Love, betrayal and revenge abound in this historical tragedy that unfolds quite brilliantly through the writing of a supremely gifted author of historical fiction.. When two girls fall for the same man - one a queen, the other her serving girl, Elissa knows she is playing with fire, but she can't resist. Queen Dido suspects nothing, until one fateful night when secrets are revealed, hearts are broken and as dawn breaks, a terrible tragedy unfolds. Love can be deadly. As always with Adele Geras's work, the characters walk off the page, she brings the place wonderfully to life and you can hear the sounds and smell the scents. It's another page-turner.
While she was still trembling with the complete unexpectedness of what Aeneas had just said and done, he leaned forward a little and kissed her on the mouth. Just one swift, soft touch of his lips on hers and then he turned and walked away. Love can be deadly. Especially when two girls fall for the same man - one a queen, the other her serving girl. Elissa knows she is playing with fire, but she can't resist. Queen Dido suspects nothing, until one fateful night ...Secrets are revealed, hearts are broken and as dawn breaks, a terrible tragedy unfolds. This is a passionate tale of love, betrayal and revenge.
'...a perfect maelstrom of love, jealousy, fate and caprice...Dido is right up there with some of the other masterful retellings of myth and legend. 4 1/2 stars out of 5.' The Bookbag
'...mature themes and complex plot make for an overall stimulating read.' New Books Magazine
'Geras's ability to weave a touching new tale in with the well-known one is unique to modern children's authors; Dido is a shining new jewel to her crown. An excellent children's novel' The Times
'Dido is the latest re-imagined classic by Adele Geras. The Queen of Carthage's doomed love affair with Aeneas is seen from the viewpoint of a young royal maid, Elissam who is also in love with Aeneas. Roman gods and goddesses walk among the human characters, giving the story an effective other-worldly feeling. The narrative demanding, but rewarding. Age 12 plus' The Jewish Chronicle
Publication date: 30/09/2015
Publisher: David Fickling Books an imprint of Random House Children's Books
|Publication date:||30th September 2015|
|Publisher:||David Fickling Books an imprint of Random House Children's Books|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction,|
|Categories:||General fiction (Children's / Teenage),|
Adele Geras was born in Jerusalem in 1944. Her first book appeared in 1976, since when she has published 80 books for children and young adults. She is the mother of two daughters, and lives with her husband in Manchester.More About Adele Geras