Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Book of Helen by Sherry G. Antonetti.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.
As a fantasy lover, I’m also a huge fan of Homer’s Iliad. Though I haven’t read it in many years, I could see its influence in The Book of Helen. Not only did the author do a great job of fleshing out Helen as more than a legend or myth while displaying her point of view on the events surrounding her life, but she captured the style similar to Homer’s poetic writings.
Having Helen speak to us through the other characters reminded me of the works of Plato about Atlantis sinking. While it’s not a style that’s popular today, I had no problem in allowing myself to act like I was watching a performance on stage.
We all have heard the story of the Trojan War and the fall of Troy, but how often do we think about it on a deeper scale than what we’re told in Homer’s works? Reading about the events from Helen’s point of view not only adds more flavor for me, but also helped me find an excuse to move the Iliad toward the top of my TBR pile.
This is definitely something I’ll enjoy reading again and look forward to what the author has in store for us in the future.