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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 656,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glyn Iliffe studied English and Classics at Reading University, where he developed a passion for the stories of ancient Greek mythology. Well travelled, Glyn has visited nearly forty countries, trekked in the Himalayas, spent six weeks hitchhiking across North America and had his collarbone broken by a bull in Pamplona.

He is married with two daughters and lives in Leicestershire. King of Ithaca was his first novel, followed by The Gates of Troy and The Armour of Achilles. He is due to launch The Oracles of Troy in October 2013 and is currently working on the fifth book in the series, The Voyage of Odysseus.

For more information about Glyn Iliffe or The Adventures of Odysseus series visit www.glyniliffe.com

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"[The] setting and scene are beautifully presented." --The Historical Novels Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Glyn Iliffe studied English and Classics at Reading University where he developed a passion for the ancient stories of Greek history and mythology. Well-travelled, Glyn has visited nearly forty countries, trekked in the Himalayas, spent six weeks hitchhiking across North America and had his collarbone broken by a bull in Pamplona.

He is married with two daughters and lives in Leicestershire.


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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rich Ayres on 22 Aug 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read King of Ithaca last year and have been eagerly awaiting the second book in the series. The first was full of historical detail, plenty of fast-paced action and an excellent storyline, which is right up my street, so it was a long wait for The Gates of Troy. Fortunately, I enjoyed it as much as the first and more. Set ten years after King of Ithaca, it begins with a Trojan prince, Paris, kidnapping Helen of Sparta and taking her back to Troy. Agamemnon, the most powerful of the Greek kings, calls on Helen's former suitors (most of them kings and princes) to honour their oath to protect Helen. While a vast armada gathers to attack Troy, Agamemnon and Menelaus send Odysseus on a mission to find Achilles, without whom the war against Troy is doomed to fail. Meanwhile, Agamemnon offends Artemis and the goddess sends a storm to bottle up the Greek fleet. If Agamemnon wants his army to sail he must first pay a heavy price in blood to appease the goddess, and the story really takes off from there. I won't give anything more away, but there are plenty of twists and turns in the plot that keep the reader spellbound.
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).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TJ on 19 Sep 2009
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The Gates of Troy is the second of a series and the author seems to be pacing himself for a long series, consequently the book drags somewhat.The mixture between the "normal" world and the "paranormal" world is well handled and if the pace picks up on subsequent books tehy will be well worth the read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on 17 July 2014
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This book moves along just as well the first in the series, great battle scenes, fantastic characters, intrigue and politics. Principally we now find Eperitus and Odysseus joining Agamemnon's crusade to Troy, and Odysseus' efforts to persuade Achilles to join them, although there are plenty of other things happening to keep you hooked as well.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on 19 Dec 2013
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Continuing the series, this book follows the preparation and challenges of laying siege to Troy. Extremely well written, it offers a different spin on the oft-told stories. Highly recommend this book to casual readers and historical buffs alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chido Mashanyare on 14 Aug 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. I actually read the Armour of Achilles (which is the best in the series) before I read this one, so it was kind of like filling in the gaps for me. It is really well-written, fast-paced and character driven. I would recommend the series to anyone who loves the Greek classics like I do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K.M.Walate on 21 Mar 2013
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This is a book that is an exceptional read. It arrived on time and was well packaged, I will use this provider again with confidence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helikaon on 21 Jan 2013
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I enjoyed this book after reading the first book of the trilogy “King of Ithica“ some years ago. A good tale and easy to read especially compared to some books of this type. I have read the Troy trilogy by David Gemmell which I think I prefer, however this should not put you of reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By motherhubbard on 9 Jun 2011
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I bought this book for my husband to take on holiday, but, he started to read it, couldn't put it down and has now finished it before our holiday!!
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