House of Odysseus - The Songs of Penelope (Paperback)
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House of Odysseus - The Songs of Penelope (Paperback)

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Published: 28/03/2024
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North's evocative Songs of Penelope series continues as the wife of the absent Odysseus attempts to prevent war between Ithaca and Mycenae, aided only by Elektra and Helen of Troy.

From the author of the critically acclaimed Ithaca - A Sunday Times Historical Fiction Book of the Year - comes an exquisite and gripping new tale that breathes life into ancient myth. This is the story of Penelope of Ithaca, famed wife of Odysseus, as it has never been told before.

On the isle of Ithaca, Queen Penelope maintains a delicate balance of power. Many years ago, her husband, Odysseus, sailed to war with Troy and never came home. In his absence, Penelope uses all her cunning to keep the peace - but this is shattered by the arrival of Orestes, king of Mycenae, and his sister Elektra.

Orestes's hands are stained with his mother's blood. Not so long ago, the son of Agamemnon took Queen Clytemnestra's life on Ithaca's sands. Now, racked with guilt, he is slowly losing his mind.

Penelope knows destruction will follow in his wake as surely as the Furies circle him. His uncle, Menelaus, the battle-hungry king of Sparta, longs for Orestes's throne - and if he can seize it, no one will be safe from his violent whims.

Trapped between two mad kings, Penelope fights to keep war from Ithaca's shores. Her only allies are Elektra and Helen of Troy, Menelaus's enigmatic wife. And watching over them all is the goddess Aphrodite, who has plans of her own.

Each woman has a secret. And their secrets will shape the world.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780356516103
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 122 x 196 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Claire North brings a powerful, fresh and unflinching voice to ancient myth - darkly fascinating, raw and breathtaking' - Jennifer Saint, author of SUNDAY TIMES bestseller ARIADNE

Like Penelope at her loom North both weaves and unweaves, teasing out the threads of Homeric myth to recombine them into something unique, wonderful and urgently contemporary - M. R. Carey, author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

North's talent shines out - SUNDAY TIMES

North goes from strength to strength - GUARDIAN

An original and even dazzling writer - KIRKUS

In House of Odysseus, Claire North has done it again. A superb sequel to the brilliant Ithaca, this is another clever, vivid reimagining of myth told in her indomitable style - with wit, attention to detail and exquisite characterisation. The narrative voice of Aphrodite is absolute perfection, lending humour and tender insight to a high-stakes, thrilling game of political cat-and-mouse between Penelope and Menelaus as they battle for the fate of the island. Ancient myth becomes real and urgent, the world of the divine and the mortal expertly balanced throughout the unfolding twists and turns that will leave the reader eagerly anticipating the final instalment of the trilogy! - Jennifer Saint, author of SUNDAY TIMES bestselling ARIADNE

Claire North has the most original voice - every page is an absolute joy. She had me laughing out loud (Aphrodite is such a wicked, irreverent narrator) and I was also very moved by her version of the Elektra/Orestes myth. I loved Ithaca but House of Odysseus is even better - Penelope is proving to be an outstanding epic hero in her own right. The world building is sensational. I cannot wait for the final book in the series! - Elodie Harper, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of THE WOLF DEN

North's novels are triumphs of conception and execution . . . Her prose here is elegant, poetic, and gorgeously descriptive . . . This is a stunning novel - BOOKLIST

There is something fateful about The Songs of Penelope trilogy: that this voice would come to this story, a pairing so perfect it was worth waiting a few thousand years for. North's writing is evocative, vibrant and delightfully witty - capable of rending your heart in two or clutching at your sides with only a few words from a scathing and surprisingly ardent godly-narrator. - Bea Fitzgerald, author of GIRL, GODDESS, QUEEN

Richly poetic . . . This is an impassioned plea for the lost, disenfranchised queens of ancient Greece, a love letter to the silenced women of history - BOOKLIST on ITHACA

Conjures up a world in which women, abandoned by their men, must weave their own destinies - THE TIMES on ITHACA

Everything I've wanted in a retelling: a vibrant cast, full of suspense, told with a phenomenal narrative voice - this is an absolute masterpiece - Sarah Bonner, author of HER PERFECT TWIN on ITHACA

Claire North has set a new standard for Ancient Greek retellings. Absolutely sublime - Hannah Lynn, author of ATHENA'S CHILD on ITHACA

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“Dare I say that this is the finest mythology retelling in print? Yes. Yes I shall.”

While we are still only a third of the way through this trilogy, if the last book in the series is as strong as the first two then this looks set to be one of the finest mythology retellings in print!

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“A brilliant re-telling of Greek myth”

During Odysseus’ twenty year absence from the isle of Ithaca, his wife, Penelope, has been maintaining control of the isle, putting off the suitors who would take his place, and generally keeping things running as... More

“Even better than Ithaca...”

If anything, I prefer this next slice of the adventure to Ithaca – and that’s saying something. What I particularly liked is that this part of the story is told in semi-omniscient viewpoint by Aphrodite, goddess of... More

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