Piccadilly Press has acquired a new children’s series, inspired by Ancient Greece, from author Lucy Coats.
The Beasts of Olympus series will kick off with two titles, Beast Keeper and Hound of Hades, both due for release in 2015.
Coats said she reinvented the Greek myths to give the “beastly” side of the story.
She said: “The 'what if' for my Beasts of Olympus series came from a nagging feeling that Heracles might not be a very nice person for killing all those beasts like the Nemean Lion and the Hydra, and for beating up Cerberus and the Stymphalian Birds. What happened to them afterwards? Did they go up to Olympus to be with the gods? If they did, who would look after them and where would they live? Do immortal beasts poo and if so, would the goddesses want the pong from the Stables of the Gods stinking up their nice nighties?”
Piccadilly Press acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Sophie Hicks of the Sophie Hicks Agency.
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