Today’s team review is from Shelley, she blogs at http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/
Shelley has been reading Song Of Princes: Volume 1 (Homeric Chronicles) by Janell Rhiannon
Author: Janell Rhiannon
Category: Greek Myth and Legend
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I read Song of Princes: Volume 1 (Homeric Chronicles) as a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.
I do love reading about Greek mythology, although it’s normally in a non-fiction format or as a modernised young adult fictional twist. So when I read the blurb for Song of Princes, I couldn’t resist. I also love the cover design.
Greek Gods, Kings, and Queens, Nymphs and Heroes – Song of Princes has it all. I struggled with the pronunciation of some of the names (which is fairly normal for me), so I ended up giving them nicknames – this made for a much speedier read! The tongue tripping aside, I enjoyed this unique take on a well-established legend.
The story starts with the birth of Paris and Achilles, building a picture of their lives through infancy, to manhood. Told from a variety of viewpoints the author steers the story towards the start of the Trojan War. I’m not sure on the historical accuracy, but the author does tell a compelling story, bringing to life mythical characters such as Zeus, Paris, Achilles, and Aphrodite.
The start of this book showed great promise, but the pace lessens as you get further in. The ending fell a bit flat for me which is why I awarded 3.5 stars instead of 4.