For The Immortal

For The Immortal Thousands Of Years Ago, In An Ancient World Where The Gods Control All And Heroes Fight To Have Their Names Remembered Down The Ages, Two Extraordinary Women Become Entangled In One Of The Greatest Heroic Tales Of All Time And Must Face How Much They Are Willing To Risk For ImmortalityDesperate To Save Her Dying Brother, Admete Persuades Her Father, The King Of Tiryns, To Let Her Join Hercules On One Of His Legendary Twelve Labours Travelling To The Renowned Female Warrior S In Search Of A Cure, Admete Soon Discovers That Both Hercules And The Fearsome S Are Not As They First SeemedThe S Greet The Arrival Of The Greeks With Mixed Feelings And None So Than Hippolyta, The Revered Queen Of The Tribe For Hercules And His Band Of Fighters Pose A Threat To Her Way Of Life But Also Stir Up Painful Memories That Threaten To Expose Her Deepest SecretAs Battle Lines Are Drawn Between The Greeks And The S, Both Women Soon Learn The Inevitable Truth In War, Sacrifices Must Be Made Especially If They Are To Protect The Ones They Love MostAISE FOR EMILY HAUSER Hauser Recreates One Of The Oldest Tales In Greek Myth With Great Skill And Panache The Times Once In A While Something Comes Along That S So Utterly Right, So Necessary For Now, That You Wonder Why Nobody Thought Of It Before Emily Hauser S Stunning Debut Novel Brings Ancient Troy Wildly, Raucously, Passionately Alive Manda Scott, Bestselling Author Of Boudica And Into The Fire A Delight From Start To Finish Hauser S Fresh Perspective On One Of The Great Archetypal Epics, In Focusing On The Marginalised Women S Stories, Makes For Fascinating Reading A Clever Premise And Thoroughly Enjoyable Elizabeth Fremantle, Author Of Sisters Of Treason Kept Me Utterly Absorbed Here Is A Heroine To Cheer For, And A Book To Cherish Margot Livesey, Author Of The House On Fortune Street Beautifully Descriptive Drawing The Reader Into A Lost World Of Gods And Heroes Glyn Iliffe, Author Of King Of Ithaca

Born in Brighton and brought up in Suffolk, Emily Hauser studied Classics at Cambridge, where she was taught by Mary Beard, and completed a PhD at Yale University She is now a Junior Fellow at Harvard University For the Most Beautiful the first book in the Golden Apple trilogy was her debut novel and retells the story of the siege of Troy Her second, For the Winner, is a reimagining of the

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  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • For The Immortal
  • Emily Hauser
  • 13 January 2017
  • 9780857523198

10 thoughts on “For The Immortal

  1. says:

    I have to reiterate my For the Winner review where was this quality of writing in For the Most Beautiful The latter two books in this trilogy are better by far than the first book, and I can only assume that Hauser s debut novel was severely curtailed by the publishing house, who gave it a distinctly frothy, juvenile spin For the Winner and For the Immortal are thankfully much interesting For the Immortal returns to a dual protagonist set up, but this time it s well founded on Hippolyta, queen of the s, and Admete Admete is such a minor character in myth that honestly I had to be reminded of who she was, but I think Hauser was right when she says in her author s note that the concept of retrieving Hippolyta s war belt simply as a shiny trinket for Admete feels like a half baked idea, and not terribly compelling Hauser has elaborated upon that unspectacular beginning to create a stronger motivation for the quest, as well as increasing Admete s role in it I didn t object to the author portraying a darker Hercules although I wish he d been named Herakles, since this was a Greek world novel , as there s plenty in the character s ancient mythos to suggest a darker side, but I was frankly disappointed that it is just let go at the end I felt that his twisting, his descent into a darker personality, could ve provided of a crisis than it did for the other characters, and that there should have been a final confrontation between Hercules and Admete.As for Hippolyta, I wasn t bothered by her being combined with Antiope, since again there is grounds for it in ancient myth Ancient writers went back and forth on the question of whether the queen who Hercules stole the war belt from was the same person as the one who became Theseus queen Plus, from a story telling point of view, it gives Hippolyta a lot story However, I didn t like the portrayal of Theseus The ancient writers also give different accounts as to whether Theseus and his queen were a love match, or whether she was an unwilling captive Hauser chooses to make her an unwilling captive, and Theseus a special brand of scum I simply prefer a better Theseus the one portrayed by Mary Renault and Amalia Carosella than I do Hauser s evil Theseus Maybe it just felt like a bit too much what with a darker Hercules being portrayed as well Besides, I kept thinking But what about Hippolytus There s no Hippolytus here, and Phaedra, we re told has long since been acquired and discarded before Hippolyta s arrival There s Hauser s Hippolyta is also combined with and reworked Penthesilea Oh, and by the way she was married to and had a child with Achilles long before the events of this book happen and she s captured by Theseus Wait, what Okay, that version of events does, I admit, give a much better reason for Achilles weeping over the queen of the s he just killed than love at first sight But I had trouble getting over that particular hurdle I m not sure the timelines match up If Achilles, as we re told in ancient myth, was too young to compete for Helen s hand, and, in order to avoid being called to the Trojan War successfully disguised himself as a young woman but old enough to father Neoptolemos during the same time he must ve been in his teens at the start of the Trojan War, and less than 30 when he is killed The events of this book take place roughly between ten and five years before the start of the War, and during it Hippolyta is reminiscing back to about ten years or so earlier than that when she remembers her time with Achilles Plus, Theseus is supposed to be an old man when he kidnaps a ten year old Helen, which is supposed to occur much later than his prime with Hippolyta both occur together here Eh, my brain just couldn t accept this.I was very surprised when, at about 80% of the way in, the book jumps ahead fifteen years to the Trojan War It felt tacked on, sudden, and jarring I prepared myself to criticise this section heavily in my review I ve softened to it a little, although I still feel it was overall a misstep The section doesn t really add anything to Admete I like that it recognises Hippolyta s heroism, and provides a compelling reason for Achilles to weep over the corpse of the queen But I still can t buy into the Hippolyta Achilles relationship I can completely understand the author being tempted to revisit the Trojan War in the story who wouldn t want to rewrite the stumbles of For the Most Beautiful and provide a rather dramatic, mature, and heroic slice of the Trojan War than the passive angsty voices of Briseis and Chryseis but it did feel very last minute and just not part of Admete and Hippolyta s stories.However, I ve really enjoyed the sophisticated writing style of For the Winner and For the Immortal, and the focus of both of them on lesser explored but active and heroic women of ancient Greek myth, and I do recommend this book If I were to re read it though I ll probably just end the book before the out of place time skip.7 out of 10

  2. says:

    I ve been a huge fan of the Golden Apple trilogy for a while, so you can imagine my delight when I was invited onto the For The Immortal blog tour.Emily really has a fantastic way of making the Greek legends come to life in this fantastic book The reader really feels like they have been transported to ancient Greece, watching events unfold I could almost smell the herbs that Admete used for her healing and smell the sweat, fear and blood from the fierce battles.The story is told from the point of view of two very strong and determined woman from very different worlds Hippolyta is a fierce warrior queen who shows great skills on the battlefield but has a big heart when it comes to her tribe, particularly the children Admete is a princess but works hard at being a healer which she really enjoys She too has a big heart when it comes to her family and it is her desire to help her I ll brother that makes her go on Hercules quest I actually liked both characters which made it hard to decide whose side I was on as I wanted them both to succeed This is a fast paced and gripping story that intrigued me straight away I was instantly hooked and kept turning the pages to find out what would happen next The author clearly knows her stuff when it comes to Greek history and I loved all the historical details about what life was like then and the food they used to eat I had of course heard of Hercules before mainly sadly from the Disney film but didn t know much about his story so found this book to be a fascinating read.This is Emily s third book and a brilliant conclusion to the Golden Apple trilogy It can easily be read as a standalone alone however as each book is about a different Greek Legends so there isn t much overlap.Huge thanks to Hannah Bright and Transworld publishers for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour If you like gripping historical fiction I think you ll like this book

  3. says:

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Alexander, heir of Tiryns, is dying His sister Admete is a skillful healer, but her knowledge can t save him, so she persuades her father to let her join Hercules on one of his labours they will travel to the s, the legendary female warriors, in search of a cure The Greek are seen with suspect by the s, but queen Hippolyta gives them hospitality The encounter will have consequences both on Admete s and Hippolyta s lives, and will be the start of an immortal story.When I requested the book I had no idea it was the third in a trilogy, but luckily it read much like a stand alone The stories are connected, but I think you don t miss that much reading one without the others That being said, I will definitely check out the previous novels because I really enjoyed this one.I wasn t familiar with the myth, so the story kept me interested There were some slow parts, but for the most part I enjoyed myself I liked both Admete s and Hippolyta s storylines They were distinct characters who found themselves in different situations, but they faced similar challenges, the main one being struggling in a male dominated world I was glad there wasn t romance in this book, because the male characters were all awful I was constantly mad at them, but their behaviour was in accordance with the time period and also made the two heroines stand out I admired both of them for what they had to suffer and for how they found their strenght despite everything.Lastly, the author s note at the end was great It is clear Emily Hauser did a lot of research and that she is passionate about the subject She gives lots of interesting informations about the original sources and also explains how she changed or merged them in order to create her own story Definitely worth a read.

  4. says:

    Emily Hauser s Golden Apple trilogy investigates various women from Greek mythology Although the three books are connected, they can be viewed as a standalone as each covers a different legend The final book in this trilogy centres around three women Hippolyta the Queen of the s, Admete the daughter of Eurystheus and Hera, goddess and wife of Zeus.For the Immortal mostly alternates between the stories of Admete and Hippolyta two seemingly unrelated stories, but in time, the paths of these two women do cross Admete and Hippolyta come from such different backgrounds and way of life, but both face similar problems the overriding authority of living in a male dominated world These in famous men are portrayed very differently here you really won t like them but that is the point These stories are, in the words of the author, based around a conglomeration of different myths from all sources In this instalment, you will encounter the stories of Hercules formerly Alcides Hippolyta, Queen of the s briefly, Theseus and of course, the Greek Gods themselves with the spotlight here on Hera Hauser s notes at the end of the story clearly outline her decision making in which myths and characters she included and her interpretation of them I particularly enjoyed her portrayal of Hippolyta and her two sisters and how she fictionalised each of them in distinct phases There are some slow parts but overall another wonderful escape into the world of Greek mythology It is clearly evident the amount of research Hauser has undertaken, and how she cleverly provides a wealth of information, merged and translated for fictional purposes in an effort to create her unique and fascinating interpretation Definitely worth a read for lovers of Greek mythology You are a bard, and I a scribe Together we may make a story, a tale of heroes that will be told down the generations This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The quoted material may have changed in the final release

  5. says:

    I have just finished the final book in this exquisite trilogy, and For The Immortal has been my favourite of the three Emily Hauser s trilogy has come to us amid a flurry of Classics themed feministic literature in the last year of so Madeline Miller s Circe, Emily Wilson s unsparing translation of Homer s Odyssey, and even Mary Beard s enrapturing little book, Women and Power Hauser achieves a similar result to that of Miller we are taken on the torturous but inspiring journeys of these mythical women who are constantly at the mercy of the males around them, but often manage to break through the unrelenting patriarchy in desperate, clever ways The persecution of women is central to Hauser s trilogy, and Hauser is very aware of her exposure of this theme She does it in a way that makes her twenty first century audience cringe at the way Admete s male counterparts speak to her in what most of us now deem as archaic keep your opinions to yourself, as befits a woman But what I like in Hauser s trilogy is that she seems to present a slight discomfort even among the men themselves, an awareness of the accepted injustice between genders.And Hauser is far from painting all of her male characters as villains Yes, there are some real dirt bags throughout, and Theseus shoulders the burden of the antagonist in For The Immortal But there is also an encouraging balance of good guys throughout, and some of the best male characters are the ones who struggle with where to place their loyalty with the women they love or with the men with whom they abide Alcides Hercules in For The Immortal is a case in point.On a different note, and a bit of a spoiler at that, I was delighted with Hauser s decision to merge three mythical s Hippolyta, Antiope and Penthesileia into the one As a student of Classics, I could recognise the tropes of each as I progressed through the book, but it wasn t until the final encounter with the Greek that I fully realised Hauser s creative act of genius If you are not one to take diversions from the original myth lightly, then Hauser s explanation in the author s note justifies her merging of the myths Finally, I enjoyed the sense of feeling the author grow into her writing as the trilogy progressed I remember feeling a bit baffled with Hauser s depiction of the Olympian gods in For The Most Beautiful I can t remember any specific examples, but I felt like she d given them such relaxed speech that it came across as a bit backstreet As much as I appreciated the sense of carelessness that the gods espoused, I did feel that the writing itself matured throughout I can t wait to see of Hauser s work in the future.

  6. says:

    I came to For the Immortal without having read the first two books in the series, but that didn t matter, because it is a standalone story I loved Hauser s recreation of the well known tale She tells it from an intriguing new perspective, and that worked incredibly well The different narrators all had interesting and unique voices, and I found myself caught up in their personal dramas and decisions I particularly enjoyed the chapter lengths, which made it easy to pick up the book and read the odd bit here and there when I had time Occasionally, during the narrative passages, my attention wavered, but the action soon drew me back in Actually, one of the things I found most enjoyable was the author s afterword, in which she discusses her approach to recasting the myth Overall, this is a good read for those who enjoy fairytale and myth retellings, and I give it a solid 4 stars.I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley.

  7. says:

    Wow, I absolutely loved reading this The stories of Homer have been rehashed so many times, or I ve read so many of them, but this is different, covering a period prior to the Trojan war about two women, one a princess of Greece and the other Queen of the s, and their exploits up to and including the final battles of this war At a point near 3 4 through I thought it was finished, but then there was , and aside from taking me by surprise, it showed me a different side to the story and a female perspective on the times and cultures of these two tribes I m sure I ve read one of the other of this trio of books, but I m going to take a look for that I have definitely yet to read, as the writing was scintillating and done exceedingly well.

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    Mich hat dieser Abschlussband der Trilogie leider nicht ganz berzeugen k nnen, auch wenn er einen Bogen zu den anderen Romanen wirft und so vieles erst verst ndlich wird daf r waren mir die beiden Erz hlstr nge zu weit auseinander und die G tter des Olymps zu wenig pr sent.Diesmal geht es um Admete, die das Volk der en aufsucht, um Kr uter gegen das Fieber ihres schwerkranken Bruders zu finden Begleitet wird sie von Alkides, der sp ter als Herkules bekannt werden wird, wenn er seine 12 Aufgaben erf llt hat Der andere Erz hlstrang handelt von Hippolyta sie ist K nigin der en und muss sich wieder dem Kampf gegen die Griechen stellen.Jeder Erz hlstrang f r sich war interessant, auch wenn ich mir mehr Tiefe gew nscht h tte und nicht immer nur wichtige Szenen, die kurz beleuchtet werden, um dann zur n chsten wichtigen Szene berzugehen Auch hat mir die Verkn pfung der beiden Handlungsstr nge gefehlt, und auch wenn sie nachher miteinander verstrickt sind, waren mir diese Verkn pfungen doch zu wenig F r die K rze der Erz hlstr nge sind die weiblichen Charaktere gut gezeichnet, trotzdem habe ich zu wenig Zeit mit ihnen verbracht, um ihnen wirklich nahe zu sein Die M nner hingegen sind nur sehr flach und oberfl chlich skizziert und kommen insgesamt in diesem Buch leider nicht gut weg Gefehlt haben mir mehr Einsch be von den G ttern des Olymps gerade im zweiten Band fand ich ihre Sicht immer sehr interessant und auch am sant diesmal k nnen die G tter am Ende zwar mit einer berraschung punkten, zwischendurch aber tauchen sie leider kaum auf Gelungen fand ich im letzten Drittel den Zeitsprung, der dann wieder zu den trojanischen Kriegen f hrt und so dann auch eine Br cke zum ersten Band schl gt berhaupt hat die Autorin gut recherchiert und unterhaltsam einen mir nicht so gut bekannten Teil der griechischen Geschichte nahegebracht Dazu hat auch die einfache und gut lesbare Sprache beigetragen, denn die Seiten flogen rasch dahin Trotzdem konnten mich die beiden Erz hlstr nge nicht richtig berzeugen, so dass ich 3 von 5 Sternen vergebe Mein FazitDie Autorin hat gut recherchiert und bringt spielerisch und unterhaltsam ihr Wissen an den Leser Trotzdem hat mich dieser Band nicht richtig berzeugen k nnen, da mir die beiden Erz hlstr nge zu oberfl chlich waren und ich sie einfach ausf hrlicher gehabt h tte so hatte ich das Gef hl, nur von einer Situation zur anderen zu springen Gelungen ist aber wieder das Ende, das eine Br cke schl gt zum ersten Band und zum Namen der Reihe Ich gebe diesem Abschlussband 3 von 5 Sternen.

  9. says:

    DEUTSCH GERMAN Danke f r das Rezensionsexemplar Ein geschenktes Buch ndert trotzdem nichts an meiner eigenen Meinung Inhalt Admete ist begandete Heilerin und kennt sich hervorragend mit Kr utern aus Als ihr Bruder Alexander erkrankt, steht sie jedoch vor einer Sackgasse Sie kann ihn nicht heilen Zusammen mit einem Freund, Alkides, welcher sp ter nur noch als Herkules bekannt sein wird, macht sie sich auf den Weg zum envolk ihrer verschollenen Mutter, um dort nach den legend ren Heilkr utern zu suchen Das ganze nicht ganz uneigenn tzig sie hofft, ihre seit langem vermisste Mutter, welche geb rtige e ist, wiederzufinden Herkules stimmt dieser Reise zu, da er als eine seiner zw lf Heldenaufgaben, den Kampfgurt der enk nigin Hippolyta steheln soll Charaktere Die Protagonisten sind vielf ltig und unterschiedlich gestaltet, jeder auf seine Weise individuell und tiefgreifend, sowie detailliert beschrieben Admete als Heilerin, die sich um ihren Bruder und die Zukunft ihres K nigreiches sorgt sowie Herkules, welcher die zw lf Aufgaben nur antritt, um seinem Vater Zeus zu gefallen und Hippolyta, die sich ebenfalls nur nach Anerkennung und Liebe sehnt Fazit Wie die beiden Vorg nger mochte ich dieses Buch auch sehr gerne Die unterschiedlichen Welten en und Griechen , die hier aufeinandertreffen, waren sehr spannend zu beobachten Emily Hausers Erz hlweise gef llt mir wahnsinnig gut und sie schafft es jedesmal, den Leser mitzurei en Auch die einzlenen Spr nge zwischen den Kapiteln, die die unterschiedliche Sicht der en und Griechen darstellen, haben mir sehr gefallen.

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    In Tochter des Himmels gibt es wieder zwei Erz hlstr nge Zum einen geht es um Admete, Tochter des K nigs von Tiryns, die sich zu den en aufmacht, wo sie ein Heilmittel f r ihren schwer erkrankten Bruder Alexander vermutet Begleitet wird sie von Alkides, welcher versucht seine 12 Aufgaben zu erf llen, um fortan als Herkules bekannt zu sein und Unsterblichkeit zu erlangen.Der zweite Teil befasst sich mit Hippolyta, der K nigin der en Sie versuch ihrem Volk eine gute K nigin zu sein, muss sich aber immer wieder gegen die Griechen behaupten.Die Geschichten dieser beiden Frauen sind wieder sehr interessant und auch gut durchdacht F r mich war der Anfang nicht ganz so toll wie die ersten beiden B cher Ich wusste nicht genau wo es hingehen sollte und Herkules war mir ziemlich unsympathisch So waren die ersten beiden Drittel des Buches wie immer gut geschrieben und interessant Das letzte Drittel hat mich dann aber wieder sehr beeindruckt und gefesselt Pl tzlich gibt es n mlich einen Zeitsprung und wir befinden uns mit Admete und Hippolyta mitten im trojanischen Krieg Wir erfahren weitere, bisher unbekannte Details und alles wird zu einem gro en Ganzen.Die Zwischenkapitel der G tter waren auch wieder sehr interessant In diesem Buch lag der Fokus dabei vor allem auf der Zusammenf hrung aller drei B cher Denn erst mit den g ttlichen Geschehnissen aus diesem Buch versteht man, wieso weshalb und warum das alles berhaupt passiert ist.Ich bin wieder sehr begeistert und kann dieses Buch und diese ganze Trilogie nur jedem ans Herz legen, der sich f r Mythologie, Griechenland, Geschichte, Epen und starke Frauen interessiert.

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