The Last Song of Penelope - The Songs of Penelope (Hardback)
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The Last Song of Penelope - The Songs of Penelope (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 20/06/2024
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Concluding North's magisterial trilogy, The Last Song of Penelope finds our heroine forced to draw upon every ounce of cunning and resilience when Odysseus returns to Ithaca.  

Following the critically acclaimed Ithaca and House of Odysseus comes the final novel in Claire North's Songs of Penelope trilogy - an exquisite, gripping 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.

Many years ago, Odysseus sailed to war and never returned. For twenty years his wife Penelope and the women of Ithaca have guarded the isle against suitors and rival kings. But peace cannot be kept forever, and the balance of power is about to break . . .

A beggar has arrived at the Palace. Salt-crusted and ocean-battered, he is scorned by the suitors - but Penelope recognises in him something terrible: her husband, Odysseus, returned at last. Yet this Odysseus is no hero. By returning to the island in disguise, he is not merely plotting his revenge against the suitors - vengeance that will spark a civil war - but he's testing the loyalty of his queen. Has she been faithful to him all these years? And how much blood is Odysseus willing to shed to be sure?

The song of Penelope is ending, and the song of Odysseus must ring through Ithaca's halls. But first, Penelope must use all her cunning to win a war for the fate of the island and keep her family alive, whatever the cost.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780356516110
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 1060 g
Dimensions: 228 x 148 x 34 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

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 on ITHACA

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

Penelope is proving to be an outstanding epic hero in her own right. The world building is sensational - Elodie Harper, author of THE WOLF DEN on THE HOUSE OF ODYSSEUS

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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“Incredible series”

Wow, this series is incredible. One of my favourite authors although my bias isn’t needed as North is known for her high quality of writing and intellectual humour and it shines through clearly here. The final part in... More

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“Sadly the end of the series”

Twenty years after leaving Ithaca to support the Greeks in the war against Troy, Odysseus has returned. He is disguised as a beggar and has vengeance on his mind as he sees the swarm of suitors surrounding his wife,... More

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“My favourite mythology retelling series to date!”

‘The Odyssey’ is so easy to mindlessly think of as “an entertaining heroic epic adventure”. It is only when you step back and re-examine the actions of certain so-called “heroes” from Greek mythology that you come to... More

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