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The Road to Thebes: Niobe and Amphion Paperback – December 23, 2010

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Book 2 of 3 in the Niobe Trilogy Series

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The most amazing part of the series is how the authors retell the myths in such a way as to work for modern audiences.... definitely worth reading by fans of fiction and Greek mythology.
--NS Gill, About.com Ancient History

"...a richly imagined pre-Homeric Hellenic world... Grossack and Underwood consistently manage a wit and breadth all their own. Readers will find themselves flying through, gripped the whole time. Very strongly recommended."
-- Steve Donoghue, Historical Novels Review Online

"will not disappoint those who began the journey with Children of Tantalus...a crackling good read" 
-- Bob Mielke, The Copperfield Review

About the Author

Dartmouth graduate Victoria Grossack leads an international life, with homes in Switzerland and Arizona and a professional career in the financial industry that has spanned the Atlantic. She is fluent in German and French (and English of course) and has an MBA. Her last full-time position was as a Senior Vice President in New York City for a reinsurance company, but she is currently writing full-time and living with her husband who is a professor at the University of Arizona. Her writing has been published in Contingencies, Woman's World, I Love Cats, and The Journal of Actuarial Practice. She was a regular columnist for Fiction Fix, writing monthly articles that have been used in several writing classes. She teaches writing courses at Coffeehouseforwriters on historical fiction, creating characters, and the levels of structure in fiction. She also tutors mathematics, as solving problems in algebra and geometry make a nice break from creative writing.

Alice Underwood studied classics at The University of Texas and Princeton University while earning her degrees in mathematics. Her passion for antiquity has taken her from the shadowed catacombs of Princeton's libraries to the ruins of Pompeii and the sunny shores of Crete and Santorini. Her work has been published in Consortium, Networks, and The Journal of Actuarial Practice. Currently an Executive Vice President at one of the world's top insurance brokerage firms, Alice lives and works in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 530 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456415913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456415914
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,170,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the best self-published book I have yet read, the 2nd book in the Niobe Trilogy. It conflates several Greek myths which have contradictory versions in a way that makes for a compelling story with strong characters, both male and female, expected of mythic or legendary fiction. These people were after all the great and powerful of their time. Pelops and Niobe were explored further. I especially liked the development of Amphion, a bardic voice with a mystery, whom I would love to know intimately. Some mysteries from the 1st book are answered, and some are yet to be explored.

The authors made interesting choices from the mythic conundrums. EG, the blind seer or prophetess was variously referred to as a person, Tiresias, or as a rôle, The Tiresias which reflects the mythology of this name. And like a seer she has a generic and a specific sense as she stands between two worlds.

I feel excited to learn how the authors handle the Niobids, esp the 'pale one' and how Myrtilos and/or the Fates come into play in their lives.

Much more could be said concerning the players in this story. I hope I have said enough to get you to read the novels. I highly recommend this series for lovers of historical, mythic or legendary fiction.
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I read this book right after Children of Tantalus, so I noticed something immediately: the typeface is smaller. Which means that the story was a lot longer. Not that I minded at all, for I was caught up by the characters and their adventures. I wish someone would turn this into a movie or a miniseries: Amphion would make a wonderful hero!

Many of the places mentioned in the book can be seen today. Thebes has a fountain named for Durke, for example.

Yet another winner for Grossack and Underwood!!
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THE ROAD TO THEBES is the second book in Grossack and Underwood's NIOBE trilogy. In this book we meet the heroic, talented Amphion and the villainess Dirke (who still has a fountain named for her in Thebes). The stories of the ghost-tormented Pelops and our heroine, Niobe continue to unfold. Rich characters, complex situations and the stories of love and war are all woven together with details of the Bronze Age and wonderful retellings of the myths. Whether you know Greek mythology or not you'll enjoy this book - an intense page-turner. The authors have also included maps, which make it easier to understand where the action is taking place
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Lovely story that doesn't disappoint and keeps a high level of not wanting to put the book down. One two
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Definitely read this series in order; they can stand alone but are even better together! I do have a major issue with all of the stories, though. Nothing historical or anything, my problem is that they all END. Hilarious, I know. But really, I could and would love to go on reading these tales forever! If you are on the fence about this book, READ IT!
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