I absolutely love historical fiction and read a lot of it; I love to learn history this way. I also enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and non-fiction science.
Helen of Sparta carries a heavy weight on her shoulders. She is princess to Sparta, but also the daughter of Zeus. Helen is resented by her mother for how she was conceived; she is also bound to inherit the throne. Helen’s gifts from Zeus not only granted her beauty, but dreams that foresee the future. In a recurring nightmare, she envisions Sparta in flames and the death of her family when she is married to a childhood friend. Determined to escape her fate, Helen makes plans to escape to Athens with King Theseus, son of Poseidon. Finally feeling some freedom, the gods continue to punish Helen for her actions; however, Helen still continues to forge her own path.
Helen of Sparta offers a fresh take on Greek mythology and the Trojan War from Helen’s point of view. I loved the mix of historical fiction and mythology. I was captivated by Helen’s fiery spirit and determination right from the beginning and found myself immersed in her story. She does not play a damsel, but is the driver of her own destiny. Helen’s world is brought to light with the magic of the gods and the brutality of the history. Focusing on Helen’s life when she was younger, I got to know her character very well as she grew, as well as Theseus. Theseus is created in a heroic and sympathetic light. Overall, Helen's story is packed with great characters, a rollercoaster of emotions and an intense plot. With a rather abrupt ending, I am hoping to read more in the next book.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.