Book Review: Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

In Nobody’s Princess, we meet the young Helen of Sparta, as author Esther Friesner imagines her to have been, before she became the Iliad’s Helen of Troy. Inspired by Sparta’s later practices to train girls in athletics and warfare, Friesner paints Helen as a feisty and fearless would-be warrior maiden, as well as possessing her legendary physical … Continue reading Book Review: Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Book Review: Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner

In Spirit’s Princess, we meet the little-known second century Japanese queen, Himiko, in Esther Friesner’s fictional narrative of Himiko’s girlhood. Himiko is recorded in Chinese history as a peaceful foreign queen. But other than the general consensus that she was also a shaman, very little is known about her. In Friesner’s yarn, we meet Himiko … Continue reading Book Review: Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner