Readers who have previously enjoyed works relating to the genres of mythology and historical fiction will find The Sword of Telemon a worthwhile read.
Portland Book Review
The characters come alive and the thoughtful emotion Eiland fills them with truly lets you feel as though you are toiling along with them. The action is intense and really gives you an idea about ancient beliefs, many of which are still with us today, such as loyalty, personal choice, responsibility,and duty to others.
Those who have read The Bart Northcote Series know Lee Eiland to be a gifted writer, highly imaginative and innovative in his style, but they will be surprised at how he brings to life heroes from a distant-past, a forgotten era. In The Sword of Telemon, the author introduces readers to insanely compelling characters -- Telemon, the fearless warrior; Clarice, queen of disguises; Orfeo, a young boy forced to grow up by circumstances; Zurga an old wanderer, and many others. It is interesting to watch these characters as they create friendships, and as they evolve in times of conflict, but it is most interesting to watch the protagonist in his growth process, from a simple village boy to a responsible warrior, ready to lead his people.
Lee Eiland's prose is seductively beautiful, evoking images and action that create a world readers will want to escape to. The plot moves very fast, the drama is powerful, and the conflict mounts pretty fast. The Sword of Telemon is a book that readers will undoubtedly discover to be an absorbing tale of bravery, love, and self-conquest, one to take a prominent place beside the tales of heroic characters.
Manhattan Book Review
"Telemon moved like a predator, engraving his footprints so firmly on the ground that one would have imagined the dust to have assumed a permanent shape."
This sword and sandals epic takes place more than a thousand years before Christ walked the earth. It's a Bronze Age Three Musketeers with heroes undertaking a perilous mission where dangers multiply exponentially as chances of success continually plummet. In the Mediterranean region, long before the Classical Greek period (5th - 4th centuries BC), a young prince is abducted and spirited away. His father, the King of the Achaeans, charges a small team with his rescue and return. The team is made up of the peoples' greatest warrior, Telemon, plus a soldier, an aging and mysterious Wanderer,and the king's younger son, Orfeo. Another peculiar Wanderer and his charming female apprentice soon join this tiny but capable contingent. Together, they embark upon a series of adventures that include hazardous travel by sea and on horseback, various forms of hand-to-hand combat, the use of guile and trickery in the courts of potentially dangerous monarchs, the conversion of long time foes into allies, and the fighting of a great battle--the loss of which could enslave multiple populations.
Eiland fills his tale with vivid imagery of the people and places that occupy its pages. Descriptions of fortified cities such as Pylos, Lakonia, and Kalamatta, teem with sights, sounds, and smells only a novel can bring to ancient history. Characters are imbued with traits, motivations, and behaviors that remind us how little human nature changes while humanity's habitats seem to be continually in flux. In addition to being a grand quest,Eiland's novel is also a coming-of-age tale of the younger son, Orfeo--a hero the author promises to continue chronicling in stories to come.
The US Review of Books