By Helen’s Hand (Helen of Sparta #2) by Amalia Carosella
With divine beauty comes dangerous power.
Helen believed she could escape her destiny and save her people from utter destruction. After defying her family and betraying her intended husband, she found peace with her beloved Theseus, the king of Athens and son of Poseidon.
But peace did not last long. Cruelly separated from Theseus by the gods, and uncertain whether he will live or die, Helen is forced to return to Sparta. In order to avoid marriage to Menelaus, a powerful prince unhinged by desire, Helen assembles an array of suitors to compete for her hand. As the men circle like vultures, Helen dreams again of war—and of a strange prince, meant to steal her away. Every step she takes to protect herself and her people seems to bring destruction nearer. Without Theseus’s strength to support her, can Helen thwart the gods and stop her nightmare from coming to pass?
Be sure to check out my review of Helen of Sparta!
After failing to thwart the will of the gods in Helen of Sparta, the beautiful and equally determined Spartan princess, soon-to-be queen, must face even more challenges against her and those she holds dear. Her small grasp of happiness torn from her and her hero Theseus said to be lost to Hades, she must use her wits to maneuver through suitors, the madness of Menelaus, and the Trojan prince from her nightmares.
So let’s be honest, I was a little anxious when I finished reading Helen of Sparta and I wanted to read By Helen’s Hand immediately, but was dreading how it might end. I can say quite happily now that By Helen’s Hand is one of the most satisfying sequels I’ve read in a long time. I adored how everything wrapped up so nicely.
Helen did a lot of growing in this book compared to the young woman she was in Helen of Sparta. She grew stronger in many ways and while her suffering and sorrow had become even more to bear than before, a strong woman emerged hurdling through each setback and loss. As for other characters, I adored the different viewpoints as opposed to just Helen and Theseus. Menelaus, Odysseus (my fave), Paris, and Polypoetes were interesting to read from their own voices.
Overall, I’m really satisfied and surprisingly thrilled with the ending. I wasn’t expecting the ending to be so, in a lack of words, perfect. And while there’s still some bittersweetness in the bigger picture I’m happy for what the fate of Helen turned out to be in the end.
About the Author
Amalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors degree in Classical Studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she writes about old heroes and older gods. She lives with her husband in upstate New York and dreams of the day she will own goats (and maybe even a horse, too). For more information, visit her blog atwww.amaliacarosella.com. She also writes fantasy and paranormal romance as Amalia Dillin.
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Review at The Reading Queen
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Review at Book Lovers Paradise
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Review at 100 Pages a Day
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Review at Creating Herstory
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Review at Book Nerd
Wednesday, May 25
Review at Let Them Read Books
Thursday, May 26
Review at Helen’s Daughter
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Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
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Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Monday, June 6
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews
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Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Thursday, June 16
Review at Impressions In Ink
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Review at Layered Pages
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Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Friday, June 24
Tour Wrap Up at Passages to the Past
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