Nobody's Prize

In this rousing sequel to Nobody s Princess, young Helen of Sparta is not about to be left behind when her older brothers head off to join the quest for the Golden Fleece Accompanied by her friend Milo, and disguised as a boy herself, Helen sets out to join the crew of heroes aboard the massive ship known as The Argo Helen quickly faces all sorts of danger There are batIn this rousing sequel to Nobody s Princess, young Helen of Sparta is not about to be left behind when her older brothers head off to join the quest for the Golden Fleece Accompanied by her friend Milo, and disguised as a boy herself, Helen sets out to join the crew of heroes aboard the massive ship known as The Argo Helen quickly faces all sorts of danger There are battles to be fought, as well as an encounter with a terrifying murderous princess With her beauty blossoming, Helen s journey takes her beyond the mythology of the Golden Fleece to Athens, where her very future as Queen of Sparta is threatened.
Nobody s Prize In this rousing sequel to Nobody s Princess young Helen of Sparta is not about to be left behind when her older brothers head off to join the quest for the Golden Fleece Accompanied by her friend Mil

  • Title: Nobody's Prize
  • Author: Esther M. Friesner
  • ISBN: 9780375875311
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Nobody's Prize”

    1. While a satisfying conclusion to "Nobody's Princess", I was highly disappointed in this book. "Nobody's Princess" was something that I would let my second graders read and was still something enjoyable for me. This sequel, however, was too crude. When Helen was dressed like a boy, there were pages of jokes and comments on homosexuality. When she was dressed like a girl there were jokes and comments on sexuality in general. Instead of writing a powerful novel, the author took the easy way out.

    2. As far as sequels go Nobody's Prize was average. It didn't wow me or make me go, oh my gosh that was amazing! Actually, it made me mad! The author completely and one hundred percent sets up the ending for a third book; yet chances are very slim that there will be one!Nobody's Prize continued where Nobody's Princess left off. Helen and Milo travel from Delphi, following the trail of Helen's brothers and the other warriors set to join the quest for the golden fleece. On the way they run into a few [...]

    3. I read the first book, "Nobody's Princess", and wasn't too impressed. However, it was okay, and it seemed to be one long introduction, so I had hopes that this book would be where the payoff occurred. No such luck. Honestly, I'll give the author credit - it takes a LOT of skill to be able to make the story of Jason and the Argonauts boring, but she succeeded. This book has all the problems of the first one - lots of potential that never goes anywhere. A lot of it comes down to the lack of any em [...]

    4. I didn't like the first book so I should've known better to waste my time on the second book, but I read the word "love" on the back of the second book and couldn't help but look at it. I was sorely disappointed. I wouldn't recommend either of these books to anyone. The first book was a clean adventure; the second contained crude joke after crude joke and unnecessary details (such as the main character starting her period and lots of talk of homosexuality). Needless to say, I doubt I'll be picki [...]

    5. I'd be queen of Sparta one day. I'd marry because it would be my duty to have children and provide the land with its next ruler. If I was lucky, I'd choose my husband wisely and we'd love one another. But between" You must do this because you're a princess" and " You must never do that because you're a girl," there was no time left for "Do what you like,because you're Helen." This quest,this adventure might be my only chance to see what it meant to be myself.In the sequel to "Nobody's Princess", [...]

    6. In the exciting adventure of Nobody's Prize by Esther Friesner, Lady Helen of Sparta travels in disguise alongside her brothers, friends, and strangers to help Prince Jason acquire the Golden Fleece. Lady Helen, the brave, enthusiastic, and fearless person she is, she sneaks aboard the Argo with her noble, shy, and obedient friend, Milo. Traveling by boat, around their world, they encounter friends, fatal battles, family reunions, and new brotherhoods. This book showed a less glamorous side of r [...]

    7. I didn't really like this book. I didn't like Helen, and I especially didn't like how Esther Friesner changed the myths. There was a section in the back of the book titled 'She can't do that to the myths' where I thought it would answer some of my questions about why she took the magic out of the myths. No, it was about how she changed them a little to fit her story. She can change the myths, and I have no issues with that, but when she takes all the wonder out of them, I do. This book was more [...]

    8. hmmm. no better than the first one, really. plot and characters are decent, but not really anything special. writing style is a bit annoying, w/all the random italics. when i want to catch up on my greek mythology i'll just read percy jackson though, thank you very much. XD

    9. Sequel to "Nobody's Princess". I didn't like this book as well as the first and I expected there to be more to the end of the story - like even a third book.

    10. This is actually more like 2.5 stars for me. As in the previous book, Nobody's Princess, Friesner's writing is very smooth and reads very quickly. Unfortunately, I found that the plot in this book jumped around too much. The story of Jason and the Argonauts becomes a quick backdrop for Helen to yet again hope no one finds out she's a girl, including her two brothers who are on board the same ship. Most of the usual Golden Fleece-related events are left out, so the trip to Colchis just seems fast [...]

    11. Helen of Sparta is the main character in this story. As you can tell she is the princess of Sparta, a city-state in ancient Greece. Her favorite goddess is Aphrodite. Helen wants more out of life. She can't do all of the things that a girl is supposed to do. For example, she can't weave without tangling the wool. Helen wants more out of life. In this book, she's aboard the Argo with Milo, the slave she bought the freedom of, Prince Jason, her brothers, and many more 'heroes'. She wants to join t [...]

    12. Well, this bookIt's so long time since I read "Nobody's Princess" but I do remember the utterly most important happenings. But jeesh. I don't know what to say about "Nobody's Prize". The plot is easy to follow. A giant plus. But I have some annoying ability to be very critic to the books I've read. I think the end of this book is horrendous. But surely I doesn't like endings, so no big surprise. But this one, it's so open.Open like she's going to write a book more. I wish she would.Although I th [...]

    13. So, with this book I’ve finally read the entire duology about Helen. While I didn’t particularly love the first story, I found it an enjoyable read, so I picked this up. And in a word: disappointing. It just failed to attract me as much as the first one did.I found the whole of the book pretty dull. Helen just goes through her adventures one after another and I didn’t feel any sort of suspense, rousing action, or connection for the most part with these characters. Despite what the premise [...]

    14. Whereas Nobody's Princess seemed to have fun with the idea of myth and with (re)creating Helen of Troy's backstory, Nobody's Prize struggles to find a coherent and gripping narrative. Friesner becomes too constrained by the events of Greek myth and her Helen falls flat in this sequel--her journey feels less like a development of an intriguing character and more like an episodic series of events loosely built around the people/places of other myths (those myths commonly don't feature Helen, and p [...]

    15. What a terrible ending. It didn't even feel finished. Making a retelling about Helen of Troy is great idea, it's just that the author did not tell it very well. The first book was slightly more interesting, but this one was completely awful and boring.Caution: spoilersFirst of all, I didn't understand Hylas. His death was so.hable. Like, okay, so he just fell off a cliff and died and nobody cared? Oh well, he's dead, too bad, so sad. One minute him and Helen were talking, then Herakles comes, Hy [...]

    16. NOBODY’S PRIZEEsther FriesnerFiction Fantasy302 pagesThis book is a sequel to NOBODY’S PRINCESS which is about Helen of Sparta who goes off on some wild adventures. This book takes you along on the Argo, the ship she was on. Helen, again, disguises herself as a boy. Helen now known as Glaucus is traveling along on the Argo in search of the Golden Fleece. While camped the most unlikely thing happens to “Glaucus.” She gets her first womanhood calling. Now that everyone on the ship knows Gl [...]

    17. Originally rated G by Lori HoagSequel to Nobody’s Princess, Helen of Sparta disguises herself as a boy and takes ship on the Argo, captained by Jason and filled with the Argonauts, on their quest to take the Golden Fleece. Based on characters from Greek myths and the Iliad, Friesner develops the characters of Helen and Milo, the ex-slave that she freed in the prior novel. Helen’s search for identity in a male-dominated world make her a sympathetic character, but I was struck with another mes [...]

    18. This book was a fitting sequel to the first book, Nobody's Princess. In my opinion, both books are pretty forgettable. This one has Helen in disguise as a boy as she tries to join Jason and the Argonauts in their search for the Golden Fleece. The Argonauts find themselves in several predicaments and it is Helen who keeps a cool head and shows the wisdom of the group. Ridiculous. Helen is also in danger several times and vaguely gets out of it or the way she gets out is completely left out of the [...]

    19. While I really appreciated the first book of the duo, the second was less interesting to me. The pacing was strange: it takes 50 pages just to get on the boat in the beginning, but the conclusion of the famous Argonauts' quest for the Golden Fleece is wrapped up in a paragraph. Where deception and trickery were present in the first book, and only as a vehicle to get Helen out riding horses and learning swordplay, the second book is layer after layer of lies without any higher purpose than wantin [...]

    20. The sequel to Nobody's Princess, this book continues the backstory of Helen of Sparta (not Troy! not yet, anyway) as imagined by Ms. Friesner. It took me a while to get through this one but it was worth it at the end, although it did come to an end rather quickly. I think my main gripe with this book is that Helen is pretty annoying for a lot of the book--spoiled rich girl, maybe? But seeing Helen come to realize the effect her actions had on others was satisfying. And hearing about other famous [...]

    21. NOBODY'S PRIZE wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't great. I read the first one, NOBODY'S PRINCESS, a while back and picked this up because I really didn't have enough to read. (Actually, I had nineteen other books, and I was mostly just picking up everything that looked remotely interesting.)I thought it was weird what FRIESNER did to Herakles and a few other spots were just odd, but there were also places that I liked. The writing wasn't fantastic, but it wasn't so terrible I wanted to tear the [...]

    22. While not as good as the first book, this was still pretty great. It was hard to put down and very exciting. Helen is delightfully sassy, if a bit foolish at times.I thought it was a bit crude, and I didn't so much like the epilogue. Oh, and they talked a lot about 'becoming a woman', and it wasn't bad, but it was a bit awkward. :P There were some other things I didn't like about it, but they're harder to pick out. I think that one of my problems with it was that the characters seemed kind of fl [...]

    23. I enjoyed the second in Friesner's series about Helen of Troy and her adventures with Jason on his quest for the Golden Fleece. For kids not easily interested in mythology, this is an easy parlay into it. I love that Helen masqueraded as a boy and always got caught, but was so darn smart all of the time, that she was able to get away with it. Although by the end, it got a tad cliche. Yet, her trials and tribulations along with different characters, situations, and settings, all create a fun, eas [...]

    24. Kind of "meh" all over for me. It was well-written, but I can't help but feel that nothing really happened ^.^; A lot DID, in actuality, happen but it felt so disconnected that I didn't feel like I was pulled along with the story. At least with Graceling and Fire, the plot was a little more developed and there was a clear direction where the story was going. I know it's not the most useful of reviews, but I can't really describe my overall indifference for this book. I guess, in the end, I felt [...]

    25. Although I really enjoyed Nobody's Princess, the first book in this series, I didn't like Nobody's Prize very much. I guess I was disappointed about the love interest and some of the action. It is a neat idea that Esther Friesner has though.g a fictional story on Helen of Troy. But I wish she had kept the mythology and not explained away the stories of many great myths. For example, she had Harpiesbut they were just women warriors. She has the bard exagerate the stories, making the harpies have [...]

    26. Easy, entertaining read, but the characters were rather, flat. Kinda two-dimensional. AND WHAT'S WITH ALL THE RANDOM CHARACTERS POPPING IN AND OUT OF THE STORY? Furthermore, both the books I've read today (the other one being Pegasus by McKinley) have incredibly dissatisfying endings, leaving me to wonder: " that IT? You built up to THAT? YOU CALL THAT A PLOT?" Ugh. I seem to be in a foul mood today.

    27. Helen of Troy's back story, (part 2). The Greek heroes aren't that heroic, which is likely the case, and the fantastic elements of the myths all have a more pratical/reality based explanation. Not bad. But since the story ends with the idea that Helen gets to decide her fate, make her choices, and master her destiny, I'd be curious to see what the author actually would do with the part of Helen's story we are familiar with. The set up doesn't much fit with the story of legend.

    28. I debated actually giving this one star, but some parts of it saved it for me to give it a two. I think this book is tragically written, and feels disjointed. Helen feels way too perfect of a character to get involved in, and it feels like we are just watching stories happen around Helen, instead of stories happening to Helen. The book fell flat in nearly all places, and isn't worth checking out.

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