A good translation and great artwork makes this a good adaptation of a classic. A good place to start with mythology for any fans of the Percy Jackson series.
One of my favorite authors creates a fantasy world with the flavor of ancient China, populates it with great characters and tells a memorable story. My respect for Kay grows with each new book, I highly reccomend everything he has written.
Why can't the healer be the hero? Beth Cato has written a fun, steampunk adventure filled with Airships, lost princesses, and a bit of romance.