Isla and Ajax: A Trojan War Tale by Kelly Ann McLaughlin (Paperback / softback, 2012)
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- DescriptionYears before the Trojan War, a wealthy Athenian merchant named Icheron and his beloved wife Comatho had five sons. Older w, Comatho wanted thing more than to have a daughter so she sought out Asclepius, a man who resided in the south and whom she heard possessed certain powers; he was even kwn to have brought people back from the dead. Asclepius granted Comatho's wish by taking it upon himself to mercilessly ravish her, giving her her beloved Isla. Icheron was t fooled by his wife's trickery and despised the child her every waking breath. Yet, unkwn to everyone, and even to Isla herself, she inherited much of Asclepius's kwledge, particularly in the healing arts. When Comatho lay on her deathbed, Icheron refused Isla's attempts to save her mother. So w that her only protector was dead, Icheron cast Isla off to the sea, to the mercy of the Gods of the wind and water to do with her whatever they pleased. Just when Isla felt that she would perish, from out of the corner of her eye a great and magnificent bireme approached, its ram and prow about to chop her tiny skiff in half. Rescued by the crew, she does t realize, until he allows his identity to be revealed to her, that their Commander is the mighty warrior Ajax, cousin to the great Achilles himself, on his way home to the Island of Salamis for a brief respite from the Trojan War. Once Isla performs her healing wiles upon Ajax, he finds her t only indispensable but quite beautiful as well. He finds a place for her in his household, and secretly seeks her out so that she can perform more of her wonderful healing massages upon him. He soon realizes that he is in love with her and makes her his own. But when Isla is taken from Ajax, he becomes obsessed with finding her, even though his father, King Telamon reminds him of his obligation to the War effort. He must do his duty, report to the shores of Ilium and fulfill the vow he made to Menelaus, brother to the King of Sparta. Agamemn, whose wife Helen was taken from him by Paris, Prince of Troy, is obsessed with ruling the entire Aegean, and takes advantage of his wife's infidelity, stopping at thing in order to gain ultimate power over the region. Both Isla and Ajax overcome great trials to be reunited, yet when he sails off to War once more, she fears she has seen his handsome face for the last time. When she senses Ajax dying on the battlefield, will she arrive in time to save him? Will her innate kwledge of the healing arts be eugh to save her beloved Ajax?
- Author BiographyKelly Ann McLaughlin's novels are best known for richly describing the settings that surround her characters. Her first novel, Phiandra and Hercules, is a love story involving the Ancient Greek Hero with a tormented soul, who would like nothing more than to settle down and retire with the beautiful young Phiandra. Kelly's second novel, Merman's Redemption, is about two people who try to help each other overcome grief and personal tragedy. The setting is a small beach town in Southern Mexico, full of Mexican Lore and spirituality. Jungle Fates is her third novel, wherein betrayal and heartbreak is finally reconciled between two graduate students who work at an eco-tourism compound in Costa Rica. But not without the help from an ancient Mayan love goddess and a few local ticos. Her fourth novel, another Ancient Greek Heroic Romance entitled Isla and Ajax, is a love story between the second greatest hero of the Trojan War, and the young woman Isla who has been banished from her home. Their relationship follows along with and grows while events from Homer's Iliad unfolds around them. Continuing her love of Ancient Greece, she has begun her next story entitled Alcmene, a woman who gives birth to twins-Hercules, the son of Zeus, and Iphicles, the son of her husband, Amphitryon. She has also begun her first novel that takes place in the future, Rook due out in 2012. She has been writing full time since 2002 and lives in the inspiring low country of South Carolina.
- Author(s)Kelly Ann McLaughlin
- Date of Publication09/01/2012
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectRomance & Sagas
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight340 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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