Monday, September 28, 2015

Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella

Helen is born into a world of privilege, but the privilege has it's prices. As a princess of Sparta and beautiful daughter of Zeus, she is expected to make a wonderful marriage, especially since her intended is Menelaus, a boy she has loved from childhood.  But Helen's dreams of death and destruction are getting stronger. To defy the gods and change her destiny, she turns to Theseus, son of Poseidon. So unfolds the story of Helen, whose beauty launched a thousand ships.

I liked this retelling of Helen's story. She is neither temptress or homewrecker, simply a young girl looking to save her homeland and family. I loved watching her grow into a beautiful young woman. I also enjoyed Theseus and his home. I liked how the author played Menelaus against Theseus. It was a wonderful retelling and hopefully there will be a sequel!

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy.

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