Mythological Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by the awesome Bonnie at A Backwards Story. The purpose of MM is to highlight and bring attention to all things myth related.
For MM this week I decided to highlight an older series that recreates the story of Helen of Troy. In Esther Friesner's version of the story (Nobody's Princess and Nobody's Prize), you get an insight into the young Helen (pre-Paris years) and the culture of ancient Greece. I think it's worth noting that Tamora Pierce gives the series 5 stars on Goodreads and Jessica Day George gave it 4.
She is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess, but something in Helen of Sparta just itches for more out of life. Not one to count on the gods—or her looks—to take care of her, Helen sets out to get what she wants with steely determination and a sassy attitude. That same attitude makes Helen a few enemies—such as the self-proclaimed "son of Zeus" Theseus—but it also intrigues, charms, and amuses those who become her friends, from the famed huntress Atalanta to the young priestess who is the Oracle of Delphi.
Her older brothers think that the quest for the Golden Fleece is man's work, but not Helen of Sparta. In this sequel to Nobody's Princess, this pretty adventurer disguises herself as a boy and, accompanied by her faithful friend Milo, sets off on the Argo. Keeping her real identity secret on a long sea voyage is no simple matter, but that is only one complication that the future queen of Sparta must confront