3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good read but undeniably for teenagers only,
This review is from: Troy (Paperback)
I had heard lots of good things about this book from adults as well as teenagers and so gave it a try: it is a well-written and slightly different take on the story of Troy, re-telling the stories of Homer and the Greek tragedians, but from the viewpoint of two Trojan serving girls (slaves?).
The tale is pretty accurate, but it becomes a bit whimsical rather than tragic when, for example, the girls see the gods in the city. Yes, I know perfectly that Homer makes his gods tangible beings, but they never lose their dignity and awe (even when Hera seduces Zeus, for example) but the idea of Poseidon selling fish in the Trojan market, or Hephaistus taking over a Trojan forge to make Achilles' famous shield really didn't work for me.
Having said that, I did enjoy the book, but found it often less emotional that I expected. Andromache's response to the death of Hector is done very well but then the tone falls away.
Overall I would recommend this to young teenagers who would benefit from being introduced to this story, but there really is no comparison with reading Homer.