Search Results: "Esther Friesner"


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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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >

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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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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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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 >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Benbassa's history, then, informs the way most encyclopedia entries do: It is helpfully fact-laden, but its lack of sparkle—particularly the absence of memorable anecdotes and quotations—leaves the reader hungry for a more colorful history."
An overly brief, dryly informative history or the world's fifth largest Jewish community (after the US, Israel, Russia, and Ukraine). Read full book review >

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LUCKY BREAK by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"News brings a touch of irony to the red carpet."
Glimpsed in scenes spanning 14 years, a handful of aspiring actors suffer professional highs, lows, indignities and strokes of fortune in this absorbing, lightly comic novel by the noted British writer. Read full book review >

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PEERLESS FLATS by Esther Freud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Sensitive, subtly humorous, and evocative of the underside of London life, but without the depth or resolution of a satisfying novel."
Actress/second-novelist Freud (Hideous Kinky, 1992) returns with a limp tale of an acting student enduring poverty, a shattered family life, and postadolescent sexual confusion in a shabby backwater of modern-day London. Read full book review >