Beauty's Daughter

Beauty's Daughter

The Story of Hermione and Helen of Troy

eBook - 2013
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What is it like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world?

Hermione knows . . . her mother is Helen of Troy, the famed beauty of Greek myth. Helen is not only beautiful but also impulsive, and when she falls in love with charming Prince Paris, she runs off with him to Troy, abandoning her distraught daughter. Determined to reclaim their enchanting queen, the Greek army sails for Troy. Hermione stows away in one of the thousand ships in the fleet and witnesses the start of the legendary Trojan War.
In the rough Greek encampment outside the walls of Troy, Hermione's life is far from that of a pampered princess. Meanwhile, her mother basks in luxury in the royal palace inside the city. Hermione desperately wishes for the gods and goddesses to intervene and end the brutal war--and to bring her love. Will she end up with the handsome archer Orestes, or the formidable Pyrrhus, leader of a tribe of fierce warriors? And will she ever forgive her mother for bringing such chaos to her life and the lives of so many others?

Publisher: [United States] :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2013.
ISBN: 9780544108776
0544108779
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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julia_sedai
Apr 13, 2016

I've read most of Carolyn Meyer's books; she writes great historical fiction for teens. This one just felt a bit off for some reason. It was easy to read, and the plot was fine, but I just didn't feel like it was Ancient Greece. The characters were okay. I never really cared much about Orestes, and the narrator just states that she's in love with him, so the romance seemed a bit forced. Hermione is a good protagonist, though. Also, I found the time skip was bad. She's 11, and then suddenly she's 20, with pretty much nothing happening in between. I would have rather the book started with her being older and explaining what happened, instead of a few chapters of her being 11. As a note to sensitive readers, there is a lot of sex in this book. Not sex scenes, and it's more like factual information, but everyone everywhere is having sex (this is Ancient Greece, after all). Also, I did not like the cover of this book, just as a personal thing. Why is she laying like that? She's a strong, brave herione, and they used a sensual cover. Overall, not my favourite of her books, but recommended for those who like historical fiction if you have extra time on your hands.

violet_flamingo_261 Jun 14, 2014

This book was excellent!!! About Helen of Troy's daughter, living when Helen was taken to Troy by Paris. A must read!

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