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.
Normally I am not a person who enjoys fantasy books in any way (save for Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl), but I do have a weakness for the Greek Gods and Goddesses. While this book is straight forward, it is not always easy to follow if one is not the least bit familiar with mythology. We follow Atalanta, but the banter between the Gods is interspersed and highly amusing.
It is a quick, satisfying read. For those of you who like when books have a map in them that is required to figure out the setting, this book is for you.