The Princess Of Sparta: Heroes of the Trojan War [NOOK Book]

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A Winter Rose 2014 Finalist!

The true story behind the epic love that sparked the Trojan War and has captivated the world for 3,000 years…

Helen of Troy, arguably the most infamous woman in ancient history, was not the seductress of Homer’s poems. Her humble story began as a Princess of Sparta; honorable, loyal, with promise to become a powerful queen. Her lauded beauty was...
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The Princess Of Sparta: Heroes of the Trojan War

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Overview

A Winter Rose 2014 Finalist!

The true story behind the epic love that sparked the Trojan War and has captivated the world for 3,000 years…

Helen of Troy, arguably the most infamous woman in ancient history, was not the seductress of Homer’s poems. Her humble story began as a Princess of Sparta; honorable, loyal, with promise to become a powerful queen. Her lauded beauty was more curse than blessing, inciting lust and jealousy in the greedy kings who would make her their prize. Given in marriage to Menelaus of Mycenae, an abusive husband who neither wants nor needs her, she clings to a prophecy made to her about a great destiny, and even greater love.

That destiny awaits her in Paris, a noble prince of Troy, whose reputation for fairness and fortitude precedes him as an Ambassador. Unjustly cursed at birth by a dark omen claiming he will cause the destruction of Troy, Paris is a haunted figure. This omen overshadows his good deeds, making him an object of ridicule amongst the Trojan nobility, and compelling his own mother to try to kill him as a babe. He is a man who has never known love.

Until the day the Fates intervene and Paris travels to Mycenae as an Ambassador of Troy. He meets Helen, and two souls linked by common destiny and purpose are reunited. Their love becomes legend, provoking the greatest war of ancient history, shaking the foundations of the world, and paving the way for the rise of Greece and Rome.
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Editorial Reviews

Portland Book Review - Kim Heimbuch
"The Princess of Sparta is the perfect blend of history, romance, and action giving this book a broader reach with readers. The characters come alive in this forlorn world of long ago as they share their joy, pain, and struggles. Once you pick this book up, there's no turning back or putting it down!"
Wolf Majick Reviews - Delia Ryan
"The characters had depth and compassion. I will be honest in saying I started the read without much knowledge in regards to who Helen was, other than the woman who started a war. Now I feel like I have a greater appreciation for her and her struggle... I would, without a doubt, be interested in reading the entire series."
Books Hug Back - I Erlynn
"I quickly found my ideas of Helen the bratty beauty fall away, and be replaced with a more female empowered version. What Cunningham quickly reminded me of, is that there are many sides to one story, and I might just prefer this romantic one the best!"
City Book Review - San Francisco
Masterfully written and pulling from one of the most memorable myths to come out of ancient Greece, Princess of Sparta reminds readers that even in the throes of a violent world people can be weakened by love, and will go to great lengths, even risking death, for the ones they love.
BTS Book Reviews - Stacie Carrier
Aria Cunningham presents the coming-of-age of a character often portrayed as a mere pawn in the wars of men and expertly re-interprets the "Herstory" behind Helen's legendary tale. Sprinkled with tunic-tearing passion, Cunningham paints this popular story with an exquisite brush and reinvents one of the greatest love stories ever told.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149163274
  • Publisher: Mythmakers Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/14/2014
  • Series: Heroes of the Trojan War , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 289,618
  • File size: 691 KB

Meet the Author

Inspired at an early age by the adventures of Indiana Jones, Aria Cunningham studied marine archaeology at UC Berkeley. In 2004, she set forth to create her own adventures and helped excavate a Roman palace from 200 AD at Tel Dor, Israel.

Continuing her old world education, she travelled the expansive fjords of Norway, castle hopped from Wales to the Rhineland, and explored the funeral complexes along the Egyptian Nile. She is an avid scuba diver who has navigated shipwrecks on the ocean floor, the immense kelp forests off the Channel Islands, and the legendary Cenote caverns of the Yucatan.

Aria has a Master’s degree in the Cinematic Arts from USC and currently lives off the coast of Southern California.
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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    I had the privilege of getting an advanced reader copy of this n

    I had the privilege of getting an advanced reader copy of this novel. Before my review details, let me preface this with the fact that I am a guy. And while the cover of this book is quite beautiful, on the surface it doesn't look like a book I would generally read. It says romance novel and it is. 

    But it's so much more.

    From just the prologue, I was hooked. This book kept me awake at night, wanting to keep reading one more chapter. There is romance yes, but there is also an intricate web of characters, plots, and scheming. It's really like game of thrones meets actual ancient history. I knew so little about the actual bronze age, and had no idea what an interesting and poignant time in our history this was.  Cunningham made that world come to life for me, and I eagerly look forward to the sequel (of which I hope there are many).

    And perhaps the greatest surprise of all was the characters. There isn't a stereotype amongst them. They are all richly nuanced and full of tragic flaws, which makes you understand the world in a way that you've never imagined. Ultimately, it makes the romance at the core of the story all the more enjoyable and even erotic. 

    You might think you know the players in the Trojan war, but you don't. Not until you read this book. 

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    I had the privilege of getting an advanced reader copy of this n

    I had the privilege of getting an advanced reader copy of this novel. Before my review details, let me preface this with the fact that I am a guy. And while the cover of this book is quite beautiful, on the surface it doesn't look like a book I would generally read. It says romance novel and it is. 

    But it's so much more.

    From just the prologue, I was hooked. This book kept me awake at night, wanting to keep reading one more chapter. There is romance yes, but there is also an intricate web of characters, plots, and scheming. It's really like game of thrones meets actual ancient history. I knew so little about the actual bronze age, and had no idea what an interesting and poignant time in our history this was.  Cunningham made that world come to life for me, and I eagerly look forward to the sequel (of which I hope there are many).

    And perhaps the greatest surprise of all was the characters. There isn't a stereotype amongst them. They are all richly nuanced and full of tragic flaws, which makes you understand the world in a way that you've never imagined. Ultimately, it makes the romance at the core of the story all the more enjoyable and even erotic. 

    You might think you know the players in the Trojan war, but you don't. Not until you read this book. 

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
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