Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review & Giveaway: Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella (Book Tour)

Long before she ran away with Paris to Troy, Helen of Sparta was haunted by nightmares of a burning city under siege. These dreams foretold impending war—a war that only Helen has the power to avert. To do so, she must defy her family and betray her betrothed by fleeing the palace in the dead of night. In need of protection, she finds shelter and comfort in the arms of Theseus, son of Poseidon. With Theseus at her side, she believes she can escape her destiny. But at every turn, new dangers—violence, betrayal, extortion, threat of war—thwart Helen’s plans and bar her path. Still, she refuses to bend to the will of the gods.

A new take on an ancient myth, Helen of Sparta is the story of one woman determined to decide her own fate.

Publication Date: April 1, 2015
Lake Union Publishing
Formats: eBook, Paperback
ISBN-10: 1477821384
Genre: Historical Fiction
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I am fascinated with Troy and Helen and Paris, I don't read as much as I would like.  What drew me to this book was that it wasn't about the Trojan Wars but about Helen before Paris came into the picture. 

This book was written in a way that grabbed me right from the beginning, feeling the anxiety that Helen felt as a result of nightmares she experienced.  Knowing the ultimate fate of Helen I couldn't help rooting for her as she endeavors to escape her ultimate destiny - to launch a thousand ships because of her great beauty.  The author portrayed Helen as a real woman who cared about others, Sparta and deflecting a devastating war.  She was a woman with feelings and at the mercy of others, which is a nice change from how she is usually portrayed.

The descriptive writing was something I enjoyed, it wasn't hard to visualize the settings, what life was like in that time period.  Mixing Greek mythology with historical facts, ancient legends and fiction made this a very enjoyable read.  Definitely an author I will be on the lookout for more of  (a sequel maybe??). 

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Amalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors degree in Classical Studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she writes about old heroes and older gods. She lives with her husband in upstate New York and dreams of the day she will own goats (and maybe even a horse, too).

For more information, visit her blog at She also writes fantasy and paranormal romance as Amalia Dillin.

You can also connect with Amalia on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter here and here.

Helen of Sparta Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, April 1
Review at Unshelfish
Review at Let Them Read Books
Thursday, April 2
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Friday, April 3
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Saturday, April 4
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Monday, April 6
Review at Curling Up By the Fire
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Tuesday, April 7
Review at
Wednesday, April 8
Review at Historical Reads and Views
Thursday, April 9
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book!
Friday, April 10
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Monday, April 13
Interview at Book Babe
Spotlight at Historical Fiction Obsession
Tuesday, April 14
Review at Forever Ashley
Wednesday, April 15
Review at Just One More Chapter
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Thursday, April 16
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Friday, April 17
Review at Impressions in Ink
Saturday, April 18
Spotlight at Passages to the Past
Monday, April 20
Review at Book Lovers Paradise
Interview at The Maiden’s Court
Tuesday, April 21
Review at Broken Teepee
Wednesday, April 22
Helen of Sparta


  1. This book is on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. sooooo need to read this book!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

  3. Can't wait to read this book! Love a story about a strong woman!