The Fire Thief Fights Back by Terry DearyAn action-packed tale that blends intriguing ideas within classic fiction, for a thoroughly ingenious outcome.
Book 3 within the Fire Thief trilogy concludes the magical, mythical saga spanning across the ages; from Ancient Greece right into the twenty-first century. With the same ‘feel’ as Rick Riordan novels (Percy Jackson series), heroes and heroines intermingle with Demi-Gods, Angels and all sorts of fascinating creatures in an attempt to ‘save the world’. What I love most about this book is its exquisite cover and the beautiful binding inside the cover, including the tantalizing illustrations at the start of each chapter. This is an exciting story filled with heated drama and spectacular characterization, which brilliantly blends together the past with the present. Fans of Greek mythology, adventure stories and fantasy will devour with fervent gusto this book. I would highly recommend reading books 1 and 2 (The Fire Thief and Flight of the Fire Thief) before book 3, as it helps with plot construction and understanding.
“You’ve got to find a human hero, Prometheus. Time is running out…”
Ma and I were touring our magical medicine show through Eden City in 1785. The punters were buying our miracle cure* and we were doing fine until a Greek demi-god called Prometheus crashed into our lives. He was on the run from an avenging Eagle. And as if this mess wasn’t enough, can you imagine how I felt when Zeus swooped down to visit and roped me into fighting seven deadly Greek monsters including the Minotaur, Cerberus and the Gorgon? Unless we defeated them all Eden City was doomed…
*Of course the medicine didn’t do a thing. The only miracle about it was it was making us rich!
Terry Deary, author of the bestselling children’s books “Horrible Histories” is an accomplished author whose easy-to-read writing style and creative flair gives him much credit. What I loved most about ‘The Fire Thief’ series was how the author cleverly interwove modern day with past mythology and the fifteen-hundreds which being someone who also loves historical fiction, I really did like this element. This compact, pocket-book sized volume (of only 223 pages) is one rollicking, giggle-gasping package that will delight many a young adult reader and those seeking thrilling adventures filled with unexpected delights and shocking secrets! Complete with a handy glossary of terms on Greek gods and creatures, this makes for an altogether spellbinding reading experience and one that is very enjoyable.
A few of my favorite quotes included ~
“The first part of my tale is from a book of legends. “Hah!” you say. “Legends are just old lies. I want to know the TRUTH.” Well, I have met one of the legends and I know that HIS story is true…”
“…RETURN TO EDEN CITY. You can sense that things are coming to an end now, can’t you?”
The Creation of Man by Prometheus
In Greek mythology, Prometheus, meaning "forethought" is a Titan, culture hero, and trickster figure who is credited with the creation of man from clay, and who defies the gods by stealing fire and giving it to humanity, an act that enabled progress and civilization. Prometheus is known for his intelligence and as a champion of mankind. As described in Hesiod's Theogony, Prometheus stole the fire inside a fennel stalk, and gave it to humanity. Zeus, king of the Olympian gods, then ordered the creation of the first woman Pandora as a new punishment for mankind. And Prometheus was chained to a cliff, where an eagle fed on his ever-regenerating liver every day, until eventually Zeus' son Heracles came to free him. In "Prometheus Bound", a tragedy written by Aeschylus, in addition to giving humankind fire, Prometheus claims to have taught them the arts of civilization, such as writing, mathematics, agriculture, medicine, and science.
Prometheus , in Greek religion , one of the Titans, the supreme trickster, and a god of fire. His intellectual side was emphasized by the apparent meaning of his name, Forethinker. In common belief he developed into a master craftsman, and in this connection he was associated with fire and the creation of mortals. The Greek poet Hesiod related two principal legends concerning Prometheus. The first is that Zeus , the chief god, who had been tricked by Prometheus into accepting the bones and fat of sacrifice instead of the meat, hid fire from mortals.
Prometheus Who Stole Fire from the Gods
But the mischievous Titan in the Greek Mythology stole it and while he was celebrated by the mortals he was cruelly punished by the God of all Gods. What a dispute between mortals and immortals! And what a great story for artistic expressions and theatrical plays! And most importantly, that punishment was not the end of the tale of Prometheus and Zeus. Prometheus accomplished the task, but while working on his creation, he grew fond of men.