Synopsis from Goodreads of book 1:
She is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess, but something in Helen of Sparta just itches for more out of life. Not one to count on the gods—or her looks—to take care of her, Helen sets out to get what she wants with steely determination and a sassy attitude. That same attitude makes Helen a few enemies—such as the self-proclaimed “son of Zeus” Theseus—but it also intrigues, charms, and amuses those who become her friends, from the famed huntress Atalanta to the young priestess who is the Oracle of Delphi.
My Non-Spoiler Thoughts On the Duology
Honestly, I got these books for their beautiful covers. I had no idea that they were a backstory on Helen of Troy. I learned a lot from this book. For example that not all stories I hear from Greek Mythology aren’t necessarily true an that there are many different versions of most tales. There was little fault to be found in the books as well since they were so well done.
What I liked
There were many details in these books which surprised me since the books look very short each. They turned out to include more than just a straightforward story-line. In their short pages there was depth.
Percy Jackson may have started my love for Greek Mythology, but this book lead me to putting The Odyssey on my wish list. Christmas is coming around the corner.
I wasn’t that interested in Helen of Troy. All I knew about her was that she began a war over her beauty, and well to be honest I didn’t expect to like her so much. Then, I read the book and she really grew on me. Sure in the beginning she is a brat, but then she improves and really becomes a strong female character.
There is also a lot of diversity which I wasn’t expecting from this book. Not all the characters are your cookie-cutter Greek Heroes that you read about. Some may surprise you, others may disappoint.
What I didn’t like
The books are labled under YA but as I read them they felt more like MG. It was more like a child’s story. It could be that it’s very similar as it’s on Greek Mythology to the Percy Jackson series, or it could be that I read a book that was more YA before it. Either way, I felt it to be a little childish at times.
I was also disappointed on the fact that the first book wasn’t a complete story. The ending of it was too open-ended and would probably had annoyed me if I didn’t immediately begin the second book. These books are being reviewed together for a reason as I feel they would’ve been better off just making it into one book.
Overall, I really recommend this book to fans of Greek Mythology, and especially those of strong female leads. If you want to know more about Helen of Troy or your interested in what she might have been like before she began a war over her beauty, I recommend you read this book. It may change your opinion on Greek Mythology especially on how you read and view it.