Telemachus changes his tack, requesting a ship and crew for him to find news of his father at Pylos and Sparta; if he finds out he is dead, he will allow his mother to remarry. Before the assembly breaks, it is decreed that Odysseus' old friends, Mentor and Halitherses, will help him obtain the ship and crew. Telemachus calls upon the god who helped him yesterday. Athena returns to him in the form of Mentor, praises his abilities derived from his father, and assures him that his voyage will be successful.
She promises to find him a ship and crew and help him sail, and tells him to get provisions ready at home.
There, Antinous tries to make amends and offers to help him get a ship and crew, but Telemachus coldly rejects him. The suitors mock him while he readies himself for the trip, careful not to let his mother know about his plans. Meanwhile, Athena walks around town disguised as Telemachus, inviting men to meet up at nightfall at a ship she has borrowed.
At night, Athena makes the suitors fall asleep and, in the form of Mentor, informs Telemachus of the arrival of his crew. She leads him to his ship, his crew packs up their provisions, and they disembark with Athena on board.
They drink to the gods, especially Athena. This brief book continues Telemachus' development from youth to man. Inspired by Athena, especially her favorable comparisons between him and his father, he stands up against the suitors in his assembly. Though they do not heed his - or Zeus' - warnings, he has at least given them something to think about, and there will clearly be a reckoning once he returns.
To drum home the point of his maturation, Homer frequently refers to Telemachus as his father's son, as in "Odysseus' true son" 2 or the "son of Odysseus" He has assumed the forceful identity and leadership of his father, as Athena maintains, and is no longer a mere child. In fact, this tag of "son of Odysseus" nearly becomes what is known as the "Homeric epithet" for Telemachus. Homer frequently precedes someone's name with the same short phrase, such as "grey-eyed daughter of Zeus" for Athena.
Aside from the beautiful language and rhythm, evident even in translation, Homer personifies Dawn "her fingers" and adds breathing vitality even to forces of nature - unsurprising for a story that often pivots around natural or supernatural disaster. We see more use of disguise in Athena's multiple visits, and Penelope is also identified as being cunning. Though this should be a compliment, the suitors try to cast Penelope's cunning as deception, reinforcing the theme of women as predatory. Telemachus and his crew arrive at Pylos, where a sacrifice to Poseidon of dozens of bulls is taking place.
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Athena encourages the shy Telemachus to seek out old Nestor. He and his men are invited to feast and pay tribute to Poseidon. Athena prays to Poseidon for the success of their mission. After they eat, Telemachus tells Nestor, who fought alongside and was a great friend to Odysseus during the Trojan War, that he is seeking information about his father.
Nestor does not know what befell Odysseus; after Ilion Troy fell, Athena provoked a fight between the brothers Menelaos and Agamemnon and divided the Achaeans into two camps; those under command of the former left, while the latter stayed. Odysseus left, but he and his crew soon returned to please Agamemnon. Nestor and his crew made it back home, as did a few other groups, but many did not. Telemachus laments his situation with the suitors, and Nestor suggests Odysseus may return, or perhaps Athena will help him, as she used to do with his father.
Telemachus does not believe the gods will aid him, and even if they did it would be to no avail; Athena disagrees.
Telemachus asks Nestor how Aigisthos managed to kill Agamemnon. Nestor says that while Agamemnon and Menelaos were away fighting, Aigisthos eventually won over Agamemnon's queen, Klytaimnestra.
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He ruled over Agamemnon's kingdom as a tyrant for seven years before Orestes killed him and Klytaimnestra. Nestor warns Telemachus not to make the same mistake and stay away from home too long. He urges him to find Menelaos for more news, and offers to provide him with horses, a chariot, and his sons for company.
Athena praises this idea, and then disappears as a sea hawk. The men are stunned, and the proof that the gods are on Telemachus' side inspires Nestor, who pledges a sacrifice to Athena. In the morning, he and his sons make the sacrifice of a golden-horned heifer, and his son, Peisistratos, accompanies Telemachus in a chariot. They arrive at Pherai at night, then Lakedaimon the next day, and continue to their final destination of Sparta. The ancient Greeks' reverence for the gods is abundantly evident here - not one, but two sacrifices are made to Poseidon and Athena, respectively.
Fortunately for historians, Homer details the actions and reactions of the ritual sacrifice of the heifer. The Fitzgerald translation cleverly suggests, through internal rhyme, the cause-and-effect of the sacrifice after the heifer's neck is cut: "The heifer's spirit failed.
The conjunction of "failed" and "wail" reveals the deep emotional nature of the sacrifice; as the animal is brutally killed for the gods, the humans temporarily feel god-like ecstasy.
Sacrifices also are pivotal to the plot of The Odyssey , for punishment awaits he who does not pay proper respect to the gods; we already know that Poseidon has wreaked havoc on Odysseus for blinding his son, Polyphemus. Athena reminds Telemachus of the power of the gods, and it is impossible to underestimate the influence of the gods in Greek culture and mythology: the Greeks believed everything was fated by the gods, so it is vital to be on their good side. It was ridiculous.
She just blurted it out of nowhere. Again, why? This was a theme for him. Love will do that to a guy, I guess.
She cried at the drop of a hat, was too stubborn, and had a tendency to just accept anything put in front of her with little to no critical thought. As I mentioned, most of the writing is fine. What was though were the thousand-year-old immortals who talked like teenagers. That would be bad enough, but things like referring to another as Mom even though the point was made elsewhere that due to their long lives they generally call their parents by name. The book has an interesting idea.
If the world-building had been a little more robust it could have been really good.
With her race's world changing, it's time for Belah to show her face again. Finding a new mate should be easy for a dragon as powerful as her, but "baggage" is an understatement when your ex is your race's mortal enemy, and he's just let you know he wants you back. Determined to move on, Belah finds Lukas and Iszak North--not one, but two gorgeous, musically talented, and especially kinky brothers from one of the dragons' sister races. The pair are perfect for Belah. Their race of falcon shifters mate for life--one look at Belah, and both North brothers know she's their One.
The problem is, they have baggage of their own, and Belah's old lover is at the center of it. The brothers can't help but love her in spite of her past, and when Belah answers their mating call and gives herself to them completely, they would do anything to keep her, even forgive her connection to their enemy. When Belah's old lover calls in a promise, she and her new mates learn there is more at stake than love, and it might take more than fancy knots and an adeptly wielded whip to find true happiness.
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