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Hetaera--Suspense in Ancient Athens (Agathon's Daughter Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Hetaera is a story about Hestia, a slave in the house of Agathon. Upon his deathbed she learns that she isn't just his slave, but also his daughter - born out of wedlock and during a mysterious ritual. This knowledge doesn't change her status as slave and she continues to work within the home until Agathon's wife decides to sell her. When sold she becomes the Hetaera (a courtesan or better known as a high class mistress) to the wealthiest man in town.
This is a theme well played within Ms. Tyrpak's story. She did a great job capturing the times and all the hardships that not only women went through but also slaves and the restrictions held by them. I'll admit I had a hard time putting the book down and finished it within one reading. Although the ending left me wanting more I cannot wait to see what happens in the next story! I hope I get the chance to keep reading this writer's work and being transported to a time I love.
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Suzanne has a wonderful way with words that places the reader within the depths of the story.
From the outset, as a reader your sympathies lie with Hestia, a slave whose background is a mystery. When her master dies her world is turned upside down.
She falls in love with the wrong person and is forced to become the hetaera of a man she detests, while her former master's wife continues to blight her life.
A great suspense mystery set long ago in ancient Athens.
A recommended five star read.
There are a lot of wonderful things about this book. It introduces us to a fascinating world that I only had minimal knowledge about-- ancient Athens and the intricate politics and culture of both the elevated classes and the slaves that work for them. Hestia, in particular, is a terrific character- strong and yet vulnerable at the same time. The whole system of the Hetaera and the discussion of what true freedom is with the interplay of overall philosophy were very well done and interesting.
I will reveal some mild spoilers now, so beware! I can't tell if this book is going to have a sequel or not. Everything is wrapped up nicely except the less compelling story of the romance, which I don't care as much about because let's face it, her love interest is not half as interesting as she is. But I will be less compelled to find out if they ultimately get together unless a whole new story is developed in the meantime.
That said, I was impressed by this effort by the author, and I will definitely be keeping Suzanne Tyrpak on my radar!