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By Helen's Hand

(Helen of Sparta #2)

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With divine beauty comes dangerous power.

Helen believed she could escape her destiny and save her people from utter destruction. After defying her family and betraying her intended husband, she found peace with her beloved Theseus, the king of Athens and son of Poseidon.

But peace did not last long. Cruelly separated from Theseus by the gods, and uncertain whether he will l
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
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Erin
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, kindle, series
Let the lions roar at the storm, if they liked. Perhaps I was no longer queen of Athens, but I was still Helen of Sparta and a daughter of Zeus. I was wind and rain and thunder and lightning. And no matter what came, I would survive it.

Hallelujah! Amalia Carosella triumphs again and shakes up any pre-conceived notions that I might have had about Helen, Paris, city of Troy or the Greek gods. By Helen's Hand is the sequel to Helen of Sparta, a book that I absolutely relished for its refreshing ta
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Amalia Carosella
Nov 18, 2015 marked it as mine  ·  (Review from the author)
Of course I love it, it's mine! :)

If you enjoyed Helen of Sparta and By Helen's Hand, I hope you'll sign up for my Newsletter, The Amaliad, to stay up to date about Authors!me -- and for your trouble, I've got a bonus prequel short story Ariadne & the Beast for subscribers! It's set about 30 years before Helen of Sparta and addresses Theseus's adventure with the Minotaur, and his run in with Ariadne in Crete!
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Emma
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carosella did extremely well at creating a feeling of possibility in one of the most well known stories of the ancient world. In this, the novel follows the form of Greek tragedy; it's situated within the mythological framework, but the details and emphasis are shifted to present a specific picture, in this case of Helen. I was, in fact, surprised and pleased by the ending, such was the feeling the author had engendered in me for her main character. The supporting cast are deftly drawn, again in ...more
Erin
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....

I've a confession to make and I don't like beating around the brush so I'm just going to come out and say it. I've been avoiding this review for weeks and even now I can't help feeling that I've been holding off because I didn't want to say goodbye to Amalia Carosella's By Helen's Hand. Writing a review bookends my experience with almost every novel I read and this is one I simply didn't want to be done with.

Helen is the nat
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Jenny Q
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. "Only fools bargain with the gods; only fools trust in their promises, their gifts. Fools and children and lovers."

Ever since reading Helen of Sparta, I have been anxiously awaiting its sequel. I loved getting to know Helen and what happened to her before she became known as Helen of Troy, and boy did I love Theseus! But after attempting to thwart the gods and their plans for war by running away with and marrying Theseus, Helen was cruelly separated from him by those gods and delivere
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Stephanie Thornton
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We all know the story of Helen and Paris, but By Helen's Hand is a fresh interpretation of the events leading up to the Trojan War. Picking up where Helen of Sparta left off, Amalia Carosella has woven a unique sequel that tugs on the threads of many myths to create a whole new picture of these famous lovers. What I enjoyed most about these two books was the full cast of characters--it's a veritable who's who of mythology, with unexpected roles for Theseus and Heracles, Oenone and Cassandra. Tha ...more
Marcia Leben
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic read, even better than 'Helen of Sparta'. I love that there were more characters who got chapters in this book, with Helen in first person and all the others in third person. This structure works really well.
There are some twists that are not in line with the traditional story, and it really sucked me in because of that, especially towards the end.
The first book felt a bit more heavy on the romance side, because of the relationship between Theseus and Helen, another reason
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Erin Al-Mehairi
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella last year and loved it. Now, I want to share with you my review of the second in the series, By Helen's Hand. Amalia is an elegant writer, with prose that drips description and feeling and with this sophomore book in the series I could ascertain that her writing had grown even more. I found her first book excellent, but her prose flowed smoother and her storytelling through word phrasing was much more fluid.

I already enjoy the subject matter. Anything w
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Tracey
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've just spent the last few day immersed in the world of Greek Myth ... and I loved it!

By Helen's Hand picks up where Helen of Sparta left off. I really warmed to Amalia's Helen and found myself willing her to thwart the Gods and avoid the war and destruction of her nightmares. I felt her frustration as every plan she made to save her people failed at the last moment. All seemed doomed

And then there was a sharp intake of breath when began the last chapter. No spoilers but its a great ending.

I a
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Stephanie
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this second installment of Helen of Sparta, Helen has been found by her family and returned to Sparta. As a daughter of Zeus, she was given the gifts of beauty and foresight. With her knowledge of the future, she tried to avoid war by escaping to Athens with her beloved King Theseus. However, with Theseus caught in the Underworld, Helen was left vulnerable. Back in Sparta, the King wastes no time marrying off Helen so an heir for Sparta is set. The games are underway and many eligible men are ...more
Stephanie
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story of Helen and Paris is an ancient tale blended with Greek Mythology. When I read the first book Helen of Sparta I couldn’t imagine how Carosella could bring a fresh take on the story or characters for that matter. But she did and delighted up all with a new look and By Helen’s Hand surprised me more than the first book. I was really taken back a little by Paris. Carosella gives a fresh take on him. At first I wasn’t sure how it was going to work but it did. You see I’ve never cared for ...more
Kristine
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series was really well done. I think it takes a lot of insight and imagination to create a story with any measure of suspense from a well known historical/mythological tale. The reimagined story of Helen is really well done and I love the character she created. And not only that, but the personality makes sense! I think Helen is traditionally thought of as shallow and someone who lords her beauty over everyone, because we have all known that popular, pretty, mean girl at every high school e ...more
Judee
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting alternate ending

I am glad I read this second book in the series, to see how the story ended up different from the tales of mythology I read as a child. Very thought provoking.
Renee Stanger
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful

What a remarkable story of Helen. Easily could be from original mythological tales. I was enthralled as if I were there witnessing the events unfold.
Debbi
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting and creative conclusion to the story of Helen of Troy. You will be surprised, and will have a good time getting there! If you have not read the first book, you should.
Elena
By Helen's Hand is the second and last book in the Helen of Sparta series by Amalia Carosella. After escaping to Athens with Theseus, Helen is forced to return to Sparta. While her suitors compete in games to win her hand, Helen searches new allies to avoid marrying Menelaus and causing a terrible war. Will she succeed?

I think Carosella did a splendid job with Helen of Sparta, so I was very excited to read this book and see her take on the Trojan war. I was expecting something different and orig
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Annette
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Source: Free copy from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and Amalia Carosella
Rating: 5 stars for excellent
Summary:
With divine beauty comes dangerous power.
Helen believed she could escape her destiny and save her people from utter destruction. After defying her family and betraying her intended husband, she found peace with her beloved Theseus, the king of Athens and son of Poseidon.
But peace did not last long. Cruelly separated from Theseus by the gods, and uncertain whether he will live or
...more
Jen Eyre
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of mythology
+++ MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS +++

After waiting nigh on a year for this sequel to Helen of Sparta, I squealed with joy when my preorder arrived on my doorstep, eagerly ripping the package from the delivery man's startled grasp (he's used to that, so no hard feelings).

I was not disappointed.

This is one of those reads where, after just a few pages, one feels right at home in. Instead of sitting in my comfy armchair I glided through the halls of the Spartan palace, wining and dining with demigods and ki
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Lauralee
By Helen’s Hand picks up where Helen of Sparta ended. After Helen had tried to thwart the prophecy, she finds that her fate of causing the Trojan War seems imminent. When she arrives back home, she finds that many suitors, including her intended husband, Menelaus, are competing for her hand. Meanwhile, far away in Troy, Paris, a shepherd's son, has plans to steal Helen away and make her his lover. Could Helen find a way to prevent her nightmares from happening?

Helen is a much more sympathetic
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Sarah
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley.com

After reading the first part of the series last year I hoped for a sequel and "By Helen's Hand" certainly did not disappoint. I think everybody knows the basic story of the Trojan war and Helen's role in it, but very few novels and movies deal with what came before. Carosella did a great job with some of the lesser known myths surrounding Helen and her contemporaries and giving this well-known story her own twist.

The best part of the novel is
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Jill Leach
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you are considering reading By Helen's Hand without first reading Helen of Sparta, I would like to strongly discourage it. I've seen another reviewer or two mention that it was not necessary, however it truly is. The depth and breadth of Helen's heartache can not be fully appreciated without experiencing the first installment. Having said that, this is certainly not an altogether depressing story so please do not be scared off.

Where to begin....Amalia Carosella is a master at character devel
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Christina
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
After failing to thwart the will of the gods in Helen of Sparta, the beautiful and equally determined Spartan princess, soon-to-be queen, must face even more challenges against her and those she holds dear. Her small grasp of happiness torn from her and her hero Theseus said to be lost to Hades, she must use her wits to maneuver through suitors, the madness of Menelaus, and the Trojan prince from her nightmares.

So let’s be honest, I was a little anxious when I finished reading Helen of Sparta an
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Amanda Durfee-Spencer
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. My full review is available on my blog at http://wp.me/p7sdib-2E

For my first encounter with her writing, I am mostly pleased. Carosella did a beautiful job of writing a fictional story with a classical feel to it that was elegant without being pretentious or too stuffy.

This novel offers much for the reader to enjoy. You have all the action and adventure and meddling of the Gods one would expect from a bo
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Cassie
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ok, so, I've been teaching the Iliad and Odyssey for eight years, and with block scheduling, I get to read these texts -- at minimum -- twice a year. Within the last four years, I've added Book 2 from the Aeneid (this is the book in which Aeneas recounts the fall of Troy).

I've always viewed Helen's story as part of Paris's, which -- for all intents and purposes -- is part of the gods' plan to take down Priam's rich citadel. Carosella stays true to this: the gods' will MUST be satisfied. I appre
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Natalie
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written and well researched, but it didn't draw me in as strongly as the first in the series. Maybe it would have been better to go back and re-read the first immediately before delving into this one? The story picks up right where the first left off, with Helen in the company of her brothers, fleeing Athens for Sparta. The story continues to be told through several characters' perspectives, though only Helen's segments are narrated in the first person. This book follows Helen as she scheme ...more
Donna
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous version of what might have happened to Helen.

I love the Iliad. Love everything about the classic novel. Amalia Carosella has taken everything good about Helen's tale and enhanced it. She's brought the characters to life. Helen is no squirming little twit, as she's been portrayed in film, but a strong lead character. I must admit, I see Paris in a different light after reading this book. I've always thought him a bit of a coward. Well, thoughts can change.

I believe this is part
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Heather
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was a pick up cause I LOVE Mythology lore. It was a major help that it was Greek Mythology which is my favorite. The book tells the story of Helen from Helen's point of view. Trust me, in all my reading the author's make Helen out to be some vain childish woman. This book did not do that. Helen was a strong independent woman in this telling. The things she had to do & handle just to survive & try to avoid war was amazing. If you like stories about strong independent women then I recomm ...more
Tracey
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By Helen's Hand

I've just spent the last few day immersed in the world of Greek Myth ... and I loved it!

By Helen's Hand picks up where Helen of Sparta left off. I really warmed to Amalia's Helen and found myself willing her to thwart the Gods and avoid the war and destruction of her nightmares. I felt her frustration as every plan she made to save her people failed at the last moment. All seemed doomed

And then there was a sharp intake of breath when began the last chapter. No spoilers but its a
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Brittany Davis
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book killed me. I finished the first and bought this on kindle an hour later. I cannot even form words, knowing the story of Helen makes this even harder to read because you become emotionally attached to her. The writing is excellent and it really brought the story to life in a way that isn't always easy to do when the myth is so well known. It's like watching a slow moving train wreck because I'm your mind everything Helen is doing is for nothing. But the ending!!!! I honestly cried, it w ...more
Shaunna
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. It had a completely different feel from the first book because it was no longer focused on Helen finding Theseus' love, rather it was focused on giving herself up in order to try to prevent the war of her nightmares. I appreciate the author's development of the main characters and fully agree with the creative license taken at the end.
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Amalia Carosella graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelors degree in Classical Studies and English. An avid reader and former bookseller, she writes about old heroes and older gods. She lives with her husband in upstate New York and dreams of the day she will own goats (and maybe even a horse, too). For more information, visit her blog at www.amaliacarosella.com.

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