Antigone: The True Story #1
Published by Flaming Nora Press on December 18th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Mythology, Fantasy, Retellings
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A hidden prophecy. A chosen princess who speaks with snakes. A family duty. Sixteen year old Princess Antigone, daughter of the infamous ancient Greek King Oedipus, wants to lead a normal life and fulfill her duty to the gods, her city, and her family, but fate has other plans. The Olympian gods bless her, the snakes talk to her, her parents want her to marry a foreign prince, her embroidery looks like burial shrouds for dogs, and she has fallen in love with the wrong boy. When the mysterious and devastating prophecies surrounding her family are revealed, Antigone must choose where her allegiance lies: With the gods who have betrayed her family but who she is obliged to serve? With her plague ridden city? With her family which lay in ruins? Or even with herself?
In Prophecy, Book One of the Antigone: The True Story series, Antigone steps out of the shadows of the past to tell her own story, a story where truth of history is stranger than the fiction of myth.
Like many classics, I’m not a huge fan of Oedipus Rex (let’s just say it was a little boring here and there and maybe I needed Shmoop to help me understand what was going on).
Anyways, despite the fact I struggled with writing an essay over Oedipus, Prophecy seemed interesting enough simply because of the fact Oedipus isn’t the main character. Prophecy tells the story of Antigone, one of Oedipus’ daughters, and a princess of Thebes who is believed to be both blessed and cursed (the former being the most popular with the latter being an internal admission) by the gods at the same time – at least in McBurnie’s version.
There does, however, seem to be a bit of a repetition that irked me after it occurred a few times – everyone keeps telling Antigone she’s blessed by the gods and she has a gift, yada yada, and it really just made the story feel much slower than it was actually going. (I mean, I totally get why but still….)
I really enjoyed McBurnie’s take of Oedipus Rex in Prophecy – the author breaks down the original story and simplifies it, yet she takes her own spin of the tale from a different perspective (Antigone). It’s a refreshing take and from the way McBurnie ends the story, I’m extremely curious where and what the sequel will lead to.