grab you. Smythe includes a warning at the beginning that these stories can be pretty troubling, which is cool, especially when she mentions talking with people if you find yourself needing support. Take care of each other and yourselves, friends, so basically don’t do what these characters do. I wish this was longer into the story but Lore Olympus is a blast and I can’t wait to read more. 4.5/5

  6. 5 out of 5

    persephone ☾

    all i want is for someone to cut Apollo's genitalia off and throw it in the Styx river all i want is for someone to cut Apollo's genitalia off and throw it in the Styx river

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 4.5 STARSSS!!! COMPLETELY & UTTERLY OB–SESSEDDDDD !!!! (only reason I deducted .5 stars was that there was totally NOT enough HadesxPersephone content for the intro to the series!) _________________ Omfgggggg I have wanted to read this for so long & I was holding out for the print ver. & YAY ITS ALMOSTTTT HERE!

  8. 5 out of 5

    TJ ☾

    "What do you want then?" "I want to feel loved and safe every day. Not sometimes. All the time." 💫 the art in this is just my favorite ever. i rly don't think i'd love the webtoon as much if it weren't for the unique style and colors. there were panels that i'd straight up just buy as wall art the details too, like how sometimes her pink will rub off on him and vice versa 💙🌸 the hades persephone myth invented grumpy/sunshine trope and that's a fact other things i loved: 🍬 height difference "What do you want then?" "I want to feel loved and safe every day. Not sometimes. All the time." 💫 the art in this is just my favorite ever. i rly don't think i'd love the webtoon as much if it weren't for the unique style and colors. there were panels that i'd straight up just buy as wall art the details too, like how sometimes her pink will rub off on him and vice versa 💙🌸 the hades persephone myth invented grumpy/sunshine trope and that's a fact other things i loved: 🍬 height difference 😚 🍬 hades being such a dog person pls not him blow drying him 😩✋🏽 🍬 when artemis puts on her warrior garb 🍬 eros and psyche <3 🍬 EVERY TIME HADES STUTTER COMES OUT. it's truly peak cuteness 🍬 sorry but minthe might be my fav character 🏃🏽‍♀️ i think she's a great example of how well-rounded the writing is. even tho she's an abusive, toxic, unlikeable character, she's not made to be one-dimensional. and episode 46 slapped i won't budge on that ☝🏽 the fear in her eyes PLS. the way she hates herself to the point that she physically can't stand him still showing her affection when she's done every possible thing to push him away. alexa play boyfriend by ariana grande, i want a redemption arc

  9. 4 out of 5

    chaity

    first read of 2022<3 just want Hades and Persephone to start a family and adopt more dogs and live happily. alsooo, if you want to join APOLLO THE ASSHOLE IS OVER PARTY, just hmu for the invitation. pre-review: lore olympus season one to lore olympus volume one is the only transformation i honestly care about right now ✨

  10. 5 out of 5

    Olivia (Stories For Coffee)

    I’ve been begging the universe to give me a physical copy of Lore Olympus, and the Gods have delivered! It was so nice to dive back into this world I have loved for so many years. I just wish certain panels were bigger and they brightened up Hades’ panels since he tended to blend into the background, but other than that, I adore Lore Olympus and Hades/Persephone. TW: Sexual assault

  11. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Wow. Do I have a new obsession? Probably. Wow. I knew I would love Lore Olympus, and I've known it for ages, but I've been waiting for the bind-up to come out because I really struggle with focusing on webtoons. Not sure what it is, because there are a million and one webtoons I would love to read, but I never seem to get around to them until they're printed in a bound format like this. That said, I got this as a Christmas gift from my spouse today and literally binge read it the moment I go Wow. Do I have a new obsession? Probably. Wow. I knew I would love Lore Olympus, and I've known it for ages, but I've been waiting for the bind-up to come out because I really struggle with focusing on webtoons. Not sure what it is, because there are a million and one webtoons I would love to read, but I never seem to get around to them until they're printed in a bound format like this. That said, I got this as a Christmas gift from my spouse today and literally binge read it the moment I got the chance (which was maybe two hours after opening the gift). Now I'm sad that Volume One is over, I have no idea when Volume Two is coming out (please be soon, please be soon), and I'm thinking I'm going to probably finally cave and just start reading it as a webtoon because there's no way I can wait for the next volume bind-up. I miss Hades and Persephone too much already. ✨ Content warnings for: (view spoiler)[sexual assault/rape, a character is drugged without consent, misogynistic jokes/comments, abusive parent (hide spoiler)] ——— twitter | booktok | bookstagram | blog

  12. 5 out of 5

    Eva B.

    Yeah, besides the art, I just don't get the hype for this one. Naive sunshine girl and grumpy older guy is a hard ship to sell me on, especially since this has a pretty big age gap. So much of a big deal was made of Persephone's naivety that it just made me feel uncomfortable. This also felt like nothing really happened? Like there were two, maybe three plot points in this. On the plus side, I liked the art and I liked Hades for the most part, and I really liked Hera since she's usually made int Yeah, besides the art, I just don't get the hype for this one. Naive sunshine girl and grumpy older guy is a hard ship to sell me on, especially since this has a pretty big age gap. So much of a big deal was made of Persephone's naivety that it just made me feel uncomfortable. This also felt like nothing really happened? Like there were two, maybe three plot points in this. On the plus side, I liked the art and I liked Hades for the most part, and I really liked Hera since she's usually made into a one-note jealous wife in Greek mythology retellings.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I LOVED this!! I read this on webtoon a year ago (maybe longer) and I’m so glad this is now out in print!! The illustrations and colour in this are stunning! This had super cute and funny moments. I love Hades and Persephone in this and the fact that Hades has a pet dog called ‘Russel’. I loved the interactions between the brothers, Hades and Zeus, and Poseidon being a mess. Artemis and Persephone had a fantastic friendship! We also got to see the pettiness of Aphrodite and her sending Eros to do he I LOVED this!! I read this on webtoon a year ago (maybe longer) and I’m so glad this is now out in print!! The illustrations and colour in this are stunning! This had super cute and funny moments. I love Hades and Persephone in this and the fact that Hades has a pet dog called ‘Russel’. I loved the interactions between the brothers, Hades and Zeus, and Poseidon being a mess. Artemis and Persephone had a fantastic friendship! We also got to see the pettiness of Aphrodite and her sending Eros to do her dirty work. This also retold the story of Eros and Psyche (which I, unsurprisingly, also loved!)- there is also a cute little pig! Despite all the cute and funny moments the artist also delves into the darkness of the gods (which also related to our world)- trauma, rape and consent issues. I cannot wait until the next print edition is available!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Cook

    The best Hades and Persephone retelling. Period.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katie Colson

    The artwork is ✨STUNNING✨ Truly masterful. But there was not much dialogue or story. For 384 pages, not much happens. But what did happen is fantastic. I definitely see myself giving the future volumes 5 stars. I really enjoyed Hades and Persephone as characters. The side characters are cute as well. I haven't become invested in them but I'm sure I will given time. It just seems like a lot of pages for so little to have developed. The artwork is ✨STUNNING✨ Truly masterful. But there was not much dialogue or story. For 384 pages, not much happens. But what did happen is fantastic. I definitely see myself giving the future volumes 5 stars. I really enjoyed Hades and Persephone as characters. The side characters are cute as well. I haven't become invested in them but I'm sure I will given time. It just seems like a lot of pages for so little to have developed.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    So this is one of my favorite WEBTOONs. And they are putting it in a physical format!!!! So even though this is a story I’m currently reading I had to order a print copy when I saw it. If this looks like your thing, it’s currently free on WEBTOONs. It’s a beautiful (beautifully written and beautifully drawn) retelling of the Greek gods and goddesses focusing on Hades and Persephone.

  17. 4 out of 5

    alka ☂

    an uber-sweet, ultra-cute, utterly colorful retelling of hades, the god of the underworld and persephone, goddness of... vegetables? idk it was cute tho.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Natalie (Never trust a duck)

    BEST NEWS EVER. BEST NEWS EVER.

  19. 4 out of 5

    daria ❀

    yes i can confirm it's just as good as everyone says it is yes i can confirm it's just as good as everyone says it is

  20. 4 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    2.5 stars. I will preface this review by saying that I am not pro or anti-LO. I am simply a mythology/fairy tale fan, and Hades and Persephone is one of my absolute favorite stories, and I enjoy reading retellings. There's things I like about the comic, but I do feel that some of the criticism from LO's detractors are absolutely warranted, especially the artwork - the rapid decline of quality within the comic itself as well as the poor editing/adaptation in some parts when the webtoon was converte 2.5 stars. I will preface this review by saying that I am not pro or anti-LO. I am simply a mythology/fairy tale fan, and Hades and Persephone is one of my absolute favorite stories, and I enjoy reading retellings. There's things I like about the comic, but I do feel that some of the criticism from LO's detractors are absolutely warranted, especially the artwork - the rapid decline of quality within the comic itself as well as the poor editing/adaptation in some parts when the webtoon was converted to this book. I know that some of the pictures in the original online version were long and didn't neccessarily translate well to the printed page, but the issues with the physical copy go beyond that. Some people rate this book negatively because of the rape scene. I'm not one of those people because it's not like the rape was presented in a positive light. If it was, I'd give this 1 star, but no, it'd not depicted as a good thing, and the scene itself is not even depicted graphically, and a lot of women react the way Persephone did IRL. Although this book only covers the first 25 episodes of the webtoon, the consequences of the rape and other issues are brought up in later episodes in an appropriate way (i.e. Persephone getting therapy, or one of her friends confronting her rapist) I wanted to like this more, but after the first couple of episodes, the art quality really dropped dramatically. There's more issues that come up story-wise after episode 25 but I won't bring them up here as I want to focus on the actual physical product itself. Again, I'm not pro or anti LO, but honestly, the book should have been edited and formatted better.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ✰ Aileen ✰

    Sometimes I really wonder why I shelf books as "currently-reading" when I already know that I won't be posting any updates because I'm finishing the goddamn thing in one sitting. This was pure perfection, by the way 😭 Sometimes I really wonder why I shelf books as "currently-reading" when I already know that I won't be posting any updates because I'm finishing the goddamn thing in one sitting. This was pure perfection, by the way 😭

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    How to approach reviewing this one? You'll have noticed I give it one star, so I didn't like it, but there are two caveats to that: 1. I am obviously not the imagined audience for this series.. 2. I don't want to just descend into laughing at things teenage girls like - it's condescending sexist shittiness. But, I did think it was uniquely terrible (which is also the only unique thing about it, come to think of it). This is not my first Hades/Persephone rodeo, so I know it's A Thing, but I find the How to approach reviewing this one? You'll have noticed I give it one star, so I didn't like it, but there are two caveats to that: 1. I am obviously not the imagined audience for this series.. 2. I don't want to just descend into laughing at things teenage girls like - it's condescending sexist shittiness. But, I did think it was uniquely terrible (which is also the only unique thing about it, come to think of it). This is not my first Hades/Persephone rodeo, so I know it's A Thing, but I find the whole set-up really boring. And so this is another treatment of that story that descends into soapy, drawn out romantic tropes. There's a distinct lack of characterisation, which is actually quite a feat, what with the endless conversations. Yes, there is a rape scene towards the end, but this is after all based on Greek mythology, and this at least is handled with care - in the original stories rape happens regularly and it is accepted as totally normal (Zeus specifically seemingly doesn't know impregnation can also involve consent). The art isn't great. It's unsurprising that each character gets their own snazzy fluorescent skin colour, as they all look the same and it's the only way to tell them apart. The women have hourglass figures, most of them have mucho boobage, they have round faces and pouty mouths. The men have upper bodies like upside down triangles, necks as thick as their heads, and pointy noses. And pointy shoes. I get it, it's a bit of romantic fun, you shouldn't take it too seriously.. but it's also unoriginal, vapid pap with rushed indistinct art.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alex(Books-In-A-Storm)

    I loved this one! It was amazing. This was really different from all the other Hades and Persephone story's I've read over the years And this one has got to be my favorite one ever. I loved this one! It was amazing. This was really different from all the other Hades and Persephone story's I've read over the years And this one has got to be my favorite one ever.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Romie

    I absolutely fell in love with Persephone and Hades and the beautiful art style! such a beautiful and heartwarming book! I simply cannot wait for the second volume 🥺 (4.75)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tamara Obradović

    I'm still dealing with the fact that no man can EVER compare to Hades. I'm still dealing with the fact that no man can EVER compare to Hades.

  26. 4 out of 5

    liz

    STUNNING STUNNING STUNNING

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joleen (starlightbooktales)

    One of my all times favorite graphic novels!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice in Bookland

    this was… so unexpectedly good???

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shannara

    I actually binged this on WEBTOON when it was nearing the end of the first season so I already knew I loved it, but ahhhhhhh!!!!!! This book!!!!!! First of all, it’s gorgeousness and all color!!!! ALL COLOR!!!! Which makes everything pop and it’s so vibrant. I cannot really do justice to how beautiful this book is by just saying so. That’s how amazingly gorgeous it is. Second of all, this is also a wonderful story. Persephone is our perfectly adorable cinnamon roll and I love her soooooo much!!! I actually binged this on WEBTOON when it was nearing the end of the first season so I already knew I loved it, but ahhhhhhh!!!!!! This book!!!!!! First of all, it’s gorgeousness and all color!!!! ALL COLOR!!!! Which makes everything pop and it’s so vibrant. I cannot really do justice to how beautiful this book is by just saying so. That’s how amazingly gorgeous it is. Second of all, this is also a wonderful story. Persephone is our perfectly adorable cinnamon roll and I love her soooooo much!!!! Can I scream that actually!?!?! I LOVE HER!! Sorry, as you can see, this book elicits some strong emotions because it deserves all the positive emotions. All. It’s funny, squeal worthy, and yet so heartfelt too. This is absolutely in my top ten favorites of all time. The whole series really, but for the purpose of this review, this book. Hades and the rest of the cast are nothing to sniff at either. I just love them all, unless I’m supposed to dislike them, in which case, I loathe him or her. And if you’ve read this, you know who I’m talking about here. He who must not be named and she who is the ultimate B. But I digress, the book and the characters are so easy to love. I recommend this all the way!!! Especially to those who like graphic novels, mythological retellings, or stories of falling in love and all the drama surrounding said love. Read this. It’s amazing!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Monte Price

    This was something of a reread? I definitely want to think in 2019 I had looked at the WebToon version and read most of the episodes that comprise this first volume... but honestly couldn't tell you. Either way I had a good time. The art style is stunning. The characters are messy, it's giving everything the people say it's supposed to give and I don't really have any complaints. This was something of a reread? I definitely want to think in 2019 I had looked at the WebToon version and read most of the episodes that comprise this first volume... but honestly couldn't tell you. Either way I had a good time. The art style is stunning. The characters are messy, it's giving everything the people say it's supposed to give and I don't really have any complaints.

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