A hidden prophecy. A chosen princess who speaks with snakes. A family duty. Sixteen year old Princess Antigone, daughter of the infamous ancient Greek King Oedipus, wants to lead a normal life and fulfill her duty to the gods, her city, and her family, but fate has other plans. The Olympian gods bless her, the snakes talk to her, her parents want her to marry a foreign priA hidden prophecy. A chosen princess who speaks with snakes. A family duty. Sixteen year old Princess Antigone, daughter of the infamous ancient Greek King Oedipus, wants to lead a normal life and fulfill her duty to the gods, her city, and her family, but fate has other plans. The Olympian gods bless her, the snakes talk to her, her parents want her to marry a foreign prince, her embroidery looks like burial shrouds for dogs, and she has fallen in love with the wrong boy. When the mysterious and devastating prophecies surrounding her family are revealed, Antigone must choose where her allegiance lies: With the gods who have betrayed her family but who she is obliged to serve? With her plague ridden city? With her family which lay in ruins? Or even with herself? In Prophecy, Book One of the Antigone: The True Story series, Antigone steps out of the shadows of the past to tell her own story, a story where truth of history is stranger than the fiction of myth....
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As a huge fan of Greek mythology and the story of Antigone and her family, I was thrilled that the author send me a review request. Thanks again, Coreena! I liked the story for sure, I just didn't completely love it. But it was a pretty fast read (although the holidays kind of slowed me down). I liked how the story started with Antigone having a dream about Apollo coming to her in the shape of a snake, basically telling her she is blessed. Although she wants to leave a normal life, she also wants to please her family and the gods. As the story unravels, more and more secrets about her family get revealed, the biggest one towards the end. I really liked Antigone. She had her own mind and a strong spirit, which is something I love in any heroine or hero. As a princess she has duties her family expects her to follow through like do her embroidery, get to her lessons on time, marry a foreign prince, but that isn't what Antigone wants at all. I wasn't a fan of the romance between her and Haemon. I'm a tricky one with romance and I just wasn't feeling it, personally. Especially not after the hateful things Haemon said to her once all the secrets of her family were revealed. He apologized for it , but I kept thinking; too little too late, buddy. I also kind of wished more exciting things were happening throughout the story because sometimes I had to tell myself to keep reading, although in the end it wasn't a very long book.The writing was pretty good, though, and all the mythological aspects were very well-written also. So that was really great for me and probably the more important part of the story, in my opinion.Overall, Prophecy was a good enough book. It has good and less good aspects (like pretty much every story has). It definitely was an interesting twist on Antigone and her family's story!
Having always been curious with ancient mythology, I was drawn to the storyline of this book, even though I don't normally read Young Adult fiction. This novel is well written. The author has clearly done her research and has a passion for the subject. Telling the story through Antigone is brilliant, and met my desire to get a better understanding of the mythology (though, don't tell the teens it's educational!) The story comes with conflicts that teens and adults will most certainly relate to, with all the twists, mystery, and tragedy that make a story intriguing. I'm looking forward to the next book of the trilogy!
I received this book on a read to review basis, curtesy of the author Coreena McBurnie. As a lover of greek mythology, well mythology over all, this was such a treat. I really enjoyed it and I found it very well written. A page turner.
Princess Antigone of Thebes is an expert at avoiding the duties and expectations of a Theban princess. She knows what to expect from this life. Until the god Apollo recognises her, and a new path is suddenly open.I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.I snapped up the offer of course - Greek mythology, vengeful gods and talking snakes? Yes please!Antigone is the daughter of King Oedipus (yes, that Oedipus), and her family are very content and blissful in their ignorance. Oedipus and his wife, Queen Jocasta are happily married with four children.Antigone gets riled at the constraints of being a princess, she finds the skills that she must learn boring and beyond her ability. She knows that one day she will have to marry and have a whole new set of rules and restraints. She hopes that the fact that her sister Ismene is the perfect example of a princess will take some of the pressure away from herself.Everyone praises Antigone for being such a devotee to the gods; that she spends so much time in the temples and always offers tributes etc. But she isn't. Sort of. To begin with, Antigone uses her visits to the temples as an excuse to get out of whatever boring lesson or chore she has been assigned. Her faith is there, but it is not overpowering. Her interest only truly lights up when Apollo chooses her; and Antigone realises that this is a path she could really take, that her fate isn't already set.I did really like Antigone, she's fun and easy-going, she has realistic ambitions and dreams. She is somewhat naive, but you feel sorry for her, that she was forced to live a certain way because of her position.I wasn't really keen on how everyone else treated her.It felt like McBurnie was checking off the YA stereotypes: that Antigone is special (but she doesn't know it); that Antigone is beautiful (but she thinks she's a scruff next to her sister). I could have done without everybody expressing these things because a) it came off a little cheesy; and b) Antigone is a strong and interesting character without everyone fanning her modest ego.The historical accuracy and background were all well-researched, it was an enjoyable adventure through ancient Thebes; it was (mostly) respectful of the era and stories that had gone before it, without feeling like a dry history lesson.The (mostly) is because it didn't always hit the mark. These are the Kings and Queens of ancient Greece, and of immortal gods and goddesses who think nothing of playing with the fate of mortals. It often sounded like modern America, with phrases more suited to a high-school drama:"Antigone is bang on there." Oedipus, King of Thebes.Yeah, that was one of my favourites.I always prefer when characters talk how I would expect them to talk. After the lovely, slow build of the story, I felt the last part was very rushed. After Oedipus finds out that... wait, is that a spoiler? Ok, for those of you who don't know his story, it gets the benefit of spoiler tags - (view spoiler)[ after Oedipus finds out that the woman he has been happily married to for twenty years is actually his mother(hide spoiler)] - it jumped through the rest of the story incredibly fast, to bring about the finale.It almost felt like, because this section was the closest to the original myth, the part that had been told countless times before; McBurnie opted for almost a highlights version.Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It is a nice easy, historical read and I would recommend checking it out.
3.5/5 Stars.I received this book from the author in exchange of a honest review.The Writing:The writing was okay. The chapters were too short but that´s not something that affects my opinion that much. However, it felt dragged a bit, it was slow to read some moments. It just felt like a slow book for me, not what I was expecting. We read all from one POV, maybe Haemon´s POV would be interesting to read.The Story:I have read Antigone´s mith, for my literature class and I have to say that I enjoyed it. That gave me some previous knowledge to read this and I could appreciate much more what the author added to the story as her ´touch´. There is all this powers with snake which was pretty cool, let´s be honest and different, because from where the story was set she might have chosen some element as superpower, but the author didn´t do that. When the Gods appeared and talked was cool too.My main problem with the story was how slow it was for me.I love mythology so I appreciated all the story in those aspects.The Characters:Antigone: I wasn´t a big fan of her but now I like her a bit more. She is still reckless and sometimes stupid for me.Haemon: He was sweet! I wish I could have read more of him!Ismene: She is the good sister, she follows every step and does everything so right. A bit frustrating that might be but that is just her personality. She is the reasonable voice.I don´t feel like I really know the other characters,I just feel like I know Antigone. She can have a great character development and I think all these characters can get their own moment in other books and we get to know them better.Overall it was an okay book. It has a good world and powers, though as it´s a work of fiction it might have other things that make the story more appealing.
I really enjoyed this story of a princess torn between love, and duty, and duty in love. The novel builds in intensity under the sinister cloud of the Oedipus story. I loved the lush, bronze age setting, including temples, bull leaping, sacrifices, priesthoods, and politics. Antigone as a character gets more and more assertive as she confronts her destiny. I had to keep reading as the story moved on. Looking forward to more in the series.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as told from a young girl's point of view. It added a depth that was missing when told by the traditional adult male perspective. I cared about the characters, and found myself quite caught up in the story. The ending was massively interesting. I will never again look at the Oedipus trilogy in the same way! Can't wait for book number two. Well done!
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Interesting story. I enjoyed this story. It got better and better the further it I got. I look forward to the next book.
Young adult novel retelling of the Greek mythology fable and play of Antigone whom was the daughter of King Oedipus.Sensuality content: Clean. Mild kissing.