Author: Scott Locke
Genre: YA Fantasy
For every boy who grew up in his father’s shadow and every girl who has been underestimated, there comes a time to look within themselves to see if they have the strength to meet the challenges of the lives. For Telemachus this time arrives soon after Odysseus returns from his twenty year absence, when Telemachus comes to appreciate that his own life needs to be about more than waiting for his father to guide him. On the verge of embarking on an adventure, he learns that his community has been threatened and realizes that he does not know how to help. Swallowing his pride, he recognizes that Homer, a young blind woman is a necessary ally. Homer, like Telemachus has something to prove, for although she is respected for her knowledge, she feels unfairly defined by her community. Together, as the people of Ithaca’s last hope, they begin their quest.
I'm not that familiar with the original story of Odysseus - I mean, I've heard about it, but I'm not sure what he does except, you know, going on odyssey. I'm not sure if he really had a son named Telemachus, or if that character came entirely from the author's imagination. I wanted to read the story because the synopsis intrigued me, not because of any familiarity with the characters. I liked the story, how these two unlikely heroes have to go on a quest to save their town. I'm sure I missed out on some of the references, but I liked the setting and writing. Even if you know nothing about the story this is loosely based on, you can still enjoy it.