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Daughter of Troy: A Magnificent Saga of Courage, Betrayal, Devotion, and Destiny

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  368 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
The rightful-born queen of Lyrnessos, Briseis watched helplessly from the battlements as her husband and brothers were crushed by the invincible army of King Agamemnon. Taken into slavery, the proud, beautiful seer became the prize of Prince Achilles, the conquering Greeks' mightiest hero. But passion forged chains stronger than any iron, binding the hearts of captive and ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published March 5th 2002 by HarperTorch (first published May 1st 1998)
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Feb 22, 2009 Rosanne rated it did not like it
This one's a funny story. I found it on the discards sale shelf in our public library: 50 cents for one, a buck for three. Since I teach Odyssey over and over, I figured it would be interesting: always in the market for novels dealing with the Matter of Troy, as they'd say in the Middle Ages. Well . . . VERRRRRY interesting. After reading something to the effect of "Achilles' member stood like the tallest tower of Ilium," I started laughing so much the librarians had to shush me. And the heroine ...more
May 01, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it
There's a little too much irrelevant sex in Daughter of Troy. However, it's a good story and I enjoyed it.

You might remember this book's heroine, Briseis, from the Iliad--Achilles's concubine, stolen away by King Agamemnon. But in Daughter of Troy, Briseis is much more than arm candy. She's an outspoken, brave, sardonic, intelligent princess, gifted with powers of prophecy. These powers break her heart, though, because knowing the future does not necessarily mean you can change it...

We read abou
Lucinda Elliot
Apr 05, 2016 Lucinda Elliot rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who like soft porn written by a man pretending to be a woman writer
Recommended to Lucinda by: A friend bought me a copy; what could I do?!
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Kristi Thompson
There seemed something a little off in this book. The tone, language, whatever. Let's start with the title. Briseis was daughter of Lyrnessos, not Troy. And using "Megaron" to mean palace - it's an archaeological term, and means something like "big room". There were other things that seemed odd, historically unjustified, giving the name of a goddess to a slave girl, for example. I guess she needed something greek-sounding.

I did enjoy the first sections, Briseis growing up in Lyrnessos, her broth
Nov 13, 2014 Juliew. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 actually. This is told from the perspective of Briseis in a flashback manner.We first encounter her as an old woman retelling her life story and her involvement in the fall of Troy.She begins the story on the wind swept plains of Troy,a war prize of the warrior, Achilles.She then takes us back to her childhood and recounts her life in Lyrnessos,where she first becomes aware of her ability to to see into the future.

War soon invades and as the flames burn higher she finds escaping the explosio
Jen Eisenberg
Sep 24, 2012 Jen Eisenberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical smut of the first water. Memorable characters, effective period detail. Deeply enjoyable.
Mar 11, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
Daughter of Troy is not exactly a love story, or at least, not as we'd categorize it in modern times. It's more of a well-researched historical fiction that centers around a princess, and involves love (at its pinnacle in her time).

Despite the fact that this story is a fictional retelling of the Trojan War, and takes place during the Bronze Age, I felt like each character was understandable (and many were relatable). It's the mark of a good author when you can recognize personalities, but not f
Feb 06, 2008 GeekChick rated it really liked it
This just might be the ultimate blend of chick-lit and fictionalized history! It's set during the Trojan War, and though it does deal directly with some of the events portrayed in The Iliad, the story is more about the life of a girl growing up in that world. I can't remember all the details now (I read it a long time ago!), but she starts as a princess and ends up as Achilles' woman.

This is a great book, especially for those looking for something with chick-lit ease but a little more brains. J
Feb 05, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: pwn3d
A tale of a young princesses struggle to womanhood. The story of Briseis and Achilles was truly heart pounding and raw. The sultry scenes of lovemaking throughout the novel were extremely well written however, were almost too revealing and overdone. However much I did enjoy the novel it could have been less provocative and more modest. I found myself lost in an ancient battle for Troy wanting more right up until the very end. Although there are no sequels here this story has sparked my interest ...more
It was one of the worst books I ever read. Truly.
I am obsessed with history, I really like the ancient world, but this book - it was beyond all my expectations.
Ok, you know the story the fall of Troy, there is no place for the author's fantasy and imaginations, but the characters...they were plain, simple, and couldn't catch my eye - Briseis was the greatest selfish bitch, I ever read!
I couldn't read this book till the end, I put it down after 78 pages.
It is better I don't give any star for that
May 08, 2011 Aly rated it really liked it
This book I read as a 14-year-old. It captivated me, made me cry, and now as a 21-year-old it is still my favorite book to read. It never gets old, and more as a woman it pushes you to hold your head high no matter what you may be going through. It made me think I can be just as strong as the protagonist. Epic is really the only word I would choose to describe this book. WELL DONE Sarah B. Franklin.
Aug 27, 2007 Maria rated it really liked it
Ok maybe a bit on the romantic side but yum yum yum. There is quite a bit of sex in the book but it doesn't seem to dwell in the details too much. They really like their ritual bathing. Story is told by Briseis who is one of my favorite characters out of the Trojan war bunch. I really enjoyed it.
Aug 31, 2012 Bekka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was my first erotic novel... nothing can fill that place in a woman's heart. The novel is everything a young girl desires from erotica; enticing sex scenes, exquisite historical interlude and a damsel in distress. Historical fiction with some very amped up sexual encounters!
Elizabeth  Lopez
Oct 26, 2010 Elizabeth Lopez rated it it was amazing
This book was a great read. I really love to watch movies that take place in med-evil times. This books was an insight on how a daughter needs to act and change for her kingdom. I don't think I would have the strength to let my kingdom go.
Jan 21, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
fell in love with this wonderful tale and the characters within it! Many complained it was too sexual but I felt it made the book realistic for the time period in which it took place. A perfect mix of romance, mystery, suspense, and sadness!
Jaz Fajardo
Jul 05, 2013 Jaz Fajardo rated it really liked it
I found this on Booksale and i believe it was worth more than the amount i paid for. It was written vividly including the backdrop, the characters well portrayed, the feelings subtly real and... i'm always a sucker for some steamy sex ;)
Gabrielle Amorim
Aug 10, 2016 Gabrielle Amorim rated it it was amazing
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Oct 17, 2009 I_heart_snape rated it really liked it
There was so much sex in this book, but despite all that, I liked it. The ending was very dissapointing, but the book taught me things I didn't know about a world I'm very fascinated with and was worth the read.
Laura Lee
Oct 27, 2015 Laura Lee rated it it was amazing
There's a lot about this novel that's borderline ridiculous (some of the characters' behaviors and the love scenes come immediately to mind), but I just couldn't help but love it anyway.
Dec 26, 2015 Vallentina rated it did not like it
I am almost embarrassed to admit I finished this book. Homer is surely rolling in his grave over this one.. (I've got to start looking things up before reading them.) The one star is based solely on my love for Ancient Greece and the fact that the author can write coherently in sometimes thoughtful prose. Even skipping all of the rediculous bed scenes didn't help me (though it did get me to the end a hell of a lot quicker).
Sadly this was the only thing I brought on an 8 hour road trip.
Jun 09, 2008 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
Hey, guess what? this was actually written by Dave Duncan. I love ancient Greece, and I thought this book was really interesting. But it ruined the Odyssey for me.
Jan 03, 2012 Tara rated it it was amazing
Loved it. I couldn't put it down, to the detriment of everything else I needed to do, like work sleep, etc. Reader be warned.
Tiffani Pike
Nov 29, 2012 Tiffani Pike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book, I find reading of the Greeks and the Trojans fantanstic. Achilles is very intriguing ;)
Amalia Dillin
I read this a while back (2008? 2009?) and found the framing to be a little unexpected -- the book is broken down by the men Briseis took as lovers, the way some books would be broken down by location or time period. That said, I still found it an interesting read, as a Greek Myth junkie. As I recall, I didn't even hate Achilles, which is something of a feat because that guy just ticks me off ninety-percent of the time.
May 04, 2016 Rachel marked it as dnf
Shelves: m-f

Just didn't engage me. I think I wanted more of a romance novel and less of a character study - which is weird since usually I prefer the opposite.
Mar 07, 2008 Stephini rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who like historical fiction or have temperament towards feminism
Shelves: mythology
decent. Little detailed in raunch category--albeit I understand the purpose it serves (women's sex could be powerful, even as concubine) but I guess in general, I have a preference for my action to entail less sex and more violence. I did enjoy the fact that it was basically the Illiad from a woman's perspective. Kind of corny, like when that one pop rock band remade the Don Henley song.. I cringed, but down the line a couple times, caught myself listening to it. That's how I felt about this boo ...more
Enjoyed this book.
Jocelyn Montalvo Cullum
Jun 18, 2016 Jocelyn Montalvo Cullum marked it as to-read
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Sep 20, 2016 Megan rated it liked it
Good on a lot of the historical details, obviously used evidence from literature and art to create the world. I disagreed with almost all of her characterizations, though, particularly of the various Trojans, and I got annoyed with her hero-worship of Achilles pretty quickly. Glad I read it, but I'm unlikely to read it again.
Ok once you get past the silly descriptions of Achilles penis this was a rather enjoyable tale about Briseis. A bit slow in parts and the descriptions of the sex scenes will make you laugh hysterically because of how ridiculous they sound but once you look beyond all that it was rather interesting.
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