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  • In a novel filled with names from legend, Briseis stands tall as a heroine: brave, smart and loyal. Barker's latest is a wonder.

    Publisher's Weekly
  • This continuation of the Trojan woman's story feels like another victory for every person who was silenced by history, their story stolen from them

    Refinery 29
  • A stirring adventure set amid a misogynist dystopia

    Anthony Cummins, The Observer
  • Barker is at her best when she evokes Hecuba's grief on the shore, surrounded by a group of female slaves with the ruined city behind them...

    TLS
  • As a novelist, Barker has always looked on the world with the combination of a cold eye and a sympathetic understanding. Her characterisation is sharp, her sympathy deep. She extends it even to the often brutal men.
    Her overall achievement is to have taken one of the great myths of European history, something that has permeated Western culture for 3,000 years, and made something new and immediate of it.

    i
  • I'd still rather
    read Barker's take on the gruesome
    realities and costs of war - ancient
    or modern - than any other novelist
    out there.

    The Daily Telegraph
  • Merciless, stripped of
    consoling beauty, impressively bleak.

    The Guardian
  • This is a powerful page-turner, bringing ancient characters and stories into full colour. Skip Homer, and just enjoy this epic read

    Daily Express
  • Briseis . . . returns again in this rich, readable sequel . . . Barker brings to life the mythical Trojan women.

    New Statesman

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