I am usually NOT a big fan of retellings of the Trojan War, or much of any Greek myth stuff–odd, considering how much I absolutely love fairy tale retellings. You’d think I would enjoy them more, having studied quite a bit of ancient history, and having read more than my fair share of Greek tragedies, and having been the only non-Classics major or non-pre-seminary student in my Attic Greek class in college. (Seriously. I took it for fun. It was a nice change of pace from useful languages.) About the only person I trust to write engagingly about the ancient world is Gillian Bradshaw, and notably, she does NOT do retellings of the Trojan War.
Anyway, wherever my weird bias comes from, I could not tell you why I picked up Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed.
I mean, sometimes I do like to read stuff that makes me mad, but I swear, that wasn’t my motivation here. I thought it sounded good.
And it is.
So, that’s my recommendation of… whatever random time period it will be until I reco something again.
While you’re waiting for that future date, go ahead and watch the Horrible Histories version of the Trojan War. I find this endlessly hilarious. It’s a retelling I can totally get behind.