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In this, the third and final book in Kerry Greenwood’s Delphic Women series, Greenwood takes us into Troy as it struggles to rise from the ashes of the Trojan War. But while others have told the story as a struggle of men, Greenwood gives this mythology a compelling and exciting female viewpoint.
The women of Troy are in terrible transition. Cassandra, the tragic heroine of the second Delphic Woman novel, is King Agamemnon’s captive. Queen Clytemnestra has taken a lover who has thrown her own loyalties into question. And then there’s Electra, daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon. What compels the young beauty? What secret is she hiding? What are her intentions? Are they dark or justified?
Cast aside everything you think you know about the Electra myth and allow yourself to view this classic story from a different perspective. Greenwood’s conclusions will surprise and enrapt you.
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Kerry Greenwood is the author of more than 40 novels and six non-fiction books. Among her many honors, Ms. Greenwood1 has received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers’ Association of Australia. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates’ Courts for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.Review:
Troy is in ruins, but the gods are not done playing games with men and women.
Cassandra, the daughter of Priam, is among the captives taken to Mycenae by King Agamemnon. She's followed by her faithful lovers, the healer Chryse and the Trojan sailor Eumides. As they attempt to enter the palace, they meet Electra, daughter of Agamemnon, and his faithless spouse, Clytemnestra. When Electra hears of Cassandra’s prophecy that her father will be murdered by her mother, she rushes with Cassandra's lovers to her parents’ rooms in time to save Cassandra but not her father. Electra and her brother Orestes flee the palace along with Cassandra and her lovers and set off for Delphi. Electra, who has been brought up as a chaste maiden sheltered from the world, is shocked by her companions’ lifestyles but continues with them on the dangerous journey, all the while plotting revenge against her mother. The Sybil gives good news to Cassandra, Chryse and Eumides and tells Orestes that when Mycenae, like Troy, lies in ruins, he will find his rightful place. Electra, however, gets only a cryptic message promising a long, painful journey. In Delphi, Electra meets her cousin Pylades, who takes her and Orestes to live at his farm. Still plagued with painful dreams, Electra reveals that she was raped as a child by her mother’s lover and that Orestes is her son. While Electra tries to find a new life with Pylades, her three companions set off to find a place they can all live in happiness. They will all meet again before their fates are finally decided.
The last in Greenwood’s Delphic Women series (Cassandra, 2013, etc.) again presents exciting, cleverly detailed ancient stories from a feminist viewpoint that seems just as likely to be accurate as the versions that came before. (Kirkus Reviews)
Regarding Medea: "This is a book I didn't want to end. I dreamed about the characters for days afterward." (Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Last to Die)
The middle book of Greenwood’s Delphic Women trilogy (originally published 1995–97) is the last to appear in the U.S. It is also the strongest, a sort of revisionist look at the aftermath of the fall of Troy. King Agamemnon returns, heroic, to Mycenae, only to fall victim to the murderous plot of his queen, Clytemnestra. Electra, the royal couple’s daughter, is swept out of the city by Cassandra, the Trojan slave (and the focus of an earlier book in this series), hoping to get her safely to Delphi. Ancient Greek mythology is usually told from the point of view of the male characters, but Greenwood’s three-book series focuses on the female players. This allows her to examine previously underexplored characters, motivations, and events. Known for the strong female protagonists, Phryne Fisher and Corinna Chapman, in her two mystery series, Greenwood does an excellent job here of giving the ancient Greek story a modern flavor, using lean, unadorned prose and dialogue to make it seem as though the story could be taking place today. (Booklist)
Greenwood fans will welcome her thoughtful second reinterpretation of a well-known Greek myth (after Medea). Among Greenwood’s other talents, she displays a gift for writing songs of the period. (starred review) (Publishers Weekly)
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