Novel Explores Historic Fall of Troy from a Unique Angle

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H. Allenger puts a fresh spin on a familiar story.

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In her novel “Polyxena: A Story of Troy” (published by iUniverse) – set during the fall of Troy – H. Allenger, who is launching a new marketing campaign for the book, gives readers an interesting glimpse into the familiar tale through a striking second-person perspective and the story of a character not often thought of as a major player in the historic event.

Polyxena, princess of Troy, is a young woman facing death by sacrifice. On the eve of her execution, she reflects on the path she has taken through life leading to this fateful outcome. While looking back on these memories, her mind turns to thoughts of Aphrodite, the goddess she holds responsible for the fate befalling her, and Polyxena reaches out in hopes of finding solace in understanding how and why her life has come to this point.

Allenger’s inspiration in writing this book comes from his personal interest in the topic. “I found the name Polyxena attractive and have always been fascinated by stories about Troy,” he says. “It’s been in the back of my mind for many years to write a story about her and one day I just decided to proceed with it.”

Allenger says his book is unique in that it tells the story of the fall of Troy through a new perspective – King Priam’s youngest daughter. But the book takes on an even more unique angle by being structured in such a way that the reader is given the omniscience of Aphrodite, the goddess in whom Polyxena confides her thoughts, giving the readers personal involvement and concern over her fate through the second-person narrative structure.

In Allenger’s words, “‘Polyxena’ has romance, adventure, action, Amazon warriors, epic heroes, and battles, something for everyone.

About the Author
Herb Allenger holds a B.A. in public administration and a M.A. in international relations. After 31 years with the Seattle School District, he is retired and pursuing his true passions which include mythology, archeology and writing. Allenger resides in Seattle and enjoys traveling the world.

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