“No, well, I think choice is a thing of the past.”
“In a court of law, if a man and a woman disagree it’s almost invariably his version of events that’s accepted.”
The Women of Troy picks up after The Silence of the Girls and Troy has now fallen. We see where Briseis is now and the adaptation she has made to her new circumstances. I think the title is a bit of a misnomer because we not only see the lives of the women but the men who are both now in power and those few remaining Trojan men who have escaped slaughter. The politics are intriguing but the domestic life and the reality of life after war makes for such a compelling read.
The way the women are discounted as being capable of, well anything really, is astonishing. And yet, as evidenced by the quotes above, some of it is eerily like how women are still treated in many societies.
As historical fiction, I enjoyed it a lot but I wanted slightly more mythology and maybe a little more punch. I said this after reading The Silence of the Girls, but the best one of these historical fiction / mythology retellings still remains A Thousand Ships. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thanks to Doubleday Books for a copy of this novel. All opinions above are my own.
I read this one as soon as I got it, what’s the last book that jumped the line in your TBR?