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The Road to Thebes: Niobe and Amphion Paperback – December 23, 2010
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--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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!!