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 a huge fan of Greek mythology and such, yet I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Telemachus and Homer. The book proved to be an engaging, intriguing read about a young woman named Homer who is blind and holds great knowledge, and the struggles of Telemachus a young boy who feels he’s spent most of his life living in his father’s shadow. When Ithaca is in danger, they’re the community’s last hope.
I did find some references to the Odyssey, which is fun for people who’ve read it, but if you’re not familiar with it, you absolutely don’t need any previous knowledge to start this book. At its core, it’s a story about two people struggling to find who they want to be – one has lived his entire life in his father’s shadow, the other is defined by the community to be someone she’s not. The characters were very intriguing, and the plot enjoyable. An engaging book.