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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Blog Tour By Helen's Hand (Helen of Sparta #2) by Amalia Carosella

Publication Date: May 10, 2016
Lake Union Publishing
eBook & Paperback;
Genre: Historical Fiction

about the book:

With divine beauty comes dangerous power.
Helen believed she could escape her destiny and save her people from utter destruction. After defying her family and betraying her intended husband, she found peace with her beloved Theseus, the king of Athens and son of Poseidon
But peace did not last long. Cruelly separated from Theseus by the gods, and uncertain whether he will live or die, Helen is forced to return to Sparta. In order to avoid marriage to Menelaus, a powerful prince unhinged by desire, Helen assembles an array of suitors to compete for her hand. As the men circle like vultures, Helen dreams again of war—and of a strange prince, meant to steal her away. Every step she takes to protect herself and her people seems to bring destruction nearer. Without Theseus’s strength to support her, can Helen thwart the gods and stop her nightmare from coming to pass?

My thoughts:
What a fabulous version of what might have happened to Helen. 

I love the Iliad. Love everything about the classic novel. Amalia Carosella 
has taken everything good about Helen's tale and enhanced it. She's brought 
the characters to life. Helen is no squirming little twit, as she's been portrayed 
in film, but a strong lead character. I must admit, I see Paris in a different light 
after reading this book. I've always thought him a bit of a coward. Well, 
thoughts can change. 
 Amalia gives a voice to those who may have lived so long ago.
 I can't subscribe to the idea that THE ILIAD is just a story. For me, it's a real 
event. Actual people lived and died in Troy. Crazy, maniacal Agamemnon and 
his equally crazy brother Menelaus were real people, in my mind. Ms. Carosella 
has brought them to life! She has 'filled in the blanks' left by Homer. I love 
the way each character is allowed to speak, we are allowed into the minds 
of each character. We see their strengths and weaknesses. 

Does everything turn out well for Helen? I'm not going to say.  What I will say
is that I really enjoyed this book. Everything fits together.  Just don't forget 
to read HELEN of SPARTA first!

about the author

Amalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors degree in Classical Studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she writes 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 atwww.amaliacarosella.com. She also writes fantasy and paranormal romance as Amalia Dillin.
You can also connect with Amalia on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter here and here.


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