The tale of the Trojan War brilliantly retold by the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds.
The tragic and terrible drama of the war between Greeks and Trojans, the long siege of Troy and the impact of one woman's beauty on the fate of two nations, is played out again in this dazzling novel based on Homer's ILIAD.
Meet enchanting Helen, who we first encounter as a spoiled teenager and whose passion for the handsome, reckless Paris leads to the betrayal of her husband, King Menelaus and the fall of the House of Troy. Powerful King Agamemnon with his terrifyingly ambitious wife Klytemnestra and his soothsaying mistress Kassandra. Odysseus, doomed to wander the Aegean for twenty long years; brave Achilles, who is haunted by the mad shade of his mother; the heroes Hektor and Ajax and many more.
McCullough has written a beginner's guide to Homer, cutting away every last trace of poetry to expose the narrative below... She has done us all a service, reminding those familiar with the classics of the wonder of one of the greatest stories ever told. Each character's personal history is a fascinating story in itself and she retells it as if she were telling a fairy story to a child. - Guardian.
There is much more to Colleen McCullough than The Thorn Birds... There are exciting moments, pacy moments, sexy and romantic moments. - Sunday Times.