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Hand of Fire by Judith Starkston


Starkston marries history and mythology with her singular view of the Trojan War from the point of view of a slave conquering the love of Achilles.

What a wonderful way to end 2014 with Judith Starkston’s Hand of Fire. A read encompassing stellar writing, compelling characters, and exhaustive research captivating your attention from beginning to end.

Starkston scores high with character development. I was taken with Briseis instantly. Her countenance is calming, intelligent, her strength immeasurable. She is the calming balm to sooth Achilles fiery tempestuous demeanor. She is fascinating and I enjoyed her journey from healing priestess, her dreadful marriage to Mynes, and her callous capture by Greeks. Achilles, a man divided by battlefield and his tender soul. A gentle giant, a thinker, a man with a heavy heart full of emotion. I love the build up between these two, sensual and sexy with class. The chemistry radiates off the pages, the characters come alive, their passion held the entire narrative.

Starkston presents the Trojan War from an original and imaginative perspective, absolutely enchanting as a slave enveloped in grace captures the love and heart of an epic warrior hero in all of history.

Paperback, 301 pages
Published September 10th 2014 by Fireship Press, LLC (first published January 1st 2014)

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  1. I was really impressed with the research for this book as well. There are no written sources for the Bronze Age, so it is no small task!

  2. BookLady

     /  December 31, 2014

    What a fascinating book! An interesting combination of history and mythology. Thanks for sharing the great review.

  3. I love Greek mythology and stories of the downtrodden overcoming their circumstances.

  4. Excellent book Stephanie, no doubt you would thoroughly enjoy it. Happy New Year!


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