Published by Lake Union Publishing on April 1st 2015
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fiction, Historical, Literary
Long before she ran away with Paris to Troy, Helen of Sparta was haunted by nightmares of a burning city under siege. These dreams foretold impending war--a war that only Helen has the power to avert. To do so, she must defy her family and betray her betrothed by fleeing the palace in the dead of night. In need of protection, she finds shelter and comfort in the arms of Theseus, son of Poseidon. With Theseus at her side, she believes she can escape her destiny. But at every turn, new dangers--violence, betrayal, extortion, threat of war--thwart Helen's plans and bar her path. Still, she refuses to bend to the will of the gods.A new take on an ancient myth, Helen of Sparta is the story of one woman determined to decide her own fate. The sequel to Helen of Sparta will be published by Lake Union Publishing in May 2016.
An ethereal beauty born of Leda and Zeus, Helen of Sparta is a young princess famed for her magnificent features which no other mortal woman can rival. To onlookers, it seems Helen has everything she could ever want. However, Helen suffers from mistreatment and bitterness from her own mother and is expected to marry Menelaus even against her will. Worse yet are the nightmares of a foreign prince and a war at her expense. A famed hero by the name of Theseus seems like the answer to all her problems, perhaps even her loneliness, but life with him is not without new troubles.
I found Helen of Sparta to be an interesting read since I’ve never before read anything to do with Helen as a central character. This book gives us a look into how she might have felt and what she might have wished for in her life before Paris and the Trojan War. I’ve never really considered what she was like before becoming Helen of Troy. I liked seeing her as a person rather than an attractive prize to be fought over. As for how she is portrayed, I think I liked her character and she is not as perfect in personality as she is in beauty. She is both strong and at times weak, but admirable in her struggles.
I’m still contemplating over the book and the characters, but Theseus was another one that I liked. He was also perfectly flawed in that there were moments I wanted to tell him that he was too old for his own selfish, reckless decisions. I’m back and forth with my attitude about their relationship, some moments I like their relationship and other times it’s just ‘iffy.’ Overall, I did like them and I’m dreading what will eventually come next for the two. On a side note, Theseus should pick better friends.
I’m looking forward to reading book two, By Helen’s Hand, but at the same time dreading what will happen next.