Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner

She is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess, but something in Helen of Sparta just itches for more out of life. Not one to count on the gods—or her looks—to take care of her, Helen sets out to get what she wants with steely determination and a sassy attitude. That same attitude makes Helen a few enemies—such as the self-proclaimed "son of Zeus" Theseus—but it also intrigues, charms, and amuses those who become her friends, from the famed huntress Atalanta to the young priestess who is the Oracle of Delphi.

In Nobody's Princess, author Esther Friesner deftly weaves together history and myth as she takes a new look at the girl who will become Helen of Troy. The resulting story offers up adventure, humor, and a fresh and engaging heroine you cannot help but root for.

I really enjoyed this book, as it incorporated one of the things I love most, Greek Mythology. After Percy Jackson and the Olympians, all books seemed to be about Greek Mythology, i.e. The Cronus Chronicles, Oh.My.Gods, and Oracles of Delphi Keep, just to name a few. But it seemed that nothing could really compare to the richness in detail and the mythology, and history incorporated into a fictional story.

Until Now.

Yes, Nobody's Princess is not a story about modern mythology, but like Percy Jackson it had good fun, and a fast and exciting plot. It's interesting how Esther Friesner looks before Helen of Troy, before this Queen became a legend. Going back to her childhood, when she was Helen of Sparta, and how she wanted a place in the world, with not her looks, but her strength and skill. 

This book was fantastic, with a whole lotta butt-kicking action, and a strong heroine. I'm definitely going to get my hands on the next book, as soon as I can find a copy as Helen's adventures continue on the search for the Golden Fleece. 

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