James Bennett: Chasing Embers (Review) Blog Tour

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James Bennett
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James Bennett is a debut fantasy author currently living in Wales. Born in England and raised in South Africa and Cornwall, his travels have furnished him with an abiding love of different cultures, history and mythology. He’s had several short stories published internationally and draws inspiration from long walks, deep forests and old stones. Also the odd bottle of wine.

Chasing Embers by James Bennett, a contemporary fantasy novel perfect for fans of Ben Aaronovitch

Behind every myth there is a spark of truth . . .
There’s nothing special about Ben Garston. He’s just a guy with an attitude in a beaten-up leather jacket, drowning his sorrows about his ex in a local bar.
Or so he’d have you believe.

What Ben Garston can’t let you know is that he’s also known as Red Ben. He can’t let you know that the world of myth and legend isn’t as make-believe as you think, and it’s his job to keep that a secret. And there’s no way he can let you know what’s really hiding beneath his skin . . .

But not even Ben knows what kind of hell is about to break loose. Because a centuries-old rivalry has just resurfaced, and the delicate balance between his world and ours is about to be shattered.

Something is hiding in the heart of the city – and it’s about to be unleashed.

Review

A debut book is always a challenge to review, how much leeway do you give the fact its a first? The more time that goes by the less leeway is the answer, because debuts get better and better… Does this cut the mustard? yes… no… almost. This begins a series and its a series with loads of promise, so you need to read book one. But it has significant world setting/ building, and character development, i think as the authors writing develops across this series he will bleed this information out in the plot rather than some of the (as it felt) heavy drops of detail. I also think that there is a habit of getting just a bit carried away with some of the descriptive…. simple can some times be better than..”“‘The sword Fulk drew from the scabbard on his back was a guillotine on the barman’s words. The youth scuttled backwards, bottles and cocktail sticks crashing to the floor, panic greasing his heels.” .. i leave it to you to decide where he got carried away… and there are many examples…

BUT

It is well worth reading, the characters are well rounded and engaging, the plot draws you in, the bad guys are….well sufficiently bad…and the plot has plenty of depth, without the need to confuse the reader.  Its a series with a significant enough amount of promise that i want the next book in the series (and im so busy with reading schedules that im happy to drop anything that doesn’t engage). I have a feeling that book 2 may see some progression in the descriptive (its a common debut book occurrence).

I give it a high 3/5 … James Bennett is a name to watch for the future.

(Parm)

Series

Ben Garston
1. Chasing Embers (2016)
2. Raising Fire (2017)
Anthologies edited
African Monsters (2015)
Winter Tales (2016)

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James Benmore: Dodger of the Revolution (review)

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James Benmore studied literature at the Open University and has since completed an MSt in Creative Writing at Oxford University. He won the AM Heath prize in 2010 for best work of fiction by a writer graduating from Kellogg College. His short stories have been published in various anthologies. He lives in London

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Dodger of the Revolution  (2016)
(The third book in the Dodger series)

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The Artful Dodger faces his most dangerous adventure yet as he leaves Dickensian London and finds himself manning the barricades in defence of liberty, fraternity and larceny in the 1848 Paris uprising.

For Dodger, life as a criminal kingpin is losing its allure. Leading a gang of petty thieves from the Seven Dials is not as easy as Fagin made it look and after a year in charge Jack Dawkins has been reduced to a shadow of the man who used to be the envy of every pickpocket in London. Opium-addicted and heavy-fingered, Dodger is fast becoming a laughing stock on his own patch until a chance encounter leads him to Paris and a job like nothing he’s had before.

In a city alive with rebellion, Dodger must avoid assassins, jilted lovers and revolutionaries, and rediscover his touch if he is to lift his most precious treasure yet.

The third in the James Benmore’s acclaimed series continuing the story of the Artful Dodger, this book confirms Jack Dawkins as one of the great fiction characters.

Review

Dodger is back…. i always enjoy his return. Book 3 in the series, a series which has always been an unexpected delight. This time our slippery “Ne’er-do-well” is not the power house of charming crime we have seen in the past. His life has caught up to him in the form of Opium. An addict heading for an early grave if not for some help, which arrives in the form of personal loss and some desperate French citizens.

The need from these desperate continentals takes Dodger to France and away from his addiction, into the mouth of revolution. James Benmore takes not one but two classics on in this book, as he combines into the tales of Dodger… the descendants of another well known family … see if you pick up the book and whom.

As always with this series this is a fast ride, many great characters written in such a fast engaging style. The light-hearted tone that carried us through the last two books is still there but wrapped around a much more serious plot of addiction and revolution. James Benmore nails the right tone with this book, and as ever sets up a breathless final escapade that has you clinging to the edge of the page until the end.

a series not to be missed

(Parm)

Series

Dodger
1. Dodger (2013)
2. Dodger of the Dials (2014)
3. Dodger of the Revolution (2016)

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Justin Hill : Viking Fire (Review)

 

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Justin Hill

(1971 – )

The first of Justin Hill’s Conquest Trilogy, chronically the momentous events that surround the Battle of Hastings, in 1066, will be published in Spring 2011.

Justin is an English novelist whose work has twice been nominated for the Man Booker Prize. He was born in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island in 1971 and was brought up in York. He was educated at St Peter’s School, York, and was a member of St Cuthbert’s Society, Durham University. He worked for seven years as a volunteer with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in rural China and Africa, before returning home to Yorkshire in 1999. His internationally acclaimed first novel, The Drink and Dream Teahouse, won the 2003 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and a 2002 Betty Trask Award, and banned by the government in China. It was also picked by the Washington Post as one of the Top Novels of 2001.

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Viking Fire  (2016)
(The second book in the Conquest Trilogy series)

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In 1035, a young fifteen year old Viking is dragged wounded from the battle. Left for dead, for the next twenty years his adventures lead him over mountains, down the length of Russia and ultimately to Constantinople and the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Drawn into political intrigue he will be the lover of Empresses, the murderer of an emperor; he will hold the balance of power in the Byzantine Empire in his hands, and then give it all up for a Russian princess and the chance to return home and lead his own people, where he must fight the demons of his past, his family and his countrymen in a long and bitter war for revenge and power.

Told in his own voice, this is the astonishing true story of the most famous warrior in all Christendom: Harald Hardrada, the last Viking.

Review

Its been 5 years since Shieldwall, the immensely impressive first book in the Conquest Trilogy. I personally have been waiting for this book with bated breath (and i may have nagged him a few times), Justin Hill is a hugely talented writer, so when my advance copy landed i dived right in.

This book follows the life of Harald Hardrada, aka King Haraldr Sigurðarson given the epithet Hardrada (harðráði, roughly translated as “stern counsel” or “hard ruler”. Justin Hill takes his life story from the boy in his fathers house, the hero worship of his brother (King Olaf, later St Olaf), through his battles and growth to manhood, his battle with enemies and elements, his journey across the known world to the wonders of Miklagard (Constantinople) the heart of the Byzantine Empire. The main part of the book concentrates on Haralds rise in the center of the worlds power and his gaining of wealth, wealth enough to return home to lay his claim to the title King of Norway, and aspired to do the same with Denmark. He brought home some of the civilization of Greeks to the nordic world, a sense of permanence to their history. Ultimately we know the ending, a step to far, a kingdom beyond reach, England.

As ever with Justin’s books i learnt loads while being educated, i mean… did you know Harald founded Olso? i didn’t. The whole story felt like a thrilling education, sitting on the shoulder of a giant, while he grew to manhood and created a legend. The style of the tale totally draws the reader in, you are part of the tale, you ride and grow with Harald as an intimate member of his band. you experience every emotion, every hurt, every reversal of fortune and ecstatic victory. You can experience what a force of nature the man must have been. Most of all you can feel the research and passion of the writer in every well crafted phrase and character.

I’m a big fan of the big well planned pitched battle in a historical fiction book, but much more i love a well crafted tale that brings to life something poignant and that’s what this book is. The defeat at Stamford Bridge is written in such an emotive way and is inevitable, but the book as whole has you so invested that you have a longing, a desire that Justin has changed history, that at the end Harald will charge the English line and defeat them, that the fateful death will not arrive. How this amazing mans story has not been a bigger part of the education in this country i don’t know, he plays a major part in 1066 and a turning point in the nations history. I hope that this 950th anniversary and this book help show more people just how much.

Written in such an emotive, gritty engaging style, this book will captivate many a reader. For me it now sits as the current best read of 2016. How long it will remain in yet another year of excellent books…..well its going up against Giles Kristian in a few weeks that’s going to be a test, but what a battle of the vikings that will be, either way… This is a stunning book, a stunning read, it has displaced some amazing books for the title or best book 2016 so far, and unlike 99% of the books i read, i will be reading this book again, this is going on the best books ever shelf. I loved it, its a book that stays with you long after you finish it.

(Parm)

Series
Conquest Trilogy
1. Shieldwall (2011)
2. Viking Fire (2016)
Novels
The Drink and Dream Teahouse (2001)
Passing Under Heaven (2004)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2015) (with Wang Du Lu)
Novellas
Things Too Far Away (2013)

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Giles Kristian & Lancelot !!

**Announcement**

A number one bestseller with Wilbur Smith’s Golden Lion, acclaimed for his rip-roaring Viking trilogies ‘The Raven Saga’ and ‘The Rise of Sigurd’, which come to a triumphant conclusion in December with Wings of the Storm, GILES KRISTIAN is, for his next historical adventure, plunging into the rich waters of what many feel is our greatest island ‘history’: the Arthurian legend.

Through Bill Hamilton at A. M. Heath, Transworld’s Simon Taylor has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in Lancelot: The Betrayal plus a second novel. Scheduled for early 2018, Lancelot will offer readers a rather different telling of the story of the most celebrated of King Arthur’s knights. ‘This is such an exciting prospect’, said Taylor, ‘the dream pairing of a superb storyteller, renowned for his visceral, thrumming writing, with a tale that’s ready to be reimagined for our times. It’s a warrior’s tale, full of battles and bloodshed, of course, but it’s also a story of friendship, of betrayal – and let’s not forget there’s a great love story in there too. What’s more it’s a story imbued with the magic and superstition that was such an integral part of the enchanted landscape of post-Roman Britain.’

Transworld Publisher Bill Scott-Kerr added: ‘In Giles’ hands, this epic tale is going to be brought roaring to life for a new generation of reader. Here’s a historical novel that’s going to appeal across genders and genres.’

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Personally i cannot wait the last interpretations of this legend that really worked for me were

Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell
1. The Winter King (1995)
2. Enemy of God (1996)
3. Excalibur (1997)

and

David Gemmell

1. Ghost King (1988)
2. Last Sword of Power (1988)

Giles is one of the few stand out authors i feel can tackle such an epic tale and pull it off… not just that, given his books have either been my book of the year of been in the top 5 since 2009, i feel we have an epic new series coming. So watch his Author web site for more detail

(Parm)

Series
Raven
1. Blood Eye (2009)
2. Sons of Thunder (2010)
3. Odin’s Wolves (2011)
Bleeding Land
1. The Bleeding Land (2012)
2. Brothers’ Fury (2013)
Rise of Sigurd
1. God of Vengeance (2014)
2. Winter’s Fire (2016)
3. Wings of the Storm (2016)
Novels
Golden Lion (2015) (with Wilbur Smith)
Novellas
The Terror (2014)

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Trek, or writing about living in the Wild

With Pen and Sword

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Every summer since I was thirty years old, I’ve gone with a group of friends (like minded nutters) into the wilderness of the Adirondacks in kit.  Until. 2010, it was always 18th century kit; the period of the American Revolution.  Since 2013, it has always been Medieval kit; the period just exactly four hundred years earlier (1375 to 1400 ish).

Living int he past, and traveling, and camping is a world chock full of compromise.  North America isn’t remotely like Europe in some important ways, and while we can, if we work at it, imagine scenarios in which a handful of hardy companions take boats to travel for seven days, most of those scenarios would play out on pilgrimage son the Rhine, or trips on the Danube, and would often be in much larger boats.  We trekkers use Kevlar boats and we often use other modernities, too; a gravity bag…

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Michael Hughes: Countenance Divine (Review)

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About the author

Michael Hughes was born and raised in Keady, Northern Ireland, and now lives in London. He read English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, trained in theatre at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, and has worked for many years as an actor, under the professional name Michael Colgan. He studied creative writing at Royal Holloway, and at London Metropolitan University, where he has also taught. The Countenance Divine is his first novel.

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In 1999 a programmer is trying to fix the millennium bug, but can’t shake the sense he’s been chosen for something.

In 1888 five women are brutally murdered in the East End by a troubled young man in thrall to a mysterious master.

In 1777 an apprentice engraver called William Blake has a defining spiritual experience; thirteen years later this vision returns.

And in 1666 poet and revolutionary John Milton completes the epic for which he will be remembered centuries later.

But where does the feeling come from that the world is about to end?

Review

For a debut novel The Countenance Divine by Michael Hughes is a seriously ambitious project, add to it a span of multiple centuries and multiple voices and the potential to lose the reader is huge…..

The story takes the reader from

1666 the Plague when The Great Fire of London ravage the city,  the renowned (but at the time impoverished) John Milton is trying to complete his poem ‘Paradise Lost’ .

1777, William Blake author of ‘Jerusalem’ becomes inspired by Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ and now adds visions to the poem.

1888 and Jack the Ripper describes some of his brutal murders.

1999 Chris a computer programmer works to head off the disaster that is the millennium bug.

each and every period of history twists its own tale with its own voice and own feeling of time and place, the writer does a great job of pulling you into the specifics of the time period. That is his skill in this book. I have to admit that the book was hard work, its never going to be what you call a page turner, the pace is slow and measured, and my own personal inability engage with the voices slowed it further. But it has loads to recommend it as a read, its one of those that if you persevere you will be rewarded because its a cleverly woven novel from a writer with buckets of talent, certainly a name for the future and sometimes thats what you need to look for with a debut, the skill of the writer and the potential for the future…. this book is going to appeal to many… but i love my action, so this missed a little for me….. (but wow what a cover).

worth a try, i think many will really rate this book.

(Parm)

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Song of War (Review)

Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages.

Christian Cameron

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Christian Cameron was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1962. He grew up in Rockport, Massachusetts, Iowa City, Iowa, and Rochester, New York, where he attended McQuaid Jesuit High School and later graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in history.

After the longest undergraduate degree on record (1980-87), he joined the United States Navy, where he served as an intelligence officer and as a backseater in S-3 Vikings in the First Gulf War, in Somalia, and elsewhere. After a dozen years of service, he became a full time writer in 2000. He lives in Toronto (that’s Ontario, in Canada) with his wife Sarah and their daughter Beatrice, currently age seven. He attends the University of Toronto when the gods move him and may eventually have a Masters in Classics, but right now he’s a full time historical novelist, and it is the best job in the world.

Christian is a dedicated reenactor and you can follow some of his recreated projects on the Agora. He’s always recruiting, so if you’d like to try the ancient world, the medieval world, or the late 18th century, follow the link to contact us.

SJA Turney

I live with my wife, son and daughter, and two (close approximations of) dogs in rural North Yorkshire, where my wife and I both grew up, surrounded by friends and family. A born and bred Yorkshireman with a love of the country, I cannot envisage spending my life anywhere else, though my anchor is sometimes tested as the wanderlust hits and we travel wherever I can find the breathtaking remains of the classical world. I have a love of travel and history, architecture and writing and those four interact well enough to keep me almost permanently busy.

Since leaving school and University, I have tried a great number of careers, including car sales, insurance, software engineering, computer network management, civil service and even paint ing and decorating sales. I have lived in four counties and travelled as widely as time and budget allowed and find myself finally back where I began and finally doing something I love.

Having written a number of unpublished short stories in my early days, I decided back in 2003 to try and write a full length novel. That was the start of Marius’ Mules. Being a lover of Roman history, I decided to combine my love of writing and my love of classical history. Marius’ Mules was followed two years later by Interregnum, my attempt to create a new fantasy story still with a heavy flavour of Rome. Since then, the success and popularity of both have inflated my head so that I can no longer comfortably fit through doors, and has spawned sequels to each work, with the fantasy trilogy complete, six volumes in the Marius’ Mules series, and two books of the Ottoman Cycle quadrilogy now out.

I maintain another website detailing the Roman sites I visit and photograph, and write a blog about books. I am an almost terminally chatty person. That’s just a due warning if you feel like contacting me (see above.) I am always happy to speak to people and have put together an FAQ gathered together from things I have been asked previously.

Libbie Hawker

Libbie Hawker

Libbie was born in Rexburg, Idaho and divided her childhood between Eastern Idaho’s rural environs and the greater Seattle area. She presently lives in Seattle, but has also been a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah; Bellingham, Washington; and Tacoma, Washington. She loves to write about character and place, and is inspired by the bleak natural beauty of the Rocky Mountain region and by the fascinating history of the Puget Sound.

After three years of trying to break into the publishing industry with her various books under two different pen names, Libbie finally turned her back on the mainstream publishing industry and embraced independent publishing. She now writes her self-published fiction full-time, and enjoys the fact that the writing career she always dreamed of having is fully under her own control.

Libbie’s writerly influences are varied, and include Vladimir Nabokov, Hilary Mantel, Annie Dillard, George R. R. Martin, songwriter Neko Case, and mixed-media storyteller Chris Onstad, to name but a few.

She previously wrote under the pen name L.M. Ironside (historical fiction)

Stephanie Thornton

I’m a writer and high school history teacher who has been obsessed with infamous women from history since I was twelve.
My first two novels, The Secret History: A Novel of Empress Theodora and Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt focus on two of history’s forgotten women: Theodora of the Byzantine Empire and Pharaoh Hatshepsut.My third novel and fourth books center around the women who stood behind the greatest conquerors the world has ever seen. The Tiger Queens is the story of Genghis Khan’s wifeand daughters, while The Conqueror’s Wife tells of the women who both loved and hated Alexander the Great.I recently joined the H Team to help write a collaborative novel, Song of War: A Novel of Troy (Available October 2016) in which I tell the story of Cassandra, King Priam’s cursed seer of a daughter.I live with my husband and daughter in Alaska, where I’m at work on my next novel about history’s forgotten women.
Vicky Alvear Shecter
Vicky Alvear Shecter is the award-winning author of Young Adult Fiction

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an archaeologist. By the time I entered college, I had forgotten my dreams of digging in the dirt and ended up with a degree possibly even less marketable than archaeology—English. My love for ancient history went underground as I threw myself into a career writing marketing materials for banks, corporations, and tech companies.

I reconnected with my love of the past when I started telling my kids stories about some of Alexander the Great’s most outlandish antics. They started asking for more, so I wrote a kid’s biography on that crazy character and in 2006, Alexander the Great Rocks the World was born. The book was well received and was named a VOYA Honor Book for nonfiction and to the list of “25 Books all Georgia Children Should Read” by the Georgia Center for the Book. In 2010, my biography of Cleopatra—Cleopatra Rules! The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen—was released and was similarly well received.

In 2011, I moved into young adult historical fiction with the release of Cleopatra’s Moon(Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic), named one of the best books of 2012 by the Center for Children’s Literature. The novel is a coming of age story of Cleopatra’s real-life daughter, Selene, and offers a glimpse of both Egypt and Rome during the latter’s transition into the age of Empire. The novel earned excellent reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and other national outlets, including Atlanticonline and EW online.

My latest young adult novel, Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii (May 2014), tells of the story of two teens in the weeks leading up to the eruption. Publisher’s Weekly said the novel “makes clever use of the historical eruption to give her tragic climax a bitterly ironic twist.” Kirkus said, “the eruption engenders considerable tension as the lovers try to escape.”

In 2013, my midgrade series on mythology—Secrets of the Ancient Gods— was released by Boyds Mills Press. School Library Journal called the first book in the series—Anubis Speaks! A Guide to the Afterworld by the Egyptian God of the Dead“wickedly funny” and “chock full of interesting information.” It was a Cybils Award Finalist for midgrade nonfiction. The second in the series, Hades Speaks! A Guide to the Underworld by the Greek God of the Dead releases October 2014. And Thor Speaks! A Guide to the Norse Realms by the Viking God of Thunder releases in 2015.

For nearly a decade I have served as a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Antiquities at Emory University where I get to share my passion for ancient history with visiting school kids. Few things make me happier than showing off our Egyptian mummies and breathtaking classical statues.

Russell Whitfield

Author Russell Whitfield

Russell Whitfield was born in Shepherds Bush in 1971. An only child, he was raised in Hounslow, West London, but has since escaped to Ham in Surrey.

Russell has had an (almost) life long fascination with ancient Greece and Rome, sparked by seeing the The Three Hundred Spartans on ITV in the seventies. Educated to A-Level, he did not complete college, preferring instead to seek fame and fortune in a heavy metal band. Sadly, fame and fortune were not forthcoming and a career in telesales beckoned. A series of jobs followed culminating in the heady heights of ‘content editor’ for a large multi-national.

Gladiatrix was Russ’s first novel, published in 2008 by Myrmidon Books. The sequel, Roma Victrix, continues the adventures Lysandra, the Spartan gladiatrix, and a third book, Imperatrix, sees Lysandra stepping out of the arena and onto the field of battle.

Heavy Metal is Russ’s music of choice, though he was also in a goth band and thus has the obligatory Sisters of Mercy and Mission CD’s in his collection.

He is a huge fan of the Swedish band Hysterica and has written a song for their forthcoming album The Art of Metal.

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Troy: city of gold, gatekeeper of the east, haven of the god-born and the lucky, a city destined to last a thousand years. But the Fates have other plans—the Fates, and a woman named Helen. In the shadow of Troy’s gates, all must be reborn in the greatest war of the ancient world: slaves and queens, heroes and cowards, seers and kings . . . and these are their stories.

A young princess and an embittered prince join forces to prevent a fatal elopement.

A tormented seeress challenges the gods themselves to save her city from the impending disaster.

A tragedy-haunted king battles private demons and envious rivals as the siege grinds on.

A captured slave girl seizes the reins of her future as two mighty heroes meet in an epic duel.

A grizzled archer and a desperate Amazon risk their lives to avenge their dead.

A trickster conceives the greatest trick of all.

A goddess’ son battles to save the spirit of Troy even as the walls are breached in fire and blood.

Seven authors bring to life the epic tale of the Trojan War: its heroes, its villains, its survivors, its dead. Who will lie forgotten in the embers, and who will rise to shape the bloody dawn of a new age?

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Review

I thought initially when i reviewed this book that i would review it based on each authors song, their tone, tenor, base etc.. how their voice echoed the tone of the people and the time. But then as i read it i saw very quickly that this team had blended their voices perfectly into a perfect harmonic whole, a song of Troy, making it difficult to individualize one over the other.

The whole book feels immensely personal as we join individual characters taken from the pages of the Iliad and given life, and not just the template life of the Iliad but complex interacting real characters dealing with the minutia of life as well as the heroic and sickening deeds of battle.

I would suspect that many would be waiting for me to call out and laud Christian Cameron’s (as i’m a known fan), story as my fav in the book, but to be honest everyone created their own immensely real characters that i can only go with my fav character from the tale and that is Odysseus, oddly he is probably the nerd of the bunch and i love the fighting. But he is the brains not the brawn, and he has always felt to me to have so many more levels than the other characters, and i’m always drawn to him because his tale never ends at Troy….  Special mention does also go to Simon Turney though, the end song, this one had to pull all the final threads together, and allowed him to end with the lead into the tale of the Aeneid with its founding of Rome and his great passion, (something he managed with great skill).

For a story that we all know so well, to find that its told in a way that leaves you on the edge of your seat throughout wondering if something might change, if Cassandra might be believed, as the passion and madness of her character race across the page, to… would Aeneas be able to save someone in the destruction of Troy, Or could it be avoided if Hector and Achilles find a way to walk away from a fight…and so much more, this speaks volumes of the ability of all the writers in this group.

What ever it is for you and on what ever level it works for you,  for me the Tale has ended, the songs are done, but this book joins some of the great tales of Troy, and the notes of Troy’s song will continue to echo through eternity when writers of passion and skill enthrall readers in this way.

(Parm)

 

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