Monday, May 25, 2015

Review 4: Helen of Sparta

Helen of Sparta. Amalia Carosella. 2015. [April] Lake Union Publishing. 402. [Source:NetGalley eArc]

First sentence: I gasped for breath, but my head was already beneath the water again, hard fingers digging into the back of my neck and holding me down.

Premise/Plot: We have a very well known story.  Helen of Troy is one of the most recognizable names from history but what we know about her can fit in the palm of our hands.  Enter this story the untold love story of Helen of Sparta and Theseus of Athens.  

My thoughts:  I loved this book!!  For as long as I can remember I have been into Greek and Roman mythology.  From the moment I started this book all I wanted to do was read it nonstop.  I was back there with Helen and Theseus seeing and feeling what they felt.  To have her story told for the first time and not just as a footnote to some larger story was amazing.  I admit to experiencing dislike for the Greek gods and goddesses for the first time thanks to this story.  I can not wait and sincerely hope that a book 2 will be in the works in the near future because the ending of this book has made me want more!

Rating 9.5/10

Recommendation:  Anyone that loves an engaging and wonderfully written story.  Any fan of the Age of Heroes with Heracles, Theseus, Ajax, Agamemnon, and the others that made up that time period.

*I received a digital review copy for free from the NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

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