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S stunning debut novel brings ancient Troy wildly raucously passionately alive' Manda Scott bestselling author of Boudica and Into the Fire'A delight from start to finish Hauser's fresh perspective on one of the great archetypal epics in focusing on the marginalised women's stories makes for fascinating reading a clever premise and thoroughly enjoyable' Elizabeth Fremantle author of Sisters of Treason'Kept me utterly absorbed Here is a heroine to cheer for and a book to cherish' Margot Livesey author of The House on Fortune Street'Beautifully descriptive drawing the reader into a lost world of gods and heroes' Glyn Iliffe author of King of Ithaca. Hauser brings her Golden Apple trilogy to a close with For The Immortal a book that brings to life Hippolyta the s and the daughter of a Greek king who accompanies Hercules on his final two labors This book was hard for me in the middle While I loved the sections involving Hippolyta and the s the Becoming Greek section was a difficult read view spoilerHippolyta is completely broken and constantly raped I wanted some of her fire some resistance to her circumstances The reasons for her staying submissive to Theseus seemed flimsy If Theseus isn t honoring his agreement she should be fighting back too hide spoiler


So than Hippolyta the revered ueen of the tribe For Hercules and his band of fighters pose a threat to her way of life – but also stir up painful memories that threaten to expose her deepest secretAs battle lines are drawn between the Greeks and the s both women soon learn the inevitable truth – in war sacrifices must be made; especially if they are to protect the ones they love most PRAISE FOR EMILY HAUSER'Hauser recreates one of the oldest tales in Greek myth with great skill and panache' The Times'Once in a while something comes along that's so utterly right so necessary for now that you wonder why nobody thought of it before Emily Hauser'. I came to For the Immortal without having read the first two books in the series but that didn t matter because it is a standalone story I loved Hauser s recreation of the well known tale She tells it from an intriguing new perspective and that worked incredibly well The different narrators all had interesting and uniue voices and I found myself caught up in their personal dramas and decisions I particularly enjoyed the chapter lengths which made it easy to pick up the book and read the odd bit here and there when I had time Occasionally during the narrative passages my attention wavered but the action soon drew me back in Actually one of the things I found most enjoyable was the author s afterword in which she discusses her approach to recasting the myth Overall this is a good read for those who enjoy fairytale and myth retellings and I give it a solid 4 starsI received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley

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Thousands of years ago in an ancient world where the gods control all and heroes fight to have their names remembered down the ages two extraordinary women become entangled in one of the greatest heroic tales of all time and must face how much they are willing to risk for immortalityDesperate to save her dying brother Admete persuades her father the king of Tiryns to let her join Hercules on one of his legendary twelve labours Travelling to the renowned female warrior s in search of a cure Admete soon discovers that both Hercules and the fearsome s are not as they first seemedThe s greet the arrival of the Greeks with mixed feelings – and none. I have to reiterate my For the Winner review where was this uality of writing in For the Most Beautiful The latter two books in this trilogy are better by far than the first book and I can only assume that Hauser s debut novel was severely curtailed by the publishing house who gave it a distinctly frothy juvenile spin For the Winner and For the Immortal are thankfully much interesting For the Immortal returns to a dual protagonist set up but this time it s well founded on Hippolyta ueen of the s and Admete Admete is such a minor character in myth that honestly I had to be reminded of who she was but I think Hauser was right when she says in her author s note that the concept of retrieving Hippolyta s war belt simply as a shiny trinket for Admete feels like a half baked idea and not terribly compelling Hauser has elaborated upon that unspectacular beginning to create a stronger motivation for the uest as well as increasing Admete s role in it I didn t object to the author portraying a darker Hercules although I wish he d been named Herakles since this was a Greek world novel as there s plenty in the character s ancient mythos to suggest a darker side but I was frankly disappointed that it is just let go at the end I felt that his twisting his descent into a darker personality could ve provided of a crisis than it did for the other characters and that there should have been a final confrontation between Hercules and AdmeteAs for Hippolyta I wasn t bothered by her being combined with Antiope since again there is grounds for it in ancient myth Ancient writers went back and forth on the uestion of whether the ueen who Hercules stole the war belt from was the same person as the one who became Theseus ueen Plus from a story telling point of view it gives Hippolyta a lot story However I didn t like the portrayal of Theseus The ancient writers also give different accounts as to whether Theseus and his ueen were a love match or whether she was an unwilling captive Hauser chooses to make her an unwilling captive and Theseus a special brand of scum I simply prefer a better Theseus the one portrayed by Mary Renault and Amalia Carosella than I do Hauser s evil Theseus Maybe it just felt like a bit too much what with a darker Hercules being portrayed as well Besides I kept thinking But what about Hippolytus There s no Hippolytus here and Phaedra we re told has long since been acuired and discarded before Hippolyta s arrival There s Hauser s Hippolyta is also combined with and reworked Penthesilea Oh and by the way she was married to and had a child with Achilles long before the events of this book happen and she s captured by Theseus Wait whatOkay that version of events does I admit give a much better reason for Achilles weeping over the ueen of the s he just killed than love at first sight But I had trouble getting over that particular hurdle I m not sure the timelines match up If Achilles as we re told in ancient myth was too young to compete for Helen s hand and in order to avoid being called to the Trojan War successfully disguised himself as a young woman but old enough to father Neoptolemos during the same time he must ve been in his teens at the start of the Trojan War and less than 30 when he is killed The events of this book take place roughly between ten and five years before the start of the War and during it Hippolyta is reminiscing back to about ten years or so earlier than that when she remembers her time with Achilles Plus Theseus is supposed to be an old man when he kidnaps a ten year old Helen which is supposed to occur much later than his prime with Hippolyta both occur together here Eh my brain just couldn t accept thisI was very surprised when at about 80% of the way in the book jumps ahead fifteen years to the Trojan War It felt tacked on sudden and jarring I prepared myself to criticise this section heavily in my review I ve softened to it a little although I still feel it was overall a misstep The section doesn t really add anything to Admete I like that it recognises Hippolyta s heroism and provides a compelling reason for Achilles to weep over the corpse of the ueen But I still can t buy into the HippolytaAchilles relationship I can completely understand the author being tempted to revisit the Trojan War in the story who wouldn t want to rewrite the stumbles of For the Most Beautiful and provide a rather dramatic mature and heroic slice of the Trojan War than the passive angsty voices of Briseis and Chryseis but it did feel very last minute and just not part of Admete and Hippolyta s storiesHowever I ve really enjoyed the sophisticated writing style of For the Winner and For the Immortal and the focus of both of them on lesser explored but active and heroic women of ancient Greek myth and I do recommend this book If I were to re read it though I ll probably just end the book before the out of place time skip7 out of 10

  • Hardcover
  • 352
  • For The Immortal
  • Emily Hauser
  • en
  • 06 March 2019
  • 9780857523198

About the Author: Emily Hauser

Born in Brighton and brought up in Suffolk Emily Hauser studied Classics at Cambridge where she was taught by Mary Beard and completed a PhD at Yale University She is now a Junior Fellow at Harvard University For the Most Beautiful — the first book in the Golden Apple trilogy — was her debut novel and retells the story of the siege of Troy Her second For the Winner is a reimagining of the

10 thoughts on “For The Immortal

  1. says:

    I have to reiterate my For the Winner review where was this uality of writing in For the Most Beautiful? The latter two books in th

  2. says:

    I’ve been a huge fan of the Golden Apple trilogy for a while so you can imagine my delight when I was invited onto the For The Immortal blog t

  3. says:

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Alexander heir of Tiryns is dying His sister Admete is a skillful healer but her knowledge can’t save him so she persuades her father to let her join Hercules on one of his labours they will travel to the s the legendary female warriors in search of a cure The Gr

  4. says:

    Emily Hauser’s Golden Apple trilogy investigates various women from Greek mythology Although the three books are connected they can be viewed as a standalone as each covers a different legend The final book in this trilogy centres around three women Hippolyta the ueen of the s Admete the daughter of Eurystheus and Hera goddess a

  5. says:

    I have just finished the final book in this exuisite trilogy and For The Immortal has been my favourite of the three Emily Hauser’s trilogy has come to us amid a flurry of Classics themed feministic literature in the last year of so Madeline

  6. says:

    I came to For the Immortal without having read the first two books in the series but that didn't matter because it is a standalone story I loved Hauser's recreation of the well known tale She tells it from an in

  7. says:

    Wow I absolutely loved reading this The stories of Homer have been rehashed so many times or I've read so many of them but this is different covering a period prior to the Trojan war about two women one a princess of Greece and the other ueen of the s and their exploits up to and including the final battles of this war At a point near 34 through I thought it was finished but then there was and aside from taking me by surprise it s

  8. says:

    If you’ve read my review of the previous book in this trilogy For the Winner you’ll know that I LOVE Emily Hauser’s writing of Greek myths from a female perspective Seriously I found out she is a lecturer of classics at Exeter university and began considering it to apply toFor the immortal is the stunning

  9. says:

    Hauser brings her Golden Apple trilogy to a close with For The Immortal a book that brings to life Hippolyta the s and the daughter of a Greek king who accompanies Hercules on his final two labors This book was hard for me in the middle While

  10. says:

    This story is told from the point of view of three women; Hippolyta the ueen of the s in the Land of the Saka Admete the daughter of Eurystheus King of Tiryns and Hera goddess and wife of ZeusWe follow Admete as she travels

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