The Firebrand

The Firebrand

A Novel

Book - 1987
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Marion Zimmer Bradley, the New York Times bestselling author who reimagined the legend of King Arthur and Camelot in The Mists of Avalon , delivers another alternate vision of classical myth with The Firebrand - a tale of the Trojan War.

Born of noble blood, Kassandra is destined for a greater life than that of a Trojan princess. Even before her mother sends her to live among the Amazons, Kassandra is chosen by the Sun God, Apollo, as his priestess-and has the gift of foresight bestowed upon her.

She has foreseen the destruction of Troy-a great war between Akhaians and Trojans and the wrath of the gods upon them all. But on one believes Kassandra's prophecies . . . or heeds her warnings about the woman known as Helen of Troy.

'A grand story in the storyteller tradition of old.'
-Rambles

'Bradley animates . . . the conflicts between a culture that reveres the strength of women and one that makes them mere consorts of powerful men.'
- Publishers Weekly

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1987.
ISBN: 9780451462657
9780451459244
0451459245
9780671641771
0671641778
Branch Call Number: BRA
Characteristics: 608 p.

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blueroo276
Jun 22, 2017

Heavy on preachy feminism, but basically a decent story.

forbesrachel Apr 01, 2013

The Trojan War told from the perspective of a character whom was relatively unimportant in the myth. Kassandra is given a new lease on life by Marion Zimmer Bradley, for the book is the story of her life; this has a strong female point of view.

crankylibrarian Feb 02, 2012

"Sing, Muse of the anger of Kassandra, Priam's daughter..." Huh? Yes, that's right,this is the Trojan War told from the women's viewpoint ,particularly that of Kassandra, the priestess whose curse was to always be right, but never believed. Marion Zimmer Bradley, who pulled off a similar gender theme switch with _The Mists of Avalon_, gives the familiar story a new depth and poignancy, as well as some grrrll power energy.

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artemis_
Jul 20, 2011

Excellent feminist point of view and very creative too.
Read this book more than 5 times and still love it.

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