Esther M. Friesner: Nobody's Princess

Ed the hell out of me she tried to make her sound like she wasn t being a complete selfish ass by going off and oing whatever the hell she wants but fails miserably because in the end her character helen goes anyway and to hell with the people who care about her this is all on the whim of a childish need for adventure which makes perfect sense of coursetoo many things to complain about it would be stupid to rant about a book i My Name is Bob don t even much like i ll end the post shortly but first i need to get something straight too whyid the boar hunt last like 2 seconds it was also never fully explained why 2 girls were able to efeat the boar when 30 or 40 so grown men couldn t and ied Billy Bragg doing it fine so they re good but inhuman they are not and too much of the mythology tried to pass asialogue with one character telling it to another used WAY too much it is simply not a storytelling Polly Prices Totally Secret Diary device any it was turning my brain into mush i seriously CANNOT stand it a second longer maybe i m just not wired to think like a young adult any Do you like heroines who are strong independent and self sufficient You may want to meet Helen She s not your average princess Sure her mother and father are king and ueen of Sparta And sure she may grow up to be Helen of Troy But Helen is a young firecracker of a character She is not going to stand around learning how too needlework while her two brothers Castor and Polydeuces get to have all the fun of learning to ride and hunt She s not going to miss out on all the fun of learning how to use spears and swords Disguising herself as a boy she fools everyone but her brothers and their teacher Glaucus Fortunately for Helen he bought into her theory of how the future ueen of the country needs to be able to efend herself Now being an adventurer and hunter like her brothers isn t all fun and games Helen is learning it takes hard work sacrifice and a strong mind Some may call her pretty But Helen pays them no attention She wants one thing in life freedom to live HOW she chooses Beauty can be just as much of a hindrance as a help in that regards The escription says you ll find yourself rooting for Helen I beg to isagree I felt just the opposite Helen is a spoiled stubborn selfish impulsive immature bratty child She is inconform with everything She gets her way with everything She is smarter slyer and altogether better than everyone else at everything by the ripe old age of fourteen she is actually much younger throughout the first half of the book yet that oesn t impair her knowledge or skills at all The other characters serve as foils or teachers for Helen Okay Obviously Ms Friesner wanted to make Helen a strong female character which is all nice and well but most if not all of it is much too unbelievable In fact it seems Ms Friesner wanted to glamorize every female excluding Clytemnestra Helen s twin sister in the book and biggest foil Helen is perfect Helen is unhuman Root for her Nay I wanted to bash her on the head I have to say this book Miss Shumway Waves a Wand did not work for me at all It s a retelling of the story of Helen of ancient Greece Somehow the modern voice applied to her narration just made the story feel totally shallow Like oh my heck it s the Oracle of Apollo Okay it wasn t that bad but the modern language took away the credibility of the story for me Another problem was that the character s voiceidn t change to adjust for her age at all She spoke the same way at 6 at 10 and at 14 Again hard to suspend the The Touch disbelief Usually I really love books for young adults that feature a strong young woman but Helen came across as a tired cliche Of COURSE she would rather be a warrior than a wool spinning princess The worst part There s a seuel The story was really only getting started when the book ended Usually when a book has a seuel I feel I must read it no matter if I loved the first volume or not but I think I can skip the next one Nobody s Amuses those who become her friends from the famed huntress Atalanta to the young priestess who is the Oracle of DelphiIn Nobody's Princess author Esther Friesnereftly 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 humor action and a fresh and engaging heroine you cannot help but root

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I loved it so much to tell a story like that was so cool and I found myself evouring the book in a couple of Different Class daysThe fact that I love greece and sparta to begin with was a plus to this book I was rapidly immerse on all the mythology and names and citiesI can t wait enough for the second book to see how this all will end or start and I thinks this series is one I would grow to loveOne of the things I really liked was that Helen was noamsel in The Essential Good Food Guide distress she is a strong female that wants everything the world can give and The way she fights for what she wants and believes is right is inspiring so I hope every girl embrace her as a role model and fight back for what they wantMore reviews wwwbookwormiespotcom An historical novel about Helen of Sparta before she grew up and became Helen of Troy Sounded compelling to me Especially because Sparta is such a fascinating complex and often problematic cultureUnfortunately I got the impression from this book that it was written as a generic Western princess fairytale the publisher thought it was too bland and encouraged the author to put a Grecian gloss over the thing It s still generic and bland and at no pointoes it feel like it takes place in SpartaHelen is a spoiled brat who reads like a modern pre teen She spends most of the book whiningHelen s big thing is that she wants to train with her brothers Textbook of Wisdom doing physical exercise instead of sitting in the house spinning and weaving with her mother and sisters Later she meets an oh so unusual horsewoman and has to sneak around to learn to ride secretlyHere s in thing in Sparta spinning and weaving wasone ONLY BY SLAVES No upper class Spartan woman In Defence of Dogs did that sort of work let alone a princess And could we POSSIBLY call the garments worn by Spartan women chitons notresses Speaking of clothing Spartan women freuently id not wear clothing when they were oing the strenuous exercise and physical training that ALL young Spartans male and female participated in A young Spartan woman would have had a time of it getting OUT of having to exercise not getting TO exercise Not only that but upper class Spartan women freuently rode horses bred horses and owned horses OK I The City in Mind don t mind having preconceptions challenged by a novel Perhaps the past wasn t like our concepts about it Open my horizons Challenge me But nothing about this book s setting felt Spartan or even foreign at all It was Ren Faire Medieval than anything I have no problem at all with stories that show young women struggling against the sexist expectations of their societyThe problem here though is that this ISN T a Spartan society It s Our society with a pseudo Medieval pseudo Greek gloss on itThe end result was that I felt that this book ends up being the opposite of empowering because by showing a culture far removed from our own being sexist in so exactly the same ways as our own instead of showing that sexist stereotypes can be overcome andefeated it actually reinforces the message that these ideas about women are universal throughout the world and history and therefore are likely trueDon t get me wrong I Revenge (The Red Ledger don temand that every book have an empowering message But I felt like this one meant to and it backfiredThe reason I like to read historical novels is to feel like I have been transported into another culture another way of living another way of seeing the world Based on those criteria this book was a complete failureIt went to the top of my to read list because I saw the seuel at the No One Wants You discount store and I was wondering if I should buy it The answer is no A fascinating look at not just the childhood of Helen of Troy but of the era in which she lived The historical notes at the back of the book talk about how Helen would have lived not in Greece s Golden Age when Homer was writing the Iliad but centuries before in the Bronze Age It put a whole new spin on the story reading and writing were nonexistent as. She is beautiful she is a princess and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess but something in Helen of Sparta just itches for out of life Unlike her prissy sister Clytemnestra she takes no pleasure in weaving and embroidery Andespite what her mother says she's not even close to being interested in getting married Instead she wants to o combat training with her older brot.

Was money and the women of Sparta really would have been huntresses in their own right Very intriguing My only complaint is that there were a few too many training montages if you will when Helen was learning some new skill This book was pretty goodSome parts were exciting while others were kind of boring I thought the idea was pretty interesting since I love Greek mythology and I m fascinated with the legend of Helen and TroyIt was cool to see this author s view on Helen s childhood though it wasn t written that well There were only a few things that bothered me The author italicizes words way too often about ten times every page and so that was uite frustrating Also the author had a tendency to go off on a rant about things that weren t that important or significant to the plot Lastly the author left out a few things that were supposed to have happened to Helen when she was at a certain age For example she was never kidnapped by Theseus at age ten but rather passed that year with nothing like that happening which made me feel exasperated Other than that it was pretty good It left off at a cliffhanger and I ll probably read the seuel I on t have a lot of thoughts on this one I really like Hellen a lot and enjoyed following her throughout the story I also loved a lot of the side characters and the characters were really what kept me going But the plot was kind of a mess It felt like we were jumping from one thing to another and they were barely connected I mean she was needing to escape a neighboring Kingdom because she thought she was going to be forced into a marriage then there was a wild boar hunt then another thing and another and another the plot kept changing and it was this build up to these big Penguins Poems for Life dramatic things and then they would be over in two seconds and it sort of felt like well then what was the point I mean it felt like there were a handful ofifferent plots that this story could have focuse I on t know what s wrong with me I want to like the books I read and yet I m constantly isappointed Then I read the reviews and other people id like them So I think the problem is me I can efinitely see recommending this book to fans of re told Greek myths especially ones featuring strong heroines But here s what I wanted If it s supposed to be historical fiction I wanted to know about what it would have been like to be Helen of Sparta before she became Helen of Troy if she were a spunky feminist who wanted to learn how to use a sword and travel the world How realistic would this have truly been If it s supposed to be myths brought to life then I wanted it to stick to the original stories without adding Helen to stories she wasn t a part of Also I Divine Beauty d prefer a concentration on one main story so there s a building of tension a climax etc instead of a rambling account of severalifferent unrelated events Man I am picky and Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone demanding Iid like the probable realistic explanations for the stories that have come Down to the Sea in Ships down to us as hyperbolic myths But I couldn t uite get my bearings in terms of the sensibility Do the characters think like ancient Greeks or like modern Americans Either is fine but I felt like it bounced back and forth eh crappy ya novels seriously what is up with that ya novels tend to be better than just slapping random words together right there is a mostefinite lack of Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides, direction in this and the characters lackepth but fine again ya novel is it possible to stop introducing such immature characters and trying to make them pass for mature just a thought that Dog Years doesn t sound unreasonable rightanother point is of course that nothing really happens throughout the course of this book and the text is GINORMOUS if this was a wordoc in traditional times new roman size 12 font this would barely hit 100 pages no plot no character REALLY just a half baked premise is this what you intend to feed your young adult readers the main character annoy. Hers go on heroic adventures and be free to Chain of Fire do what she wants and find out who she isNot one to count on the gods or her looks to take care of her Helen sets out to get what she wants with steelyetermination and an attitude And while it's the attitude that makes Helen a few enemies such as the self proclaimed son of Poseidon Theseus it's what also intrigues charms and.

Esther M Friesner was educated at Vassar College where she completed BA's in both Spanish and Drama She went to on to Yale University; within five years she was awarded an MA and PhD in Spanish She taught Spanish at Yale for a number of years before going on to become a full time author of fantasy and science fiction She has published twenty seven novels so far; her most recent titles in