"A richly drawn and detailed historical adventure set in ancient Greece, decades after the triumphs of Jason and the Argonauts."
Hades by Mark Knowles, transports readers to Lemnos in Greece, with an action-packed story decades after Jason and the Argonauts sought the golden fleece.
This novel follows the quest of Xandros, grandson of the famous Jason, who is trying to find his place in the world and prove himself. The threat of the Sea People, a group of pirates roaming the Greek islands and pillaging as they go, looms large. Xandros decides to try to find the remaining Argonauts on Lemnos to help defend the island.
The novel, the third in the Blades of Bronze series, features a very large cast of characters but helpfully includes a Dramatis Personae list at the start, which provides a helpful reference. With Orpheus the poet the narrator, the tale cites characters from Greek mythology that everyone knows, like Jason, Medea, Castor and Pollux, but also some that are less well known.
Knowles, who read classics and management studies at the University of Cambridge, clearly knows what he’s writing about, and is happy to share his research prowess with his readers. Readers are transported to Ancient Greece, with wandering goats, swaying cypress trees and sparkling seas. It is a journey worth making.
|Primary Genre||Action Adventure|