Troy (novel)

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Troy is a young adult novel by Adéle Geras, published in 2000. It is based on events in the Iliad, incorporating original stories set in the heart of the city towards the end of the Trojan War.[1] The novel was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award and the Guardian Award.[2]

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It starts ten years into the Trojan War. Xanthe and Marpessa are sisters living in Troy, which is besieged by the Greeks. After Paris swept Helen away from her husband in Greece to his home in Troy, Menelaus started a war to win her back. The Gods have already decided its outcome of the war. The Goddess Aphrodite, who started it all when she promised Paris the love of the most beautiful woman in the world, is tired of the war. Therefore, she turns her attention to the two sisters. When her son Eros, the God of Love, aims his love arrow, neither of the sisters can escape its power. They both fall in love with Alastor, a handsome fallen soldier with power.

The story is filled with encounters with Greek gods, which only Marpessa can remember. Its theme could be counted as war because it took part of the Trojan War and it was a city which was destroyed due to war.


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