|What really happened in the Trojan War? We know about it only
through Homer, of course, so it might be just barely possible that maybe he made a few
small mistakes in his description of events.
P.C. Cast starts this particular book on
that assumption, and comes in at the end of the war. What finished it after it had dragged
on for so many years? Cast, tongue in cheek, decides that Hera, Athena and Venus have
gotten fed up with the war, and they turn to a modern (21st-century) woman and
her friend to end it.
The book has many weaknesses. The heroines are thrown back in time, into bodies not
their own, and immediately adapt. (Yeah right.) My understanding of military history
suggests that Cast has gotten some military detail wrong. The characters are a bit shallow
and predictable. Cast uses Roman names for the gods by preference, and when the Greeks use
their Greek names they are asked to use Roman names instead. (I note here that Troy fell
before the advent of Rome.)
In spite of its weaknesses, though, the book is a fast, enjoyable read. The ending is
unexpectedly happy, at least for most characters. The writing is competent and engaging.
Cast has written a series of books focussing on goddesses, and I have read one other.
They are linked by their milieu, but each stands on its own. The two books had quite a
different feel to them, though both would appeal largely to the chick lit/romance
audience. I will definitely read other books in the series as I get the chance.