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3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  3,646 Ratings  ·  268 Reviews
The siege of Troy has lasted almost ten years. Inside the walled city, food is scarce and death is common. From the heights of Mount Olympus, the Gods keep watch. But Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, is bored with the endless, dreary war. Aided by Eros's bow, the goddess sends two sisters down a bloody path to an awful truth: In the fury of war, love strikes the deadliest blows
Paperback, 358 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Harcourt (first published March 17th 2000)
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Sep 16, 2011 Maninee rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
It's a sad time in the city of Troy. The war has been going on for 10 years and it has spread it's roots into each and every household, spreading misery and death and sorrow. Soldiers go out to war every morning, leaving behind widows and orphans; women spend the day in terror, wondering whether their husbands, sons and brothers will come back or not. Food is scarce, thanks to the siege and money is spent endlessly on the war, on the weapons and food for the horses. Anything that is moving is co ...more
Jun 10, 2011 Jackie rated it did not like it
The worst re-telling of all time. Nothing original, except for a ridiculously juvenile love story of minor characters that was more filler than story. Exceptionally bad dialogue.
I assumed this was a debut novel because it was so bad. I was astonished, upon completion, to find that Geras has written many books. I would say 'Don't quit your day job' but apparently this is her day job.
Dec 29, 2008 Isaac rated it it was ok
This book was pretty boring. It wasn't on my list of books, nor was it recommended by anyone, so I took a chance. The only reason I got it was because I just finished Les Miserable and wanted a short one to off set that monster.

The story is basically just what goes on in the life of a few girls who live in Troy during their war with the Greeks. It had no plot or if it did it was so bland and transparent that I didn't catch on.

Random gods would appear to different character for no reason whatsoev
May 18, 2008 Chelsea rated it it was ok
I swear, if one more god turns up and tells one of the characters exactly what is going to happen only for them to forget everything about the entire encounter 30 seconds later, I will scream. It happens every other chapter! They're the Greek Gods of the Parthenon, the epitome of vain! They wouldn't want to be forgotten! I call shenanigans!

Excellent writing, depressing and poorly handled (and someone else's) plot, "eh" original characters. I'm not quite sure why this won so many awards.
Noor Aboul-Hosn
Dec 24, 2015 Noor Aboul-Hosn rated it really liked it
Troy is on my top ten list of favorite books. Troy is set during the Trojan War. Although this story does not narrate the exact events of the Trojan War, you will recognize famous matters like the Trojan Horse, the death of Achilles, the death of Hector, the burning of the villages in Troy and more. It's near to the end of the war and the gods always butt in to try and "help". On more than one occasion has Aphrodite made characters fall in love, causing love triangles, sister feuds and secrecy. ...more
Troy is a good retelling of the Trojan War from essentially the beginning of Homer's Iliad to just after the fall of Troy. Geras's heroines are Xanthe, nurse to the son of Hector and Andromache, and Marpessa, handmaiden to Helen; she weaves her own characters skillfully into the tapestry of the characters familiar from Greek mythology. We all know how the story ends, but by providing her own characters and making them sympathetic, so that the reader wants to find out what happens to them, Geras ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Jaclynn rated it it was ok
I expected more only because of how many awards it has won. I was hoping I could recommend it to my teenage students but there is too much sex and adult content for Taiwanese teens. How did it win children's book awards?
Not a bad story, just not very creative and far too ridiculously juvenile love story. Random gods and goddesses would appear to a character for no reason whatsoever. They didn't add to the story in the least and the characters would forget anything they would told by them anyway.
Marwa Hassan
Jan 29, 2014 Marwa Hassan rated it it was amazing
انها الحرب قد تُثقل القلب
و لكن خلفك عار العرب !!
,,, تذكرت هذه المقوله عندما رفض اليونانين الرحيل عند طردواه قبل ان يأخذو بالثار ممن قتل ملكهم
الفيلم ملحمه ,
اكتر شئ عجبنى فكره القتال بالسيف و الدرع , اد ايه شئ عظيم ان المقاتل يقاتل خصمه وجها لوجهه فى ايده سيف و ايده التانيه درع
القتال بيكون متعه خصوصا ممن يتحلى بأخلاق الفرسان
اللى اخترع المسدس و القنايل ده شخص جبان اللى يخليك تقتل خصمك من مسافات بعيده
القتال فى حد ذاته شجاعه و احنا فى زمن الجبناء !
Jasmine Rubel
Jan 21, 2017 Jasmine Rubel rated it did not like it
This book was strange. The characters didn't do anything for me. The plot wasn't anything spectacular and I felt there wasn't really any new spin on the old tale. The random appearances of the Gods got annoying at time. I just didn't understand this book.
Peter Velic
Sep 19, 2014 Peter Velic rated it really liked it
Adele Geras did an incredible job writing this book. Although it may not have been the most exciting at times, Geras did a very good job in creating characters all intertwined in a very unique romantic situation. She pulls family apart in this book all over a love that, at times, seems very unreliable and almost fails. As the book goes on, the romance between characters start to get quite complicated and the battle between the Greeks and Trojans intensifies greatly. Geras writes the latter half ...more
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-bought
After reading The Song of Troy by Colleen McCullough, Troy by Adèle Geras just pales in comparison. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad book. It just means it isn’t the best book about Troy.

Troy follows the story of Marpessa and Xanthe, two sisters trying to live their lives during the last months of the Trojan War. They’re both three dimensional characters with interesting backgrounds and we get to see them through other characters’ perspectives, but they’re not really all that memorable. There’s noth
Sam K
Jan 17, 2014 Sam K rated it liked it
I think that the authors theme is to always stay true to family. The author was showing that a lot of people might do something wrong but in the end it is important to stay true to family no matter what happens. This book takes place in ancient Troy during the Trojan War .There are three main characters in this book Xanthe, Marppesa, and Alastor although there are many more characters I thought that these were the most important. The story is told by all three of these people depending on the ch ...more
Lindsay Tandy
Jan 13, 2014 Lindsay Tandy rated it liked it
I was looking forward to reading this book about the Trojan War but it didn't really work for me - until perhaps the last couple of chapters which were moving and shocking. It takes place during the final stages of the ten year Trojan War and it is written from the perspectives of different everyday Trojans - mainly women - living behind the wall in Troy. There is a range of characters, ranging from the legendary players in this well-known myth to the lesser known characters, including Hector's ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
I started out a little hesitant about this story. I wasn't sure what I thought about the oh-so-human gods popping into the story, but it gradually wore on me until I really began to love this feature of the book. The characters (Helen, Paris, Hector, Aphrodite, Eros) are mostly familiar to me, though I'm not sure if some of the young people (Marpessa? Xanthe? Alastor?) were present in the original story. It's all well done, I think. The almost-Shakespearean romantic mixups between Marpessa and A ...more
Shayla Smith
Apr 21, 2009 Shayla Smith rated it it was amazing
This book is different than others i've read about the Iliad. It is told in the point of view of servants. This author does a wonderful job of creating twists in plot and weaving frustration into every chapter. The main characters are loveable and experience the trojan war with the known characters i.e. Helen, Paris, Andronmache, Hector, etc. as backgroud characters rather than the foreground.
I loved this book! it kept my attention through out, this author is very good at writing books with fru
Feb 29, 2016 Naima rated it liked it
Shelves: dropped
DNF at page 80
It's an alright read, but I couldn't suffer through the long-winded purple prose. Contrary to most of the reviews on here, I didn't find it to be too full of romance- it was really far too much world-building. I understand not everyone knows about Achilles or Troy or Paris and Helen, but the insane amount of history lesson I received made my head spin. Geras might've been better off writing a nonfiction book- her characters were enjoyable and realistic, sure, but it was too much in
Dayna Smith
The epic siege of Troy told through the eyes of young people trapped within its walls. Primarily the story of two sisters Xanthe and Marpessa cursed by the goddess of love, Aphrodite, to love the same boy. Marpessa serves as the handmaiden for Helen. Xanthe is nursemaid for Andromache, Hector's wife. Will either sister escape the arrows of Eros? Will anyone escape Troy alive? A fantastic book! It does contain mature thematic content, violence, and profanity. It is Troy from an insider's point of ...more
Mar 09, 2007 Josie rated it really liked it
I picked up this book because I love anything to do with Ancient Greece and I've read other things by Adèle Geras and liked them. This book didn't disappoint; the only thing I didn't like was when the gods came down and spoke with the mortals. It could have been handled better - the way the townsfolk suddenly suffered amnesia after the gods had left got a bit irritating after a while.
Jul 23, 2009 Tiffany rated it it was ok
I skim the blurbs about books because some blurbs give away more about the plot than I like. Well, should have read more about this one! It was ok. A little weird and not a very good love story at all!
Oct 11, 2016 Liz added it
Loved this book; a contemporary retelling of the story of the siege of Troy, told from the point of view of the servants. Must read more of this author.
Jun 12, 2010 Hailey rated it liked it
I was never into reading History books or Historical Fiction stories until about a year ago. That’s when I read History my mind started to form it into it’s own love story, soap opera, or young adult novel. All of the sudden, History just wasn’t facts about yesterday; they were stories about people like us today.

Now, I’m not going to lie, I didn’t just stumble along this book; it itself didn’t pop out and grab my interest. There’s a movie that my family watches frequently called “Troy” which has
May 20, 2010 Becky rated it it was amazing
Troy is a novel that centres upon the history of the war between the Greeks and the Trojans. It is an epic story full of both comic and tragic moments. Adèle Geras takes the story of the Trojan war and turns it into a YA novel of breathtaking quality which leads me to hold her in the highest esteem.

The first character who touches you in this novel is Xanthe. She is a poor Trojan girl caring for Prince Hector's baby Astanyax and also tends to the dying and the wounded in what she calls the Blood
If you expect terrible things…then they don't surprise you, and all good things are like wonderful gifts.

I absolutely loved this book when I read it, even knowing that the lives of the main characters were sure to fall apart.
LH Johnson
Troy is one of those stories that endures. Regardless of whatever spin on it, be that the intense metrosexuality of Brad Pitt's Achilles or the beautiful lyricism of Gareth Hinds' Odyssey, the stories of Odysseus, Hector, Achilles and Priam last and have lasted. It's maybe due to the big, classic, timeless nature of these stories, dealing as they do with love - jealousy - war. Themes that have not changed, even when the world has.

Geras has written several stories about Classical Greece. Dido and
Katelyn Hill
Sep 22, 2014 Katelyn Hill rated it really liked it
The novel Troy by Adèle Geras is about the Trojan war at the city of Troy between the Greeks and the Trojans. The story has many viewpoints from various characters, but it is mostly narrated by a girl named Xanthe who is a love struck, stong, and gentle girl. One example of when Xanthe was being in love is when she is talking to her sister Marpessa about a new soldier that had been put under her care in the Blood Room. "'I saw Eros today,' Xanthe said. 'I truly did. He was in the corner of the ...more
Elizabeth Escobar
May 31, 2015 Elizabeth Escobar rated it really liked it
Troy by Adele Geras is a modern spinoff on your classic Greek myth. Geras intertwines her own original characters stories with the ones of the legendary Greek heroes, giving us a more personal perspective of the tragic events that befell the city of Troy. Because of the vivid and detailed storytelling as well as the more relatable age group that Geras introduces, I found Troy to be a much more enjoyable read then I would have ever have expected a book retelling an old Greek myth to be

Something t
Feb 17, 2015 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: greek-mythology
It is late and I should probably be getting to sleep but instead I will hammer out this review before it is tomorrow and I forget.

This book almost was ruined by its last six pages, which were hurried and very slapdash in the dialogue. Here is a near-example: "No really Iason, now that we've just barely escaped our burning home seen everyone we've known and loved savagely knifed to death... I guess now it's probably a good time to mention that I guess I've always had feelings for you all along."

Erin A
Jun 03, 2015 Erin A rated it it was ok
I don't know what I was expecting when I began reading this, but it wasn't this.

I've seen this book many times, going into the YA section of libraries. It's hard to miss the embossed gold on the cover. But because I know the story of Troy and how it ends, I've been avoiding it for years. I finally gave in.

The idea of a love triangle is nothing new. But between two sisters and a boy so immature in mind that I hesitate to call him a "man," despite his eagerness to spend time in bed with company?
Lisa Schensted
in a sentence: a story about sisters, friends, gods and goddesses, war, love, pain - with a particular focus on a love triangle (more like love-hexagon) all set by the backdrop of the Trojan War.

Marpessa and Xanthe are sisters. Marpessa is Helen's personal assistant, and Xanthe is the nursemaid to Andromache (Hector's wife). the trojan war has been going on for 10 years now, and the gods on Mount Olympus are both bored and frustrated with the events unfolding, and are ready for a change...unfort
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27 May 2016
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The book Troy by Adele Geras follows the story of citizens of the city Troy during
the time of the Trojan War. Mythological aspects of the book are very prevalent since the story takes place in the time and area that people believed in such things. The people of the city pray to the Greek gods, and some of those gods even make an appearance. Important features of the Trojan war myth are also included, for example,
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Adèle Geras FRSL (born 15 March 1944) is an English writer for young children, teens and adults. Her husband was the Marxist academic Norman Geras and their daughter Sophie Hannah is also a novelist and poet.

Geras was born in Jerusalem, British Mandatory Palestine. Her father was in the Colonial Service and she had a varied childhood, living in countries such as Nigeria, Cyprus, Tanzania, Gambia a
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