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A strikingly illustrated retelling of Homer’s classic from the team who brought us The Odyssey—Carnegie Medalist Gillian Cross and illustrator Neil Packer.
After nine years of war between the Greeks and Trojans, tensions are heating up among men of the same faction as well as those on opposing sides. Two proud and powerful Greeks, King Agamemnon and legendary warrior Achilles, quarrel over a beautiful maiden, causing Achilles and his myrmidons to drop out of the fight. Meanwhile, fueled by rage and pride, honor and greed, soldiers on both sides—Odysseus and Patroclus for the Greeks, Paris and Hector for the Trojans—perform heroic deeds, attempting to end the war. Depicting their actions, and those of the gods they invoke, are vivid, stylistic illustrations reminiscent of Greek pottery, giving this large-format volume an extra measure of authenticity and appeal.
About the Author
Neil Packer is the illustrator of several classic books, including One Hundred Years of Solitude and Gillian Cross’s retelling of The Odyssey. He lives in London.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book was basically an advanced child's version of Homer's original Iliad It starts out nine years after the start of the Trojan War when an army destroys Chryse. During the battle the bad guys capture 2 of beautiful maidens, Chryseis and Briseis. Agamemnon, the leader of the bad guys, takes Chryseis as his prize. But Chryseis’ father Chryses Is a priest for the god Apollo and offers an enormous ransom in return for his daughter, but Agamemnon refuses to give Chryseis back. Chryses then asks Apollo for help then Apollo sends a plague upon the Achaean camp. Then it all goes downhill from there.. I really liked this book and how it was a quick read of one of the most popular novels ever written. The pictures were very different from any I have ever seen but I think that they fit the book really well. I think that you will enjoy this book if you like reading old things like Shakespeare or other classics from long ago. You really need to be able to understand what is going on in order for it to make any sense but when you do know what's happening it is a great book. I recommend this book for anyone who likes old books but doesn't have enough time to read them or any child that is very advanced and wants to learn about the past. All in all a very good book just a little hard to understand. Review by Mason H, Age 13 Denver Mensa