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I ve had this little young adults paperback for years, from the time I collected anything, fiction and non fiction, on the fall of Troy I certainly didn t do myself any favours by leaving this one unread for so long, because it s an excellent re imagining of the familiar tale.The narrator is a young girl who is taken as hostage by the king of the island kingdom of Siphnos On the island she becomes a valued companion to the Princess Callisto When the island is raided by Trojans the girl, Anax I ve had this little young adults paperback for years, from the time I collected anything, fiction and non fiction, on the fall of Troy I certainly didn t do myself any favours by leaving this one unread for so long, because it s an excellent re imagining of the familiar tale.The narrator is a young girl who is taken as hostage by the king of the island kingdom of Siphnos On the island she becomes a valued companion to the Princess Callisto When the island is raided by Trojans the girl, Anaxander, is taken captive She assumes Callisto s identity for her own preservation a matter which is going to trouble her conscience and create problems for her when she encounters none other than the famous Helen, Queen of Sparta.Anaxander s tale takes her across the Aegean and overland to Sparta, and eventually back across the Aegean to Troy in the company of Prince Paris and the beautiful but dangerous Helen Here her fate is destined to be bound up in that of the magnificent city of Troy and its people.Although Anaxander Callisto encounters the famous characters from Homer s Iliad, her s is a fresh perspective, and because she is a fictional invention of author Caroline B Cooney, her fate is unanticipated from the outset of her tale.If you are a reader who is enthralled as I was by Goddess of Yesterday you will devour this 264 page novel in a couple of sittings For me the book is a definite keeper, and reminded me of how the greatest tales of mythology and history stand up to multiple re tellings Of course, not all authors are up to the task of making familiar tales fresh and interesting Happily Ms Cooney is I m no classicist, but I flatter myself that I know a bitabout ancient Greek history than the average Joe But Cooney gave me a completely new perspective on the character of Helen, Paris and Menelaus They became, for want of a better word, believable As is so often the case, a wonderful book has been relegated to the YA shelves just because the protagonist is a young girl Don t let that label keep you from reading this excellent tale Audiobook note At first, I thought the narrator s I m no classicist, but I flatter myself that I know a bitabout ancient Greek history than the average Joe But Cooney gave me a completely new perspective on the character of Helen, Paris and Menelaus They became, for want of a better word, believable As is so often the case, a wonderful book has been relegated to the YA shelves just because the protagonist is a young girl Don t let that label keep you from reading this excellent tale Audiobook note At first, I thought the narrator s voice was too deep for a young girl s But once I got used to it, it did not impede my enjoyment She does a first rate narration @READ DOWNLOAD ê Goddess of Yesterday ç Anaxandra is taken from her birth island at ageby King Nicander to be a companion to his crippled daughter, Princess Callisto Six years later, her new island is sacked by pirates and she is the sole survivor Alone with only her Medusa figurine, she reinvents herself as Princess Callisto when Menelaus, great king of Sparta, lands with his men He takes her back to Sparta with him where Helen, his beautiful wife, does not believe that the red headed child is Princess Callisto Although fearful of the half mortal, half goddess Helen, Anaxandra is able to stay out of harm s way until the Trojan princes Paris and Aeneas arrive Paris and Helen s fascination with each other soon turns to passion and plunges Sparta and Troy into war Can Anaxandra find the courage to reinvent herself once again, appease the gods, and save herself In Caroline B Cooney s epic tale of one girl s courage and will to survive, Anaxandra learns that home is where you make it and identity goes deeper than just your name like 3 and 1 2 stars Anaxandra is six years old when King Nicander comes to the small island of her childhood and takes her away as a tribute and to be a companion to his sickly daughter Callisto Unable to ever return to her family, Anaxandra comes to feel at home at Siphnos and to love her adopted family and for six years life goes unchanged Until pirates attack the island and Anaxandra is the sole survivor She is then rescued by King Menelaus of Sparta and afraid to be taken as a slavlike 3 and 1 2 stars Anaxandra is six years old when King Nicander comes to the small island of her childhood and takes her away as a tribute and to be a companion to his sickly daughter Callisto Unable to ever return to her family, Anaxandra comes to feel at home at Siphnos and to love her adopted family and for six years life goes unchanged Until pirates attack the island and Anaxandra is the sole survivor She is then rescued by King Menelaus of Sparta and afraid to be taken as a slave, she assumes the identity of Princess Callisto and because of that she is welcomed with opens arm into his household Except that is, for his wife Helen, who doesn t believe Callisto s story and becomes a constant danger to Anaxandra When Paris, the youngest spoiled son of the powerful city of Troy comes to visit, he and Helen fall in love with each other and leave Sparta for Troy But Helen doesn t go alone, she takes hers and Menelaus youngest son and is bent on taking their daughter Hermione as well But Anaxandra who has come to love Menelaus family will do anything to protect the children and assumes once again, the identity of another person In Troy, at the brink of the upcoming war Anaxandra will find herself having to choose sides.I have been in the mood for historical fiction lately and I quite enjoyed Goddess of Yesterday both because of its ancient Greece setting and connection to the Trojan War but also because of its resilient main character, Anaxandra Anaxandra is a creation of this author but I liked how the minor role she comes to play in the Trojan War is one that could have been Taking care of Helen s youngest child Pleisthenes and protecting him from Helen s carelessness and Paris murderous intentions becomes Anaxandra s main mission whilst in Troy Oh, how I loved the author s choice of portraying both Helen and Paris as dangerous, self serving, egotistical, loathsome people.The plot moves forward with increasing tension with the combination of Anaxandra always scared of being found a liar, Pleisthenes life in danger and the inevitable war looming in the horizon The Trojans belief that they are unbeatable and the knowledge I had of how things turn out to be only made this story all the best to be read especially when Anaxandra becomes friends with Hector, his future wife and his sister Cassandra poor Cassandra.Anaxandra is the sort of character whose rebellion if we can call it that is that of the quietly reflexive kind and her main skill is her ability to adapt and to forgive in order to survive I admit that at times, I felt a bit frustrated by how easily she would find herself being extremely sympathetic to her kings Nicander, Menelaus and Priam but to be honest, this felt true to the character She is quite perceptive as well and her narrative is full of keen observations about life in Ancient Greece from the different ways of life in the different places, the different languages, and customs not to mention the horrid reality of slavery and violence throughout I also loved how the Gods and Goddess are portrayed as being an intrinsic part of everybody s everyday lives including people s belief that their fate was completely on their Gods hands Would I have preferred to see Anaxandra raging against being the plaything of Gods and Goddesses Yes But it made sense that she accepted it, and prayed and hoped her Goddess of Yesterday would be fair to her when other Gods weren t fair or good to other people Plus, it s not like she just sat there and waited for things to happen as she took an active role lies and all to survive I loved that.Goddess of Yesterday is a short yet fulfilling story and I enjoyed reading it very much I hear this author has a huge backlist any recommendations about what I should read next Anaxandra is taken from her home island when she is six, so that she can be a companion to Princess Callisto Six years later, her new home island is attacked by pirates and she is the sole survivor She takes on the identity of Princess Callisto and is taken to Sparta with King Menelaus This is how she becomes involved with Menelaus wife, Helen of Troy, and the following war. I wish I could give this book 4.5 stars I really enjoyed it Great story I loved how the author enterwinded fact with fiction The book had me on the edge of my seat as it were, for the entire last half of the book up to the very last page She ended it nicely I wasn t left wanting but the last 50 pages, at least, were intense If you are a mythology fan I HIGHLY recommned it This was one of my favorite books when I was growing up There is a huge range of novels out there concerning the Trojan War and the men and women whose lives were changed by the great event so many books in fact, that it is difficult to find one that doesn t feel stale and predictable after all, no author can really make shocking twists and turns in a war whose outcome is already known Like books concerning the King Arthur legends, the Trojan War as a subject for a book is rapidly becoming This was one of my favorite books when I was growing up There is a huge range of novels out there concerning the Trojan War and the men and women whose lives were changed by the great event so many books in fact, that it is difficult to find one that doesn t feel stale and predictable after all, no author can really make shocking twists and turns in a war whose outcome is already known Like books concerning the King Arthur legends, the Trojan War as a subject for a book is rapidly becoming dull.So it is refreshing to find now and again a book that deals with this subject, and is actually interesting , suspenseful and surprisingly good Such is Caroline B Cooney s Goddess of Yesterday Although all of the mythological details and events of the War are correct at least as far as I could see , the author brings new personalities to well known characters, thoughtful insights on blasphemy and the nature of gods, and a likeable young heroine that blends so easily into the events leading up to the War that one might be surprised not to find her mentioned in ancient sources Anaxandra is the beloved daughter of a chieftain father in a small rocky isle, taken away from her home and family as a tribute hostage of King Nicander, who places her in his own household as a companion to his own crippled daughter Princess Callisto Despite homesickness, Anaxandra adjust to her new life, only to have it shattered onceby pirates who plunder Siphnos Thanks to an ingenious disguise, Anaxandra is the sole survivor, and when the ship bearing King Menelaus pulls in to investigate, she lies to ensure her future telling the King of Sparta that she is the Princess Callisto.Under this new identity, she is taken to Sparta where she mingles with the family of the king his beautiful but dangerous wife Helen, his cheerful daughter Hermione, his two elder sons, and baby Pleisthenes It is there of course, that the inevitable happens Prince Paris of Troy arrives in Sparta, and when Menelaus is called away to his grandfather s funeral, Paris and Helen set sail oncefor Troytaking baby Pleisthenes and Anaxandra again under a false identity in a bid to save Hermione s life with themWhen retelling such a well known story, it is impossible to change important events in the tale scholars would get too stroppy , but the personalities of the people involved are always up for grabs Cooney creates an interesting version of Helen, as a painfully beautiful demi goddess, utterly cruel, cold, manipulating, and revelling in the blood of the soldiers who die for her sake It s a shocking change from the usual somewhat reluctant follower of Paris, who would walk the walls in agony over the deaths below her Hector and Andromache s characterisations I am less fond of he s too heavy set and gruff, and she s too frivolous and giggly Cassandra, however is captured perfectly as the hysterical, but beloved princess in the tower, and Cooney instigates a very clever plot twist in the details of her curse that her prophesies are never believed , that caught me completely off guard There are a few details that bothered me Anaxandra often beseeches the deity that gives name to the book the goddess of yesterday , but who this figure actually is and how she fits into the pantheon of Greek gods remains unknown The same complaint lies with the use of Medusa as a good luck charm , and did anyone else think that Anaxandra s romance with Euneas was a little abrupt One horse ride and she s in love Further, there are alot of plot threads left hanging does Anaxandra meet up with Euneas again Cassandra hints that her parents are still looking for her so does she ever meet them again Does she have her revenge on the pirates of the twisted fish And for someone who knows absolutely nothing about the Trojan War, they will be left dangling with absolutely no information on what happens to any of the characters Cooney ends the book, so to speak, just when it seems like it s beginning An epilogue fills in these blanks, but I would have liked to hear it from Anaxandra s point of view plus Cooney forgets to mentions that Aretha is eventually rescued by her grandsons after the sack of Troy.But all in all, Caroline B Cooney has written a clear, beautifully descriptive story of an engaging young woman caught up in events much larger than herself, as well as a reworking of the traditional myths, and a reasonably accurate depiction of ancient Greek life In terms of novel based on this Trojan genre , this one is one of the best This book shows how time, place and personality comes into play in every situation A girl named Anaxandra gets taken from her home island when she was six to go with Prince Nicander to his island Also, this book shows how much family is important and taps into the world of mythology, gods and goddesses It s a great book for people who adventurous fantasy The reason I give it a four is that everything comes into play from the little symbols, details, actions and creatures all play as symbols This book shows how time, place and personality comes into play in every situation A girl named Anaxandra gets taken from her home island when she was six to go with Prince Nicander to his island Also, this book shows how much family is important and taps into the world of mythology, gods and goddesses It s a great book for people who adventurous fantasy The reason I give it a four is that everything comes into play from the little symbols, details, actions and creatures all play as symbols for the big picture that family comes with you wherever you go This is one of those books that I read YA lit for At first, I thought it would be fantasy, but I would categorize this as historic fiction because, while people speak as if the gods and goddesses were real, nothing happens that couldn t happen in real life The reader gets a picture of what life was like in ancient times both normal days and the sudden, harsh violence that could destroy your world in a moment as fierce raiders, hungry for glory, gold, and slaves, descend upon you from the sea This is one of those books that I read YA lit for At first, I thought it would be fantasy, but I would categorize this as historic fiction because, while people speak as if the gods and goddesses were real, nothing happens that couldn t happen in real life The reader gets a picture of what life was like in ancient times both normal days and the sudden, harsh violence that could destroy your world in a moment as fierce raiders, hungry for glory, gold, and slaves, descend upon you from the sea The main character is a very likable and very smart young girl The horrible situations in which she finds herself will arouse the reader s sympathy as well as admiration as she finds ways to survive In general, though the author is dealing with some very brutal events, the depictions aren t too graphic The author also refrained from inserting a too modern feel into the story with the exception of one interchange at a merchant s shop between the main character and a king Anaxander s desire to use the tablets for communication as a diary or letters was perhaps a little anachronistic, but since she never used them that way, it was just a wish.Helen was a perfect Helen beautiful yet hideous in her soul The saddest thing for me is that no one could see it Perhaps Menelaus saw it and that s why he was not attracted to her, though the book just calls him as inattentive Even Anaxandra while she knows Helen is evil still finds her appealing and longs for her smile One very moving line was from an old woman, once a queen, now a slave Does the life I lead make you think of gentle, loving gods No, the gods of this world were cruel, life was cruel, and humans were cruel, usually kind to their own but brutal to others There was a code of honor but even that was often broken Whenever I read anything about the Greek gods, I give thanks for my God who is loving and good and merciful At age six, Anaxandra is taken as a hostage by King Nicander to be a companion to his crippled daughter Callisto Just when things were going well, Siphons experienced another crisis The island had gotten attacked by pirates and the only soul that survived that attack was Anaxandra When a fleet of ships belonging to King Menelaus arrives on the island, she take the identity of Princess Callisto in order to survive Things go up and down when she arrives in Sparta, since Helen knows that she st At age six, Anaxandra is taken as a hostage by King Nicander to be a companion to his crippled daughter Callisto Just when things were going well, Siphons experienced another crisis The island had gotten attacked by pirates and the only soul that survived that attack was Anaxandra When a fleet of ships belonging to King Menelaus arrives on the island, she take the identity of Princess Callisto in order to survive Things go up and down when she arrives in Sparta, since Helen knows that she stole an identity When Menelaus and his men depart to attend his grandfather s funeral, Paris and Helen decide to leave Sparta and go to Troy together When Menelaus finds out, he gets mad and charges for Troy, declaring war Can Anaxandar prevent this from happening and gain forgiveness for the mistakes that she has done This story was very well written and deserves 4 stars The detail and format in this book makes me picture the events in my mind The overall plot was great, however the story didn t end as well as I thought it would I would recommend this book to people who enjoy historical fiction