Synopses & Reviews
The classic struggle between Greece and Troy brought to life by a panoramic chorus of voices both humble and high, human and divine.
The siege of Troy has lasted almost ten years. Inside the walled city, food is becoming scarce and the death toll is rising. From the heights of Mount Olympus, the Gods keep watch.
But Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, is bored with the endless, dreary war, and so she turns her attention to two sisters: Marpessa, who is gifted with God-sight and serves as handmaiden to Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world; and Xanthe, who is kind and loving and tends the wounded soldiers in the Blood Room. When Eros fits an arrow to his silver-lit bow and lets it fly, neither sister will escape its power.
With vitality and grace, Adèle Geras breathes personality, heartbreak, and humor into this classic story. This is truly an inspired novel, told through the eyes of the women of Troy, in which the Gods move among mortals and an ancient city is brought to life.
"Adèle Geras's engrossing novel performs a valuable service: it paves a road into the realm of Homer, then lures young readers along its course. Geras stays true to classically established stories of the Trojan War, yet her attitude is contemporary....She delivers the sack of Troy as an ambitious, cinematic affair, viewed from many angles and narrated by many voices, and if she slips into melodrama once or twice, it's of little matter. She shows readers the uses of pity and terror." Elizabeth Devereaux, The New York Times Book Review
"Geras frames her latest ambitious novel around The Iliad, beginning a decade into the Trojan War. Instead of detailing the battles between gods or men, she imagines the stories of Troy's women, adding new characters to the archetypes in Homer's epic....Readers, particularly those unfamiliar with The Iliad, may struggle initially with the novel's multiple plot threads. But Geras cleverly fills in gaps with the words of visiting Gods and Gossips, as she tells a sexy, sweeping tale, filled with drama, sassy humor, and vividly imagined domestic details that will be accessible to most older teens (and adults), particularly fans of historical romances." Booklist
The classic struggle between Greece and Troy is brought to life by a panoramic chorus of voices both humble and high, human and divine. This inspired novel is told through the eyes of the women of Troy, a city where the gods move among mortals.
Ariadne is destined to become a goddess of the moon. She leads a lonely life, finding companionship only with her beloved, misshapen brother Asterion, who must be held captive below the palace for his own safety.
Then a ship arrives bearing a tribute of slaves from Athens, and Ariadne meets Theseus, the son of the king of Athens. Ariadne finds herself drawn to the newcomer, and soon they form a friendshipone that could perhaps become something more.
But Theseus is doomed to die as an offering to the minotaur, that monster beneath the palaceunless he can kill the beast first. And that "monster" is Ariadnes brother . . .
A stunning portrait of the Trojan War as told by the women of the besieged city of Troy
The siege of Troy has lasted almost ten years. Inside the walled city, food is scarce and death is common. From the heights of Mount Olympus, the Gods keep watch. But Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, is bored with the endless, dreary war. Aided by Eros's bow, the goddess sends two sisters down a bloody path to an awful truth: In the fury of war, love strikes the deadliest blows.
Heralded by fans and critics alike, Adandegrave;le Geras breathes personality, heartbreak, and humor into this classic story.
About the Author
Tracy Barrett teaches Italian language and civilization at Vanderbilt University. Her books include King of Ithaka, On Etruscan Time, Cold in Summer, Anna of Byzantium, and the Sherlock Files series. Tracy lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit her website at www.tracybarrett.com.