Search Results: "Esther Friesner"


BOOK REVIEW

SPHINX'S QUEEN by Esther Friesner
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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DECEPTION'S PAWN by Esther Friesner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"For readers who like their ancient Irish legends larded with mean girls. (pronunciation guide) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
A fiery Irish princess determined to make her own life decisions has trouble keeping her heart, and her men, in line in this overheated sequel to Deception's Princess (2014).Read full book review >

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DECEPTION'S PRINCESS by Esther Friesner
CHILDREN'S
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

ESTHER by Rebecca Kanner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Kanner's second novel is animated but ultimately fails to leave a deep impression."
The book of Esther comes to life in this vivid novel based on the Old Testament tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 13, 1994

"Suspenseful and awful in its grisly details, but done with good taste and compassion."
Sanders (Fort Worth, 1984, etc.) puts the novelist's eye for detail and a sharp sense of pace to good use in this outstanding true-crime narrative about the rape and murder of a retired Oklahoma schoolteacher. Read full book review >

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NOBODY’S PRIZE by Esther Friesner
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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SPIRIT'S CHOSEN by Esther Friesner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 23, 2013

"Interesting if flawed. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
In this sequel to a story set in medieval Japan, a girl continues to struggle with being the princess of a defeated village and an exceptional shaman at the same time. Read full book review >

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SPIRIT'S PRINCESS by Esther Friesner
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NOBODY’S PRINCESS by Esther Friesner
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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THREADS AND FLAMES by Esther M. Friesner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"The journey, however, is satisfying enough on its own. (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
Raisa's sister, Henda, has earned enough money to send for Raisa to join her in the goldineh medina of America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEING ESTHER by Miriam Karmel
Released: April 2, 2013

"Karmel's debut novel is a quiet contemplation of a woman's final days."
Over the course of her last days, widowed Esther Lustig, 85 years old and determined to avoid being placed in Cedar Shores (aka Bingoville), reflects upon her life. Read full book review >