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By Caroline B. Cooney

Anaxandra is taken from her beginning island at age 6 through King Nicander to be a spouse to his crippled daughter, Princess Callisto. Six years later, her new island is sacked by means of pirates and she or he is the only survivor. by myself with in basic terms her Medusa figurine, she reinvents herself as Princess Callisto while Menelaus, nice king of Sparta, lands together with his males. he is taking her again to Sparta with him the place Helen, his attractive spouse, doesn't think that the red-headed baby is Princess Callisto. even though afraid of the half-mortal, half-goddess Helen, Anaxandra is ready to remain out of harm’s way—until the Trojan princes Paris and Aeneas arrive. Paris and Helen’s fascination with one another quickly turns to ardour and plunges Sparta and Troy into struggle. Can Anaxandra locate the braveness to reinvent herself once more, appease the gods, and retailer herself?

In Caroline B. Cooney’s epic story of 1 girl’s braveness and may to outlive, Anaxandra learns that house is the place you are making it and id is going deeper than simply your name.

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Yet Pyros heard this and hit him back. “Don't speak nonsense, slave. Princess, the bushes are only firewood. in the future males will lower all of it down. besides, we're armed. Neither guy nor beast will damage you. ” Tenedos and that i weren't apprehensive approximately guy or beast. while the overseer moved on, Tenedos hissed to scare away spirits. “May the daimon of this grove take Pyros and—” With an attempt, Tenedos stopped himself from cursing in my presence. i used to be sorry, simply because an excellent number of curses is an invaluable factor, and Tenedos most likely knew a few I had no longer but heard. I virtually informed Tenedos that I agreed with him, Pyros was once only a puppy tick, yet remembered in time that i used to be the princess Callisto. ultimately we broke out from the evil coloration. earlier than us lay tilted fields sliced aside through darkish hollows and rocky gorges. The Sparta prior to us used to be an unquiet land, skeletal, spines of rock and ribs of stone. White and black and brown sheep wandered, too many to count number despite the be aware “thousand. ” Flocks of untamed doves burst out of trees. earlier than us have been mountains so excessive they invaded the gods' sky. So this used to be the most Land. How may well the folk of Menelaus endure to dwell lower than those nice mountains, just about the darkish of that lousy wooded area? yet they didn't dwell shut, i found, for we walked on and on. We handed fields of flax being harvested with scythes. I had by no means noticeable this, and that i chanced on the rhythm and the gleam of the curved blades particularly appealing. Having set in movement my new lifestyles, might I hold it swinging from side to side, like a scythe? Or like a scythe, wouldn't it reduce my throat? We stumbled on slaves knee-deep in swimming pools of water, treading at the flax to melt the stalks in order that the linen thread may be got rid of. It was once unusual water, having movement yet now not waves. “The Eurotas River,” Tenedos instructed me. “It runs even within the warmth of summer season. ” I had by no means obvious a river, purely seasonal brooks from spring rains. And in all my lifestyles I had heard of just one river, the river at Troy, the nice Hellespont. on account that his delivery island was once on the subject of Troy, Tenedos should have obvious that. “Is this what the Hellespont is like? ” I stated eagerly. He approximately laughed out loud. “No. Up this little flow, one guy may possibly pole a ship. within the Hellespont, 40 rowers might row until eventually their hearts burst and not often make growth opposed to the present. ” We gone through fields of clover and purple wheat, olive orchards frothing silver leaves just like the foamy sea and clusters of tiny stone homes. on the doorstep of a cottage, an outdated girl milking her goat allow me drink out of the pail. It used to be hot and thick. “This major Land,” I stated to Tenedos, “is a wondrous position. i didn't recognize there have been mountains as excessive as gods. I by no means dreamed of roads, or roads made from stone. you recognize, the 1st time I observed stairs—” I chopped off my assertion. It used to be Anaxandra who might keep in mind the 1st time she observed stairs. Callisto have been born right into a residence with stairs. “Tell me concerning the relatives of King Menelaus,” I ordered him. Tenedos broke off excessive slim grass and chewed the tip of it.

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