Kerry Greenwood's Trojan War
Doomed, magnificent Troy is burning...
Cassandra is the second in Kerry Greenwood's extraordinary Delphic Women trilogy, which revels in the lives of some of history's legendary women.
Like Medea, the first book in the series, Cassandra is an epic tale of love and lust, bravery and honour, trust and betrayal.
Set in a time of gods and monsters, of great kings both noble and notorious, of women so beautiful mortal men waged war in their name, and in an age when mighty warriors, seers and healers filled the ranks of the Trojan, Amazon and Greek armies, Cassandra is an exhilarating account of the fall of Troy
Kerry Greenwood has woven a legend into an epic and beautiful tale of peace and war, in which the petty Olympian gods test and tempt, bless and curse the mortals of the ancient world.
Cassandra, the golden-haired princess cursed with the gift of prophecy, and Diomenes, the Achaean with the healing hands, become puppets of the gods.
Despite forseeing the end of Troy, Cassandra, prophetess and princess, stands with her fellow Trojans as they defend their great city from the onslaught of the Achaeans, whose demand for the return of the Helen is merely an excuse for war.
With their passions thwarted, their loves betrayed, and their gifts rendered useless for the sake of a wager between two immortals, will Cassandra and Diomenes find each other in the light of the burning city?
And, if they do, can their love survive the machinations of malicious gods and men?
Kerry Greenwood – historian, lawyer and author – never trusted that the old adage 'history is written by the victors' meant the records being kept or the stories being told contained the only truth.
Especially when women were either ignored by centuries of male record-keepers, or recast as saints or whores, damsels in distress or femmes fatale – with no middle ground.
There was little doubt then that her retelling of the legends and 'history' of the ancient world would redress the imbalance. After all, the creator of the irrepressible Phryne Fisher – sleuth-extraordinaire of Melbourne, circa 1928 – couldn't help but look at history with a fresh and feminist eye.
Kerry's Delphic Women trilogy began with Medea, the real story of Jason & the Argonauts told from the point of view of Medea – sorceress, Priestess of Hecate and Jason's wife. It also sets the record straight about who really killed the children of Medea and Jason.
Following Cassandra later this year, the final book in the trilogy is Electra, the story of Agamemnon's daughter who flees her home after witnessing her father's murder at the hands of her mother. Forced to rely on the Trojan woman, Cassandra, and her two male companions – an Achaean and a Trojan – Electra is driven by a burning desire for revenge.
Kerry Greenwood’s Delphic Women series evokes the dark perils and pleasures of the ancient world with a beautiful and sensual intensity.
Medea and Cassandra are both available now in paperback from the CDP website and all good book shops; and as eBooks from CDP, Amazon, Kobo stores and iTunes – in mobi and ePub.
Kerry's Out of the Black Land and Salmancis are also available as paperbacks and eBooks