by Ursula Le Guin

eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on Lavinia

Anyone who feels that David Gemmell’s Aeneid series ended too soon would probably enjoy this.  It picks up the story as Aeneid reaches Italy, after the Trojan Wars and years of roaming, to meet the woman he is prophesied to marry.  Narrated, very charmingly, by her ghost, and with a special guest appearance by a famous poet (I won’t give away who!), this has all the wit, style, sensitivity and craftsmanship readers have come to expect from Ursula Le Guin.  You do not need to know her work, or any Greek mythology, to appreciate the story of a surprisingly modern girl in an ancient world.  I absolutely loved it.

Comparison: Sheri Tepper, David Gemmell (Trojan War trilogy), Glyn Iliffe (King of Ithaca).


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Lavinia Synopsis

'Like Spartan Helen, I caused a war. She caused hers by letting men who wanted her take her. I caused mine because I wouldn't be given, wouldn't be taken, but chose my man and my fate. The man was famous, the fate obscure; not a bad balance.' Lavinia is the daughter of the King of Latium, a victorious warrior who loves peace; she is her father's closest companion. Now of an age to wed, Lavinia's mother favours her own kinsman, King Turnus of Rutulia, handsome, heroic, everything a young girl should want. Instead, Lavinia dreams of mighty Aeneas, a man she has heard of only from a ghost of a poet, who comes to her in the gods' holy place and tells her of her future, and Aeneas' past...If she refuses to wed Turnus, Lavinia knows she will start a war - but her fate was set the moment the poet appeared to her in a dream and told her of the adventurer who fled fallen Troy, holding his son's hand and carrying his father on his back...

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ISBN: 9780753827840
Publication date: 13/05/2010
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780753827840
Publication date: 13th May 2010
Author: Ursula Le Guin
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Fantasy,

About Ursula Le Guin

Ursula Le Guin was one of the finest writers of our time. Her books have attracted millions of devoted readers and won many awards, including the National Book Award, the Hugo and Nebula Awards and a Newbury Honor. Among her novels The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed and the six books of Earthsea have already attained undisputed classic status; and her latest series, the Annals of the Western Shore is joining them. She live in Portland, Oregon and died in January 18. Here is a tribute by her publisher, Malcolm Edwards: You may well already have seen the news &...

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