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 passionate woman with the spirit of a warrior.
The author of The Mists of Avalon here ``vividly recounts'' the Trojan War. ``Although these mythic figures stumble through some petty, rather too modern dialogue,'' PW found that ``Bradley animates . . . the conflicts between a culture that reveres the strength of women and one that makes them mere consorts of powerful men.''