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The Firebrand

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  9,105 ratings  ·  401 reviews
Blending archaeological fact and legend, the myths of the gods and the feats of heroes, Marion Zimmer Bradley breathes new life into the classic tale of the Trojan War-reinventing larger-than-life figures as living people engaged in a desperate struggle that dooms both the victors and the vanquished, their fate seen through the eyes of Kassandra-priestess, princess, and pa ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by Ace Books (first published 1987)
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shannon
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Sometimes I think this "star" system is faulty. I gave this book five stars because I absolutely adore it and have read it 8329432423 times, but I'm not sure it's actually that good. All I know is that as a classical history nut who spent all her college years (and two post-grad years) studying ancient history, i go all heart-eyes for this book. it's the Trojan War told through the eyes of the women, and i love it because my favorite characters have always been the women -- Kassandra, Andromache ...more
Carmo
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norte-americanos
É um bom livro, mas não uma boa história sobre Troia.
Cassandra, princesa de Troia, filha de Príamo e irmã de Heitor e de Páris, é uma sacerdotisa de Apolo. Também é dada como louca pelas visões que tem e que sempre preveem a morte e a derrota dos Troianos.
Até aqui tudo bem, vai ao encontro de outras narrativas da lenda. Depois a autora faz de Cassandra uma amazona e mais parece que a ação se transfere para Avalon, para as tribos de mulheres que veneram a grande Deusa, são autónomas e, exceção f
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Arybo ✨
Spesso, quando cercano di scongiurare il destino, gli uomini lo avvicinano.

La scrittura della Bradley è sempre affascinante e coinvolgente. In questo libro, mitologia e caratteristiche proprie della narrazione dell’autrice (protagonista femminile, Dea Madre, mondo maschilista) si mischiano, fornendo un’altra visione della Guerra di Troia.

Questo è il quarto libro che leggo dalla penna di MZB e, devo ammetterlo, mi è un po’ pesato: soprattutto nella prima parte, ho faticano ad andare avanti nel
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Kerry Hennigan
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I first read Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “The Firebrand” many years ago, and have just finished the latest of many re-reads of this epic novel of the Trojan War.

As with her famous “Mists of Avalon” which told the story of Arthur and Camelot from the perspective of the women in the story, so too does The Firebrand cover this famous Bronze Age tale from the point of view of the principle females involved.

Most specifically this is Kassandra, daughter of King Priam of Troy and Queen Hecuba, sister of Pr
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Melissa
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who value imagery more than character development
Shelves: 2010, cover-lust
I had a really hard time getting through this book. Which was surprising to me for two reasons. First, I loved Marion Zimmer Bradley's "The Mists of Avalon," and second, I love the legend of the Trojan War and have read numerous other books on the subject and Cassandra has always been an intriguing character for me. So, when I picked up this book, I was pretty sure I was going to enjoy it.

Sadly however, I was left disappointed. Now don't get me wrong, the ancient world that Zimmer Bradley create
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Tita
May 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus, livros-2010
Quem me conhece sabe que As Brumas de Avalon são uns dos meus livros preferidos e tinha bastante curiosidade em saber como Marion Zimmer Bradley tinha recriado a história de Tróia através de Cassandra. Assim, aproveitei comprar o livro na Hora H.

Em Presságio de Fogo, a história vai-se desenrolando através de Cassandra, uma princesa troiana com o dom da profecia, mas apesar das suas visões, os que a rodeiam não acreditam no seu dom.
A história começa com o nascimento de Cassandra e Páris, gémeos,
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Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Firebrand is an excellent book, and one that I look forward to rereading again at some point in time. This novel, at just over 600 pages, tells the story of the Trojan War from the perspective of Kassandra the Prophetess, one of the daughters of Priam and Hecuba, the king and queen of Troy. Zimmer Bradley does a terrific job of incorporating the commonly accepted mythological elements of all of the major characters in the novel, including several of the gods and godde ...more
Mel Bossa
This was very entertaining. I enjoyed seeing the siege of Troy from the other side, inside the walls and from a woman's point of view.

But the way Achilles was portrayed was a travesty I felt.

This is like a Danielle Steele type of take on the Ilad. Every character served its purpose but the grandeur I craved from reading Renault or Miller wasn't at the rendez vous.

Over all, original in its perspective but definitely not a classic for me!
Cora
The Firebrand is the the story of the Trojan War told from the perspective of Kassandra. Kassandra is a princess of troy who has the gift of prophecy but the curse that she is never believed. I loved the spin that Bradley put on the famous story and its characters. I like how she was able to have fantasy elements, such as the Gods being real with the ability to take over a person's body when they want to directly influence events and Kassandra's true visions, yet she made some other aspects of t ...more
Aaron Carson
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this some years after The Mists of Avalon. I gobbled it up avidly enough, but it must be admitted that it was basically The Mists of Avalon in a Hellenic setting.

I could easily recognise the personalities of Viviane in Queen Penthiselea, Morgaine in Kassandra, and to some extent, Queen Morgause in Queen Imandra of Colchis.

Probably my favourite part of the book, was the time Kassandra spends at Queen Imandra's court when she is inducted into the cult of "Serpant Mother", which I assumed
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Lucinda Elliot
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who love Ancient History novels
Recommended to Lucinda by: anonymous
This hook is written from the perspective of Kassandra, and shows a Trojan war from the female point of view, a terrible and avoidable catastrophe leading to degradation and mass slaughter, rape and the destruction of innoents.

Hector and the other warriers are deluded in their male notions of honour and glory, Agamemnon a brutal destroyer, Akhilles more or less a psychopath, finally toppled by the death of Patrokoles into madness,capable finally of a terrible act of necrophylia.

Of the women, He
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Mar Lencaster
Tão lindoo!! :'( *tears*

Comentário decente aparecerá futuramente!
Rebecca
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Marion Zimmer Bradley rewrote the Arthurian legends from a feminist perspective in The Mists of Avalon; Ursula K. Le Guin did it for the Aeneid in Lavinia. While this isn't terrible, both of those books were more successful than this one.

In the frame to this story, an aged Kassandra insists that a bard is telling the story of the fall of Troy is all wrong--in the previous generation, women had ruled cities and lived in harmony with the Goddess and everything was hugs and puppies until men totall
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LENA
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: imprescindibles
Antes de leerme esta obra me leí Las Nieblas De Avalon y me encantó. Así llegué a Cassandra y me gustó incluso más. Ahora bien, no os esperéis una historia al uso sobre la Caída de Troya. La autora se basa en ello sólo para recrear un mundo totalmente diferente.
Marion Zimmer es una autora feminista empeñada en devolver a la mujer el poder que antiguamente tuvo (según ella, a mí no me miréis!) y lo demuestra en todas sus obras con fuertes protagonistas femeninas y con giros que nada tienen que ve
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Sakura87
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Tu conosci una sola canzone, Cassandra: fiamme e lutto per Troia, e la canti di continuo, come un menestrello che non conosce altro…"

La guerra di Troia vista da occhi femminili che scrutano fin troppo lontano: Cassandra, la profetessa condannata a predire il futuro e a non essere mai creduta.
Figlia di Priamo ed Ecuba e (la Bradley si concede la sua prima deviazione rispetto alle versioni del mito) sorella gemella di Paride, Cassandra è la voce narrante, sia pure in terza persona, della lunga st
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Alopexin
Feb 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I DID IT. I AM FREE FROM MY MISTAKE.
Gosh, I hate it when I can't decide whether a book is good or bad. LIKE THIS ONE. The story is kinda interesting (I sure do want to know the ending) and there are some positive things to the characters building, namely that none of the women were overly mean to each other, and didn't degrade each other. But that only small pro is not enough to weight against all the cons.
1. I read this book because I was told it was feminist. I saw very little feminism (or ver
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Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Dec 14, 2011 rated it did not like it




Ive always been a little leery about this book and her other works. In this for example a character spoiler: (view spoiler)
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Cindy
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I'm always up for an alternate point of view story, and Cassandra/Kassandra is a character from the story of the Trojan War who has the potential to be very interesting - a prophetess whose words are believed by no one. Unfortunately, Bradley likes to bludgeon the reader with her particular brand of feminism, i.e., things were better in that mythical time when everyone worshiped the Earth Mother, and woman should be free to take on consorts as they please, since men are all such jerks anyway. Bl ...more
David
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Interesting re-telling of the fall of Troy from the point of view of Kassandra - a priestess and princess of Troy.

The book makes a massive amount of the fact that many of the main characters are female. Actually, what the book is really about is the different ways that women relate to men and to each other. This provides some food for thought, but is spoiled quite a lot by not being very nuanced in its portrayals. There are a lot of absolute statements made, and portrayal of extremes, without mu
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Janet
Dec 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book started with an interesting premise, weaving in the myths of greece in a tale of real lives, but soemthing wasn't working for me. I got about half way through the book before I figured it out. The main character, and all the charachters, actually, are not logical, in that the author makes them do things and have reactions that aren't true to their characters, just to move the story along. They don't stay true to how she originally portrays them to be and it makes it confusing for the r ...more
Tintinnabula
Credo sia evidente che ho una passione per la classicità (greca in particolare). Sono incappata nella trama di questo libro per caso, e ho pensato "perché no?". Ora posso tranquillamente dire "ma anche no!".
Capisco l'intento dell'autrice di dar rilievo alle figure femminili in una cornice come quella dell'Iliade (in cui hanno più intelletto e libertà i cavalli), ma il risultato è per me disastroso. Cassandra è una figura tragica in senso classico, che poco si presta ad esser rivisitata in chiav
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Emily
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, 2017, own, problematic
This book was pretty abysmal, but I kept reading it anyways bc TROJAN WAR, y'all. Bradley spends ages talking about the minutia of Kassandra's daily life, and about 1 paragraph each on the important events of Achilles' death, the Trojan Horse, etc. There's also a ridiculous epilogue where she gets a happy ending (as happy as possible after your ENTIRE family is killed or enslaved, on top of the destruction of your home and everything you hold dear). She's held up as a strong woman with Amazonian ...more
Alexia Moon
I have read some other books by Marion Zimmer Bradley and I just love her books. This one is no exception. Loved it, loved it! Some parts broke my heart and some parts made me smile. Cassandra was inspiring, her strength and determination. Definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Greek myths and history because even though it's a fictional work it's simply amazing and captivating!
Caroline
Nov 17, 2007 rated it did not like it
Irritatingly inaccurate, not that we know the truth of the story. Hecuba and ex-Amazon? Kassandra kills Achilles thanks to her training as an Amazon? I don't understand the attraction to the person who recommended it and am thoroughly unimpressed with the writing of an author of whom several of my friends are fans.
Patricia Ferreira
Good book, very entertaining and also teaches about the myths involving the war on Troy.
Haleth
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Rebecca Roeder
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Greek Mythology retelling with a strong but relatable female lead and a good message? Sign me up! I started reading this book two days ago and finished it today. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me angry and it warmed my heart.
Personally I found it interesting how she portrayed the different characters everyone knows (or should know) already, as well as the supernatural part of this universe. I have recently read 'the song of Achilles' as well, both with characterisations of him others
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Carmen (TheReadingTrashQueen)
I read this years and years ago and absolutely loved it. I've been wanting to reread it for ages, as it's stayed with me always, but turns out I had the title wrong all this time! I thought it was called 'Cassandra', but after a thorough search today I finally found it. Such a shame that I recently also found out about the author's past. It doesn't make me love the book any less, but it does give it a bit of a sour taste, and I wonder how I'll fare on my unavoidable reread.
Tracey
I did enjoy this read , but at the same time I feel the story was a it dry in it's telling.
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Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.

Bradley's first published novel-length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Ham
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