People had been recommending this book to me for ages, but it was always out at the library, so it took me a year or so to actually get around to reading it. I didn't realize until after I finished it and checked the date that it apparently came out way back in 1996. In a way, I wish I'd read it back then, because I think I would have loved it. This is not to say that I didn't like it now - I really enjoyed it - but I think I would have liked it even more back then. Many aspects of it - the [pseudo]Greek setting, the character from humbler origins, the gods and mythology - reminded me a lot of the historical fiction of Caroline Snedeker (The White Isle, The Forgotten Daughter) which I loved to pieces when I was younger. I am such a sucker for books where the gods and goddesses actually intervene in the protagonist's life.The book felt older to me, noticeably written before the current YA fad and the attendant conventions. It was also surprisingly short. I finished it in several hours spread over two days. I also did not see the twist coming at the end, but I loved it. I'm definitely going to check out the other books.