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Arrows of Artemis: Niobe and Chloris Paperback – December 23, 2010

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Book 3 of 3 in the Niobe Trilogy Series

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"The most amazing part of the series is how the authors retell the myths in such a way as to work for modern audiences.... definitely worth reading by fans of fiction and Greek mythology."
--NS Gill, About.com Ancient History

"thrilling and absorbing... our authors have taken the often one-note moralizing of their ancient sources and fleshed it out in ways that initially strike the reader as fascinating and then become completely compelling ...Very strongly recommended."
-- Steve Donoghue, Historical Novels Review Online

"It's all here... romance, sex, suspense, violence, mystery, the machinations of the gods ...bring the past to life in a believable and compelling manner."
-- Bob Mielke, The Copperfield Review

About the Author

Dartmouth graduate Victoria Grossack leads an international life, with homes in Switzerland and Arizona and a professional career in the financial industry that has spanned the Atlantic. She is fluent in German and French (and English of course) and has an MBA. Her last full-time position was as a Senior Vice President in New York City for a reinsurance company, but she is currently writing full-time and living with her husband who is a professor at the University of Arizona. Her writing has been published in Contingencies, Woman's World, I Love Cats, and The Journal of Actuarial Practice. She was a regular columnist for Fiction Fix, writing monthly articles that have been used in several writing classes. She teaches writing courses at Coffeehouseforwriters on historical fiction, creating characters, and the levels of structure in fiction. She also tutors mathematics, as solving problems in algebra and geometry make a nice break from creative writing.

Alice Underwood studied classics at The University of Texas and Princeton University while earning her degrees in mathematics. Her passion for antiquity has taken her from the shadowed catacombs of Princeton's libraries to the ruins of Pompeii and the sunny shores of Crete and Santorini. Her work has been published in Consortium, Networks, and The Journal of Actuarial Practice. Currently an Executive Vice President at one of the world's top insurance brokerage firms, Alice lives and works in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456460587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456460587
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Barry Brake on January 28, 2011
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The Tapestry of Bronze novels recast familiar and unfamiliar stories set in Bronze Age Greece in the form of novels. In so doing, they also yank the tropes of mythos into the tropes of the novel in ways that surprise and inform, deepen our understanding of a very foreign time, and, not least, delight the reader with just about every page.

One of their favorite tricks is what Viktor Schklovsky called ostranenie: "strangemaking." They'll plop you down in a scene and let you take in its unfamiliar combination of the barbaric and the civilized, and let you get hooked on whatever thing happens to be going on, and only a beat later allow you to realize that you are indeed in the middle of a familiar scene from myth or legend -- the quiz of the Sphinx, the slaughter of the Niobids -- and seeing it for the first time. After enough of this, you realize how conveniently we imagine ancient Greeks as people just like us only costumed. The truth is wilder and weirder, and far more interesting, and the result of seeing it is that we begin to see ourselves for the first time as well.

I especially enjoy the way the authors create such realistic nodes between the rational and the mythical: things that, one sees, can easily be explained by the natural language of a modern novel but are also easily explained by the supernatural language of the mythical mind. Lesser authors would simply use this trick to rob a story of its magic, or explain away some phenomenon; with Underwood and Grossack you feel again and again as if a black-and-white photo has been made into full color.
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The 3rd novel of the Tapestry of Bronze trilogy resolves the various stories or myths surrounding Pelops and Niobe, and sets the stage for those of the next generation, especially that of the Atreidae, the descendants of Atreus, son of Pelops and Hippodamia. These include such well known giants as Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Iphigenia, Orestes and Electra and others. It also sets the stage for Laius as King of Thebes leading into the Oedipus mythos and the plays of Aeschylus.

I cannot offer enough accolades for this trilogy. I have not enjoyed mythic fiction so much since reading the works of [author:Mary Renault|38185] to which this trilogy favorably compares. It is not just that these books read easily, bring ancient mythic or legendary figures to life and gives them real personalities, tell interesting and exciting stories, offer page turning fiction, caused me to tear up at least twice... It is also the immense amount of scholarship that went into creating these works. It is also the choices made by the authors where versions of the myths vary in important detail--choices that make for consistency and intrigue in their versions of the stories. One wonders if Victoria and Alice were present during the events in a past life? One hopes the authors are now working on something as wonderful.

These are a must read for anyone interested at all in Greek mythology and lovers of mythic and historical fiction.
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ARROWS OF ARTEMIS is the third and last book in Grossack and Underwood's NIOBE trilogy, it takes place when Niobe is both a queen and a mother. In this novel we see various legends brought to life: Amphion's building of the walls around Thebes, the sorrow of Pelops at the death of his favorite son, Chloris' triumph as she wins the first footrace for young women, and even the suffering of the infamous Tantalus. The characters are all individual, the scenes are compelling, and Grossack and Underwood offer a credible alternative solution to the deaths of the Niobids. A satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy.
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Arrows of Artemis, after Children of Tantalus and the Road to Thebes, brings Niobe's story to an end, following the adventures of her daughter Chloris who joins the Maidens of Artemis. Myths are brought to life-Hippodamia's murder of Chrysippus, the falling out between Atreus and Thyestes, and we even see, near the end, an old and suffering King Tantalus. I'm afraid to say more because it would contain so many spoilers.

As I neared the end of this book, I deliberately read more slowly, because it was the last book I had by Grossack and Underwood. The series has piqued my interest in the myths and the history of that period, and I now want to find out more about what really happened.

I am now eagerly awaiting their next book!
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I just finished reading the Tapestry of Bronze trilogy and I was impressed. Underwood and Grossack do an amazing job of fleshing out characters taken from Greek myth and turning them into real people. In particular, they showed Pelops to be a man with understandable if often bizarre motivations. I found myself wondering more than once during the trilogy about what it would be like to be, like Pelops, a person who truly lived his life to please Gods he believed to be active participants in the world. I thought his character was a bit of a jerk, but Underwood and Grossack are able to make him a sympathetic character as well. In other words, he was like most people; not pure evil or good.

The authors capture the essence of the myths while taking them so much further than the original source material. They manage to create a world of interesting and engaging characters and create a story with an exciting and moving plot. Just some really good story telling. I'm looking forward to reading more of their work.
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