Sunday, March 28, 2010

Book Review: Nobody's Princess

TITLE: Nobody's Princess
PART IN SERIES: First of two books so far
AUTHOR: Esther Friesner
GENRE: Young adult, historical fiction, greek mythology tie-in/rewrite
PREMISE: Most of what people know about Helen of Troy comes from the Illiad but what about before? This is Helen's story in her own words.
MY REVIEW: Helen of Troy was always kind of an interesting character for me. I often felt she was overlooked quite a bit by greek writers and I'm thrilled someone else has felt so too. Friesner has taken Helen of Troy and given her a history, character, and nerve.
Is the premise in here unlikely? Yeah, probably. But I don't care. I love the thought of a Helen of Troy who wanted to do more then just sit back and be pretty or search for love. I do sort of find it hard now to imagine this Helen of Troy as the same one from the Illiad but I'm betting Friesner comes up with a brilliant way to explain things.
On top of the awesome Helen of Troy story there are also references to other greek myths/tales such as the tale of Atalanta (another heroine who is virtually ignored by greek writers, and also teachers because mine certainly never covered her), Theseus and many others. I love the dip into greek history and I can't wait to read what happens next.
WHO SHOULD READ: Greek mythology buffs, historical fiction fans, you like strong female leads
MY RATING: Four and a half out of Five greek heroes

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