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Song of Achilles (P.S.) (Prebound)

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Without question this is one of the best books I have ever read. You need it hav read "The Iliad" or Homer or any classics for that matter to devour this beautifully written historical novel. The author skillfully embraces you and takes you back to ancient times. So succesful is she that you will feel the dust on your feet; saltwater in your hair; figs and olives in your mouth. You will experience the joy of love and the heart break of war. I think the work of this debut novelist will stun and amaze you.

— Peggy

March 2012 Indie Next List


“It's a daunting effort to recast an ancient tale, but classics scholar Miller proves that she is worth of the task with this finely wrought debut grafted from the historical root of the Trojan War. By focusing on Achilles' near-fatherly love for Patroclus, we see an intimate side of the great Achilles, long overshadowed by Homer's portrayal of his exploits in war and his 'great rage' against the Trojans. Miller's homage to The Iliad is sharp and strengthened by her knowledge and exquisite prose.”
— Robert A. Geake, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI

Fall '12 Reading Group List


“It's a daunting effort to recast an ancient tale, but classics scholar Miller proves that she is worthy of the task with this finely wrought debut grafted from the historical root of the Trojan War. By focusing on Achilles' near-fatherly love for Patroclus, we see an intimate side of the great Achilles, long overshadowed by Homer's portrayal of his exploits in war and his 'great rage' against the Trojans. Miller's homage to The Iliad is sharp and strengthened by her knowledge and exquisite prose.”
— Robert A. Geake, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI

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Achilles, "the best of all the Greeks," son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods' wrath.

They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781627655378
ISBN-10: 1627655379
Publisher: Perfection Learning
Publication Date: August 28th, 2012
Pages: 378
Language: English
Series: P.S.