Book: “Daughter of Sparta” by Claire M. Andrews
Genre: Fantasy/Greek Mythology
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Blogger’s Note: Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy of this book!
This book completely captivated me from beginning to end and I loved every second of it. The story follows the tale of Daphne, an outsider of Sparta who just wants to fit in. However, Daphne is destined for more than just fitting in as she is thrown into an epic quest to save her brother and all of Greece!
This mythical retelling is full of adventure and puts a feminist twist on traditional Greek mythology. I loved reading this one and coming across familiar characters like: Apollo, Zeus and Prometheus. The novel brings these famous characters into the story and gives readers a deeper look into what these gods and mythical people could have been like.
I loved that the romance in this one was a slow burn style relationship. That approach to the feelings between Apollo and Daphne felt authentic rather than forced. It was a great addition to the storyline, but not the entire plot. That cemented the feminist theme of the book and I loved that it just felt right for all of the characters involved. I think the easier play would have been for the author to write a more cliche style romance, so in reading this novel… I rejoiced that the focus was on our strong female heroine rather than her affection for the male lead character. From the beginning of this one, Daphne is a character who readers will cheer for and is a strong character that will continue to hold your esteem long after you’ve finished the book.
Also, the vivid and flowing prose make this debut novel enjoyable and easy to read. The imagery in this one is stellar and the author brings readers right into the pages with skill far beyond that of a debut author! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and see where Daphne is headed next!
Recommendation: I’d recommend this one for anyone interested in Fantasy or Greek mythology!