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The Firebrand

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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 passionate woman with the spirit of a warrior.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 01, 1989 – In her newest historical epic, the author of the bestseller The Mists of Avalon vividly recounts the story of the Trojan War through the eyes of Kassandra, a princess of Troy blessed with "the sight'' yet doomed by a vengeful god to be thought mad in her prophecies of destruction. On the day that her twin brother Paris brings home beautiful Helen of Sparta as a war prize, Kassandra envisions a firebrand whose rash action will set all Troy aflame. And indeed, the Greeks come fast on Paris's heels to lay siege to the city as they struggle to reclaim Helena pretext, some say, disguising Agamemnon's desire to annex Troy and all its riches. As a priestess of Apollo who rode with the Amazons in the waning days of their rule, Bradley's Kassandra is caught between the whims of warring gods and greedy mortals, forced to bear witness to the awful destinies of those she loves, but unable to change the course of any life, including her own. Although these mythic figures stumble through some petty, rather too modern dialogue, the dust of the war fairly rises off the page as Bradley animates this rich history and vivifies the conflicts between a culture that reveres the strength of women and one that makes them mere consorts of powerful men. Paperback rights to Pocket Books; Literary Guild alternate.
The Firebrand
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Epic
  • Published: May 06, 2003
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 608 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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