A vivid novel inspired by the classic story of Dido from the author of TROY and ITHAKA.
While she was still trembling with the complete unexpectedness of what Aeneas had just said and done, he leaned forward a little and kissed her on the mouth. Just one swift, soft touch of his lips on hers and then he turned and walked away.
Love can be deadly. Especially when two girls fall for the same man - one a queen, the other her serving girl.
Elissa knows she is playing with fire, but she can't resist. Queen Dido suspects nothing, until one fateful night . . . Secrets are revealed, hearts are broken and as dawn breaks, a terrible tragedy unfolds.
A passionate tale of love, betrayal and revenge.
“Geras's ability to weave a touching new tale in with the well-known one is unique to modern children's authors; Dido is a shining new jewel to her crown. An excellent children's novel”
Amanda Craig, The Times
“A perfect maelstrom of love, jealousy, fate and caprice . . . Dido is right up there with some of the other masterful retellings of myth and legend”
Jill Murphy, The Bookbag
“An absolute must, this retelling of a classic brings together all the thrilling elements of a deadly love story. Full of passion, mysticism and betrayal”
“As always with Adele Geras's work, the characters walk off the page, she brings the place wonderfully to life, you can hear the sounds and smell the scents - and it's another page-turner”
Leslie Wilson Blog
“Roman gods and goddesses walk among the human characters, giving the story an effective other-worldly feeling . . . Demanding but rewarding”
“Greek myths, love triangles, betrayals and lies are all present in Dido, and all make this book an addictive read”
“Adele Geras's Dido is a novelisation for young adults of the great tragic love story, in which she has combined the pre-Virgil myths and the version in the Aeneid with an additional twist that is all her own. She brings to it the accessibility, warmth and immediacy that she brought to Troy and Ithaka, and again the dialogue is modern”
Patricia Elliott, Armadillo
“Adele Geras turns this simple outline into an story of love and loss involving an entire city”
Monsters and Critics
“I had never heard the story before reading this book, but it has now sparked an interest in Greek mythology”
New Books Mag
“As always with Adele Geras's work, the characters walk off the page, she brings the place wonderfully to life and you can hear the sounds and smell the scents”
Love Reading 4 Kids
“Dido is compelling and beautifully written”
So Little Time For Books
“What a fantastic job Adel Geras has done bringing these characters to life”
Sarah's Book Reviews
“Full of suspense and the characters were written so well that you were really pulled into their lives”
“The book comes billed as "a passionate tale of love, betrayal and revenge" - and it is indeed, an excellent, intelligent read which will stretch minds just as it will stretch vocabularies. It is vivid in the world it creates, intriguing as it takes you there and satisfying when it leaves you”
“Adele Geras gave us brilliant evocations of the ancient world with Troy and Ithaka. With Dido she again takes a classical setting and story and breathes freshness, and above all an up-to-date connection, into the people and the places whilst skilfully remaining faithful to her sources”