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The classic struggle between Greece and Troy brought to life by a panoramic chorus of voices both humble and high, human and divine.
     The siege of Troy has lasted almost ten years. Inside the walled city, food is becoming scarce and the death toll is rising. From the heights of Mount Olympus, the Gods keep watch.
     But Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, is bored with the endless, dreary war, and so she turns her attention to two sisters: Marpessa, who is gifted with God-sight and serves as handmaiden to Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world; and Xanthe, who is kind and loving and tends the wounded soldiers in the Blood Room. When Eros fits an arrow to his silver-lit bow and lets it fly, neither sister will escape its power.
     With vitality and grace, Adèle Geras breathes personality, heartbreak, and humor into this classic story. This is truly an inspired novel, in which the Gods move among mortals and an ancient city is brought to life.

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ISBN-13: 9780544925465
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 195,257
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Adèle Geras is the celebrated author of many books for all ages, including Troy and Ithaka. She lives in Manchester, England.

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Troy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Troy is an AMAZING work of art. Very good story line, and this book will keep you hooked. Do not go into this thinking its going to be like the Iliad, It is nothing like it. It is just a fantastical tale. I first came in contact with this book in fifth grade, and I have always been a history nerd, and loved battle books or adventure. I always had a hard time finding a book that I liked, but then I came in contact with troy. Since then I have bought it and read it many times over. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN AWESOME HISTORICAL FICTION, LOOK NO FURTHER!!!!!
Julia12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The novel, Troy, encompasses the fight for survival when almost all hope is lost. In the beginning, Marpessa struggles with the on coming challenges that the endless war has offered. Throughout the middle, she perseveres through falling in love with the injured, beautiful soldier, Alastor, who her sister, Xanthe, is also coincidentally in love with. (262/348)
Winterrain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book meant a lot to me when I was younger because it was the first real YA novel I read. Rather than condescending to me, it assumed I was old enough to handle a bit of sex, a bit of violence, and genuine moral dilemmas. And the moral dilemmas in this book are crazy- they're the kind that make your heart ache for every character, even the ones you really shouldn't feel any sympathy for.
joririchardson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The famous story of the Trojan War, told from the points of view of fictional, historically insignificant characters. Though the author switches between many differing narrators, the main characters are two sisters. The first is Xanthe, Lady Andromache's servant. The second is Marpessa, Queen Helen's person maid servant.The two sisters are extremely close, until they both fall in love with a handsome young warrior named Alesdar.I absolutely loved this book - it is the best re-telling of the Trojan War, or any other book on Greek mythology, that I have ever read. An epic, sweeping story of the tragedy of war and love.Adele Geras is a skilled, articulate writer who stays true to the historical details of Homer, while adding in a few other fictional twists of her own.I expected this book to be stiff and dry, simply recounting the famous story of the Trojan War the same as everyone else has.However, I could not put this book down. Even though I knew what would happen, I found myself feeling the character's pain and triumph.An amazing, epic story - highly recommended!
xaverie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While reading this book, I was unsure if I liked it or not, yet I was continually pulled back. There are no surprises as this follows the events of 'The Iliad' very closely but Geras' twist of telling the story from the perspective of teenagers makes for an excellent read. She successfully managed to create four teenagers who seem very real, optimistic in a way only young adults can be yet also unsure as they can barely remember a time when the war was not going on.The ending is realistic and because we're constantly yearning for a happy ending, not quite satisfying either. However, it is a sound, enjoyable read and juicy retelling of an oft-told story.
QueenAlyss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! I normally can't become ingrossed in a mythology book (even though I love mythology) but this one just soared in 2 days. I personally want to read it again, although I finnished it last month. I especially love the random appearances of the gods (though, in sense of the book, they were not random at all) and how each gave the seer advanced information but then they forgot. The mysterious workings of the gods.
boosterman More than 1 year ago
I really loved the book Troy. It was very captivating and exciting. I loved the action/romance. Im not the romantic type but it caught my attention and kept me wanting to read more. If you love the Trojan war this is the right book to read. Everythimg was well written and explained thorougly. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves war and a little bit of love. This was my fisrt book that i read by Adele Geras. I am going to consider reading more books by her.
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mac_allyson More than 1 year ago
When I went searching for books about the Trojan War, I had completed my first year of Latin. My teacher dedicated the entire second half of the second semester to learning about the Trojan War. At this point it was certain I was going to be going into a second year of Latin studies, but I wanted more reading on the Trojan War and immediately went searching for fiction on the subject. I wanted to see an alternate perspective that would give me further insight about what women might have dealt with during those ten years of war. Troy is a young adult novel written by Adele Geras. The summary wants you to believe that the story is about the Trojan War from the perspective of the women of Troy. When I pick up a book titled Troy, I expect to about the war from inside the gates from characters already known about, like Hecuba, Helen, Polyxena, and Cassandra. What you get is the story about two sisters, Xanthe and Marpessa, who are in two different positions, and they have but one thing outside their relation in common: Alistor, that poor kid who got fatally wounded after not even five seconds of battle! And it gets better! SPOILER ALERT There's unplanned pregnancy and do-it-yourself abortions! SPOILER ALERT The plot, on the whole, gets lost somewhere about a third into the book probably because the author lost sight of an interesting concept or the author is just clueless about the Trojan war and hopes that readers don't notice by throwing in some teenage angst because teenagers crave angsty love triangles like candy, right? While there are people out there that enjoy this book and hail it as an excellent adaptation of Homer's Iliad, why is beyond me. And why did I force myself to finish this book? Maybe it was the hope that things would somehow get better, which they never did. Why did I even bother to pick up this book in the first place? Because it was after my first year of Latin, we had covered the Trojan War second semester and it sounded like it had the potential for being an illuminating read, from the perspective of one of the female characters from the Iliad. I did not want teenage drama, which is what I got.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this novel, I think it was a pretty good book. It talked about the siege of Troy. Each morning men would go out and fight, women would stay on the walls and wait of their return of their husbands. I think this book would be more stable for young adults and not for children. Furthermore, this book describes the death of a person very detailed also this book is more mature than others. All in all, I would rate this 8 out of 10 since I was quite interested since I am interested in war and the Olympus.
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I thought this book was great. It really told about the lives of Trojan peasents; a subject that isn't really covered in history class. The only thing was that it reminded me of a soap opera. Each chapter went to a different person's messed up love life, so, like a soap opera, it was kind of hard to follow their stories. But I did think that the charcters had real personality and I got emotionally attached to each one. A warning: This book takes place near the end of the Trojan War, so I recomend this book for people who already know a great deal about the Trojan War, because the author doesn't spend much time going over the beginning of the war, only a couple flashbacks. I liked how the gods and goddesses were involved too.
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GreekCowgirl More than 1 year ago
This story has gods and goddesses sisters and one problem they both think the love the same person an wounded soldier but Aphrodite says he is only for one sister this story takes you on a journey of love and war.
TimothyLMS More than 1 year ago
As a teen i loved this book. i love it because of the wat Adele Geras words the story and encorporates the drama of war with the trickery of the gods. The wars affect on everything in their world is closely intertwined into the story. Also i was captured by the love conflict between the two sisters. I couldn't let go.
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Samiha More than 1 year ago
My friend was telling me about Troy (knowing that I love Greek mythology), and when I saw the book on the shelf, I was expecting it to be quite good. In the most part, it didn't disappoint. There were enough twists and turns to keep me occupied. But at the end, I had to think - what was the point of everything if it ended like that?
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