Helen of Sparta is a feisty, beautiful young princess who is doted upon by her family, even though her determination to be independent and hunt and fight like her brothers creates various awkward, even dangerous situations for everyone. Using the mythical character of Helen of Troy as inspiration, Friesner focuses on Helen's youth, before she became "the face that launched a thousand ships." In an epilogue, Friesner discusses the historical facts and classical texts that she drew from to imagine Helen's childhood. The resulting novel is a fascinating portrait of a spoiled child who uses her wily ways and privileges to learn how to use a sword, track and kill game, ride a horse, and bargain for a slave's freedom. Along the way, Friesner skillfully exposes larger issues of women's rights, human bondage, and individual destiny. It's a rollicking good story all the way to the abrupt conclusion, which will leave readers crying out for a sequel. Frances Bradburn
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My 13yr old daughter read this book and this is her review. "The book was ok. It jumped around a lot. In one chapter she was 10yrs old and 14yrs old in the next chapter. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Glorilyn M.
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This is a pretty good read as long as you don't take it to seriously. It's a modern retelling and it's fun to read, not all of it is going to be historically accurate and Helen... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sally Balboa
What can I say ... It's a book. Arrived fast & just as described!Published 15 months ago by PapaFinnDaddy
This story felt far too "I am woman. Hear me roar." for my taste. I don't see why Helen needed to follow her brothers for the Golden Fleece. Read morePublished 16 months ago by E. Parks
Helen is determined to be more than what people expect her to be, which is a princess of Sparta. She isn't willing to just sit at home and embroider. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Megan
I really think this is worth buying, it's inspiring. I look forward to read more of Esther Friesner's books!! I love it.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer