Thursday, June 6, 2019

Review: Song of Sacrifice by Janell Rhiannon

Title: Song of Sacrifice
Author: Janell Rhiannon

Series: Homeric Chronicles #1
Publication: December 26th 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology, Retelling
Purchase it on: Amazon
Rating: 4.5/5

The heart of the Trojan War belongs to the women.
Mothers and daughters; wives and war prizes, whisper to us across time...
...remember our songs alongside the mighty men of myth.
As the Age of Heroes wanes, the gods gamble more fiercely with mortals’ lives than they ever have before. Women must rely on their inner strength and cunning to survive the wars men wage for gold and glory.

Clytemnestra of Mycenae struggles for control of her life after Agamemnon ruthlessly rips it apart. Leda of Sparta survives a brutal assault by Zeus, shouldering a terrible secret in silence. Penelope raises Ithaka’s sole heir alone, praying for Odysseus’ swift return. Thetis, the sea nymph, despairs of her son’s destiny and resorts to forbidden magic to save him. Hecuba of Troy mourns the loss of her second son to a dark prophesy. And Shavash of Pedasus prepares her daughter to marry the greatest warrior who ever lived.

In a world where love leads to war and duty leads to destruction, the iron hearts of heroines will conquer all.

Sing, Muse, sing their song of sacrifice...

I actually already read this book two years ago when it was still called Song of Princes but since it got relaunched as Song of Sacrifice with a new title, cover and more chapters added I decided to read and review it again. I'm so glad that the author, Janell Rhiannon, did this because I loved it even more than the first time around. Just look at that cover alone. It's so gorgeous. And once again I really enjoyed reading about these characters and the story in general.

A lot can change in two years and I feel like now I'm even more into mythology retellings than I was before and I feel like I appreciate them more. By now I've also read my fair share of these kind of books. With that said I just want to say that Song of Sacrifice is definitely one of the better and more detailed mythology retellings is that I've ever read. And I think you should all read is as well.

One of my favorite things about this book was the beautiful writing. I absolutely loved it. I've always been a sucker for beautiful writing but in Song of Sacrifice is really stands out. So if you, just like me, love this in a book then I'd highly recommend you to pick this one up! 

Another thing what makes this an excellent read is the fact that the story of the Trojan War is one of the most epic myths to ever be told. I can imagine it's hard for any author to write and retell this legendary story but Janell Rhiannon more than pulls it off. Song of Sacrifice will always be one of my favorite books and I can't wait to buy and read the next one. Hopefully soon!

I also want to do a little shoutout to Janell's postcast Greek Mythology Retold because I highly enjoy listening to it. It's one of my favorties!

About the author:
In graduate school, Janell focused on the ancient history of Greece and Rome. Hooked by the “sword and sandal” world, she studied everything she could about mythology and Alexander the Great.

The Homeric Chronicles series is dedicated to merging dozens of Greek myths, including Homer’s epics, with plays, history, and archaeology. Her intent is to raise the heroines’ voices equally alongside the heroes, opening up a traditionally male focused genre to a female audience.
She lives in CA and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. She has a pack of two big dogs and two cats.

Interested in knowing more about the Greek heroes and heroines of Greek myth? Listen to my podcast Greek Mythology Retold.
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  1. I love this cover, and I'm really into retellings this year, so I will have to keep an eye out for this one!

  2. The cover is so pretty ^_^ Me too! Especially myth retellings. I've already read 3 this year which is way more than in 2018.

  3. It sounds like a rerelease was just what this book needed and that with all the extra tibits and chapters in it it only got better! Thanks so much for the ebook of this one and cannot wait to read it too x


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