Margaret George is, quite simply, one of my favorite historical fiction writers, and I fell in love with her as I read through her three giant tomes of engrossing, painstakingly-researched work, (which, as a credit to her skill, went by very quickly). These works explored the lives of Cleopatra, King Henry VIII, and Mary Queen of Scots. However, after this it seems the author began to branch out into the exploration of characters which are part human, part legend, and which will certainly be shrouded … more
Enjoyable story, but not as good as her other works have been. Had a harder time getting through it and it was over half as short as Cleopatra. But if your interested in Greek history and mythology it's definitely a good read.
Make no mistake: Margaret George's Helen of Troy is indeed a doorstopper of a book, coming in at over 600 pages, and it could very easily have become bogged down in endless unpronounceable names and illogical storylines. Happily for the reader, the author pulls you in early on and builds the story layer by layer until you realize you've been entrapped in her words that will not let go until the final pages...and probably not until long after that. This is, of course, the legendary … more