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For The Winner

(Golden Apple Trilogy #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  286 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Some three thousand years ago, in a time before history, the warriors of Greece journeyed to the ends of the earth in the greatest expedition the world had ever seen.

One woman fought alongside them.

Abandoned at birth on the slopes of Mount Pelion, Atalanta is determined to prove her worth to the father who cast her aside. Having taught herself to hunt and fight, and
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Published June 15th 2017 by Transworld Digital
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Judith Starkston
“….an enchanting, dramatic novel that brings to life iconic mythic characters, including a woman whose voice had long been silenced.”

Recent U.S. and world events have forced many of us to confront the sad reality that we must place in the forefront the daily job of examining, discussing and ripping to shreds the old misogynist attitudes and institutional blocks against women. A fine way to engage in that process is by reading a book.

Emily Hauser is a classicist who turns Greek mythology into
Joanna Park
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In For The Winner Emily Hauser has truly written a superb novel. History really comes to life within it’s pages and is fun, fascinating and very exciting. The book is quite fast paced with not much of a lull in the action, so once you start reading you are hooked and you want to read more to find out what will happen next.

The contrast between the two main characters was brilliant! I !loved Atalanta, I loved how strong she was and how she didn’t let her being a women hold her back from what she
Kate Quinn
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Atalanta has always been one of the more interesting heroines of Greek myth: a fleet-footed huntress who challenged her suitors to a foot-race, slew the Calydonian Boar, and made a name for herself as the only woman to join the quest for the Golden Fleece. She makes a bold and appealing heroine in Emily Hauser's "For The Winner," which simultaneously grounds the legend of Jason and his Argonauts in a grittier, more realistic ancient Greece than we usually see in the myths, and weaves in the gods ...more
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourite-reads
I have loved these first two books in Emily Hauser's Golden Apple Trilogy, they are just what I look for in books about mythology, the untold story, the new-to-me story..... these are perfect.

With 'For The Winner' we get the story of Atalanta and a telling of her story and the story of the infamous Argonauts within her story. Atalanta is a warrior, she's strong and fierce but she is also a woman and women aren't supposed to be any of those things in the eyes of her male counterparts. Not only
A beautifully evocative read which brings this myth and legend age of Bronze Age Greece to life.

Crystal King
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible, thrilling read. I adored this book, perhaps even more so than Hauser's first book, FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL. Atalanta is a true heroine, driven by an important, singular goal (that isn't finding a man, whew!). She is clever, resourceful and a warrior to be reckoned with--even the gods aren't a match for her cunning. Loved, loved this book. Hauser's books are forever going to be on the top of my "must-read" pile.

Where the heck was this level of quality of writing in For the Most Beautiful? I felt like I just read a book by an entirely different author!

For the Most Beautiful read like a Young Adult book, with juvenile vocabulary, angsty protagonists, insipid dialogue, and – despite the author’s stated aim to let Briseis and Krisayis break free from the stories of well-known male protagonists such as Achilles, Hektor, and Odysseus – they utterly failed to do so.

For the Winner is orders more sophisticated
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed For the Most Beautiful, Hauser’s debut novel, which told the tale of the siege of Troy from the perspective of two women caught up in the battle – an unusual and likely unique perspective from which to share that well-known story – and I was absolutely delighted when I was sent a copy of Hauser's follow up, For the Winner, to review.

Some three thousand years ago, in a time before history, the warriors of Greece journeyed to
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I came across the first novel in this trilogy completely by mistake at the library I picked up the first book that sprang to mind . I enjoyed it so much I wanted to read the second. What a novel! Absolutely amazing. Such a unique re telling of the story of Jason from another view point. I loved the chapter switches from mortals to the gods and I loved the characters.
I am only disappointed to find the next novel is not available to purchase just yet !
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been wanting to read more fiction set in Ancient Greece and, having already read Emily Hauser’s first novel, For the Most Beautiful, I was sure that her second, For the Winner, would be a good choice! Hauser’s two books retell stories from Greek mythology from a female perspective – in For the Most Beautiful we see the events of the Trojan War unfold through the eyes of Krisayis and Briseis; For the Winner reimagines the story of Jason and the Argonauts with a focus on Atalanta, another ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Atalanta, abandoned at birth for being an unwanted girl, an heir to the throne and left to die.

Being rescued and raised humbly she has taught herself to hunt she then finds out who she is and disguises herself as a man and embarks on the epic quest to find the Golden Fleece with Jason and his Argonauts.

Secretly she plots to take the Golden Fleece from Jason in exchange for her rightful place at the throne.

I must admit this is my first foray into this genre and Hauser is a brilliant and well
Ruth Harwood
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have loved reading this trio of books, they're interesting, the characters are complicated and many shades of grey, and the scenery well described and draws you in! There's nothing bad to say at all about this author's re-writing of the Jason myth and his search for the golden fleece - she twists the story a little to fit, with a woman involved in the journey, and discovered in the end, with results that may seem disastrous, and Jason is not at all the hero we expect from our preconceptions. ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology
I found this one a little hard to get into. Mostly, I think, because the myth of Atalanta is probably my least favourite myth.

I remember hearing a version of it quite often on the kid's radio show on a Sunday morning on a local station. Diana and the Golden Apples. Why that version called her Diana rather than Atalanta, I have no idea, but I could never understand why the silly cow went after the apples instead of keeping going and winning the race. Emily Hauser supplies excellent reasons for
Kat In The Hat
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty good is we ignore the character assassination of Meleager (+ Jason for some parts). Like what did they do to my boy
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ancient Greece, gods, goddesses, warriors and legends are all pieces of history that I have adored in one way or another. From the old movies that Mum would watch on a Saturday afternoon, to the newer Hollywood blockbusters,the original stories of Homer’s OdysseyandCarol Ann Duffy’s rewriting ofwomen from Greek classics. Basically, I’m a history nerd, as well as a book worm. When I saw Hannah’s tweet from Penguin Random House, I had to get my hands on Emily Hauser’s For The Winner.

For The Winner
Jeannie Zelos
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For the Winner, Emily Hauser

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Genre: HistoricalFiction

As a child I adored fairy-tales, but mum frowned on me reading them as I approached high school, telling me I should have outgrown them.
Then joy, high school and a library full of myths and legends from all over the world to replace my beloved fairies.
Those from Rome and Greece were my favourite and I noticed many parallels in the stories.

So when I saw this it took me mentally back those happy days
Elite Group
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The legend of Jason and the Argonauts

Atalanta is abandoned as a baby on the mountain and is discovered by a local man. He takes her in and raises her as his own daughter. She has a very happy childhood and although she is treated fairly and is loved equally with the other children she knows she is different. Her prowess with a bow is outstanding; she is brave and she is fast.

Finally, she is told the truth and understands the importance of the gold medallion that she wears around her neck and
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Taking on the classics is a daunting prospect for any author. The Greeks, the Romans, heroes like Jason and Hercules…myths like Jason and the Argonauts. Who wants to take a go putting their own spin on that?
Well, Emily Hauser does, and thank the gods for it! Not only does she create an original, fresh and compelling take on Jason and the Argonauts, but she also manages to weave in themes and characters that give the whole tale an intriguing new spin.
The tale starts in the ancient Kingdom of
Roland Clarke
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Emily Hauser’s second novel in the Golden Apple Trilogy,For the Winner, is a reimagining of the myth of Atalanta and the legend of Jason, the Argonauts and the search for the Golden Fleece.

The opening vividly portrays Atalanta being abandoned as a baby on the slopes of Mount Pelion, but she only discovers what happened when she is eighteen – although her father’s identity is not immediately revealed to her.

I knew some of the mythology but loved the way that Emily Hauser retold the tales and
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
If you want a quick summary of this review, it's just me raving about greek mythology and the stunning writing of this book, so you should read it.
Where to start? The description 'a feast for the sense' perfectly describes this book. The descriptions are so vivid encompassing every element of the scene it's absolutely beautiful. The battle scenes are fast paced and electric without being over-glorified which I find ruins a book since I'm not a huge fan of graphic violence. I have never seen the
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, fiction, 2019
Great story about one of the lesser known Greek hero(ine)s Atalanta who, according to various sources, drew first blood in the hunt for the Calydonian boar and was also the only female to join Jason and the crew of the Argo in the search for the Golden Fleece ((view spoiler). It is refreshing to hear about some of the stronger of the female characters ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf

this book is just so mediocre and historically and culturally inaccurate and the plot is SO predictable eughhh
the mc is a woman in ancient greece who is "not like other girls" and somehow mysteriously taught herself to use a bow more perfectly than everyone else even though no one taught her.....shes also not even a half-deity or sth but shes SOOO much better than everyone else

and of course she flees to the city where REALLY CONVENIENTLY she without any effort manages to trick the city
In its essence, this is a retelling of the Greek legend of Jason and the Argonauts. Rather than focusing a male hero, this is the tale of Atalanta, the only woman to have participated on the quest.

The tale is told in two alternating parts: (1) first person narrative of Atalanta, and (2) the Gods of Olympus, more specifically through Iris, handmaiden of Hera.

Abandoned at birth, Atalanta seeks out her true identity, and with the help of a slave girl, Myrtessa, she embarks on the mysterious quest
At the age of 18 Atalanta finds out that the parents who raised her actually found her on a mountainside so she sets off for the city to try and discover her real family and why they abandoned her. When she finds out the truth she disguises herself as a man and joins the expedition of the Argonauts to seek out the fabled Golden Fleece. Hauser retells the story of Jason from the point of view of Atalanta, usually overlooked for being a woman. I adored For the Most Beautiful and was happy that ...more
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a baby, Atalanta was abandoned on Mount Pelion during a storm but rescued by a peasant family who raises her as their own. She grows up to be a tomboy learning to use the bow and hunting. After learning that she was adopted, she sets about learning the truth about her true family.

I have to confess that I’ve never heard of Atalanta or Jason and the Argonauts before reading this. My knowledge of ancient Greece is limited but still, I probably should have even heard about this before… This was
Maximilian Hawker
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A highly successful follow up to her debut, For The Most Beautiful, Hauser once again brings Ancient Greece to life in scintillating fashion with For The Winner. In the second of the Golden Apple Trilogy, the reader is offered a truly original reimagining of the tale of Jason and the Argonauts with a focus on Atalanta - a periphery figure in mythology, though an important feminist perspective on the patriarchy of the Bronze Age. Atalanta is a likeable underdog with enough fire to carry her ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First published at Booking in Heels.

The ‘retelling’ of Jason and the Argonauts. Or, you know, not.

Retellings of myths and legends have the difficult task of sitting in that fuzzy gap between historical fiction and fantasy. Obviously it’s not reciting real events because the myths are fictional in the first place, so it can’t be historical fiction, but then the author can’t take the credit for coming up with the story in the first place because it’s thousands of years old. The former point makes
P.K. Adams
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The second part of Emily Hauser’s Golden Apple trilogy, For the Winner, is a reimagining of the myth of Jason and the Argonauts. Like the first book of the series, For the Most Beautiful, it tells a popular story from a female perspective, something that is rare in Greek and many other mythological traditions.

There are several versions of the myth of the expedition to find the Golden Fleece, and some of them mention the presence of a woman among the crew of Greek heroes. In this retelling,
J. Else
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars

Yet another brilliant novel by Hauser. Her precise detailing of the ancient world, its superstitions, its class structures, its personalities, are a marvel to behold within these pages. Well-known Greek legends vividly come to life with plenty of surprises for readers through Hauser's deft narrative skill and historical expertise.

I did not love this as much as book 1 for two reasons. First, the characters weren't as likable as in "For the Most Beautiful." Let's face facts, the
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Honestly, the author made it quite clear that the heroes of Greek mythology are ....assholes.
Atalante is the quirky, intelligent, feisty main character becazse she is female.
The story is good historical adventure romance - Hippomenes is a Highlander-like mate (whoops, not as I did imagine him, but an interesting interpretation).
But the myth of the Argonauts is somehow mixed up. This is not what mythology tells us.
Because every tale needs a villain, here it's Jason (I disagree strongly with
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Born in Brighton and brought up in Suffolk, Emily Hauser studied Classics at Cambridge, where she was taught by Mary Beard, and completed a PhD at Yale University. She is now a Junior Fellow at Harvard University. For the Most Beautiful — the first book in the Golden Apple trilogy — was her debut novel and retells the story of the siege of Troy. Her second, For the Winner, is a reimagining of the ...more

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Golden Apple Trilogy (3 books)
  • For The Most Beautiful (Golden Apple Trilogy #1)
  • For The Immortal (Golden Apple Trilogy #3)