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- ASIN : B00H6SY7DK
- Publisher : Orion; Illustrated edition (February 4, 2010)
- Publication date : February 4, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1156 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 524 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #423,925 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As one who knows way too much about that Hellenistic time period, and one who loved Cameron’s previous work, I was all in from the moment I started volume one, Tyrant. And as this is a connected series that really needs to be read in order to be appreciated, this review is of all six books considered as a whole, rather than a review of each book (though parenthetical notes will be appended for each).
The story covers about 30 years of ancient history, ending in 301 BCE at the Battle of Ipsos. Now if you already know who won the Battle of Ipsos, you will be a little too far ahead of the game, for much of the suspense of the series (which includes other historical events) will be lost – and you will also be surprised by some revisions Cameron makes in order to tell the story the way he wants to.
But the basic premise is this: Cameron inserts fictional, high-ranking characters into the complicated weave of Hellenistic history, and has them participate in events both major and minor. For the most part, this works extremely well, as Cameron’s grasp of the minutiae of Hellenistic life and his gritty sense of the bloody, painful and horrific cost of ancient warfare is superb. He is also an excellent writer, so the story moves along at a brisk pace, flagging only momentarily in the later volumes.
There are issues, of course. Like Star Trek, Kineas and Satyrus, the two main protagonists, are in the front lines way too often to be believed, especially in the later books, and their interactions with the major historical figures seem unnecessary, as if the editors insisted that somehow Kineas and Alexander are in contact, and so are Satyrus and various Hellenistic leaders.
Cameron, though, is perfectly willing to kill off major characters, and in sudden and unexpected ways, which adds a tremendous amount of tension to battle scenes and assassination attempts (unlike Star Trek). There’s also some magical realism thrown in, but any attempt to explain the plot would require much more patience than any reader of this review is likely to have.
But in short, Kineas, Satyrus and his woefully underutilized twin sister Melitta (why wasn’t she more prominent in the narrative?), all represent what we now consider Southern Russia, at the north of what we call the Black Sea. In those times, it was the place where the steppe nomads and expanding population of farmers and colonizers crossed paths, and it became a crucial part of the Hellenistic game of thrones given its ability to produce grain that the Mediterranean cities desperately needed to feed their people.
So Cameron tosses these characters, their soldiers and their grain into the Hellenistic mix, and in the end, comes up with a wonderful series that I enjoyed from start to finish. Then again, I love excellent historical fiction, and this is my favorite period, so I’m hardly unbiased. But I will say this: If you have even a passing interest in the world of Alexander the Great after his death, the Tyrant series is for you. I just wish there were more than six volumes.
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This volume is a serious shift of gears, and as such, takes time to build momentum. And new characters come onto center stage, and the suspension of disbelief they bring with them asks a lot. But Cameron settles back into the flow by book's end.
On the book itself, there was a good amount of action, heroism, stoicism but hey, it's ancient Greece, they invented those ideas. So it might come off as a bit cliche but like I said, back then, it was the trend to give rhetoric speeches. Also since the book focuses on a pair of teenage twins, it involves a lot of immature decisions and stuff like that, which may puzzle an adult's perception of things. But then, it only goes to say how nice of a job the author did on trying to portray the characters accurately. And again, since we can hardly find a good book on how ancient teenagers think nowadays, some of these ideas may come off as rather modern view thinking, furthermore, some words such as knights, hour, minutes may also trigger some ancient buffs on historical accuracy. Alas for me, I think it's just the suitable amount for me to read a historical fiction story with ease, yet not so much inaccuracies that I'll call BS on everything.
All in all, good way to spend some hours in escaping the reality and maybe tickling your interest for more ancient Greek history.
Solid 5-star rating.
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But it is a solid 5-star book in this genre.
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Once more the book has been historically very well researched and described in the author's and historical note at the end of the book, and not to forget you will find great maps and a well defined glossary at the beginning of the book as well.
The storytelling is as usual of a top-notch quality, for the author has certainly the ability to bring in his own wonderful and entertaining fashion vividly to life the brutal and beautiful Ancient Greek world.
This book starts off in the year 316 BC, twelve years after the death of Kineas of Athens at his kurgan on the Tanais River, until the year of 312 BC.
In this year 316 BC we find the twins Melitta and Satyrus with their mother Srayanka and their tutor Philokles the Spartan at their father's kurgan, when Srayanka announces that she has to make a jouyrney to meet Heron/Eumeles, and with Ataelus at her side and some of their best warriors she sets off to meet him, but when she arrives there she's ambushed by this same Heron/Eumeles and an unkown Athenian and finally murdered.
What should also have been achieved by Heron/Eumeles, The Greek Boy, and this Athenian is the murder of the twins Melitta and Satyrus, but Ataelus manages to escape with his warriors to warn the twins and Philokles the Spartan of the immediate danger to their lives.
Melitta and Satyrus with Philokles the Spartan have to flee west with assassins on their heels in the hope to reach the safe haven of Ptolemy's Alexandria, and hope to find sanctuary there amidst a growing storm of violence and fighting.
What will follow is a gripping and intriguing tale of treachery, plots and counter-plots, where Melitta and Satyrus have to choose wisely who their friends and/or enemies are, and that same story will build towards one final monumental confrontation between Antigonus One-Eye and his son Demetrius against the formidable Ptolemy of Egypt at the spectacular Battle of Gaza.
Highly recommended, for this is "An Astounding Historical Tale"!
Clearly 'Funeral games' was the quantum leap from one style to another! Whether this was on advice from his editor or publishers I don't know but it certainly makes his books a lot more easy to digest and readers initially put off by Tyrant 1 and 2 should give him another go!
Perhaps there is a bit of a loss in terms of character development and perhaps the story didn't feel quite as immersed authenticity but the gains are in involvement, excitement and 'pickupability' to invent a word!
A bit like Robert Low's Oathsworn books Cameron is not worried about bumping off lead characters. Followers of the series will know the main hero has already died! the mantle passes on to his twin children. But this episode sees a couple of other significant and in one case very moving deaths.
Cameron is very careful to stay within the historical facts in this time period which as a fan of history is reasuring but it does lead to a little confusion as there are a few characters with the same name and as ther is a cast of thousands it did cause me a problem or two.
I don't know what it is about this time period and type of warfare that so appeals to me but I have been fascinated by Hoplites, Trojans, Alexander and all things ancient Greek since my early childhood. So these books are right up my alley as it were.
If you have read any Steven Pressfield these new breed of Cameron books are of a similar nature and I think you will like wise enjoy them. If on the other hand you have enjoyed this book then ensure you read 'Gates of Fire' by Pressfield before you die.