better than the first,
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This review is from: Ionia Sanction, The (Athenian Mystery) (Paperback)
the Pericles sanction was great fun; a side to classical Hellenic history not often depicted in fiction and a refreshing viewpoint on the great Athenian democracy where 85% of adults had no say. The two central characters develop and are congenial companions although, for all Corby's aspirations, the female lead is currently underwritten in comparison to the male lead.
Themistocles has had more of a doing in recent years perhaps while Pericles has to some degree, in fiction at least, retained his status as a Great Man. Pleasant to see him recast, without detracting from his actual achievement, as a political operator with a patrician programming.
The appropriate comments on the 'genius' of Themistocles are all there but he neither says nor does anything in the novel which makes his previous contribution understandable. For dramatic balance, could have done with more work on the Persian. Corby was clearly trying to give a type which he finds unattractive a fair press but I don't think that he got quite there.
Having said that, good plot and the characters have developed from the first novel with show the potential for further development yet. .