I was a big fan of the Helen of Sparta series and really liked the character Pirithous, so I’m glad that he got his own book. This book did not disappoint it was just as good as the Helen series and may even be better. The characters were great and I enjoyed reading their lives and adventures. The epilogue had me in tears, I was sad for Pirithous as I came to care about him and his family. I became so entralled in the story that I forgot that this was before the Helen of Sparta series and was on the edge of my seat to see what happens to Pirithous. Overall a really great job and I enjoyed reading this, I can’t wait to see what’s next from the author.
5 out of 5 stars
More than two decades before the events of Helen of Sparta…
Abandoned as a baby, Hippodamia would have died of exposure on the mountain had it not been for Centaurus. The king of the centaurs saved her, raised her as his own, and in exchange asks for only one thing: she must marry the future king of the Lapiths, Pirithous, son of Zeus, and forge a lasting peace between their peoples by giving him an heir. It would be a fine match if Pirithous weren’t more pirate than king and insufferably conceited, besides. But Hippodamia can hardly refuse to marry him without betraying every hope her people have for peace.
After the death of Dia, queen of the Lapiths, tensions are running high. The oaths and promises protecting the Lapith people from the Myrmidons have lapsed, and the last thing Pirithous needs is to begin his kingship by making new enemies. But not everyone wants peace on the mountain. There are those among the centaurs who feel it comes at too high a price, and Peleus, King of the Myrmidons, lusts for the lush valley of the Lapiths and the horses that graze within it. Pirithous needs a strong queen at his side, and Hippodamia will certainly be that—if he can win her loyalties.
But no matter their differences, neither Hippodamia nor Pirithous expected their wedding banquet to be the first battle in a war.
This book comes out October 3rd 2016