Monday, 22 March 2010

Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner

Nobody's Princess
Esther Friesner

She is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess, but something in Helen of Sparta just itches for more out of life. Not one to count on the gods—or her looks—to take care of her, Helen sets out to get what she wants with steely determination and a sassy attitude. That same attitude makes Helen a few enemies—such as the self-proclaimed "son of Zeus" Theseus—but it also intrigues, charms, and amuses those who become her friends, from the famed huntress Atalanta to the young priestess who is the Oracle of Delphi.

Nobody's Princess, author Esther Friesner deftly weaves together history and myth as she takes a new look at the girl who will become Helen of Troy. The resulting story offers up adventure, humor, and a fresh and engaging heroine you cannot help but root for.

I don't enjoy Greek Mythology. At All. Blame my required summer reading before ninth grade of the most boring book in the world, Mythology. I wanted to shoot myself. But I've heard good things and it sounded interesting. A fun way to learn about an intriguing subject that just bored me.

Helen's story was certainly full of action and adventure and I really enjoyed it, but I was hoping to see more for when she was older and her marriages, being whisked off to Troy, and the romances. While Helen did have chemistry with characters and I would start rooting for them to get together, most of the time the characters disappeared or they had someone else. You guys know me, I like me the romance.

Beyond that, the novels are fun, quick reads. Helen is an above and beyond strong, independent character and many of the side characters really add to the development. The two novels (Nobody's Princess and the sequel, Nobody's Prize) flowed together very well, in a way that made them seem almost like one novel. I read one book in between the two but remembered everything fine and didn't have any issues with forgetting.

Milo is truly adorable. He doesn't come in until about half way through Nobody's Prize, but my heart was always with him. Helen's brothers were the typical big brothers and reminded me of my own brother, though he didn't hesitate to practice his fighting/wrestling skills on me. Her parents reminded me of my own as well. And her sister was someone who you both liked and loathed at the same time.

There was some intense adventure in the novel, but the way it read wasn't so crazy. At the same time, it wasn't as fun because obviously Helen can't die if she has to be Helen of Troy. And, you know, it was told in first person. To make up for that, Esther played with other characters and talked about how they might be dead or disappeared. There were battles and sword fights and all sorts of fun things.

Honestly, it's a fun book. Just don't hope for any real romance!



  1. This *is* a fun book. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Awh, I was defiantly hoping for real romance after I read the summary and started to like the sound of it. I also really like the cover!

  3. Someone who doesn't like greek mythology?!? At All?!? I'm kind of shocked. I adore greek mythology! I still might pass on this one.

  4. I should pass this to my sister who's just about losing her mind in gushing over Greek Myth :D INsightful review!

  5. Its a good book. I just think it should enclude more romance. The cover is awesome!



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