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  1. says:

    I have to reiterate my For the Winner review where was this uality of writing in For the Most Beautiful? The latter two books in this trilogy are better by far than the first book and I can only assume that Hauser’s debut novel was severely curtailed by the publishing house who gave it a distinctly frothy juvenile spin For the Winner and For the Immortal are thankfully much interesting For the Immortal returns to a dual protagonist set up but this time it’s well founded on Hippolyta ueen of the s and Admete Admete is such a minor character in myth that honestly I had to be reminded of who she was but I think Hauser was right when she says in her author’s note that the concept of retrieving Hippolyta’s war belt simply as a shiny trinket for Admete feels like a half baked idea and not terribly compelling Hauser has elaborated upon that unspectacular beginning to create a stronger motivation for the uest as well as increasing Admete’s role in it I didn’t object to the author portraying a darker Hercules although I wish he’d been named Herakles since this was a Greek world novel as there’s plenty in the character’s ancient mythos to suggest a darker side but I was frankly disappointed that it is just let go at the end I felt that his twisting his descent into a darker personality could’ve provided of a crisis than it did for the other characters and that there should have been a final confrontation between Hercules and AdmeteAs for Hippolyta I wasn’t bothered by her being combined with Antiope since again there is grounds for it in ancient myth Ancient writers went back and forth on the uestion of whether the ueen who Hercules stole the war belt from was the same person as the one who became Theseus’ ueen Plus from a story telling point of view it gives Hippolyta a lot story However I didn’t like the portrayal of Theseus The ancient writers also give different accounts as to whether Theseus and his ueen were a love match or whether she was an unwilling captive Hauser chooses to make her an unwilling captive and Theseus a special brand of scum I simply prefer a better Theseus – the one portrayed by Mary Renault and Amalia Carosella – than I do Hauser’s evil Theseus Maybe it just felt like a bit too much what with a darker Hercules being portrayed as well Besides I kept thinking; “But what about Hippolytus?” There’s no Hippolytus here and Phaedra we’re told has long since been acuired and discarded before Hippolyta’s arrival There’s Hauser’s Hippolyta is also combined with and reworked Penthesilea Oh and by the way she was married to and had a child with Achilles long before the events of this book happen and she’s captured by Theseus Wait what?Okay that version of events does I admit give a much better reason for Achilles weeping over the ueen of the s he just killed than love at first sight But I had trouble getting over that particular hurdle I’m not sure the timelines match up If Achilles as we’re told in ancient myth was too young to compete for Helen’s hand and in order to avoid being called to the Trojan War successfully disguised himself as a young woman – but old enough to father Neoptolemos during the same time – he must’ve been in his teens at the start of the Trojan War and less than 30 when he is killed The events of this book take place roughly between ten and five years before the start of the War and during it Hippolyta is reminiscing back to about ten years or so earlier than that when she remembers her time with Achilles Plus Theseus is supposed to be an old man when he kidnaps a ten year old Helen which is supposed to occur much later than his prime with Hippolyta – both occur together here Eh my brain just couldn’t accept thisI was very surprised when at about 80% of the way in the book jumps ahead fifteen years to the Trojan War It felt tacked on sudden and jarring I prepared myself to criticise this section heavily in my review I’ve softened to it a little although I still feel it was overall a misstep The section doesn’t really add anything to Admete I like that it recognises Hippolyta’s heroism and provides a compelling reason for Achilles to weep over the corpse of the ueen But I still can’t buy into the HippolytaAchilles relationship I can completely understand the author being tempted to revisit the Trojan War in the story – who wouldn’t want to rewrite the stumbles of For the Most Beautiful and provide a rather dramatic mature and heroic slice of the Trojan War than the passive angsty voices of Briseis and Chryseis – but it did feel very last minute and just not part of Admete and Hippolyta’s storiesHowever I’ve really enjoyed the sophisticated writing style of For the Winner and For the Immortal and the focus of both of them on lesser explored but active and heroic women of ancient Greek myth and I do recommend this book If I were to re read it though I’ll probably just end the book before the out of place time skip7 out of 10


  2. says:

    I’ve been a huge fan of the Golden Apple trilogy for a while so you can imagine my delight when I was invited onto the For The Immortal blog tourEmily really has a fantastic way of making the Greek legends come to life in this fantastic book  The reader really feels like they have been transported to ancient Greece watching events unfold  I could almost smell the herbs that Admete used for her healing and smell the sweat fear and blood from the fierce battlesThe story is told from the point of view of two very strong and determined woman from very different worlds  Hippolyta is a fierce warrior ueen who shows great skills on the battlefield but has a big heart when it comes to her tribe particularly the children  Admete is a princess but works hard at being a healer which she really enjoys  She too has a big heart when it comes to her family and it is her desire to help her I’ll brother that makes her go on Hercules uest  I actually liked both characters which made it hard to decide whose side I was on as I wanted them both to succeedThis is a fast paced and gripping story that intrigued me straight away  I was instantly hooked and kept turning the pages to find out what would happen next  The author clearly knows her stuff when it comes to Greek history and I loved all the historical details about what life was like then and the food they used to eat  I had of course heard of Hercules before mainly sadly from the Disney film but didn’t know much about his story so found this book to be a fascinating readThis is Emily’s  third book and a brilliant conclusion to the Golden Apple trilogy  It can easily be read as a standalone alone however as each book is about a different Greek Legends so there isn’t much overlapHuge thanks to Hannah Bright and Transworld publishers for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour  If you like gripping historical fiction I think you’ll like this book


  3. says:

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Alexander heir of Tiryns is dying His sister Admete is a skillful healer but her knowledge can’t save him so she persuades her father to let her join Hercules on one of his labours they will travel to the s the legendary female warriors in search of a cure The Greek are seen with suspect by the s but ueen Hippolyta gives them hospitality The encounter will have conseuences both on Admete’s and Hippolyta’s lives and will be the start of an immortal storyWhen I reuested the book I had no idea it was the third in a trilogy but luckily it read much like a stand alone The stories are connected but I think you don't miss that much reading one without the others That being said I will definitely check out the previous novels because I really enjoyed this oneI wasn’t familiar with the myth so the story kept me interested There were some slow parts but for the most part I enjoyed myself I liked both Admete’s and Hippolyta’s storylines They were distinct characters who found themselves in different situations but they faced similar challenges the main one being struggling in a male dominated world I was glad there wasn’t romance in this book because the male characters were all awful I was constantly mad at them but their behaviour was in accordance with the time period and also made the two heroines stand out I admired both of them for what they had to suffer and for how they found their strenght despite everythingLastly the author’s note at the end was great It is clear Emily Hauser did a lot of research and that she is passionate about the subject She gives lots of interesting informations about the original sources and also explains how she changed or merged them in order to create her own story Definitely worth a read


  4. says:

    Emily Hauser’s Golden Apple trilogy investigates various women from Greek mythology Although the three books are connected they can be viewed as a standalone as each covers a different legend The final book in this trilogy centres around three women Hippolyta the ueen of the s Admete the daughter of Eurystheus and Hera goddess and wife of ZeusFor the Immortal mostly alternates between the stories of Admete and Hippolyta two seemingly unrelated stories but in time the paths of these two women do cross Admete and Hippolyta come from such different backgrounds and way of life but both face similar problems the overriding authority of living in a male dominated world These infamous men are portrayed very differently here you really won’t like them but that is the point These stories are in the words of the author ‘based around a conglomeration of different myths from all sources’ In this instalment you will encounter the stories of Hercules formerly Alcides; Hippolyta ueen of the s; briefly Theseus; and of course the Greek Gods themselves with the spotlight here on Hera Hauser’s notes at the end of the story clearly outline her decision making in which myths and characters she included and her interpretation of them I particularly enjoyed her portrayal of Hippolyta and her two sisters and how she fictionalised each of them in distinct phases There are some slow parts but overall another wonderful escape into the world of Greek mythology It is clearly evident the amount of research Hauser has undertaken and how she cleverly provides a wealth of information merged and translated for fictional purposes in an effort to create her uniue and fascinating interpretation Definitely worth a read for lovers of Greek mythology‘You are a bard and I a scribe Together we may make a story a tale of heroes that will be told down the generations’This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The uoted material may have changed in the final release


  5. says:

    I have just finished the final book in this exuisite trilogy and For The Immortal has been my favourite of the three Emily Hauser’s trilogy has come to us amid a flurry of Classics themed feministic literature in the last year of so Madeline Miller’s Circe Emily Wilson’s unsparing translation of Homer’s Odyssey and even Mary Beard’s enrapturing little book Women and Power Hauser achieves a similar result to that of Miller we are taken on the torturous but inspiring journeys of these mythical women who are constantly at the mercy of the males around them but often manage to break through the unrelenting patriarchy in desperate clever ways The persecution of women is central to Hauser’s trilogy and Hauser is very aware of her exposure of this theme She does it in a way that makes her twenty first century audience cringe at the way Admete’s male counterparts speak to her in what most of us now deem as archaic “keep your opinions to yourself as befits a woman” But what I like in Hauser’s trilogy is that she seems to present a slight discomfort even among the men themselves an awareness of the accepted injustice between gendersAnd Hauser is far from painting all of her male characters as villains Yes there are some real dirt bags throughout and Theseus shoulders the burden of the antagonist in For The Immortal But there is also an encouraging balance of “good guys” throughout and some of the best male characters are the ones who struggle with where to place their loyalty – with the women they love or with the men with whom they abide AlcidesHercules in For The Immortal is a case in pointOn a different note and a bit of a spoiler at that I was delighted with Hauser’s decision to merge three mythical s – Hippolyta Antiope and Penthesileia – into the one As a student of Classics I could recognise the tropes of each as I progressed through the book but it wasn’t until the final encounter with “the Greek” that I fully realised Hauser’s creative act of genius If you are not one to take diversions from the “original myth” lightly then Hauser’s explanation in the author’s note justifies her merging of the myths Finally I enjoyed the sense of feeling the author grow into her writing as the trilogy progressed I remember feeling a bit baffled with Hauser’s depiction of the Olympian gods in For The Most Beautiful; I can’t remember any specific examples but I felt like she’d given them such relaxed speech that it came across as a bit “backstreet” As much as I appreciated the sense of carelessness that the gods espoused I did feel that the writing itself matured throughout I can’t wait to see of Hauser’s work in the future


  6. says:

    I came to For the Immortal without having read the first two books in the series but that didn't matter because it is a standalone story I loved Hauser's recreation of the well known tale She tells it from an intriguing new perspective and that worked incredibly well The different narrators all had interesting and uniue voices and I found myself caught up in their personal dramas and decisions I particularly enjoyed the chapter lengths which made it easy to pick up the book and read the odd bit here and there when I had time Occasionally during the narrative passages my attention wavered but the action soon drew me back in Actually one of the things I found most enjoyable was the author's afterword in which she discusses her approach to recasting the myth Overall this is a good read for those who enjoy fairytale and myth retellings and I give it a solid 4 starsI received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley


  7. says:

    Wow I absolutely loved reading this The stories of Homer have been rehashed so many times or I've read so many of them but this is different covering a period prior to the Trojan war about two women one a princess of Greece and the other ueen of the s and their exploits up to and including the final battles of this war At a point near 34 through I thought it was finished but then there was and aside from taking me by surprise it showed me a different side to the story and a female perspective on the times and cultures of these two 'tribes' I'm sure I've read one of the other of this trio of books but I'm going to take a look for that I have definitely yet to read as the writing was scintillating and done exceedingly well


  8. says:

    If you’ve read my review of the previous book in this trilogy For the Winner you’ll know that I LOVE Emily Hauser’s writing of Greek myths from a female perspective Seriously I found out she is a lecturer of classics at Exeter university and began considering it to apply toFor the immortal is the stunning conclusion to Hauser’s Golden Apple trilogy following two viewpoints ueen of the s Hippolyta and Admete a friend of Hercules Admete’s brother becomes ill so she goes with Hercules to first visit the s then to find a golden apple Hippolyta is bold and brave and powerful plagued by a mysterious past which is slowly revealed I enjoyed Hauser’s interpretation of the s them being a nomadic society of men and women When she is captured her loneliness pride and shame are so vividly illustrated and her actions always for the best of her people While I found Hippolyta’s viewpoint interesting I personally preferred Admete’s Through her eyes the reader sees Hercules change from Admete’s closest friend to a jerk obsessed with chasing glory Admete is not as obviously courageous as Hippolyta yet she confronts someone from her past travels with a group of men who don’t want her there and thrives among the s while cultivating her skills in herb healingHauser has a beautiful writing style full of descriptions weaved into the fabric of the story and little details that make the scenes all the immersive The prose is breath taking from the prologue the vast amount of time covered never boring and the alliances of the capricious Greek gods fascinating The ending of the book and therefore conclusion of the series pulls the trilogy together in an unexpected way linking them in ways I never foresaw These uniue interpretations of three well known myths weave gods mortals and ancient Greek customs together illustrating an alien world with vastly different customs in an accessible way And there’s an epic final battle so what could you want? Would I survive this book? No I can’t live without a hot shower and lots of books Not to mention freedom from being sold as a bride


  9. says:

    Hauser brings her Golden Apple trilogy to a close with For The Immortal a book that brings to life Hippolyta the s and the daughter of a Greek king who accompanies Hercules on his final two labors This book was hard for me in the middle While I loved the sections involving Hippolyta and the s the Becoming Greek section was a difficult read view spoilerHippolyta is completely broken and constantly raped I wanted some of her fire some resistance to her circumstances The reasons for her staying submissive to Theseus seemed flimsy If Theseus isn't honoring his agreement she should be fighting back too hide spoiler


  10. says:

    This story is told from the point of view of three women; Hippolyta the ueen of the s in the Land of the Saka Admete the daughter of Eurystheus King of Tiryns and Hera goddess and wife of ZeusWe follow Admete as she travels away from Greece with Hercules to discover new herbs to discover a cure for her brother Alexander and on her voyage hopes to meet her mother who returned to her homeland when Admete was a young girl Hercules is also on his uest to gain immortality and must seize the war belt from ueen Hippolyta and find the golden apples that were stolen on the night of Hera's marriage Hera is determined to prevent Hercules from completing his final uests as she is angry with his father and her husband Zeus for having an affair with a mortal Will Hera prevent Hercules and can Admete find her mother and the herbs to save her brother in time?For the Immortal is a journey of finding out how to truly become immortal Its a different take on greek legends and even though its the 3rd story in the series it is a stand alone read It pushes the strong female characters and their caring sides and hammers it home that it all about the heroines rather than heroes At first the flow of flicking between the characters was a little confusing especially as they had what seemed like different time lines one following the Day of the Fire in the Season of Tabiti 1250BC or Day of Month of the Grape Season 1250BC though in reality it was just different places or calendars according to the person I learnt much about the legends and overall I enjoyed it but didn't need it rammed down my throat at the end that it was about heroinesI received this book from netgalley in return for a honest review


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Thousands of years ago in an ancient world where the gods control all and heroes fight to have their names remembered down the ages two extraordinary women become entangled in one of the greatest heroic tales of all time and must face how much they are willing to risk for immortalityDesperate to save her dying brother Admete persuades her father the king of Tiryns to let her join Hercules on one of his legendary twelve labours Travelling to the renowned female warrior s in search of a cure Admete soon discovers that both Hercules and the fearsome s are not as they first seemedThe s greet the arrival of the Greeks with mixed feelings – and none I have to reiterate my For the Winner review where was this uality of writing in For the Most Beautiful? The latter two books in this trilogy are better by far than the first book and I can only assume that Hauser’s debut novel was severely curtailed by the publishing house who gave it a distinctly frothy juvenile spin For the Winner and For the Immortal are thankfully much interesting For the Immortal returns to a dual protagonist set up but this time it’s well founded on Hippolyta ueen of the s and Admete Admete is such a minor character in myth that honestly I had to be reminded of who she was but I think Hauser was right when she says in her author’s note that the concept of retrieving Hippolyta’s war belt simply as a shiny trinket for Admete feels like a half baked idea and not terribly compelling Hauser has elaborated upon that unspectacular beginning to create a stronger motivation for the uest as well as increasing Admete’s role in it I didn’t object to the author portraying a darker Hercules although I wish he’d been named Herakles since this was a Greek world novel as there’s plenty in the character’s ancient mythos to suggest a darker side but I was frankly disappointed that it is just let go at the end I felt that his twisting his descent into a darker personality could’ve provided of a crisis than it did for the other characters and that there should have been a final confrontation between Hercules and AdmeteAs for Hippolyta I wasn’t bothered by her being combined with Antiope since again there is grounds for it in ancient myth Ancient writers went back and forth on the uestion of whether the ueen who Hercules stole the war belt from was the same person as the one who became Theseus’ ueen Plus from a story telling point of view it gives Hippolyta a lot story However I didn’t like the portrayal of Theseus The ancient writers also give different accounts as to whether Theseus and his ueen were a love match or whether she was an unwilling captive Hauser chooses to make her an unwilling captive and Theseus a special brand of scum I simply prefer a better Theseus – the one portrayed by Mary Renault and Amalia Carosella – than I do Hauser’s evil Theseus Maybe it just felt like a bit too much what with a darker Hercules being portrayed as well Besides I kept thinking; “But what about Hippolytus?” There’s no Hippolytus here and Phaedra we’re told has long since been acuired and discarded before Hippolyta’s arrival There’s Hauser’s Hippolyta is also combined with and reworked Penthesilea Oh and by the way she was married to and had a child with Achilles long before the events of this book happen and she’s captured by Theseus Wait what?Okay that version of events does I admit give a much better reason for Achilles weeping over the ueen of the s he just killed than love at first sight But I had trouble getting over that particular hurdle I’m not sure the timelines match up If Achilles as we’re told in ancient myth was too young to compete for Helen’s hand and in order to avoid being called to the Trojan War successfully disguised himself as a young woman – but old enough to father Neoptolemos during the same time – he must’ve been in his teens at the start of the Trojan War and less than 30 when he is killed The events of this book take place roughly between ten and five years before the start of the War and during it Hippolyta is reminiscing back to about ten years or so earlier than that when Cure for the Loneliness king of Tiryns to let her join Hercules on one of his legendary twelve labours Travelling to the renowned female warrior s in search of a cure Admete soon discovers that both Hercules and the fearsome s are not as they first seemedThe s greet the arrival of the Greeks with mixed feelings – and none I have to reiterate my For the Winner review where was this uality of writing in For the Most Beautiful? The latter two books in this trilogy are better by far than the first book and I can only assume that Hauser’s debut novel was severely curtailed by the publishing house who gave it a distinctly frothy juvenile spin For the Winner and For the Immortal are thankfully much interesting For the Immortal returns to a dual protagonist set up but this time it’s well founded on Hippolyta ueen of the s and Admete Admete is such a minor character in myth that honestly I had to be reminded of who she was but I think Hauser was right when she says in her author’s note that the concept of retrieving Hippolyta’s war belt simply as a shiny trinket for Admete feels like a half baked idea and not terribly compelling Hauser has elaborated upon that unspectacular beginning to create a stronger motivation for the uest as well as increasing Admete’s role in it I didn’t object to the author portraying a darker Hercules although I wish he’d been named Herakles since this was a Greek world novel as there’s plenty in the character’s ancient mythos to suggest a darker side but I was frankly disappointed that it is just let go at the end I felt that his twisting his descent into a darker personality could’ve provided of a crisis than it did for the other characters and that there should have been a final confrontation between Hercules and AdmeteAs for Hippolyta I wasn’t bothered by her being combined with Antiope since again there is grounds for it in ancient myth Ancient writers went back and forth on the uestion of whether the ueen who Hercules stole the war belt from was the same person as the one who became Theseus’ ueen Plus from a story telling point of view it gives Hippolyta a lot story However I didn’t like the portrayal of Theseus The ancient writers also give different accounts as to whether Theseus and his ueen were a love match or whether she was an unwilling captive Hauser chooses to make her an unwilling captive and Theseus a special brand of scum I simply prefer a better Theseus – the one portrayed by Mary Renault and Amalia Carosella – than I do Hauser’s evil Theseus Maybe it just felt like a bit too much what with a darker Hercules being portrayed as well Besides I Bijoux en origami kept thinking; “But what about Hippolytus?” There’s no Hippolytus here and Phaedra we’re told has long since been acuired and discarded before Hippolyta’s arrival There’s Hauser’s Hippolyta is also combined with and reworked Penthesilea Oh and by the way she was married to and had a child with Achilles long before the events of this book happen and she’s captured by Theseus Wait what?Okay that version of events does I admit give a much better reason for Achilles weeping over the ueen of the s he just Hookup Master (Men of Lake Tahoe Series, killed than love at first sight But I had trouble getting over that particular hurdle I’m not sure the timelines match up If Achilles as we’re told in ancient myth was too young to compete for Helen’s hand and in order to avoid being called to the Trojan War successfully disguised himself as a young woman – but old enough to father Neoptolemos during the same time – he must’ve been in his teens at the start of the Trojan War and less than 30 when he is Dance Band on the Titanic killed The events of this book take place roughly between ten and five years before the start of the War and during it Hippolyta is reminiscing back to about ten years or so earlier than that when

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For The Immortal

So than Hippolyta the revered ueen of the tribe For Hercules and his band of fighters pose a threat to her way of life – but also stir up painful memories that threaten to expose her deepest secretAs battle lines are drawn between the Greeks and the s both women soon learn the inevitable truth – in war sacrifices must be made; especially if they are to protect the ones they love most PRAISE FOR EMILY HAUSER'Hauser recreates one of the oldest tales in Greek myth with great skill and panache' The Times'Once in a while something comes along that's so utterly right so necessary for now that you wonder why nobody thought of it before Emily Hauser' I have just finished the final book in this exuisite trilogy and For The Immortal has been my favourite of the three Emily Hauser’s trilogy has come to us amid a flurry of Classics themed feministic literature in the last year of so Madeline Miller’s Circe Emily Wilson’s unsparing translation of Homer’s Odyssey and even Mary Beard’s enrapturing little book Women and Power Hauser achieves a similar result to that of Miller we are taken on the torturous but inspiring journeys of these mythical women who are constantly at the mercy of the males around them but often manage to break through the unrelenting patriarchy in desperate clever ways The persecution of women is central to Hauser’s trilogy and Hauser is very aware of her exposure of this theme She does it in a way that makes her twenty first century audience cringe at the way Admete’s male counterparts speak to her in what most of us now deem as archaic “keep your opinions to yourself as befits a woman” But what I like in Hauser’s trilogy is that she seems to present a slight discomfort even among the men themselves an awareness of the accepted injustice between gendersAnd Hauser is far from painting all of her male characters as villains Yes there are some real dirt bags throughout and Theseus shoulders the burden of the antagonist in For The Immortal But there is also an encouraging balance of “good guys” throughout and some of the best male characters are the ones who struggle with where to place their loyalty – with the women they love or with the men with whom they abide AlcidesHercules in For The Immortal is a case in pointOn a different note and a bit of a spoiler at that I was delighted with Hauser’s decision to merge three mythical s – Hippolyta Antiope and Penthesileia – into the one As a student of Classics I could recognise the tropes of each as I progressed through the book but it wasn’t until the final encounter with “the Greek” that I fully realised Hauser’s creative act of genius If you are not one to take diversions from the “original myth” lightly then Hauser’s explanation in the author’s note justifies her merging of the myths Finally I enjoyed the sense of feeling the author grow into her writing as the trilogy progressed I remember feeling a bit baffled with Hauser’s depiction of the Olympian gods in For The Most Beautiful; I can’t remember any specific examples but I felt like she’d given them such relaxed speech that it came across as a bit “backstreet” As much as I appreciated the sense of carelessness that the gods espoused I did feel that the writing itself matured throughout I can’t wait to see of Hauser’s work in the future

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S stunning debut novel brings ancient Troy wildly raucously passionately alive' Manda Scott bestselling author of Boudica and Into the Fire'A delight from start to finish Hauser's fresh perspective on one of the great archetypal epics in focusing on the marginalised women's stories makes for fascinating reading a clever premise and thoroughly enjoyable' Elizabeth Fremantle author of Sisters of Treason'Kept me utterly absorbed Here is a heroine to cheer for and a book to cherish' Margot Livesey author of The House on Fortune Street'Beautifully descriptive drawing the reader into a lost world of gods and heroes' Glyn Iliffe author of King of Ithaca Wow I absolutely loved reading this The stories of Homer have been rehashed so many times or I've read so many of them but this is different covering a period prior to the Trojan war about two women one a princess of Greece and the other ueen of the s and their exploits up to and including the final battles of this war At a point near 34 through I thought it was finished but then there was and aside from taking me by surprise it showed me a different side to the story and a female perspective on the times and cultures of these two 'tribes' I'm sure I've read one of the other of this trio of books but I'm going to take a look for that I have definitely yet to read as the writing was scintillating and done exceedingly well