Thursday, July 25, 2013

First Chapter Review: The Book of Helen by Sherry Antonetti

The first chapter of this historical fiction fantasy novel was submitted to me for review by the author.

BLURB: “Everyone thinks they know what happened in the Trojan war and afterwards, but no one ever bothered to ask me.” –Helen of Troy

Helen of Troy starts over at 65, trying to reestablish herself and hopefully, leave behind a legacy that doesn't simply focus on how she became the most famous woman in the world.

COVER: Nicely done. The ancient feel, the font, and the color scheme blend together well.

FIRST CHAPTER: It is the night of King Menelaus' funeral when his widow, Helen of Troy, learns her stepsons, Megapenthes and Xenodamos are seeking to take over her throne. A late night meeting of the council has been called. Will they vote that the Spartans show strength against the Dorians as Megapenthes and Xenodamos suggest or will they agree to Helen's plan to take time to devise a strategy? Helen's future hangs in the balance.

KEEP READING: Definitely. Though I know very little of this time period and Helen of Troy, author Sherry Antonetti has created in this first chapter a great hook filled with intrigue, deceit, and the unknown. Helen not only is coping with the loss of her husband, but she also learns her stepsons will stop at nothing to take over her throne. Will she be betrayed by the countrymen she has served for so long?

The Book of Helen totally captivated me. I'm eager to see how this one turns out.


I received the first chapter of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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