Book Review

Song of Sacrifice – Janell Rhiannon

Book Title: Song of Sacrifice

Series: Homeric Chronicles #1

Author: Janell Rhiannon

Goodreads Link: Click here

Release Date: 12/26/18

Star Rating:  – Not what I expected.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an un-biased review.

This book was a DNF. It was not the book I was expecting. Here is a part of the description:

The heart of the Trojan War belongs to the women.
Mothers and daughters; wives and war prizes, whisper to us across time…
…remember our songs alongside the mighty men of myth.

As the Age of Heroes wanes, the gods gamble more fiercely with mortals’ lives than they ever have before. Women must rely on their inner strength and cunning to survive the wars men wage for gold and glory.

After reading that description what I expected was a re-telling of the original Homeric myths but with a female-centric spin. Kind of like the recent books by Madeline Miller. Grecian feminism. (ha) That is not what this book is.

There are a number of women in the book, but disappointingly they are shoehorned into the classic tropes … mother, whore, crone. There is precious little attention paid to their own motivations or personalities except as to where they intersect with the men in their lives. Oh they get plenty pissed or sad with their men, but that’s not enough to make this feminist. They need to have lives, thoughts, feelings separate from men. The women in this book do not voice those things.

They are also, in my opinion, overly sexualized. I’m all for a girl getting her groove on and owning her sexuality but in this book, unless you’re a crone figure, that’s pretty much all you do is get it on. It’s not what I came here for. That’s a different book than what I feel like I was sold on. I would have just not requested that book. Instead, I got this book, and it was not for me. All that being said, I’m definitely not looking into the next part of the series.

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