Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fall Reading 2013 Hippolyta and the Curse of the Amazons

This is an historical fantasy story about the childhood of the Amazon queen, Hippolyta. Although she is only 13, she is already a trained warrior as well as a princess. At her mother's request she travels to Troy to deliver her brother to his father, King Laomedon. That journey results in being staked out as a sacrifice to an angry sea monster, battling enemy soldiers, meeting gods in disguise, and trying to lift a curse on the Amazons. Hippolyta is brave, loyal, and a good fighter, but she must learn some lessons about controlling her temper and knowing when it is right to fight.

Readers who enjoy the mythology incorporated into stories like Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, or Goddess Girls would probably enjoy this series. There are books about Odysseus, Jason, and Atalanta by the same authors - Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris. We already have Odysseus and the Serpent Maze in the library. Ms. Yolen discusses the series on her website.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley, but the book was released on July 2, 2013.

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