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Cover Copyright ©2006
Trace Edward Zaber
The Dreamer's Loom
by Michelle L. Levigne
ISBN: 1-59279-490-4 (Electronic)
ISBN: 1-59279-754-7 (Paperback)
He was the cunning trickster king, always playing his opponents’ weaknesses against them, lying as easily as other men breathed. He trusted no one, or so the other warriors of Achaia believed. Then he met the one woman who could match him in cleverness and vowed he would have her, no matter what it took.
She was the overlooked daughter and cousin, dark and small when her cousins, Helen and Kleitamaistra, were tall and golden. She was a princess, but knew she would be sacrificed in marriage to buy peace for her uncle’s kingdom. She was a visionary, glimpsing the future and events half a world away in her dreams.
Odysseus went to Sparta to win Helen as his bride, but when he saw Penelope, he knew she was the queen who could protect his precious Ithaka through the turmoil of the future. Their love grew through pain and tears, and held strong for twenty years while vengeful gods kept him from their home. Their love triumphed against enemies who would have stolen kingdom and queen, and became the greatest love story ever told...
Note to reader: This story was previously published only in electronic format under the title The Dark One (LTD Books, ISBN 1-55316-083-5). This new Amber Quill Press version, however, has been reedited and retitled for the electronic format and the first-time paperback release.
Romance / Historical Romance
Length: Extended Novel (129k words / 336 paperback pages)
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"5 Stars!...We all know the story of Troy's siege and Odysseus's long journey home. Ms. Levigne has taken Homer's epics and retold them from Penelope's viewpoint. The resulting book is a fresh look at the classic Greek legends and a compelling read in its own right. I loved this book! The characters are deftly drawn. Ms. Levigne has filled a legend with complex people, flawed, gifted and glorious in turn. Odysseus is shown with all his strengths and weaknesses, brilliant, glib, and distrustful, a talented athlete who uses cunning to conquer stronger opponents, a gifted strategist who is eventually trapped by his own plots. Penelope is easily his match in intelligence, more emotionally stable but equally vulnerable. Her doubts about Odysseus—can she trust her husband's declarations of love, when he uses sweet words to manipulate everyone else?—and her journey from doubt to trust are some of the most affecting parts of the book. In addition to having an exciting story and richly drawn characters, The Dreamer's Loom is full of well-chosen, historically accurate details. From Penelope's famous loom, to bronze-headed spears, to the leather hinges on the doors of Sparta's palace, Ms. Levigne has chosen just the right details to bring the Mycenaean era alive. The Dreamer's Loom is a story of war as experienced from the home front. Once the Trojan War begins, Penelope must rely on sailor's gossip and prophetic dreams to follow the progress of the war and her husband's well being. The book shows her at home, ruling Ithaka and raising Odysseus's children. When the war ends and her husband's long journey home begins, we watch her wait and worry. I knew how the story would end—most readers do—but even so, I stayed up until 2 AM to finish the book. It's that compelling...Historical fiction at its very finest. I give it my highest recommendation."—Carrie S. Masek, Scribes World Reviews
"We have all read and heard the tales of Odysseus and his adventures, but The Dreamer's Loom gives us a look at them from the eyes of his wife, Penelope. Filled with research, and some surprising tidbits, The Dreamer's Loom is a great story...a finely woven tale of myths and history about a man whose courage and quick mind were rivaled by no other man. The story moves along at a steady pace, the characters exciting and appealing. I have never heard anyone tell the tales of Odysseus from his wife's point of view before. The daily struggles and fears that went through her mind day after day, the visions showing her things she didn't want to believe. It is a fascinating story. Ms. Levigne pens an exciting romance with dangerous greedy men, jealous gods, and a love that is strong enough to weather any storm. Her multi-layered characters and fresh storyline makes The Dreamer's Loom hard to put down. I found myself reading long into the night, sitting with Penelope awaiting her husband's return. I recommend The Dreamer's Loom to any reader of historical romances or those who love Greek myths...you won't be disappointed."—Robin Peek, The Word on Romance
"Full of Greek mythology, and a fresh telling of an old classic, The Dreamer's Loom is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Although it starts slowly because of the many Greek names and background history, the book soon becomes an adventurous tale of love, passion, and jealousy. The tale centers on Penelope's growth from a young, naive girl to a headstrong woman, just as her love for Odysseus also grows. If you like love stories mixed with mythology, The Dreamer's Loom by Michelle L. Levigne is right for you."—Courtney Bowden, Romance Reviews Today
"4 Stars!...The story, and many of the characters, were fascinating! I was unable to stop reading and finished the story in record time! Definitely recommended!"—Detra Fitch, Huntress Book Reviews
"4 Cups!...Ms. Levigne has written a compelling tale based on the Greek classic in a unique point of view. She has the reader gripped from the very beginning. The characters are strong and likable and you have no choice but to keep turning the pages. I enjoyed this tale of history and could not put it down."—Mary, Coffee Time Romance
Read a short excerpt...
...In silence, the ship left anchor and headed out into deeper waters again. The flames of the funeral pyre grew smaller in the distance as Penelope watched. She shivered, wondering if the man who touched her was on the pyre.
“What are you thinking?” Odysseus asked, his voice a rough whisper, softened with weariness.
“How many died?” For a moment, she couldn’t face him.
“Seven. Their leader among them. Dolios found him before I did,” he added, one corner of his mouth rising for a second. “The ones who lived know who they were fighting. Maybe now they will not so easily attack travelers.”
“They know…you told them, and released them?” Penelope shook her head, trying to understand. “What if they call their kinsmen together for vengeance?”
“Who would justify them? Who would help them?” He sighed, closed his eyes, and leaned hard into the rudder. “Penelope, they took their lives into their hands in a wager, and lost.”
“I will never understand battle, or what drives a man to cut the life from another.”
“Sweet Penelope, I hope you never do...”
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