Monday, December 10, 2018

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Song of Sacrifice (Homeric Chronicles #1) by Janell Rhiannon

Title: Song of Sacrifice (Homeric Chronicles, #1)
Author: Janell Rhiannon
Publication Date: December 26th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical
The heart of the Trojan War belongs to the women.
Mothers and daughters; wives and war prizes, whisper to us across time…
…remember our songs alongside the mighty men of myth.

As the Age of Heroes wanes, the gods gamble more fiercely with mortals’ lives than they ever have before. Women must rely on their inner strength and cunning to survive the wars men wage for gold and glory.

Clytemnestra of Mycenae struggles for control of her life after Agamemnon ruthlessly rips it apart. Leda of Sparta survives a brutal assault by Zeus, shouldering a terrible secret in silence. Penelope raises Ithaka’s sole heir alone, praying for Odysseus’ swift return. Thetis, the sea nymph, despairs of her son’s destiny and resorts to forbidden magic to save him. Hecuba of Troy mourns the loss of her second son to a dark prophesy. And Shavash of Pedasus prepares her daughter to marry the greatest warrior who ever lived.

In a world where love leads to war and duty leads to destruction, the iron hearts of heroines will conquer all.

Sing, Muse, sing their song of sacrifice…

Replaces Song of Princes as the first book in the Homeric Chronicles.


BRISEIS PICKED AT her fingers, waiting for her betrothed to enter the great hall. Why is he here? Will he take me away, before my time? She dreaded marriage almost as much as she dreaded the blood that would finally make her a woman. The heavy doors across the hall scrapped open and the Prince of Troy entered with an entourage carrying wooden chests and baskets brimming with fine linens. Briseis’ stomach churned in fear.

Hektor approached the royal family, bowing deeply at the waist. He waited.

King Briseus signaled the prince to look up. “We’re happy to receive you, Prince Hektor. Although, we’re a bit surprised at your timing.”

“My apologies for not sending word, but what I wish to discuss should be done face-to-face.”

Queen Shavash nudged Briseis, who stood rigid and silent at her elbow.

“Greetings, Hektor,” Briseis said softly.

Hektor bowed deeply to the young girl. “Princess.”

Briseis looked up hearing her name, finding a pair of warm brown eyes gazing at her. A smile escaped her lips, which she immediately reined in. How did he get to be so handsome? Now, her stomach fluttered. Has a year flown by so quickly to change everything? How did I think he was hairy and disgusting?

King Briseus rose from his chair. “Come, let us walk. Bring the wine.”

As Briseis watched her father and betrothed leave the hall with a gaggle of servants behind them, she glanced at her mother. “Why do you look so worried, Mother?”

“A prince doesn’t arrive unannounced and bearing gifts, when the tidings are good.”

About the Author:
In graduate school, Janell focused on the ancient history of Greece and Rome. Hooked by the “sword and sandal” world, she studied everything she could about mythology and Alexander the Great.

The Homeric Chronicles series is dedicated to merging dozens of Greek myths, including Homer’s epics, with plays, history, and archaeology. Her intent is to raise the heroines’ voices equally alongside the heroes, opening up a traditionally male focused genre to a female audience.

She lives in CA and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. She has a pack of two big dogs and two cats.