Battles and Quests :
King Arthur would have been just another king if he was content to just sit at home. And Rome would never have been founded if Remus had won the famous battle instead of his brother. Battles and quests are the lifeblood of mythology, and this collection thrusts readers right into the heart of some of the best (and bloodiest) adventure stories from around the world.
Beasts and Monsters :
In the cold, dead eyes of the Banshee, and the hissing, spitting fangs of the Gorgon; in the fiery breath of the dragon and the razor sharp claws of the Sphinx - there is a thirst for blood and a murderous hunger. But it is a time of heroes, and the teeth and claws of these hideous beasts are no match for the lethal blades of such men.
Death and the Underworld :
Don't mess with the gods. And if they mess with you? Run like hell . . .
When life is over, and the conflicted souls of the dead wend their weary way down to the underworld, what do they see? A three-headed dog with slavering jaws, a dark and foreboding river with a skeletal ferryman or simply darkness? Only the very brave or very foolish will venture down into the realm of the afterlife, and they will seldom live to tell the tale .
Heroes and Villains :
The battle between good and evil has raged throughout time, in every corner of this world and the next.
The heroes and villains of this ancient conflict are many and varied. Some have fought using their superior strength, and some their wit and cunning. Others would triumph with speed, skill, or sheer determination, but they all had one thing in common: they would fight to the death . . .
Tricks and Transformations :
Myths and legends are full of stories of the transformation of humans and animals into other things through the magical intervention of the Gods. From better-known characters like Actaeon, the famous Greek huntsman who was doomed to become a stag forever chased by his own dogs, and Glaucus, the fisherman who became a fish himself, only to fall hopelessly in love with a naiad, to the Japanese tale of the Goddess Amaterasu, who created the first eclipse when she hid herself in a cave and more, this collection proves that all is never what it seems when it comes to the affairs of the Gods.
The Wrath of the Gods :
If you're lucky, you might just end up being transformed into a spider, falling hopelessly in love with your reflection or being hunted by your own hounds. And if you're unlucky? Well ... read on...
About the Author
Anthony Horowitz was born in North London in 1955. He was sent to boarding school in Harrow and went on to university in York. He decided he wanted to be a writer at the age of eight and had his first book, Enter Frederick K Bower, when he was 23. He has written lots and lots of television programmes, mostly about murder! He created the detective dramas' Midsomer Murders' and 'Murder in Mind,' and he's also written episodes for Poirot and 'Murder Most Horrid.'
Format: Boxed, Slipcased or Casebound
Published: 1st January 2010