The Princess of Sparta: Heroes of the Trojan War

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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 ...

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Overview

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. Paris is a haunted figure, unjustly cursed at birth by a dark omen claiming he will cause the destruction of Troy. 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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  • ISBN-13: 9780991420100
  • Publisher: Pug Attack Inc
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 808,289
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Posted February 12, 2015

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    Helen of Troy is famous in history and legend, but Aria Cunningh

    Helen of Troy is famous in history and legend, but Aria Cunningham’s Princess of Sparta turns her into a living breathing character, beautiful, conflicted, wounded, and easily mistaking duty for love. Many myths build together into the picture, gently referenced and cut down to cruel human size. Meanwhile nicely researched history provides an authentic cultural backdrop. If Helen’s looking for “sweet and kind. Best you hope for clean, child,” says a wise adviser when invited husbands-to-be battle it out for her favor. But the truth is women were tools of their men, leaving this beautiful woman dominated by others, despite her own intelligence and intent.




    There’s a nice blend of mythology and history in this tale, with gentle touches of mysticism as Helen, beloved by a goddess, struggles to understand the meaning of true love. Is it familial affection or dutiful obedience? Or is there romance at the end of an unseen rainbow? Meanwhile the rejected prince of Troy is on a journey to destiny.




    Convincing details of scenery, politics, and culture bring this novel to life, with conflicted protagonists, Helen and Paris, working their way toward a long-delayed, mythically intense love-scene. Sure there are some typos, awkward phrases, and odd word usages along the way. But the story carries you through, and it’s quite a tale!




    Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy during the author’s blog tour and I offer my honest review.

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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. 

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