Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Dido by Adele Geras

From Amazon: Love can be deadly. Especially when two young women fall for the same man – one a queen, the other her serving maid. 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.

I don't know much about Greek stories and history, but for some reason I was still dying to read this book. I'm so glad I did, because I spent the day with a group of brilliantly written characters, and was thoroughly sucked into the world of Queen Dido and her serving maid Elissa.

The narration was what I liked most about Dido. It's told by four different characters in alternating chapters, which enables the reader to see the story from different angles and perspectives. It's a great way to get to know the characters, and I wish more authors wrote in this style.

I also liked the inclusion of the Greek gods, who appeared almost as an apparition. It was a nice mythological touch, and I at least now know more about the gods and goddesses than I did before. I would have liked the setting and surroundings to be described more, just so I could get a feel for what Greece was like back then. That's the only thing I thought was missing, though it didn't take anything away from the story.

Dido is a tragic love story, and is built around secrets and jealousy. It's interesting to see how Queen Dido reacts to the various revelations about her husband Aeneas, and how she lets her world crumble around her. For a Queen and leader, she wasn't the strongest of women, which surprised me. I expected her to be tougher, but instead Elissa was the one to possess those character traits.

Greek myths, love triangles, betrayals and lies are all present in Dido, and all make this book an addictive read. I also really love the cover artwork; it's unusual and stylistic, and relates well to the story. Now, where's my Troy DVD...?


So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I wasn't sure about this when I first heard about it. But now...

Oh, I keep meaning to say that I love your new header!

Chicklish said...

Brilliant review - the book sounds fantastic. And yes, I love your new header too!

a flight of minds said...

Wow, I wasn't so intrigued of this book before, when I first heard of it, but now I am! The cover is a bit of a turn off to me, but your review more than makes up for it. Great review!

- Alex

Steph Su said...

This has been on my wishlist since you featured it on one of your WoW posts (er, I think, or was it one of your IMMs? lol) and now I just want to read it more. Thanks! :)