The Firebrand

The Firebrand Blending archaeological fact and legend the myths of the gods and the feats of heroes Marion Zimmer Bradley breathes new life into the classic tale of the Trojan War reinventing larger than life fig

  • Title: The Firebrand
  • Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • ISBN: 9780747401261
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback
  • Blending archaeological fact and legend, the myths of the gods and the feats of heroes, Marion Zimmer Bradley breathes new life into the classic tale of the Trojan War reinventing larger than life figures as living people engaged in a desperate struggle that dooms both the victors and the vanquished, their fate seen through the eyes of Kassandra priestess, princess, and paBlending archaeological fact and legend, the myths of the gods and the feats of heroes, Marion Zimmer Bradley breathes new life into the classic tale of the Trojan War reinventing larger than life figures as living people engaged in a desperate struggle that dooms both the victors and the vanquished, their fate seen through the eyes of Kassandra priestess, princess, and passionate woman with the spirit of a warrior.

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    1. Sometimes I think this "star" system is faulty. I gave this book five stars because I absolutely adore it and have read it 8329432423 times, but I'm not sure it's actually that good. All I know is that as a classical history nut who spent all her college years (and two post-grad years) studying ancient history, i go all heart-eyes for this book. it's the Trojan War told through the eyes of the women, and i love it because my favorite characters have always been the women -- Kassandra, Andromache [...]

    2. I had a really hard time getting through this book. Which was surprising to me for two reasons. First, I loved Marion Zimmer Bradley's "The Mists of Avalon," and second, I love the legend of the Trojan War and have read numerous other books on the subject and Cassandra has always been an intriguing character for me. So, when I picked up this book, I was pretty sure I was going to enjoy it.Sadly however, I was left disappointed. Now don't get me wrong, the ancient world that Zimmer Bradley create [...]

    3. I first read Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “The Firebrand” many years ago, and have just finished the latest of many re-reads of this epic novel of the Trojan War.As with her famous “Mists of Avalon” which told the story of Arthur and Camelot from the perspective of the women in the story, so too does The Firebrand cover this famous Bronze Age tale from the point of view of the principle females involved.Most specifically this is Kassandra, daughter of King Priam of Troy and Queen Hecuba, si [...]

    4. Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Firebrand is an excellent book, and one that I look forward to rereading again at some point in time. This novel, at just over 600 pages, tells the story of the Trojan War from the perspective of Kassandra the Prophetess, one of the daughters of Priam and Hecuba, the king and queen of Troy. Zimmer Bradley does a terrific job of incorporating the commonly accepted mythological elements of all of the major characters in the novel, including several of the gods and godde [...]

    5. The Firebrand is the the story of the Trojan War told from the perspective of Kassandra. Kassandra is a princess of troy who has the gift of prophecy but the curse that she is never believed. I loved the spin that Bradley put on the famous story and its characters. I like how she was able to have fantasy elements, such as the Gods being real with the ability to take over a person's body when they want to directly influence events and Kassandra's true visions, yet she made some other aspects of t [...]

    6. I read this some years after The Mists of Avalon. I gobbled it up avidly enough, but it must be admitted that it was basically The Mists of Avalon in a Hellenic setting. I could easily recognise the personalities of Viviane in Queen Penthiselea, Morgaine in Kassandra, and to some extent, Queen Morgause in Queen Imandra of Colchis. Probably my favourite part of the book, was the time Kassandra spends at Queen Imandra's court when she is inducted into the cult of "Serpant Mother", which I assumed [...]

    7. This hook is written from the perspective of Kassandra, and shows a Trojan war from the female point of view, a terrible and avoidable catastrophe leading to degradation and mass slaughter, rape and the destruction of innoents.Hector and the other warriers are deluded in their male notions of honour and glory, Agamemnon a brutal destroyer, Akhilles more or less a psychopath, finally toppled by the death of Patrokoles into madness,capable finally of a terrible act of necrophylia. Of the women, He [...]

    8. Marion Zimmer Bradley rewrote the Arthurian legends from a feminist perspective in The Mists of Avalon; Ursula K. Le Guin did it for the Aeneid in Lavinia. While this isn't terrible, both of those books were more successful than this one.In the frame to this story, an aged Kassandra insists that a bard is telling the story of the fall of Troy is all wrong--in the previous generation, women had ruled cities and lived in harmony with the Goddess and everything was hugs and puppies until men totall [...]

    9. Ive always been a little leery about this book and her other works. In this for example a character spoiler: (view spoiler)[has an incestous relationship with his daughter. >_< The maincharacter of course gets appaled by thisbut its never dealt with because of some religion mumbo jumbo. In one of her Darkover books,the heroine disguises herself as a boy to escape a marriage to a lecherous older man,who attacked herbut only to check if she fought back. Because that would show if she was rea [...]

    10. Quem me conhece sabe que As Brumas de Avalon são uns dos meus livros preferidos e tinha bastante curiosidade em saber como Marion Zimmer Bradley tinha recriado a história de Tróia através de Cassandra. Assim, aproveitei comprar o livro na Hora H.Em Presságio de Fogo, a história vai-se desenrolando através de Cassandra, uma princesa troiana com o dom da profecia, mas apesar das suas visões, os que a rodeiam não acreditam no seu dom.A história começa com o nascimento de Cassandra e Pár [...]

    11. I'm always up for an alternate point of view story, and Cassandra/Kassandra is a character from the story of the Trojan War who has the potential to be very interesting - a prophetess whose words are believed by no one. Unfortunately, Bradley likes to bludgeon the reader with her particular brand of feminism, i.e things were better in that mythical time when everyone worshiped the Earth Mother, and woman should be free to take on consorts as they please, since men are all such jerks anyway. Blec [...]

    12. Interesting re-telling of the fall of Troy from the point of view of Kassandra - a priestess and princess of Troy.The book makes a massive amount of the fact that many of the main characters are female. Actually, what the book is really about is the different ways that women relate to men and to each other. This provides some food for thought, but is spoiled quite a lot by not being very nuanced in its portrayals. There are a lot of absolute statements made, and portrayal of extremes, without mu [...]

    13. This book started with an interesting premise, weaving in the myths of greece in a tale of real lives, but soemthing wasn't working for me. I got about half way through the book before I figured it out. The main character, and all the charachters, actually, are not logical, in that the author makes them do things and have reactions that aren't true to their characters, just to move the story along. They don't stay true to how she originally portrays them to be and it makes it confusing for the r [...]

    14. Credo sia evidente che ho una passione per la classicità (greca in particolare). Sono incappata nella trama di questo libro per caso, e ho pensato "perché no?". Ora posso tranquillamente dire "ma anche no!". Capisco l'intento dell'autrice di dar rilievo alle figure femminili in una cornice come quella dell'Iliade (in cui hanno più intelletto e libertà i cavalli), ma il risultato è per me disastroso. Cassandra è una figura tragica in senso classico, che poco si presta ad esser rivisitata in [...]

    15. This book was pretty abysmal, but I kept reading it anyways bc TROJAN WAR, y'all. Bradley spends ages talking about the minutia of Kassandra's daily life, and about 1 paragraph each on the important events of Achilles' death, the Trojan Horse, etc. There's also a ridiculous epilogue where she gets a happy ending (as happy as possible after your ENTIRE family is killed or enslaved, on top of the destruction of your home and everything you hold dear). She's held up as a strong woman with ian value [...]

    16. Antes de leerme esta obra me leí Las Nieblas De Avalon y me encantó. Así llegué a Cassandra y me gustó incluso más. Ahora bien, no os esperéis una historia al uso sobre la Caída de Troya. La autora se basa en ello sólo para recrear un mundo totalmente diferente.Marion Zimmer es una autora feminista empeñada en devolver a la mujer el poder que antiguamente tuvo (según ella, a mí no me miréis!) y lo demuestra en todas sus obras con fuertes protagonistas femeninas y con giros que nada [...]

    17. This was very entertaining. I enjoyed seeing the siege of Troy from the other side, inside the walls and from a woman's point of view. But the way Achilles was portrayed was a travesty I felt. This is like a Danielle Steele type of take on the Ilad. Every character served its purpose but the grandeur I craved from reading Renault or Miller wasn't at the rendez vous.Over all, original in its perspective but definitely not a classic for me!

    18. Irritatingly inaccurate, not that we know the truth of the story. Hecuba and ex-? Kassandra kills Achilles thanks to her training as an ? I don't understand the attraction to the person who recommended it and am thoroughly unimpressed with the writing of an author of whom several of my friends are fans.

    19. L'idea di riscrivere la storia della caduta di Troia dal punto di vista di Cassandra, cambiando molti degli avvenimenti principali e mostrandoli sotto una diversa chiave di lettura, è intrigante. Ma la sensazione principale che richiamo dalla lettura di questo romanzo è la noia. Una noia ancora più sentita perché inaspettata. Più di una volta, sono stata tentata di abbandonare il libro.Ogni avvenimento, in questo romanzo, è come se fosse farcito di anestetico. Ciò vale anche per le situaz [...]

    20. "Tu conosci una sola canzone, Cassandra: fiamme e lutto per Troia, e la canti di continuo, come un menestrello che non conosce altro…"La guerra di Troia vista da occhi femminili che scrutano fin troppo lontano: Cassandra, la profetessa condannata a predire il futuro e a non essere mai creduta.Figlia di Priamo ed Ecuba e (la Bradley si concede la sua prima deviazione rispetto alle versioni del mito) sorella gemella di Paride, Cassandra è la voce narrante, sia pure in terza persona, della lunga [...]

    21. amei amei amei! Kassandra me cativou com a sua independência, bravura e até mesmo solidão. Me simpatizei tanto com a família real de Tróia e seu povo que vai ser difícil ler a Ilíada e torcer pelos aqueus. Não é de surpreender que mais um livro da Marion Zimmer Bradley entrou para os meus favoritos!

    22. Quem não conhece Marion Zimmer Bradley? Quem não ouviu falar da sua forma de recontar uma história conhecida à sua maneira e torná-la única? Quase ninguém, em todo o mundo. Mesmo para quem não tenha lido a sua obra esta senhora da fantasia e do movimento feminista não é desconhecida. Há anos que ouço falar dela e quero ler a sua obra. E quando as oportunidades surgem há que agarrá-las. Foi o que eu fiz quando o meu professor de Religião e Mitologia Grega nos pediu para fazer um tr [...]

    23. "The Firebrand" of the title is Paris of Troy whose actions provide the impetus that unleashes a storm leading to the fall and conflagration of his city. His twin sister Cassandra - or Kassandra in this telling - is a prophetess who foresees the doom that her brother will bring but is unable to do anything to stop it.(Note: The author renders Greek proper names that we are used to seeing spelled with a "C" to be "K" instead. Thus, Achaian is Akhaian, Achilles is Akhilles, Mycenae is Mykenae, and [...]

    24. I DID IT. I AM FREE FROM MY MISTAKE.Gosh, I hate it when I can't decide whether a book is good or bad. LIKE THIS ONE. The story is kinda interesting (I sure do want to know the ending) and there are some positive things to the characters building, namely that none of the women were overly mean to each other, and didn't degrade each other. But that only small pro is not enough to weight against all the cons.1. I read this book because I was told it was feminist. I saw very little feminism (or ver [...]

    25. There was a lot of enjoyable material in this book but it fails essentially on the point of evoking the period.I'm not saying that there was never a time that women ruled cities - there is evidence from a very early Neolithic settlement in Turkey that suggests that it may have been inhabited mostly by women and that men may have been visitors at but have spent most of their year either as herders or as hunters.That however, was the Neolithic. The site usually identified as Troy is very much a Br [...]

    26. Marion Zimmer Bradley has taken on a different myth with this book. She’s moved from her normal home of Avalon and the British Isles to the ancient city of Troy. This book focuses on the Princess Cassandra (in the novel spelled “Kassandra”) – daughter of the Hecuba and King Priam. In mythology, Kassandra was crazy – prophesying doom at every corner, with no one ever believing her. Bradley has chosen to look at this a different way – her usual feminist/goddess worshipping way. Kassan [...]

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