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Hand of Fire – Judith Starkston – Review

I’m participating in the Fireship Press virtual tour of Judith Starkston’s fantastic novel Hand of Fire.

The 9th Oct is here and my review is out!

My Review of:

Hand of Fire


Judith Starkston

A beautiful mix of history and mythology, Hand of Fire is a masterful reworking of Homer’s Iliad with the centre stage going to feisty and courageous Briseis, who finds the balance between healer and warrior in her own unique way.

With an obvious passion for the Iliad, the novel was meticulously researched and plotted. The Hand of Fire reads effortlessly and is a perfect escape from the modern world. Starkston plunges us into the world where mythology and history are so entwined the difference doesn’t seem important.

The captivating characters bring the story to life and you find yourself so entranced by it, it is hard to put down. My heart ached for all that Briseis endured hoping against hope that she finds happiness with the half-God Achilles, despite knowing his eventual fate.

Hand of Fire is a truly wonderful, thought-provoking and absorbing read. A definite must.

Author Bio

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Judith Starkston writes historical fiction and mysteries set in Troy and the Hittite Empire. Ms. Starkston is a classicist (B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, M.A. Cornell University) who taught high school English, Latin and humanities. She and her husband have two grown children and live in Arizona with their golden retriever Socrates. Hand of Fire is her debut novel.

The Blurb

The Trojan War threatens Troy’s allies and the Greek supply raids spread. A young healing priestess, designated as future queen, must defend her city against both divine anger and invading Greeks. She finds strength in visions of a handsome warrior god. Will that be enough when the half-immortal Achilles attacks? Hand of Fire, a tale of resilience and hope, blends history and legend in the untold story of Achilles’s famous captive, Briseis.

The Cover


Find an excerpt, Q&A, book reviews, ancient recipes, historical background as well as on-going information about the historical fiction community on Starkston’s website www.JudithStarkston.com

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Buy Links (Amazon still isn’t showing the paperback but should be soon):



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