Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I’m Waiting on Wednesday for Beauty’s Daughter: The Story of Hermione and Helen of Troy by Carolyn Meyer (Harcourt Children’s):
The Spartan princess Hermione is the daughter of Helen, who is known as the most beautiful woman in the ancient world. When Helen runs off to Troy with the handsome young Prince Paris, Hermione’s father, King Menelaus, erupts in fury. He amasses a thousand ships and sails for Troy, determined to reclaim Helen. This is the beginning of the Trojan War.
For the next ten years, young Hermione lives outside the walls of Troy and is a witness to the battles that result in the death of heroes on both sides. Can she ever forgive her mother for creating such chaos? And will Hermione find her own love and her own place in the world?
Why I’m looking forward to this book:
I have always been interested in Helen of Troy, and even with all the books I’ve read, her daughter, Hermione, is mentioned very little. I am very curious about how Carolyn Meyer will portray her; thinking about it, she had to feel hurt and betrayed when she was left behind by her mother as she ran off with Paris. It’s also interesting that she’s going to be a part of the Trojan War, in that she’s there, right outside of Troy’s walls, throughout those ten long years. I can’t wait to read about the War, politics, and drama through her eyes. And this book gets bonus points for its beautiful cover!
Release Date: October 8, 2013
What are you waiting on this week? Please link me!