The heart of the Trojan War belongs to the women.Mothers and daughters; wives and war prizes, whisper to us across time…..remember our songs alongside the mighty men of myth.As the Age of Heroes wanes, the gods gamble more fiercely with mortals’ lives than they ever have before. Women must rely on their inner strength and cunning to survive the wars men wage for gold and glory.Clytemnestra of Mycenae struggles for control of her life after Agamemnon ruthlessly rips it apart. Leda of Sparta survives a brutal assault by Zeus, shouldering a terrible secret in silence. Penelope raises Ithaka’s sole heir alone, praying for Odysseus’ swift return. Thetis, the sea nymph, despairs of her son’s destiny and resorts to forbidden magic to save him. Hecuba of Troy mourns the loss of her second son to a dark prophecy. And Shavash of Pedasus prepares her daughter to marry the greatest warrior who ever lived. In a world where love leads to war and duty leads to destruction, the iron hearts of heroines will conquer all. Sing, Muse, sing their song of sacrifice…
About the Book
No. of Pages :- 543
Date Published :- 26th December 2018
Publisher :- Independently Published
Genre :- Historical Fiction, Mythology, Fantasy
My Rating:- 3/5
Song of Sacrifice was one of my first Net Galley approvals. I had just created my account and was browsing through the catalog when I came across this book. The story intrigued me and I found myself requesting to read it. Imagine my excitement when I received the email saying that I was approved? Ever since I read about the Trojan War as a kid I was intrigued by it. The love triangles, the war and the deceit that led to the destruction of a once-great city has always been one of my favourite parts of history.
Janell Rhiannon has done a brilliant job in bringing this epic tale to life. It follows the buildup towards the Trojan War, the events that led up to it. I am a complete history buff and the minute I read the summary of this book I knew I was sold.
First of all, can we talk about how beautiful is the cover? The bronze-gold leaves on a blue background really set the mood of the book. Influenced by the pottery style of the ancient Greeks you tend to get drawn into that era.
Song of Sacrifice does a great job of bringing to life the characters that we know from the myths and legends surrounding this important event in history. I love how she brought the female aspect into the story, it is usually not the first thing that comes to mind when we think about the War. War is a terrible terrible thing. Men want to fight the war but it is the women who must face the aftermath.
Such a great read. Each word kept me hooked onto the next page and I cannot wait to read more from her. The only downside I can think of is the number of characters that I had to keep up with (which is normal when talking about stories set on such an epic scale). I would find myself going back now and then to re-read who I am currently reading about.
If you love Tory, if you love ancient Greek retelling’s, if you love historical fiction I would definitively recommend this. Song of Sacrifice is a unique way of reading about a story that we all know.
About the Author
Janell Rhiannon is a Historical Fiction and Fantasy author. She studied Ancient Greek and Roman history in graduate school and has since learned everything on mythology. Her series “The Homeric Chronicles” talks about ancient Greek myths while bringing the often-overlooked female heroines to the forefront. She talks more about Greek Mythology on her podcast “Greek Mythology Retold” which is available on all major podcast platforms.
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