The Firebrand is the magnificent story of a princess, a family royal, and a city under siege.
For The Firebrand is the magical retelling of the greatest, most powerful myth of Western civilisation -- the legend of the fall of Troy -- as seen through the eyes of Kassandra, daughter of Priam, priestess of Apollo, and foreseer of the future.
Sent away from her family and her beloved at Troy at the age of twelve, Kassandra wanders the plains with the fearsome tribe of Amazons, learning the skills and pleasures of women's autonomy. Coming back newly strengthened, she becomes priestess to the awesome Apollo. And the scene is set for the struggle between the Earth Mother and Apollo, old and new, to rage within her, while the all-too-human conflict between Greek and Trojan threatens to overwhelm her troubled city.
In The Firebrand, Marion Zimmer Bradley gives the epic events of the Iliad -- the seduction of Helen by Paris (Kassandra's twin brother), the summoning of his troops by Menelaus, the great fight between Hector and Akhilles -- brilliantly imaginative new twists as she reveals the complex family saga that lies behind the ancient story of human folly and heroism. She brings the famous characters vividly to life as they plot and counterplot, marry and intermarry, struggle and fight/ The Firebrand is Marion Zimmer Bradley's finest work -- a dramatic, historical epic, but above all a touchingly human story familiar to every reader.
Condition: Pre-loved book. Considerable yellowing of pages.
Year published: 1988
Sub-genre: Myth retelling; historical fiction; fantasy.
Imprint: Michael Joseph Ltd
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