Book Review: Nobody’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Age Recommended: 11 and up

Esther Friesner is an amazing woman who vocalizes, in this book, every woman’s wish: to be equal to men. I think that every girl should read this book and I guarantee that most of those who do will love it.



Helen of Sparta is a young, spirited girl. She doesn’t enjoy most things that women do, but everyone is envious of her beauty. Her sister, Clytemnestra, is also envious of her, and she thinks that Helen gets away with everything just because she is pretty.

One day, Helen decides that she wants to learn weaponry with her brothers. After much arguing, her brother’s teacher decides to teach her. However, Helen faces much difficulty in getting to the classes because her nurse, Ionne, is always keeping her busy.

When a famous boar hunt comes along, Helen sets out with the others to prove her worth as a warrior. The others are appalled when they find her, but another young warrior, Atlanta, who is the only other girl among them, is very impressed by Helen’s bravery.

Atlanta agrees to give Helen secret riding lessons but sneaking away is harder than Helen thinks. In addition to all of this, Clytemnestra is getting married! This means that Helen has even less time to practice her skills.

When Helen’s twin brothers decide to go on a voyage, Helen wants to go along but her parents say it is too dangerous. Helen decides to disguise herself as a boy in order to get on the ship. Will she be discovered?

If you think you might want to read this book, you can buy it here: Nobody’s Princess (Princesses of Myth)


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