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Electra: A Delphic Woman Novel    by Kerry Greenwood order for
by Kerry Greenwood
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Poisoned Pen, 2013 (1996)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Electra is the third and last of Kerry Greenwood's Delphic Women series, Medea and Cassandra being the first two. In this final episode, Apollo and Aphrodite still have their wager pitting mortals against each other.

Cassandra and Diomenes, twins, have grown up by now but have been separated. They keenly feel that separation. The city of Troy is decimated, left in ruins, both the city and its population destroyed. Cassandra and Diomenes survive but Cassandra feels Diomenes call out to her and resolves to find him. She has been given the gift of prophecy while Diomenes' gift is that of healing hands. The use of various herbs and plants for healing in the book is truly fascinating.

Electra, Cassandra's and Diomenes' sister, has seen their mother murder their father and has vowed to kill their mother even if it means giving up her own life. She embarks on her crusade as her twin siblings continue their search for each other.

This is a hard book to synopsize for there is a lot happening on each page with many characters, both Gods and mortals. Suffice it to say, Electra is a work of art, as are the preceding two books. It is easy to lose oneself in the tale.

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