Friday, April 8, 2016

For the Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser

Emily Hauser's debut novel is a brilliant retelling of The Iliad from the point of view of Krisayis and Briseis who though central to the original story never get a chance to speak for themselves. The book is a wonderful story of love, loyalty and war. I really enjoyed revisiting this classic work and seeing the fresh perspective that the author presents. This is a real page turner with the Gods dabbling in the lives of mortals like a game and the mortal characters straining against their fate. This was an enthralling read with great detail about every day life in Troy, and though the research is thorough the detail is never laboured. I especially loved Krisayis and her determination to fight for her city and her people. The characters are brilliantly brought to life and the action and storytelling is fast paced and clever. I highly recommend this book. 

thank you to for a reading copy of this book.

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