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Book Review: Hand of Fire

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 8:25 AM

 

Hand of Fire by Judith Starkston is an impressive work of historical fiction and I didn’t want it to end. It is written elegantly, and the pacing is just right— the reader is immersed in this mythical world through Starkston’s detail, but the plot keeps moving.

 

 

Hand of Fire is the story of Briesis, a healing priestess from the late Bronze Age mentioned in only a handful of lines in Homer’s the Iliad. There is an intriguing mystery surrounding this woman. According to the legend, she was held captive by Achilles and the Greek Army during the Trojan War. Achilles killed her brothers in the sacking of her village, they apparently fell in love, and she triggered a rift between him and king Agamemnon. This story is told from her perspective.

 

The author’s research makes this book shine. She paints a vivid picture of the late Bronze Age, with regard to the daily lives of servants and kings, as well as the magnificence surrounding the half-god Achilles (and other gods, like his mother Thetis) and the terror of ancient battle

 

The novel is unputdownable and I highly recommend it.

 

(I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

 

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