Shadow of Athena

Shadow of Athena

by Elena Douglas


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In a cruel, centuries-old tradition, lovely sixteen-year-old Marpessa of Lokris is chosen by lot to serve as a slave for one year in distant Troy, across the Aegean Sea. She can return, but only if she survives. Marpessa leaves behind her devoted mother, and also a ruthless oligarch, Klonios, who vows to have her as his wife upon her return. The young slave Arion is sent to escort the maiden on her treacherous journey. After delivering her safely, he escapes slavery to eke out a living on the Trojan shore, until barbarians raid Troy. Captivated by the girl from the sea journey, Arion rushes to save her. The two find themselves marooned in a rough, unforgiving land teeming with dangers. Struggling to survive, they yield to a forbidden love. Marpessa longs to remain with her beloved, but Arion knows he must give her up. When they lose everything in a deadly flash flood, he must return her safely home, despite the price on his head as a runaway slave and the evil Klonios who lurks in wait. By the time they reach Lokris, Marpessa is with child. Enraged, Klonios orders their deaths, but Arion will stop at nothing to save Marpessa’s life. Even at the cost of his own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946409980
Publisher: Penmore Press LLC
Publication date: 09/29/2019
Pages: 394
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Elena Douglas (née Barbara Brunetti) was born in Paris and spent the first seven years of her life in France. After immigrating to the United States, she and her newly-blended family lived in New Hampshire and Maine. During a summer spent in an isolated cabin in the White Mountains when she was eight, her mother read her the Iliad and the Odyssey. Thus began a lifelong fascination with the legends of ancient Greece. Elena's birth parents spent years in a protracted and virulent custody battle for her and her older sister, waged across two continents. This began when she was seven and was not resolved until she was fourteen. During those years Barbara developed a passion for escaping into her own world and making up stories. This proved to be a great solace, a refuge from the turbulence of her family life. She has been writing ever since. When Elena was twelve, the family moved to Berkeley, California. Elena graduated from U.C. Berkeley, married, raised a family, and enjoyed a long career as a middle-school/junior high English teacher. As a teacher she helped numerous students create prize-winning books for various young author fairs. Now retired, she devotes herself to her own writing. She has completed three historical novels, all based on ancient history and legend, and she is currently working on a memoir. She lives with her husband in Berkeley, California. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with their three energetic grandchildren.

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