- File Size: 845 KB
- Print Length: 247 pages
- Publisher: WASP Publishing; 2 edition (April 17, 2019)
- Publication Date: April 17, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07QTZZ4ZK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Thora: A Spartan Hoplite's Slave Kindle Edition
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Thora is a purchased slave, who finds herself in a house run primarily by Halcyon, a Spartan Hippeus (a cavalry woman protecting the Spartan king). That alone was awesome... a woman being the king's primary protector. I loved that idea. Halcyon, the woman owner, takes it upon herself to have Thora educated. Halcyon wants to understand and get to know her new slave, who looks and acts nothing like she’s encountered. The story evolves around the two women, the household, and the upcoming war.
While it's tagged as lesbian fiction, to me, it really was more historical literary fiction. The relationship between the characters and the secondary characters was stunningly beautiful in its development. This is not a "romance, sex" book. This is a gorgeous character novel, one that feels historically accurate. The telling of it is visual, layered, and enlightening.
It's a good decent story that portrays the life of a servant and an owner back in those days. I've enjoyed reading through it and following them in their adventure but I suppose, there's ah, something lacking for me? I just feel like they're a little bit too formal but I suppose I can't blame them due to how they were born but even then I was still having a hard time trying to enjoy much of their personalities. They keep talking about the fire in their eyes but I feel like I didn't get much of that at all until near the end or the start for that matter.
I've enjoyed moments when they would tease the other as I could actually finally see chemistry and see their lovely personalities but that's probably just my opinion.
This was an interesting read for sure though and a well research thing with what most things were called! I had to pull up google plenty of times to find out what the author was talking about haha and went, "oooh" "ahh" at some things that I had no idea what was called but certainly knew what it looked like!
Well written with a sound story and characters that are true to themselves and their limitations that their position is the society has placed on them.
For a lesbian story it sat completely wrong with me that the only semi-graphic sex scene was with a man. The female characters got a few kisses here and there.
Reading the book suffered because of my nationality. The small historical inaccuracies where glaring right att me every time.
Kinda recommending if you know what you are up for.
Thora, "I am Norsk", is strong-willed and freedom minded and more than a handful. The book is about Halcyon's and Thora's relationship; moving from owner-slave to friendship to love. I especially enjoyed there was no sex between the main characters. A good read, well written.
Hail to the author North. I recommend this book.
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The time in which this was set also made for an intresting read, it was a nice change to have one of the main characters a warrior in that day and age.