By Madeline Miller
“At as soon as a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly unique murals via a very proficient new novelist….A publication i couldn't positioned down.”
“Mary Renault lives again!” broadcasts Emma Donoghue, writer of Room, relating The track of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s exciting, profoundly relocating, and totally distinct retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan conflict. A story of gods, kings, immortal reputation, and the human middle, The track of Achilles is a blinding literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed event, an epic love tale, a marvelously conceived and carried out page-turner, Miller’s huge debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from a few of modern fiction’s brightest lights—and lovers of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome sequence will enjoy this unforgettable trip again to historic Greece within the Age of Heroes.
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Achilles by Madeline Miller