Friday, May 27, 2011

Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliffe

I gave the book a rating of four out of five, because it was good. It’s really about the Trojan War and tells about why and how it started. It also tells why Athena hates Troy. Athena hates Troy because of Aphrodite and Prince Paris. Aphrodite bribed Prince Paris to say she was more beautiful than Athena. In return, Aphrodite gave him Helen of Sparta. The Greeks attacked Troy because the beautiful Helen of Sparta ran away with Prince Paris. King Menelaus of Sparta came home and didn’t see his wife, Helen. King Menelaus asked his brother King Agamemnon for help and all of the allies for Greece formed the biggest army the world has ever seen.

The action was good, but there was too much of it. I would have liked to have known more about what was happening in people’s lives during the war. I personally think it should have been told from Helen’s point of view. If you like legends then you may like this book. The book is a war book with lots of battles. If you don’t like Greek mythology/legends, then don’t read the book.