- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan; First Edition edition (7 Aug. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230529291
- ISBN-13: 978-0230529298
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.1 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Gates of Troy (Adventures of Odysseus 2) Hardcover – 7 Aug 2009
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This second book in the series has the same level of detail as the first, with a similar pace, a variety of well-described settings and an enthralling plot that kept me turning the pages. Iliffe's writing has developed, too - the characters are more rounded and the writing is, if anything, even more fluid than the first. He has a good instinct for telling a story and his writing is very visual. The large number of Greek names can be confusing, but the glossary and the map help (I had to refer to these quite a bit in the early part of the book).Read more ›
The second book in Glyn Iliffe's Odysseus trilogy, The Gates of Troy begins 10 years after the conclusion of the preceding volume, King of Ithaca. Odysseus is happily married to Penelope and rejoices in the birth of his son Telemachus. Unfortunately, events were occurring in Sparta which would result in a 20-year separation from his wife and child as well as his beloved Ithaca. Helen of Sparta was abducted (not so unwillingly it would seem) by Paris of Troy, setting the stage for the Trojan War. The reader is absorbed by this classic tale which covers the preparations for war, the tragic sacrifice of Agamemnon's daughter Iphigenia, and finally the landing of the Greek fleet in Troy followed by the first clashes with the Trojans. Once again, the author's superb storytelling skills are to the fore, making a well known epic incredibly exciting and suspenseful. I strongly recommend this book and its two companions to anyone who loves Greek mythology as well as a fantastic story.
The book really is a page turner and events are unfolding in various locations throughout the story which holds your interest and makes for a superb read. Nothing drags at all because this beautifully written story has so many interlinking threads that Glyn Iliffe holds together really well. I would definitely suggest that potential readers start with the first book to get fully acquainted with the story and it's people.
Again the eBook is very well presented; an excellent writing style is complemented by no errors in the finished article. It's well polished and comes at a good price.
But it is not about the gods but about the men and women who lived in the times just before the formation of the Greek state. In fact the gods only a occupy a few pages in this tremendous read.
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Second book and set 10 years after the first, like the first there is a lot more talking and politics compared to fighting but it is still engaging and well worth reading just for... Read morePublished 10 months ago by MR AA EVANS
The second one is as good as the first... King of Ithica, and now that the story begins heading towards the events of Troy. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Chris