Helen of Sparta (Helen of Sparta #1) by Amalia Carosella

Helen of Sparta (Helen of Sparta #1)

Long before she ran away with Paris to Troy, Helen of Sparta was haunted by nightmares of a burning city under siege. These dreams foretold impending war—a war that only Helen has the power to avert. To do so, she must defy her family and betray her betrothed by fleeing the palace in the dead of night. In need of protection, she finds shelter and comfort in the arms of Theseus, son of Poseidon. With Theseus at her side, she believes she can esc...

Details Helen of Sparta (Helen of Sparta #1)

TitleHelen of Sparta (Helen of Sparta #1)
Release DateApr 1st, 2015
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology

Reviews Helen of Sparta (Helen of Sparta #1)

  • Emma
    I've never been a fan of Helen, she's the Kim Kardashian of the ancient world. Who would really want to be the most beautiful woman in the world anyway? To drive men so crazy with your looks that they are driven to madness and desperation, wanting to touch you and possess you regardless of your feelings or permission. Not my cup of tea. Carosella brilliantly expounds on this part of the myth, this Helen feels the burden of her beauty and the cons...
  • Melinda
    Carosella adds to my lifelong fascination with Greek mythology. As you read of Helen, her presence comes to life as do other mythological figureheads included in the narrative, you find yourself asking if these gods and goddesses, legends are nonfiction or fiction, did any exist. Carosella invents such a provoking narrative along with a captivating mythological character with such conviction causing all probability.Well researched, no doubt Caros...
  • The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
    I've always had a place for the women of the Trojan War--Leda, Helen, Andromache, Cassandra, Clytemnestra, Electra--and have always thought both myth and modern fiction haven't done these women fair justice. Especially Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships, has come down through the ages as both pawn of a bunch of Olympian gods who tended to behave worse than mortals and a prize for a dilletante prince at the expense of his famil...
  • Erin
    Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....I suppose it's only right to confess that I've never liked Helen of Troy. I'm not sure why, but as a character she's never interested me so it should come as no surprise that content was not a huge factor in my decision to read Amalia Carosella's Helen of Sparta. To be honest, my interest in the book was sparked by author Stephanie Thornton. Weeks before Helen of Sparta was a...
  • Kate
    I received this book through the Kindle First program, and I will say straight off the bat that only one single thing kept me from rating it five stars: (view spoiler)[the abrupt cliffhanger ending. From the good solid length, the slow and steady buildup throughout knowing that doom is inevitable, already knowing where Helen inevitably ends up...to have it end so obviously pointing toward a sequel for resolution, it completely knocked off a star ...
  • Emma
    I received this book free from Kindle First.Ummmm, WHAT?! I knew the entire time I was reading this book (which was basically nonstop from the moment I got it) that I was going to give it five stars. Historical fiction, well-written romance, Greek mythology, Sparta. All my favs, all in one place! It is paced wonderfully, not too fast and not too slow. It has emotional moments that make your heart ache, your stomach turn, and make you smile like a...
  • Katie
    Oooo I beta'ed this one a few years ago, and it's SOLID. Amalia really knows her mythology (and her history), and that comes through very clearly. I loved reading about Helen's journey.Also umm...Theseus. There's lots of wonderful Theseus. Be prepared for swoons, folks.
  • RitaSkeeter
    We all know the story of Helen. Paris; Troy; War. This book starts before the more commonly recounted aspects of Helen's story, with the story starting in Sparta whilst her father is seeking a husband for her, and Helen's subsequent flight with Theseus.The book seeks to give Helen a voice. To show who Helen was, rather than just as a pawn of men. The book didn't necessarily succeed in that for me. The Helen of this book still had her life revolve...
  • Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)
    **This is a read now on NetGalley!**4.5This was excellent. It's wonderful to see a Helen that gets to be less passive and more active in her own life. Review to come.Recommended for: fans of Stephanie Thornton, Kate Quinn
  • Robin
    Review also at Historical Readings & ReviewsACR through NetGalley, my opinions are my own.In Greek mythology, before the infamous Trojan War, Helen of Sparta was abducted by Theseus, King of Athens. Based in legend, this novel approaches Helen's 'abduction' with a new take on it, with Helen as a willing participant.First, I think it should be noted that in my opinion, this is more like historical fantasy than straight up historical fiction. While...
  • Ashley
    "Men did not claim to be children of gods unless they had the height to prove their words." This is the second historical retelling I have read and I was not let down, if anything it made me want to read more historical retellings, especially Greek ones! I would definitely read some Egyptian ones or something too though!This book follows the story of Helen, who was also a revolving topic in the other book I read (The Song of Achilles ). I was so ...
  • Ellis
    1) MASSIVE sibling feelings, though I do wish Clytamnestra had played a more prominent and nuanced role. The same goes for Penelope, so here's hoping that happens in the sequel. 2) Fuck the Atrides forever and ever and ever. 3) I like the spin Carosella put on the original mythology and the attention she paid to the presence of the gods in the mortals' lives, though I feel like she sometimes used all this to prop up Theseus' character, which is n...
  • Darcia Helle
    In simplest terms, I loved everything about this book. First, Carosella has a natural gift for storytelling. We're taken on a journey, the story unfolding like a flower, one layer at a time. We get to know the characters as we learn about their lives, their passions, their desires, and their secrets.I don't think it's necessary to know anything about Greek mythology in order to enjoy this book. The author does an excellent job of including enough...
  • Stephanie Thornton
    We all know that Helen's face supposedly launched a thousand ships, but what happened before she ran off with Paris and started Homer's famously recorded Trojan War?Amalia Carosella has taken the oft-repeated tale and turned it on its head in Helen of Sparta, interweaving well-known myths into a completely new take on the renowned beauty. Here we see a Helen who is determined to thwart the will of the gods, no matter the cost, and who unwittingly...
  • Iset
    I have read so many Trojan War books in recent years. The market seems to be saturated with them. The law of averages being what it is, of course most of them are mediocre, which has resulted in my growing fatigue with the whole setting. Does Amalia Carosella’s vision of Helen impress? Yes and no.Carosella puts a fresh spin on events across multiple levels. I was already familiar with the tale of Helen’s abduction by Theseus, but it is often ...
  • Jenny Q
    I was drawn to this book because I loved the idea of Helen of Sparta, not Helen of Troy. What a brilliant idea to tell the story of who Helen was before Paris entered the picture.Helen of Sparta is very well written, offering a fascinating glimpse into Spartan society. I hadn't been expecting to get so much of Theseus, and I was pleasantly surprised at his relationship with Helen and the strength of his character throughout the story. He's a drea...
  • Taylor The Book Wench
    ..Only recently published, Carosella’s debut novel is a hidden gem. Greek mythology tells us that before Helen’s face “launched 1,000 ships” to Troy, she was stolen away from her home in Sparta by another handsome royal, Theseus, the King of Attica and son of the sea-god Poseidon. But what if she wasn’t kidnapped? What if she actually chose to leave her childhood home to not only pursue love, but to protect her people? That is the premi...
  • Elena
    Helen of Sparta is the first book in a duology about the myth of Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world, who was the cause of the Trojan war. In this first part, however, Amalia Carosella reimages a minor myth concerning Helen, which puts her in contact with Theseus, king of Athens. Helen is not the most popular woman in Greek mythology, but in this novel Carosella does a great job at characterizing her and making her likeable. She skillful...
  • Kaila Fitz
    OHMYGOOOODDDThe characters, the language, the story, the portrayal of the gods- this book was everything I could have hoped for. “I knew my duty to Sparta, to my people.” “I don’t want to be beautiful,” I said once I’d caught my breath. “I don’t want any of this.” Helen, Princess of Sparta, daughter of Zeus, has come of age to be married. However, nightmares and premonitions of fire and ash speak to her of a message, of a war t...
  • Judith Starkston
    Carosella has brought to life an entirely new take on the Helen myth. She has embraced a Helen who takes control of her life and tries to defy fate (and the gods do their darndest, as usual in Greek mythology, to make her and everyone else miserable). In the process she has created an engaging novel. She richly develops the jealousies, passions and loyalties of her characters, as well as bringing the reader directly into the ancient Greek world. ...
  • Emily
    The story of Helen of Sparta/Troy/Egypt is one of those amazing things about Greek Mythology. No two versions are the same, and no two Helens are the same.This Helen starts long before the story usually starts (with Paris, and a trip to Troy). It shows you Helen as a child, as a young princess on the verge of womanhood, still the most beautiful female in the world, with all the ensuing problems. It's a subject that's particularly close to my hear...
  • nikkia neil
    I've always loved mythology since I was a preteen with mumps and my mom bought me a book of mythology. This is the real deal. Not only is it fresh and well- written, but its got a author who is a scholar so its not a bodice-ripper. Its a adult book don't worry but a well written adult book.
  • Natalie Norwood
    I beta read this book and it is phenomenal!
  • Rita
    Amazing book. Amazing woman.
  • Naomi Ruth
    I really enjoyed this book. Having read Plutarch's version of Theseus I really disliked the man and never thought I would actually fall in love with him as a character. Also, I have always been frustrated/disappointed with Helen as a character, so I loved this.I was a bit unprepared for the sexual violence that occurs against Helen, which I supposed I should have been prepared for, considering her dreams, (view spoiler)[and I think it was so upse...
  • Laura Mercer
    I loved this book. Moved along at a good pace. I looked forward to reading it every night.
  • Ashleigh
    Different take on Helen's storyI really enjoyed this new spin on the story of Helen (of Sparta, Troy). It took awhile for me to realize that this story wasn't playing out the way it had in Homer's retelling. I fell in love with Theseus. Looking forward to future installments!
  • Patty
    I love stories that take place in Ancient Times. I have a passing knowledge of the Greek myths; I know the basics of most of the more well known tales but must admit that Theseus was unknown to me. Whether I had just lost my knowledge of him or had plain just never heard of him I can’t tell you but I will admit to some googling in the course of reading Helen of Sparta (BTW – is it me or is the Helen of Troy page in Wikipedia way misogynistic?...
  • Stephanie
    Helen of Sparta carries a heavy weight on her shoulders. She is princess to Sparta, but also the daughter of Zeus. Helen is resented by her mother for how she was conceived; she is also bound to inherit the throne. Helen’s gifts from Zeus not only granted her beauty, but dreams that foresee the future. In a recurring nightmare, she envisions Sparta in flames and the death of her family when she is married to a childhood friend. Determined to es...