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Welcome to my attempt at blogging. I am a true to heart bibliophile. Here I will discuss and review books as I read them. You are welcome to do the same. The only rules are no profanity, no politics, no religion, and have fun!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Helen: The First Trojan Horse

Helen of Troy has been called a whore, an adulteress and the destroyer of Troy, but questions remain. Did she fall in love with Paris? Was she abducted? Or did she willingly take part in the greatest political cover-up in history? Helen, The First Trojan Horse is about the most enigmatic and vilified woman in history. Helen, The First Trojan Horse explores the untold love story of the ages and provides a new and unique twist on the legend of the Trojan War. Read about this captivating beauty's extraordinary life from her early childhood through the Trojan War, and her horrible death at the hands of a friend. During the Age of Heroes there were many great men. Is it possible that Helen was not only the most beautiful woman who ever lived, she was also a Greek hero?

my thoughts

Imagine Helen an unwilling captive of Paris.  Goes against just about everything we've read about the Trojan War.  Well, this book gives a unique perspective of the war.  We hear Helen's point of view.  Not just the war, but her life leading up to and after the war.

I've always imagined Helen to be a somewhat empty headed, silly individual.  This book portrays her as a capable, strong woman who helps her countrymen every way she can.

The author, Michael Lally, must have done an immense amount of research before writing this book.  He's managed to portray many of the characters exactly as I imagined them to be, ie: Agammemnon, Clytemnestra, Hector.   All of the favorites from Homer's epic are here.  Some are not so likable.   

I found this be a very enjoyable book.  4/5 stars

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Angus MacBain
By Angela Townsend
Release Date: 09/27/13

Book Summary:
Angus MacBain is unaware that his ancestral roots hail from an ancient sect of Scottish kings. When his dying grandfather gives him a dragon pendant, thirteen-year-old Angus learns of a legacy that will take him across an ocean to the island of Iona and thrust him into a heritage he did not know he had. 

He soon discovers that his mother, whom he had believed dead, is really a seal fairy, in hiding from a dangerous enemy. To save her, Angus must undergo a perilous journey of destiny and power to battle an evil Dacian knight and those who serve him. With only his family shield and the advice of a wizened vampire hunter to protect him, Angus must navigate dangerous terrain and dark enemies, in a land where the past and the present mingle, and sleeping kings wake.


“This path is meant for mortals. Because of that, the entrance is well hidden, and with good reason. Inside is a series of great halls built by three ancient rulers, your ancestor, King MacBain of Scotland, The High King of Ireland, Brian Boru, and King Forkbeard of Norway. It served as a meeting place and as an entrance into Ceoban. Little did they know that dark creatures shunned and banned from other places would seek refuge in the great halls. When the kings died hundreds of years ago, no one used the halls anymore, and the creatures all but took over.”

About the Author
Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music on her fiddle, and Irish dancing. She resides on a ranch, in rural Northwestern Montana, with her two children Levi and Grant.

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