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Daughters of Sparta, by Claire Heywood

allly's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

sarah_erd12's review against another edition

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dark emotional slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

I found the first 100 pages a bit too drawn out but I think the author was really trying to set up a lot of themes that she could mention later. I also wish the sisterhood could have been delved into deeper. But the second half of the book was much faster paced and well written.

aubreyxx's review against another edition

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emotional reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

gracefulgracee's review against another edition

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dark emotional tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.75

heatherlycrane's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

sher_s's review against another edition

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medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated

5.0

saucydoorhandles's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5 I was enjoying this until I got to the ending, because it threw me out of the story. I felt like it stopped just when it was getting very interesting and the part that myths/stories don't touch upon much. Especially when there were a lot of time skips in exciting moments, I thought the time skips were to leave page room for the "after" but after never came.

I will be reading any sequels set in this world by the author though.

veronica_stornello's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.25

baileeamorette's review against another edition

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4.0

Complex female characters are my life force especially those of whom previously belonged to male writers. The parallels between Heywood’s Helen and (my interpretation of) Fitzgerald’s Daisy Buchanan are stark in my opinion, and I love seeing Homer’s Helen being reclaimed in this text. Though, I may be biased because I wrote “Helen as the Tragic Heroine” in my undergrad ancient lit course.

The laying of blame at the feet of women in older texts is so monotonously banal. Myth in particular so often makes women, but Helen and Clytemnestra pointedly, out to be just one thing: A Whore, A Wife, A Mother, A Bitch. Someone unable to break the confines of her sex and, when she does, is punished inconceivably for doing so. Conversely, I loved reading this from the hopeful, naive, oblivious, angry, jealous, hurt, /real/ characterizations of Helen and Clytemnestra.

Despite knowing exactly where this story would lead, Daughters of Sparta still managed to take and hold my attention the entire way through. I scoffed and laughed and cried even when I knew that what was happening would inevitably happen. I hope Heywood writes more about myth, and I can’t wait to read those books when they come.

fruitbat's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.75