Quiver


Stephanie Spinner

The story of the mythological Atalanta, specifically how she gained a husband and their love.  Very quick book, but decent.

The myth of Atalanta & review from Publisher’s Weekly: {Abandoned in the woods as a baby because of her gender, then saved by the goddess Artemis the Huntress, Atalanta grows up to become a talented archer and the “swiftest of mortals”; grateful, she swears her loyalty to the goddess and vows to stay chaste. As the book opens, she is the only female hunting for the Calydonian boar, and the first to draw its blood (though, again due to gender, this feat earns her more trouble than honor). Spinner’s pacing is somewhat awkward (the story takes too long to unfold, and the conclusion seems rushed), and the large cast is hard to keep straight, but Atalanta has depth as a strong, female protagonist who not only defeats men but who also trusts herself. Shortly after the hunt, Atalanta learns that she is the daughter of King Iasus; he is dying, lacking an heir, and demands that she marry and produce one. To adhere to her vows of chastity, she offers the king a compromise: she agrees to marry a suitor who beats her in a race; otherwise, he must be killed. Of course she wasn’t counting on Aphrodite’s meddling, or being shot in the heart by Eros’s love arrow. The narrative may be difficult to enter, but there is enough death, surprise, prophecy and direct intervention from the gods-including interludes of their whimsical dialogue-to keep readers engaged.

{Spinner also resolves one of the more troubling aspects of the original myth — that Hippomenes seems to win the race by cheating: in this version, Atalanta clearly knows what he is doing.} –I did like that assertion.  {from commonsensemedia.org}

I really must read Spinner’s other myth book, Quicksilver, about Hermes.

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