Book Review: Janell Rhiannon flips the Ancient Greek script in Song of Sacrifice

Though women abound in tales of the Trojan War, their roles in the grand scheme of things see them all to often relegated to the sidelines. And those that push (or are pushed) forward – the Olympian goddesses, the Helens of Troy, the cursed Cassandras – are often one-dimensional, intended to moralise or frighten or inspire.

Author Janell Rhiannon isn’t on board with that. In Song of Sacrifice, the first in the Homeric Chronicles, the women are front and centre, whether they’re whispering in men’s ears, falling hopelessly in love, or fighting their unfair destinies.

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