A riveting first chapter tipped me right back into the world of the Trojan hero, Aeneas. Like the first in the series, The Ivory Gate has plenty of action, but this sequel also found room for a few more reflective moments.
After several years of ‘soft living’ in Karkhedon, the Trojans leave to search for their ultimate home. Meanwhile the gods plot and scheme in the background, moving in and out of the story with consummate ease.
This well-told tale boasts a wide cast of characters, with some of my favourites the mute Lavinia, Beroe the strong fisherwoman, and the royal Dido. Each character, major or minor, was drawn with the utmost care and felt achingly real. Aeneas himself is driven by destiny but burdened by guilt, and has to deal with the choices he has made thus far. The abandonment of his lover Dido was a particularly poignant scene, as were those showing the hero’s true tenderness and concern for his son, Julos.
The end of the story is an intriguing one and hints at an epic battle to come. Julian Barr’s writing goes from strength to strength and I'm excited to see how the trilogy wraps up!
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4677 KB
- Print Length: 225 pages
- Publisher: Odyssey Books (28 October 2019)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07ZQ1DLSB
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 2 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #719,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)