Goddess of Yesterday: A Tale of Troy by Caroline B. Cooney

Goddess of Yesterday: A Tale of Troy

byCaroline B. Cooney

Kobo ebook | January 21, 2009

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Anaxandra is taken from her birth island at age 6 by King Nicander to be a companion to his crippled daughter, Princess Callisto. Six years later, her new island is sacked by pirates and she is the sole survivor. Alone with only her Medusa figurine, she reinvents herself as Princess Callisto when Menelaus, great king of Sparta, lands with his men. He takes her back to Sparta with him where Helen, his beautiful wife, does not believe that the red-headed child is Princess Callisto. Although fearful of the half-mortal, half-goddess Helen, Anaxandra is able to stay out of harm’s way—until the Trojan princes Paris and Aeneas arrive. Paris and Helen’s fascination with each other soon turns to passion and plunges Sparta and Troy into war. Can Anaxandra find the courage to reinvent herself once again, appease the gods, and save herself?

In Caroline B. Cooney’s epic tale of one girl’s courage and will to survive, Anaxandra learns that home is where you make it and identity goes deeper than just your name.

From the Hardcover edition.

Title:Goddess of Yesterday: A Tale of TroyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 21, 2009Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307485498

ISBN - 13:9780307485496


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites... One of my favourite books, Caroline B. Cooney’s Goddess of Yesterday is a beautiful and gripping tale of Troy. Compelling characters, a love interest, and a ravishing villain are woven in subtly and with finesse. Anaxandra (turned Callisto) wrestles with her place in Greek society as she tries to survive the turmoils of pirates, abduction, and persecution at the hands of the awe-inspiring but terrible Helen. Anaxandra’s voice is young but relatable. She speaks as a character on so many levels, expressing herself at different ages, breaking gender stereotypes, and voicing her doubts, confusions, and thoughts about the beauty and brutality of Ancient Greece. She doesn’t rely on men to solve her problems or save her, but instead takes fate into her own hands. She is brave and thinks little of herself in times of danger, focussing instead of the safety of friends and strangers alike. She is quick to understand the secret ploys and political machinations surrounding her in Troy while trying to battle through her own problems. I think my favourite part of the novel is the sudden introduction of the love interest (you’ll have to read to find out who). Their companionship is fairly formal, but reminiscent of historical times so that it feels very realistic but still appropriately romantic. She has simple wants from life and doesn’t expect extravagance or luxury. Rather, she is focussed on the needs of others. She is such an admirable and heroic character despite the social restrictions placed on her gender and I love the author for that. I also love her devotion and respect to her goddess, the Goddess of Yesterday, as well as Medusa, who she views as a protector, and for the more popular and powerful gods of Sparta, Troy, and her old home. Her descriptions of the way of life, the settings, and of other characters suck you into the novel and make you feel and see what she is experiencing. A short but beautifully written novel, Goddess of Yesterday far surpassed any expectations I had placed on it when I first picked it up years ago. Since then I have reread it many times over and I strongly recommended it to anyone.
Date published: 2013-02-16