Cursed by the Sea God

Cursed by the Sea God

Odyssey of a Slave, Book II

by Patrick Bowman


  • February 2013
  • print ISBN 978-1-55380-186-3
  • PDF ISBN 978-1-55380-188-7
  • ebook ISBN 978-1-55380-187-0
  • Audiobook available here
  • 5 1/4″ x 7 5/8″ Trade Paperback, 208 pp
  • Young Reader Novel – Ages 9 to 12

The second volume in the trilogy that revisions Homer’s Odyssey is once again told from the viewpoint of Alexi, the young Trojan boy. Captured by Odysseus after the fall of Troy, Alexi is forced to accompany the Greeks on their sea journey home to Ithaca. Cursed by the Sea God contains many of the iconic adventures of the homeward journey, including the encounter with the keeper of the winds, the descent into Hades, the fateful visit to the cannibal Laestrygonians, the encounters with Circe the sorceress, the songs of the Sirens, and the deadly passage between the monster Scylla and the whirlpool Charybdis. Having earned his master’s respect in saving him from the Sirens, Alexi loses it all though mischance, and his own circumstances take a turn for the worse as he is given away to the most brutal soldier on the ship. It takes all of Alexi’s skill and determination just to stay alive. The first volume in the trilogy, Torn from Troy, was nominated for the 2012 OLA Red Maple Award and has proved to be a best seller.

Ronsdale books by Patrick Bowman:

  1. Torn from Troy: Odyssey of a Slave

Arrow Through the Axes

Reviews and Awards

“Rated E (for Excellent). . . . Once again, Bowman has created for young readers a faithful representation of Homer’s plot, presented in a narrative that is fantastical, fast-paced, and sure to captivate young readers.” —Resource Links

“Readers may enjoy looking up the iconic events of The Odyssey and noting Bowman’s variations on them. Bowman not only uses Homer’s plot points to create an action-packed novel but brings a great epic poem to life for a new generation who might otherwise never hear of it. . . . Highly Recommended.” —CM Magazine