Sunday, 31 January 2016

Blogtour / Review: For The Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser



Three thousand years ago a war took place that gave birth to legends - to Achilles, the greatest of the Greeks, and Hector, prince of Troy. It was a war that made - and destroyed - both men, a war that shook the very foundations of the world. But what if there was more to this epic conflict? What if there was another, hidden tale of the Trojan War that had yet to be told?

Now is that time - time for the women of Troy to tell their story

This is the first time I am doing a review for a blog tour and I was so so worried, what if I didn't like the book? But I didn't need to worry, I could not put this book down. I have finished it in two days which is pretty good for me.

The book is a reimagining of the Trojan war, but from the point of view of the women during that time. Instead of concentrating on the battle itself, the worriers or even the gods it is all about two women. Two different women, both strong in their own way, both playing a very important role in the Trojan war. Two women who, because of their seemingly small acts, become the unknown heroes.

Krisayis is the daughter of a priest, destined to become a priestess herself. She however would much rather be someone else. She lives at the kings court, friends with the princess Cassandra and in love with the youngest prince Troilus.

Briseis is a princess herself, while she has been at the right age to be married for some time a prophecy scares most men away. Her last hope is Mynes who appears not to be scared of the prophecy and they are married. Briseis cant quite believe her luck and she soon finds herself in love with Mynes.

But just as their life's seem to be perfect everything is about to change... Prince Paris brings home a new wife, the most beautiful women in the world. However he has stolen her from her husband. Who sends 1000 ships to revenge Troy. An awful war starts and in the middle of it all are Krisays and Briseis.

Captured by the Greek soldiers, loosing everything they love, both women decide to do more then just live with the fate they have been dealt.

I can't tell you enough how much I liked this book. I don't know much about the Trojan war so I don't really know how much of this has been changed and how much is still the same. But that doesn't really matter, what matters is that this book has been interesting from the very first page. Not only that but I always fear, that with historical fiction, there will be things I will not understand, but I needn't worry it was all very easy to follow weather you studied the Trojan war before or not.

Most fascinating are the two main characters, so different and yet both so strong and likable. But we cant forget the gods, who have been meddling in the war all along. I did really enjoy reading about how they had their hands in all of it. But I am glad it wasn't the main plot, I rather enjoyed the women playing the biggest part. Believing that women have been overlooked in the telling of the Trojan war, before now.

This has been a total emotional rollercoaster for me. It broke my heart, it made me laugh, cry and it made me happy. I was genuinely upset that this book has ended. It left me wanting to know more about the Trojan war and this era in general.

Absolutely beautiful, stunning and unforgettable! This book had me sitting on the edge of my seat many time, every chapter was fully packed and important to its story.

If you have read any of my reviews before, you will also know that I am a big fan of beautiful covers and this one is my favourite so far this year. Absolutely gorgeous.

Thank you to Patsy Irwin for my gorgeous copy and thank you to Lily Capewell for allowing me to be part of this amazing blog tour.

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