Review: Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest by A. Lee Martinez


3 out of 5 stars | Goodreads

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

A road trip comedy, based on the works of Homer, featuring gods, monsters and creatures of Greek myth and legend, based in modern day America? I definitely had to request this one!

Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest had all the humour I expected. The mythology-based puns, the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) references to previous Greek heroes, legendary ferocious beasts being not quite as tough as expected. It is a silly and fun comedy about a teenage girl, who just happens to also be a minotaur, and a teenage boy who are thrown together by a Lost God to go on a quest and retrieve some artefacts for him. In true heroic quest style, they are given little indication of what to do, where to go and how to get there.

Yet for all its humour, it does actually go a little deeper. Helen’s constant worries about her appearance and how others perceive her, due to her minotaurism, will be relatable to many a reader – although perhaps for reasons other than being a minotaur… She worries about what would happen if her and Troy ended up together, more about how people would see him than her. Both Helen and Troy are genuinely good people, but I didn’t feel I got to know much about them, past the scope of their interest in each other.

However, this was a good and light-hearted read, that I really appreciated due to all the mythology references. Considering my thesis involves classical religion and mythology, it was really nice to read something about it that wasn’t all stuffy and academic! Fans of Greek mythology will especially enjoy this, but I’m pretty sure it will appeal to anyone looking for a road trip story that’s just a bit different.

Monthly Roundup

Monthly Roundup: January 2015


Every first Wednesday of the month, I’ll be posting a roundup of the month just gone, and writing about what’s to come in the next few weeks.

January 2015

Last month I read a total of eleven books: The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson, Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks by Justin Richards, Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest by A. Lee Martinez, The Dagger in the Desk (Lockwood & Co #1.5 by Jonathan Stroud, Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson, Pawn of Prophecy/a> (The Belgariad #1) by David Eddings, Asylum by Madeline Roux, How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, Breathe (Breathe #1) by Sarah Crossan, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and The Blade Itself (The First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie.

I’m so glad I finally got to read The Blade Itself, it was well overdue and I loved it. I also finally read Pawn of Prophecy which was a birthday present from and highly recommended by two friends. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series, and the one that follows it! Steelheart pretty much blew everything out of the water though, and The Well of Ascension was a fantastic sequel. BRANDON SANDERSON IS A WRITING GOD.


Challenge progress:

  • I read nine books towards the DC vs Marvel Challenge. I managed to defeat the Joker, mwhaha!
  • I have currently read eleven books towards my Goodreads goal.


Currently reading:

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

How was January for you?