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Ithakaby Adele Geras
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What is it like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world?
Hermione knows . . . her mother is Helen of Troy, the famed beauty of Greek myth. Helen is not only beautiful but also impulsive, and when she falls in love with charming Prince Paris, she runs off with him to Troy, abandoning her distraught daughter. Determined to reclaim their enchanting queen, the Greek army sails for Troy. Hermione stows away in one of the thousand ships in the fleet and witnesses the start of the legendary Trojan War.
In the rough Greek encampment outside the walls of Troy, Hermiones life is far from that of a pampered princess. Meanwhile, her mother basks in luxury in the royal palace inside the city. Hermione desperately wishes for the gods and goddesses to intervene and end the brutal war—and to bring her love. Will she end up with the handsome archer Orestes, or the formidable Pyrrhus, leader of a tribe of fierce warriors? And will she ever forgive her mother for bringing such chaos to her life and the lives of so many others?
"In this sequel to Troy, Geras once again shows her skill at fashioning multidimensional characters from mythological figures and making them accessible to a 21st-century audience. Set in Ithaka during the aftermath of the Trojan War, the story unfolds from the point of view of 14-year-old Klymene, faithful servant to Queen Penelope. While Penelope anxiously awaits her husband's return from battle, trouble arises as suitors, convinced that Odysseus is dead, invade the court demanding that the queen choose one of them to marry. Meanwhile, a new member of the household, beautiful and fickle Melantho, wins the heart of Penelope's son, Telemachus, whom Klymene secretly adores. Klymene's faith and courage are repeatedly tested as the suitors reek havoc in the palace and her chances of winning Telemachus' heart seem to grow dimmer each day. As in Troy, the Gods and Goddesses (including Pallas Athene, Poseidon and Eros, among others, flit in and out of Klymene's sight) play a key role in determining various characters' fates. Lovers of Greek mythology will appreciate the authentic flavor of this book, but readers need not be familiar with The Odyssey to follow the plot or to recognize themes of loyalty and unrequited love, which are brilliantly and movingly displayed throughout this ambitious, gripping novel. The author's feminist perspective once again adds a fresh, thought-provoking twist to the classic tale. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Everything you didn't know about Homer's Odyssey, as told by the women of Ithaka
From the acclaimed author of the Young Royals series comes a powerful story inspired by Greek mythology, told from the point of view of Hermione, whose mother is Helen of Troy. How does a plain girl live up to being the daughter of the woman whose face launched a thousand ships?
Many years have passed since the end of the Trojan War, and Penelope is still waiting for her husband, Odysseus, to return home. The city of Ithaka is overrun with uncouth suitors hoping toand#160;marry her, thereby gaining control of the land. But when a naked, half-drowned man washes up on the beach, everything changes. Told through the eyes of Klymene, a young girl who is like a daughter to Penelope, this is a timeless story of passion, jealousy, gods, and royalty in the aftermath of war.
Told through the eyes of a young girl who is like a daughter to Penelope, wife of Odysseus, this follow-up to "Troy" captures the quiet strength and patience of a woman's enduring love for her husband and the ensuing chaos as Penelope is pressured to remarry.
About the Author
AD+LE GERAS is the celebrated author of many stories and novels, including The Tower Room, Watching the Roses, and Pictures of the Night. She lives in Manchester, England.
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