Long before she ran away with Paris to Troy, Helen of Sparta was haunted by nightmares of a burning city under siege. These dreams foretold impending war—a war that only Helen has the power to avert. To do so, she must defy her family and betray her betrothed by fleeing the palace in the dead of night. In need of protection, she finds shelter and comfort in the arms of Theseus, son of Poseidon. With Theseus at her side, she believes she can escape her destiny. But at every turn, new dangers—violence, betrayal, extortion, threat of war—thwart Helen’s plans and bar her path. Still, she refuses to bend to the will of the gods.
A new take on an ancient myth, Helen of Sparta is the story of one woman determined to decide her own fate.
The sequel to Helen of Sparta will be published by Lake Union Publishing in May 2016.
About the Author
Amalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in classical studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she has written 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Exquisite. Delightful. Proof? I read it as a Kindly Prime freebee and then bought it for my permanent library – the physical one I can visit, talk to, smile and remember dear friends. As with The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Amalia Carosella takes the various, often disparate legends that revolve around a curious, ambiguous figure of Greek lore, and creates a cohesive, plausible whole. She does not take the reader along with Helen to Troy itself, but with a subtle hand she lays the groundwork that points toward Helen’s painful, well-documented future, and hints are strewn for Helen’s even more remote, post-Troy epilogue. The writing is moving, engaging, and never slows or catches me yawning, and despite Ms. Carosella’s over-zealous use of commas, I do not hesitate to recommend – highly recommend this book. Very well done.