BOOK REVIEW: Nobody’s Princess, #1: Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

nobody's princess

3.5 stars




She is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess, but something in Helen of Sparta just itches for more out of life. Unlike her prissy sister, Clytemnestra, she takes no pleasure in weaving and embroidery. And despite what her mother says, she’s not even close to being interested in getting married. Instead, she wants to do combat training with her older brothers, go on heroic adventures, and be free to do what she wants and find out who she is.

Not one to count on the gods—or her looks—to take care of her, Helen sets out to get what she wants with steely determination and an attitude. And while it’s the attitude that makes Helen a few enemies (such as the self-proclaimed “son of Poseidon” Theseus), it’s what also intrigues, charms, and amuses those who become her friends, from the famed huntress Atalanta to the young priestess who is the Oracle of Delphi.





This is one of those books that is hard to rate for me because I felt that it was both enjoyable and dissatisfying.

I’ve been feeling this way for so many books, most of the books I’ve been reading are so very average, none really blow my mind.

I wanted to read Nobody’s Princess because it’s about Greek mythology (Helen of Troy, Trojan War— things like that.) I feel like it was very slow paced, especially in the beginning when they talk about Helen growing up and learning a bunch of non-female gender activities like archery, hunting, sword fighting, fighting in general.

Though that sounds sexist, the part that I really enjoyed was when they told Helen that she will be inheriting the throne/title of Queen of Sparta (because believe it or not, she is a Spartan Queen, not ((originally)) a Trojan Queen.) I thought it was so incredibly amazing how the Greeks picked their female heir to inherit the throne.

I think that I didn’t enjoy this book much was because I had such high hopes for it because I expected it to be as good as Percy Jackson. It didn’t have half the action that PJO had.

It was a nice read, but only if you’re looking for something quick to fly through, nothing too serious. It was a fairly small book. I will continue with this duology just to see how it ends. I’m expecting at least a little more from the second (and last) book.

A gif that sums up my reaction:


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