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The Courtesan's Daughter by Priscilla Galloway
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Dec 21, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: middlegrade-ya, she-has-eggs, geeky-mythic-stuff, fiction
Read in December, 2008 , read count: 1

The reason this book got four stars instead of two was because it retells a story I think is awesome and I haven't seen retold elsewhere: the legal case against the infamous courtesan Neaira. It's set in ancient Athens, and unlike virtually every other novel I've read, it's an ancient Greece I can believe in. And yet, still manages to make women awesome.

The main character is less awesome. She's okay, a two star character, but the world of women around her is so interesting that I forgive Priscilla Galloway.

This is the inverse of the Penelopiad, which was excellently written but I didn't think did justice to the ancient story. This, on the other hand, really brought the ancient story to life, but isn't the best written.
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