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Series: Princesses of Myth


DECEPTION'S PRINCESS by Esther Friesner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"A comfortably formulaic prelude to a projected sequel that will likewise be spun from some of the oldest surviving Irish legends. (afterword, pronunciation guide) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
The latest entry in Friesner's Princesses of Myth series shifts scene but not much else. Read full book review >
SPIRIT'S PRINCESS by Esther Friesner
Released: April 24, 2012

"The slow-moving tale takes its readers on a journey through a tidily detailed historical setting, with a heroine not nearly as anachronistically progressive as is usual in such tales. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
Himiko, pampered daughter of a clan chief, wants only to become a shaman. Read full book review >
SPHINX'S QUEEN by Esther Friesner
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

The sequel to Sphinx's Princess (2009) is an ancient Egyptian soap opera starring Nefertiti as a mouthy, gutsy teen. Read full book review >
SPHINX’S PRINCESS by Esther Friesner
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"The rare reader who knows Nefertiti's later role in creating a new religion will see the clues being laid; most will just enjoy the ancient princess who reads and writes, drives chariots and always looks fantastic. (map, afterword) (Historical fantasy. 11 & up)"
Friesner imagines the childhood of legendary queen Nefertiti, as she did for Helen of Troy in Nobody's Princess (2007) and Nobody's Prize (2008). Read full book review >
NOBODY’S PRIZE by Esther Friesner
Released: April 22, 2008

"Anyone needing another strong-female-character-with-a-sword series will enjoy it, but it is only mildly accomplished and strongly forgettable. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Continuing the saga begun in Nobody's Princess (2007), a fictional Helen (of Homeric fame) goes on the quest for the Golden Fleece with Jason and the Argonauts, disguised initially as a weapons carrier. Read full book review >
NOBODY’S PRINCESS by Esther Friesner
Released: April 24, 2007

"Some may enjoy the romp. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Nebula Award–winner and Hugo-finalist Friesner disappointingly offers humdrum fare based on Greek mythology. Read full book review >