Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood

Posted May 5, 2021 by Stephanie in can't-wait wednesday / 17 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and talk about the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read.


Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood
Expected publication: July 22nd 2021 by Hodder & Stoughton

For millennia, men have told the tale of the woman whose face launched a thousand ships – but now it’s time to hear her side of the story . . .

As princesses of Sparta, Helen and Klytemnestra have known nothing but luxury and plenty. With their high birth and unrivalled beauty, they are the envy of all of Greece.

Such privilege comes at a high price, though, and their destinies are not theirs to command. While still only girls they are separated and married off to foreign kings, never to meet again. Their duty is now to give birth to the heirs society demands and be the meek, submissive queens their men expect.

But when the weight of their husbands’ neglect, cruelty and ambition becomes too heavy to bear, they must push against the constraints of their sex to carve new lives for themselves – and in doing so make waves that will ripple throughout the next three thousand years.

Perfect for readers of Circe and Ariadne, Daughters of Sparta is a vivid and illuminating retelling of the Siege of Troy that tells the story of mythology’s most vilified women from their own mouths at long last.

Unsurprisingly I’m coming with another Greek myth reimagining for this week. There are so many releasing this year and I’m SO here for it all! I’m especially excited for this one because it’ll feature Helen and Klytemnestra of Sparta. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

If anyone knows any more myth retellings coming out this year feel free to tell me 😀

17 responses to “Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood

  1. I do like these reimaginings, especially when the come from the women’s perspective. I will keep my eye out for this one. It sounds really good. I hope you enjoy it when you read it!

  2. I’ve been back on a greek mythology kick recently and the legend of Helen was always one of my favorites. Might add this one to my list

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