QuiverAuthor: Stephanie Spinner
Genre: YA Fantasy, Mythology
Published: December 18th 2007 by Laurel Leaf
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Greek gods and mortals spring to life in this riveting retelling of the myth of Atalanta, the fleet-footed girl warrior who could outrun any man in ancient Greece.
Cast off and abandoned at birth, Atalanta– saved by a she-bear and raised by hunters–proves herself to be a superior archer and the fastest runner in the land. But her skills and independence anger many, including her father, the Arcadian King, who suddenly reclaims her and demands that she produce an heir to the throne. Atalanta has pledged herself to Artemis, goddess of the hunt, who has forbidden her to marry. Unwilling to break her promise, Atalanta suggests a grim compromise: she will marry the first man to beat her in a race, but everyone she defeats must die. All the while, Artemis, Apollo, Aphrodite, Eros, and Zeus himself watch–and interfere–from on high.
Among the popular Greek myths, Atalanta’s not a story I am most familiar with. All I know about her is that she’s a fast runner and refused to marry unless a man outruns her in a race. That’s the extent of my knowledge about her. QUIVER introduced me to Atalanta.
I admired her devotion to Artemis and her desire to be recognized as a hero, which was not easy for a woman. She had skills and used them to her advantage. But despite of these skills, she wasn’t one to boast. She remained humble and thankful to Artemis. She also showed cleverness when her father wanted to marry her off. Clearly, this is one strong female character worthy of recognition.
There’s really not much to say about QUIVER except that it’s good. It’s a short read but I enjoyed it. It’s well-written and entertaining. As I mentioned beforehand, I am not familiar with Atalanta’s story so the ending was a surprise for me. I guess it’s only fitting, though. Gods and goddesses were known to be strict and sensitive when it comes to respect so what happened to Atalanta and her husband was reasonable. It only goes to show that punishment is always given to where it is due.