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Saturday, June 3, 2017

an epic retelling of the Trojan War - Rise of Princes (Homeric Chronicles #2) by Janell Rhiannon

18+ "I loved EVERYTHING about this sequel! It is one of my favorite books of 2017. The characters are so rich and layered. [...]
The story is detailed and engaging [...]. I felt so many emotions while reading this book. [...] I'm in awe of this author's ability to breath new life into such a well known story and it's characters. The writing is so good." - Kelli, Goodreads

Description:

Publication date: May 1st, 2017

In the Song of Princes, the western Greek world is set afire by the brazen escape of Helen of Sparta with Paris, the Forgotten Prince of Troy. As their ship plows east across the Aegean, the Great War trails close behind them. Not even the gods could silence the thundering shields and singing arrows following the lovers back to Troy.

In Rise of Princes, Agamemnon and his horde lay siege to Trojan allies for nearly nine years, but it is Achilles, the Golden Warrior, who brutally ravages the Troad lands becoming the Sacker of Cities. His fierce onslaught prompts the gods to intervene on behalf of the Trojans and their allies. Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty and patroness of Troy, sends the Princess Briseis to calm the bloody fury of Achilles.

Hektor, the Golden Prince, leads the Trojan army against the western invaders, keeping Troy safe behind the Great Wall. As Defender of the Citadel, he grants sanctuary to thousands of refugees seeking safety from the death and destruction sweeping the land. Behind the solidarity of the royal family, tensions over the continued presence of Helen of Sparta threaten to topple the empire. When the fate of Troy appears most grim, a ray of hope is offered by a new prophesy. Despite his private losses, Hektor vows to remain the strength his people need.

Across the Aegean, the Greek kingdoms struggle with disturbing news from Troy. Queen Clytemnestra of Mycenae, reeling from Agamemnon’s ruthless betrayal, loses faith in the gods and plots her revenge. Queen Penelope of Ithaka, young and uncertain, prays to Athena for her husband’s swift return. And Tyndareus, the former king of Sparta, works to usurp Menelaus’ throne.

Trojans and Greeks face heartbreak as the war, sparked by the vanity and greed of men, continues with no end in sight.

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You can also get book 1 for free here
About the author:
Janell always had her nose in a book, reading by flashlight when it was "lights out" time. Her love of reading turned to a curiosity about writing. She now writes in all the spare moments she can squeeze out of a day. She also writes fiction and fantasy with some romantic spice for good measure. Janell adores Mythology and Fantasy. Anything magical and mystical. And dragons. And gargoyles. Her guiding motto: "I tell stories, not genres." 
She currently lives in CA.

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10 comments:

Kim hansen said...

Sounds like a good read.

Stephanie LaPlante said...

Oh my goodness. I need to read this book.

KATE SARSFIELD said...

Ah, Helen, 'the face that launched a thousand ships'. In other words, blaming the woman's beauty for the war, rather than the greed and lust for power of men.

Janell Rhiannon said...

If you like Greek mythology, you'll like this. It's so much more than the Trojan War. You can get the first one on my webpage, or from Amazon or BN. If you decide to get it, I'd love to chat about it! I love these characters :)

Janell Rhiannon said...

Agreed! There is so much more than the beauty of Helen and lust...I think I've developed a Helen with a unique POV. She's as tormented as Paris...and greed and lust are powerful motivators for certain. You Rock Kate :)

Janell Rhiannon said...

I hope you do, then we can talk all about it!! I love these characters Stephanie :)

CJ said...

I read and reviewed Song of Princes late last year and I absolutely loved it! It was well-written and very engaging. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in this genre and even to those who've never read mythology before. I haven't started to read Rise of Princes yet but I plan to once I finish what I am currently reading. I am really looking forward to it, it looks so awesome! :)

Janell Rhiannon said...

CJ!!! Hi!!! I can hardly wait for you to get back to the Trojan world ;) I think there are some surprises in store for you <3

The Book Blitzer said...

This cover alone hooked me!! Can't wait to read this!!

Thomas Murphy said...

sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway