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Rogerson, Phoenica - Herc

Rogerson, Phoenica - Herc

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In this bold and refreshing retelling of the classic Greek myth, Phoenicia Rogerson gives voice to the silenced characters of the Hercules story, offering a unique perspective on heroism, identity, and the power of storytelling.


Forget the Hercules you know. This is the story of everyone else: Alcmene, Herc's mother (who has knives everywhere); Hylas, Herc's first friend (who was more than friends); Megara, Herc's wife (who'll tell you about their marriage); Eurystheus, who saw over Herc's labors (but never asked for the job); his friends, his enemies, his wives, his children, his lovers, his rivals, his gods, his victims. It's time to hear their stories.

Told with humor and heart, Herc gives voice to the silenced characters, in this feminist, queer (and sometimes shocking) retelling of classic Hercules myth. Perfect for fans of Madeline Miller and Joanne M. Harris.

LGBT Themes:

  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • LGBTQ+ representation

Relevant tags:

dystopian, ya, lgbt, metoo, identity

Awards & Recognition:

  • Goodreads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2023)
  • Kirkus Reviews Starred Review
  • Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • Dystopian YA novel with LGBTQ+ themes
  • Herc by Phoenicia Rogerson
  • A powerful and timely novel about identity, gender, and the power of choice
  • A must-read for fans of dystopian fiction and LGBTQ+ stories

Title: Herc: An Iliad in Drag

Author: Phoenicia Rogerson

Genre: Fantasy, LGBT, Young Adult

Pages: 400

Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: August 31, 2023


  • Weight: 515 grams
  • Size: 234 x 154 x 35 mm
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