12 Sep 2016

Song of Princes by Janell Rhiannon

Song of Princes
Janell Rhiannon
(Homeric Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: June 22nd 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical
Sing Muse. Sing of the shining citadel of Troy rising from the hot sands of Asia. Sing of the Greek palaces ascending from their rocky hilltops. Sing of one woman’s dream heralding the madness of men and the murder of innocents. From bull dancing rings and wild meadows, the Forgotten Prince must choose between love and a golden crown. From seclusion and safety, the Golden Warrior must choose between his honor and his life. From behind the Great Wall, the Golden Prince must choose between his family and his city. And from a rugged realm on the far side of Greece, the Warrior King must choose between his son’s life and certain exile. Here shepherds and princes, warriors and kings, and seers and lovers seek to conquer their passions, outwit destiny or surrender to it.
Where did their legends begin before their lives converged at Troy in one of the most famous battles of all time? The HOMERIC CHRONICLES tells the stories of Paris, Achilles, Hektor, and Odysseus in one chronological tale, beginning before the ILIAD and ending long after the ODYSSEY. Blending both history and myth, the Homeric Chronicles will satisfy your love of Greek mythology, while paying homage to the original storyteller, Homer.
SONGS OF PRINCES begins with the birth of Paris and Achilles, and introduces us to a young Hektor and Odysseus. The journey of the princes begins…
Janell Rhiannon has a Master’s degree in history. It was during her years studying Alexander the Great that she came to love the Greek and Roman myths. She loves warfare and romance. Visit her Amazon Author Page or visit her at www.janellrhiannon.com
Fall in love with Greek mythology for the first time or all over again.

Author Interview

Can you tell us a little about your latest book. Song of Princes is the first book in a planned trilogy called The Homeric Chronicles based on the Iliad and Odyssey. It is a chronological retelling of the Trojan War, but it’s so much more than that at the same time. I’ve tried to balance the masculine heroes that everyone knows, like Paris, Hektor, Achilles and Odysseus with their counterparts, the feminine heroines...Oenone, Helen, Penelope, Clytemnestra, and Leda. What makes my book series different from all the rest is that I’m telling this story as a single tale by following the mythological family’s legacies stretching back long before the war, and ending long after. The tricky part has been fusing the ancient history and archaeology into the myth. We have so much more evidence that the war of myth was most likely a real war that it had to match what we now know about the ancient Mediterranean to make it believable.

What inspired you to write it?
I notice that there is a very wide gap between the fantasy mythology for men and women, and I wanted to close that gap. R.R. Martin’s work appeals to both, he didn’t write just for one gender or the other...he told a powerful tale. I thought that women were getting jipped by the assumption that they wouldn’t like as much blood and glory as they would romance/sex and betrayal. So, I’m not focusing on just one female character, like Helen or Penelope, and trying to tell their entire life making them into women who would appeal to “modern women” mirroring modern feminist characteristics or upholding modern feminist values.

Is it part of a series?
Yes, the Homeric Chronicles. Song of Princes is book one. Rise of Princes is in progress and Return of Kings is the final installment.

If your latest book was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?

I recently came across the IG sensation: Brock O’hurn. He is ACHILLES. The height, the size, the golden awesomeness...when this series makes it to HBO or STARz (not a movie, I want cable), I’d want Brock to be Achilles. Buzzfeed
I’d love this to be an HBO or STARz series :) 

What made you want to become an author?

This is a long and winding road of an answer, but here goes. When I was in elementary school, I wrote my first play about the American flag and Betsy Ross. My class performed it. So, I suppose writing started there, sort of under the radar, but it was my first honest attempt at storytelling. I drifted away from that by middle and high school, settling into the usual angsty teen poems about love and heartbreak. I was, however, an avid reader. And I mean I read everything. Fantasy, historical fiction and historical romance in that order. Somehow, that led me to majoring in history in college, ending up with a Masters in the subject of ancient history. I wrote so many research essays, I forgot about writing for fun. Afterall, historians are disguised storytellers...fast forward through my 20s and 30s and (YIKES!!) 40s...a lifetime later, I finally put pen to paper with the purpose of writing something other than a research document, or lesson plans. Time was now pushing me to wake up to what I wanted to do, how I wanted to spend the last chunk of my life (taking for granted that I’ll live to be 100!!!) I thought YA was for me, for a variety of reasons. But, there was this voice inside that wanted to write something not for young eyes. My pull toward fantasy and mythology led me to begin planning a series about dragons, which is still in the world building phase. [I admire R.R. Martin for his world crafting. It’s hard to do that.] I found that over the years, I was always digging deeper into existing myths and legends as a way to understand human nature. That really stuck with me. So,it was natural that my historical studies led me to the current book series, The Homeric Chronicles. So, how did I know writing was my passion? I’m not sure I knew it all at once, but more as a way to be a storyteller.

Name one of your all-time favourite book covers?

This question is making me think! I really love when a book cover has raised gold on it.
I really love the covers of the Air Awakens Series by Elise Kova.

Name one book that made you think 'wow'? Why did it have such an effect on you?
As a reader, I am currently enthralled with R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones for the significant fact that he has an unparalleled ability to manage so many intricate plot driven storylines, yet maintain a singula feel to the story as a whole. His descriptive prose and character development is exceptional as well.

Who, or what, inspires you?

Quiet mornings with coffee.

Where is your favourite place to write?
My office with all the paper piles and soundtracks. It’s funny that as I’m sitting here answering your questions, I have no music at all. Just a writing engine :)

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
Who doesn’t love the Nicholas Sparks novels to film? I think I loved The Longest Ride the most, for the ending. And most recently, Me Before You. That Emile Clarke was the star was like frosting on the cake.

Who is your favourite author (s) and why?
Right now, R.R. Martin. If I could be a mini-R.R. Martin, I’d be so stoked.

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
Okay, I’m just going to have fun with this one. I want a sit down dinner party with Jon Snow, Dani Targaryen, Ned Stark, Tyrion Lannister and Varys and Bran. I have so many questions!!!

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
In case you haven’t guessed already, I am an avid Game of Thrones watcher. I just started the novels, and I’m into book 2 right now. My best girlfriend and her family and I have Game of Thrones Sunday dinners. We potluck it, cook stuff based on a GOT theme. In fact, I’d say we’re all pretty nerdy about it.

Tell us something interesting about the area where you live.

It’s literally in this huge valley at the base of the Sierra Nevadas. On clear days, you can see the hugeness of the mountain range. It’s pretty amazing.

About the author

Janell always had her nose in a book, reading by flashlight when it was "lights out" time. Her love of reading turned to a curiosity about writing. She now writes in all the spare moments she can squeeze out of a day. She also writes fiction and fantasy with some romantic spice for good measure. Janell adores Mythology and Fantasy. Anything magical and mystical. And dragons. And gargoyles. Her guiding motto: "I tell stories, not genres."
She currently lives in CA.



  1. Thank you for the post, it's very interesting. And may I say that book cover ...WHOA. Love it! ;-)

    1. That cover model is David Kessler, who works with Regina Wamba :) He's awesomeness!! Glad you liked him on the cover :)

  2. YAY!! Thank you for being a part of this book tour!! I'm grateful :)

  3. Awesome cover - Thanks for sharing the great post :)

  4. The book sounds very intriguing, looking forward to reading it!

  5. Great interview! I am a huge GRRM fan, and definitely agree with you on women often getting cheated when it comes to the fantasy/historical genres. I was really intrigued by the blurb, but after reading the interview I will definitely be checking this series out.


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