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Wow Just wow Absolutely thrilled to of come across this book I need to readby this author Loved the time period and felt the character per chapter in this novel worked well as normally I am not a fan of this technique , it however allowed each character and strand of the story to develop perfectly Must read I m not sure what market the publisher is aiming for with this book, but I think it should be YA, or maybe NA I don t mean this in any kind of pejorative way It is a beautiful, dramatic, romantic coming of age story, focused on young women as they enter the world of love, marriage, responsibility, adulthood The blending of myth and history creates the same feeling as a fairy tale The language reflects this, it is superlative and magical.For me, it didn t quite meet expectations, but this may be because I came of age a long time ago Now my decrepit, cynical, shrivelled old heart can t take the hopeful, sentimental romance of the story For those not affected by my bad humour, it could be a wonderful tale Especially as it is taken from the wonderous world of Homer as someone who studied the classics, I always want people to readabout that time.Many thanks to Emily Hauser, Random House, and Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review. [Read Pdf] ♓ For The Most Beautiful (Golden Apple Trilogy #1) ♵ Three Thousand Years Ago A War Took Place That Gave Birth To Legends To Achilles, The Greatest Of The Greeks, And Hector, Prince Of Troy It Was A War That Made And Destroyed Both Men, A War That Shook The Very Foundations Of The World But What If There Was To This Epic Conflict What If There Was Another, Hidden Tale Of The Trojan War That Had Yet To Be Told Now Is That Time Time For The Women Of Troy To Tell Their StoryThrillingly Imagined And Startlingly Original, For The Most Beautiful Reveals The True Story Of True For The First Time The Story Of Krisayis, Daughter Of The Trojans High Priest, And Of Briseis, Princess Of Pedasus, Who Fight To Determine The Fate Of A City And Its People In This Ancient Time Of Mischievous Gods And Mythic HeroesIn A Novel Full Of Passion And Revenge, Loyalty And Betrayal, Bravery And Sacrifice, Emily Hauser Breathes Exhilarating New Life Into One Of The Greatest Legends Of All In A Story That Has Waited Millennia To Be Told Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafterHomerEmily Hauser, an English author, has penned a stirring debut historical fiction, For The Most Beautiful where the author has weaved the infamous Greek mythological tale of Trojan War through the voice of two female characters, who lose a great deal and fight some complex battles, to save their city of Troy Also watched from the mountains are the gods who are controlling the war Synopsis Three thousand years ago a war took place that gave birth to legends to Achilles, the greatest of the Greeks, and Hector, prince of Troy It was a war that made and destroyed both men, a war that shook the very foundations of the world But what if there wasto this epic conflict What if there was another, hidden tale of the Trojan War that had yet to be told Now is that time time for the women of Troy to tell their story.Thrillingly imagined and startlingly original, For the Most Beautiful reveals the true story of true for the first time The story of Krisayis, daughter of the Trojans High Priest, and of Briseis, princess of Pedasus, who fight to determine the fate of a city and its people in this ancient time of mischievous gods and mythic heroes.In a novel full of passion and revenge, loyalty and betrayal, bravery and sacrifice, Emily Hauser breathes exhilarating new life into one of the greatest legends of all in a story that has waited millennia to be told The soul reason behind Trojan war is because of Paris who presented a golden apple to the god of love, Aphrodite, he was gifted with the most beautiful woman in this world, Helen, the wife of the Spartan king, Menelaus So Paris steals her from the king, thereby enraging the king, who then declares war on the city of Troy And the story actually begins with the lives of two most beautiful woman of Troy, Krisayis, the daughter of high Priest and a friend to princess, Cassandra, and Briseis, princess and wife of the prince of Lyrnessus Krisayis is soon going to become a High Priestess against her own will as she only wants and longs for the love of Troilus, brother of Cassandra and together they plan an escape from the city, but eventually gets captured and taken hostage in the Greek camp Briseis is happy in the love and comfort of her newly wed husband, but the ruthless Prince Achilles murders her husband and holds her captive in the Greek Camp And when these two unfortunate women s paths cross for the first time, together they can save the fate of the kingdom of Troy But the gods watching the whole war up above from the mountains have a different plan in store for these two women.Having read Judith Starkson s Hand of Fire, I was struck by Briseis painful life, and that is when I got to know the war of Trojan with so much depth, and now another another, Emily Hauser, has once again brought alive the infamous Trojan War with her eloquent words in her debut book The story is told in a breathless way yet somehow it lacked lustre The has fictionalized the lives of two forgotten women who played an equally important role in the war that changed the course of history The author s writing is really articulate as well as emphatic and is laced with so much emotions that the readers will find themselves losing in the emotional turbulence going on in the hearts of the two brave yet sorrowful characters The narratives are not that productive or engaging enough to keep the readers glued, but with a smooth pace of the story line, the readers will sway from the first page to the last in no time The author has captured the beauty of Troy magnificently that the readers will visualize the backdrop right in the comfort of their own homes or wherever they will read this book The city of Troy is vividly painted by the author with bright hues of colors clashed with the minute descriptions of the streets, the fashion, the culture, the religion, the superstitions, the rule and the grand architecture The readers will be transported to this enchanting location within no time The characters of this book are extremely interesting and the author has depicted them right from her heart, complete with their evocative demeanor The two main characters, Krisayis and Briseis are really well developed, their honest voice and their struggles and pain will deeply move the readers and their hurdles on their way will make the readers rooting for them till the very end These two characters are projected with their flaws, sorrow, joys and strength and the journey that the author depicted is quite heart touching as well as intriguing enough to keep the readers glued till the very last page The rest of the supporting characters, especially, the gods and the male characters are not well etched out or projected, as they will feel very dull o the readers In a nutshell, this is an exciting, enticing yet poignant retake on the remarkable Trojan war told from the perspective of two females who changed the course of the war with their power.Verdict A promising and satisfying read and a must read for the historical fiction readers Courtesy Thanks to the author as well as her publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book Hauser brings to life the women of the Trojan War in a vivid, fast moving story While tradition recorded only the deeds of men in this most famous of wars, Hauser s legendary women show us heroic feats of courage, passionate love, deep wells of grief, acts of self sacrifice and a tenacious insistence on hope Her chapters populated by the gods of Olympus are pitch perfect their self absorbed, shallow toying with human life acts as a satiric counterpoint that enriches the emotional impact of this remarkable reworking of the mythic tradition that started with Homer. Find this and other reviews at have mixed feelings about Emily Hauser s For the Most Beautiful Parts of it worked beautifully, but others fell flat in my eyes I enjoyed the time I spent with it and can honestly say that I d recommend it alongside A Song of War and Helen of Sparta, but there were weak points in the narrative and I wasn t thoroughly sold on the final product.Hauser approaches the classic story from the joint perspectives of Krisayis and Briseis I thought the idea original, but I wasn t drawn to either heroine and that reality went a long way in defining my experience with the narrative I found their backstory stories interesting enough, but I never connected with either character and wasn t particularly invested in discovering how their experiences played out.That said, I was highly amused by the antics of the Gods Most of the mythic fiction I ve encountered has downplayed the celestial cast, written them out of the action entirely, or regulated them to vague supporting roles Hauser bucks the trend and I caught myself laughing out loud over the drama that played out in the heavens above the battlefield.Long story short, I found the book entertaining in its way and would recommend it to enthusiasts, but I m not sure it d be the first adaptation I d throw out to other readers when asked for recommended myth based fiction. I am a sucker for a pretty book cover For the Most Beautiful is just not that good I noticed what other reviews have said that it has a very YA feel early on, but initially I was feeling generous and put it down to the fact that our two protagonists, Briseis and Krisayis, are teenagers and the first few chapters are supposed to show us their petty concerns before war hits But it s not just that.The writing is serviceable I would say it s a shade above what I usually find in YA novels It has an occasional evocative description, although the text is largely absent of those Even so, the writing is mostly unadventurous and pedestrian It does the job of getting you through the plot, but there s nothing to get excited about.The idea of retelling the Trojan War from a side character s point of view is an alluring one, I get that It s one of the greatest stories ever told, and surely telling it from a side character s perspective will bring a fresh spin as well as garner praise for finally giving that character a voice You could even spin it as giving a voice to a character who has been silenced Certainly, enough authors nowadays are jumping on that bandwagon to the point where it isn t fresh any but overcrowded Madeline Miller, Kerry Greenwood, Amalia Carosella, Jo Graham, Judith Starkston, Pat Barker And that doesn t include all the straight up retellings which don t focus on giving a side character a voice but which simply attempt to retell the story of the Trojan War Again Very few of those books manage to do it well If you re wondering, I think Amalia Carosella was onto something good, I haven t read Graham, Barker, or Starkston yet, and this book, Miller, and Greenwood were just disappointing Among the straight up retellings, I didn t enjoy Lindsay Clarke, Glyn Iliffe, Ben Bova, or David Gemmell none top the original Iliad What authors thinking about doing this may want to consider is the possibility that side characters were side characters for a reason Many of their author s notes discuss wanting to allow the character to break free of the story of other,major characters, like Achilles, Hektor, Agamemnon, Odysseus but they don t The same is true here Briseis and Krisayis don t break free of the stories of theseimportant characters Their lives are dictated for them, their agency is absolutely minimal Even their small rebellions ultimately have no impact, because the author is determined to keep the outcome the same so it hardly matters at all when Krisayis tells Hektor about Achilles heel, or Briseis begs Achilles not to fight The one major change that the protagonists actually have an impact on is that when the fall of Troy comes, we are told that most of the population escapes, due to Krisayis work But unfortunately, it falls flat because with most of the population safe, how are we supposed to feel the grief and horror of the sacking of the city It sucks the tragedy out of the story Meanwhile, the most dramatic plot points are abridged or happen off screen and summarised in a line.What I found most unbelievable was the lack of emotional impact this book has Neither Briseis nor Krisayis behave like human beings The book implies that Krisayis is being raped by Agamemnon, but she seems to suffer no ill effects from this whatsoever It is never discussed, and she doesn t seem the least bit bothered Briseis meanwhile goes from hating Achilles to loving him for no reason whatsoever Making that switch cannot just take place overnight a story has to earn a turnaround that huge through careful build up Even after we re told they re in love, neither act as though they are in love It s rather odd I got the impression that the author didn t understand the times she was writing about So many of these retellings seem intent on making Achilles a good guy in the modern sense he stands up for slaves, he doesn t rape Briseis, etc but the bronze age was a world of survival and terrifying, capricious gods People hadn t figured to live by the ethics we try to live by now, because the rules of the game were different Mostly it came down to scraping by and trying to work out which god you needed to bribe to get what you wanted Slavery wasn t abominable in this world view the attitude was that if you were captured in war you deserved it because the gods clearly didn t want you to win I find it odd that Hauser could write such an anachronistic and weak vision of the Trojan War when she studied ancient history at Cambridge and Harvard and teaches at Yale But then, not all scholars make good historical novelists see Christian Jacq Good storytelling is a separate craft from knowing your history.The ending is incredibly abrupt, the sections of the gods seemed far too modern For the Most Beautiful is not a terrible book I ve read many worse But it s just not a good book.3 out of 10 What could go wrong A story three thousand years old that attracts new fans in each generation the tale of the Trojan War A new spin on that story, focussing on two important but understated characters in the Iliad, Achilles prize , the girl Briseis, and Chryseis, the prize of Agammenon.I wanted to like this novel I have read, studied and taught the Iliad and Greek myth for something like 40 years I have enjoyed many great works of fiction inspired by Homer s works I think of Barry Unsworth s The Song of the Kings, David Malouf s Ransom, Zachary Mason s The lost books of the Odyssey all terrific homages to the power of Homer and myth Many of the best novelists of the ancient world are women I am a big fan of Naomi Mitchison s works, Mary Renault s novels and I enjoyed Ursula LeGuin s Lavinia very much But the fact remains I was not impressed by this novel I suppose I should have guessed from the title there were going to be problems.It is possible that others may like it How do you react to this extract he leant towards me and kissed me, dyeing the heavens blood red We shall be reunited in the Underworld we will wait We will wait for each other, Briseis, as we waited for each other in this life, and we will welcome each other on the banks of the Styx, to be together always His voice broke, and he swallowed again But until then if anything should happen will you swear to stay in Pedasus and learn to forget me, Briseis Do you find that moving If so, you may like the novelthan me.Hauser clearly knows her Homer the author s note and her biography certainly indicate that So I wonder why then she so wilfully changes things which do not need changed Why does she make Aeneas a son of king Priam Why does she make Patroclus such a drama queen She knows he was older than Achilles and proven warrior in his own right, not simply brought to Troy to be an idle decoration Why does she make Paris so useless a warrior, so comically bad an archer In the Iliad even Hector knows Paris could fight if only he were bothered to make the effort Why does Briseis claim that Achilles never slept with her again after the death of Patroclus Is it simply to conform to a Twenty First century perception that the relationship of Achilles and Patroclus was a gay one The author writes clearly and has some clever twists in her story I do like how she insinuates a mysterious blind poet into the narrative Mind you, if this is meant to be Homer himself, how could his version of the Trojan story be so different from that of his lover, the narrator of the tale Other than that the central narratives are reasonably diverting and contain some bows in Homer s direction, for example the successful use of extended simile.What I like least about the novel, however, is the portrayal of the gods Another extract Hera to Zeus and I am the ruler of our marriage bed So if you know what s good for you, you d better get over here, Zeus, and fast Or this Do you think this wreath goes with my hair Apollo asks Hermes, ruffling his perfect golden locks into a rakish quiff.Is this funny Or just silly For me this is a major fault in the novel the gods portrayed as a sort of out take from Walt Disney s Hercules welded onto the story of a deadly and cruel war Yes, there is an element of Homer here, but exaggerated to a ludicrous extreme, presumably for cheap laughs The gods are always going to present a problem for a modern audience, so why have them there at all Wolfgang Peterson removed them completely from his film, Troy The capricious power of fate could be portrayed differently, or the gods could be, as in Homer, genuinely scary because of their selfish carelessness Indeed, in some novels they have been portrayed very successfully, for example in Ransom or The lost books of the Odyssey mentioned earlier.For me, this novel would have been a lot better if the author had just left the gods out They add nothing positive to the story and are simply an irritating distraction What a pity This was an opportunity missed. Madeline Miller has ruined this book for me This pales in comparison to the Trojan War retelling that is The Song of Achilles Maybe it s not a bad book But I hated it I wanted to slap Briseis so much I just Krisayis as she s known in this book Chryseis to the rest of us wasn t much better Ugh no It s like a cheesy YA Greek Myth retelling and nope Plus the ending was terrible I mean we all know how the story of the Trojan War ends but this ended with such an underwhelming whimper I want to angrily rate it one star But I ll try to be nice and say twoBUT I HATED IT Oh my god the scenes with the Greek gods fighting and talking among themselves were awful SO BORING I mean how WHY Greek gods are such a lol At times they re quasi benevolent and then straight up malevolent BUT HERE THEY HAD NO PERSONALITIES AT ALL.And don t get me started on Achilles and Patroclus.UGHHH ONE STAR IT IS I mean I m gonna read the second book in this series because it s not about Troy so maybe I ll be able to make a fairer judgment on that I m rating this one with my subjective heart. A fresh and witty re interpretation of the Trojan War Hauser builds a captivating world populated by determined slave girls, brave warriors, doomed seers, and above all the meddling gods above whose constant bickering commentary provides endless entertainment Bold, funny, original.