BY HELEN’S HAND (HELEN OF SPARTA #2)
BY AMALIA CAROSELLA
Publication Date: May 10, 2016
Lake Union Publishing
eBook & Paperback;
Genre: Historical Fiction
With divine beauty comes dangerous power.
Helen believed she could escape her destiny and save her people from utter destruction. After defying her family and betraying her intended husband, she found peace with her beloved Theseus, the king of Athens and son of Poseidon.
But peace did not last long. Cruelly separated from Theseus by the gods, and uncertain whether he will live or die, Helen is forced to return to Sparta. In order to avoid marriage to Menelaus, a powerful prince unhinged by desire, Helen assembles an array of suitors to compete for her hand. As the men circle like vultures, Helen dreams again of war—and of a strange prince, meant to steal her away. Every step she takes to protect herself and her people seems to bring destruction nearer. Without Theseus’s strength to support her, can Helen thwart the gods and stop her nightmare from coming to pass?
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In this second installment of Helen of Sparta, Helen has been found by her family and returned to Sparta. As a daughter of Zeus, she was given the gifts of beauty and foresight. With her knowledge of the future, she tried to avoid war by escaping to Athens with her beloved King Theseus. However, with Theseus caught in the Underworld, Helen was left vulnerable. Back in Sparta, the King wastes no time marrying off Helen so an heir for Sparta is set. The games are underway and many eligible men are seeking Helen’s hand, but can Helen defy her fate and stop a marriage to Menalaus? And What of Theseus lost in the Underworld? What of Paris, the shepherd boy that Helen met long ago? What of the gods and their path for each player?
I could not wait to get my hands on this book! After reading the first, Helen of Sparta , I wanted to continue to see how Helen forged her own path in a world that seemed determined to let her do anything but that. Helen continues to be determined and cunning, not passively bending to the will of the gods, but actively trying to forge her own future. Even though I knew what would eventually become of her, I kept my hopes up for Helen to have things go her way. I became completely absorbed in each character’s story as the point of view changed between Helen, Paris, Theseus, Polypoetes, Odysseus and Menelaus. Everyone’s purpose and motivation came through strongly, shining light on all of the different personalities and reasons for their actions. Descriptive writing brought the time period to life and I could easily imagine the different palaces, Paris’ hill and even the Underworld. Again, I loved the blend of historical fiction and mythology making for an exciting and fascinating sequel.
This book was received for free in exchange for an honest review.
Amalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors degree in Classical Studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she writes about old heroes and older gods. She lives with her husband in upstate New York and dreams of the day she will own goats (and maybe even a horse, too). For more information, visit her blog at www.amaliacarosella.com. She also writes fantasy and paranormal romance as Amalia Dillin.