Since the writings of Homer, humankind has been fascinated by the tales of the great heroes of ancient Greece. In her debut novel, Franklin takes us to the walls of Troy and presents to us the men and women behind the myths. In this rich and tightly woven tapestry of story and history, we witness the grandeur and the destruction of Troy through the eyes of Briseis, once queen of Lyrnessos and now the captive and consort of Achilles. Briseis is bound to Achilles by more than just her chains, but when she catches the eye of Agamemnon, trouble starts brewing in the Greek camp. Maps and a list of the characters help guide readers through the text. Well recommended for all lovers of historical fiction.?Jane Baird, Anchorage Municipal Libs., AK Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
I picked this one up w/some trepidation as the blurb on the back and a quick scan of the pages within suggested a bodice-ripper built on the foundation stones of that most revered of all things Greek -- The Iliad. I was pleased to see I was wrong. This is a tale of the Trojan War from a woman's perspective, particularly from the point of view of Briseis, the slave girl and victory prize of Achilles, over whom all the sturm und drang of that marvelous tale is raised. And it's a good one. For … more