“It was as if the future itself were still in motion, unset until the moments claimed us.”
― Amalia Carosella,
Written by: Amalia Carosella
Published by: Lake Union Publishing in April of 2015
Blurb: 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.
My take on it: When I read the blurb for this book it sounded really interesting and for the most part it was. There were some really good things about it and some things I could have done with out. Of course,it made me curious about all of the ancient Greek stories and versions of Helen and those surrounding her before Troy. So naturally I had to search it out more for myself. I think that Amalia Carosella did her research and a great job of taking what was there and creating a new and very believable version of what could have happened. She brought Helen to life and gave her a very likable personality. This version of Helen is not just one of a pretty face, but one who is smart, brave, and selfless. I really enjoyed the story line. It is not a fast paced adventure as much as it is a love story. Be aware that this book does contain the sensitive topic of rape. It also goes into several love making scenes, so just be aware of that as it is not apparent from the cover or the blurb. The parts that I could have done without are merely personal preference, however, and my opinions are not everyone’s. I thought it was an interesting twist on Helen’s story and I do enjoy ancient Greek Mythology, so if you do too and you don’t mind the sexual content then you should definitely pick this one up!
From what I can see there will be a sequel… But it could definitely stand on it’s own as well.
Pssstt: There will be a giveaway coming up for this book very soon!