This book did not deserve the hype. Supposedly about women's experiences of the Trojan war, it adds very little in this regard. The opening and closing chapters are moving, but otherwise it's a by-the-numbers retelling of highlights from The Iliad that ironically still focuses on the men. Barker tells us that characters love, grieve, or fear, but never demonstrates it. The anachronisms are a bad stylistic choice. It doesn't deliver on the premise.