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The Gates of Troy (Adventures of Odysseus 2) Hardcover – 7 Aug 2009

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  • 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)

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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.

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The next thrilling adventure with Odysseus - King of Ithaca.

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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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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.
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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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Having never really bothered with myths, legends and fables before, I picked up King of Ithaca on the recommendation of a friend and after initially struggling to get into it, was beautifully rewarded by a splendid tale. As soon as I had finished that, I downloaded The Gates of Troy and managed to pick up the pace straight away. I did a little research while I was reading (thanks Wikipedia) and couldn't find evidence of the main character, Eperitus, anywhere. Eperitus is genius adding a real touch of humanity and emotion to what must have been a pretty constrictive plot for Mr Iliffe to follow. It wasn't all happy but it was gripping and reading the author's notes upon finishing, I noticed that Eperitus is entirely the author's creation and a splendid one at that. All in all, I would definitely recommend AFTER The King of Ithaca - it was a real treat
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This book brings the Greek gods back in a very natural and fully believable way. This is the prelude to the Homeric Trojan (the Iliad of the Iliad and the Odyssey) war, given life and color by an author who knows, and obviously loves, his subject. Even though I remembered Homers works from college I nonetheless found this book to be a page turner. The author describes the sites, sounds, smells, and colors of the landscapes and towns so well that I could feel a soft breeze or the doom and a foreboding of a monster in a cave.
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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