by Costanza Casati
A page-turning, intense tale of Clytemnestra, the sister of Helen of Troy, a woman with courage, a fierce leader, and a loving mother. The story shows life in barbaric ancient times and brings this period and the characters to life. Clytemnestra by Costanza Casati #historicalfiction, #ancientfiction, #womensfiction, #reading, #bookstoread, #greekmythology, #casati, #bookclub, #reading, #books

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(by- Linda )

I love reading about Greek mythology - loved "Circe", "A Thousand Ships", and "The Song of Achilles". So I was excited to read Clytemnestra and am thrilled to say it didn't disappoint; it is everything I was hoping for.

Clytemnestra is fascinating to learn and read about. She is complicated, at times scheming, but intensely revengeful. Yet, she is also a mother who loves her children deeply and a protective sister. As Queen and in her husband's absence, she ruled ruthlessly but fairly, at least by "Ancient Greek" standards. Living in a time when females were almost powerless, she fought for respect and used hers wisely; she was courageous but also unforgiving when wronged.

The characters in this story are complex and well-developed. Although not all are likable, all will churn up your emotions. I also have to say you do not need to be familiar with Greek mythology to enjoy this book. Still, even if you are and know the outcome, this book will keep you turning the pages and perfectly engaged.

Many thanks to NetGalley for providing a complimentary copy of the book; this is my honest opinion.

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