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A Song of War: a novel of Troy by [Quinn, Kate, Cameron, Christian, Turney, SJA, Hawker, Libbie, Thornton, Stephanie, Shecter, Vicky Alvear, Whitfield, Russell]
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Troy: city of gold, gatekeeper of the east, haven of the god-born and the lucky, a city destined to last a thousand years. But the Fates have other plans—the Fates, and a woman named Helen. In the shadow of Troy's gates, all must be reborn in the greatest war of the ancient world: slaves and queens, heroes and cowards, seers and kings . . . and these are their stories.

A young princess and an embittered prince join forces to prevent a fatal elopement.

A tormented seeress challenges the gods themselves to save her city from the impending disaster.

A tragedy-haunted king battles private demons and envious rivals as the siege grinds on.

A captured slave girl seizes the reins of her future as two mighty heroes meet in an epic duel.

A grizzled archer and a desperate Amazon risk their lives to avenge their dead.

A trickster conceives the greatest trick of all.

A goddess' son battles to save the spirit of Troy even as the walls are breached in fire and blood.

Seven authors bring to life the epic tale of the Trojan War: its heroes, its villains, its survivors, its dead. Who will lie forgotten in the embers, and who will rise to shape the bloody dawn of a new age?

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  • Print Length: 444 pages
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  • Publisher: Knight Media, LLC (18 October 2016)
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  • Language: English
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By Davey TOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 November 2016
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"A Song Of War" retells Homer's mythical story of the Trojan wars with contributions from seven well known Historical Fiction writers. This book is highly recommended to all lovers of Historical Fiction. Not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your grandfather's Iliad... 19 October 2016
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This is not properly thought of as an anthology. It's a continuity novel, and it's one of the best I've read. Each story can be read individually, but together they make up a complete picture of the Trojan War, re-telling Homer's tale in a way that honors both the legends and the history.

The novel starts off with Kate Quinn's portrayal of the wedding of Odysseus and Penelope. This is great fun because, with her trademark humor, she introduces us to many of the players in the story to come. And her portrayal of Helen--contemptuous of the men who have traumatized and traded her, a shrewd judge of character, and the ultimate hard, gritty survivor--is a breathtakingly fresh new take on the woman whose face allegedly launched a thousand ships. It's the reader's first clue that this book is not going to take the Iliad at face value, but is going to grapple with it as a much more human story.

We're next introduced by an even darker character. Stephanie Thornton's Cassandra. There is a truly delicious pleasure of an unreliable and unrelatable heroine who, nevertheless, touches your heart. With lovely prose, and some hair-raising moments, Thornton pulls off quite a trick here with the daughter of Priam who is cursed to see the future but never be believed.

By this point in the story, the high king of the Greeks has sacrificed his beloved daughter, supposedly at the command of the gods, so that he can set sail to make war on Troy. Agamemnon is a hard, horrible man in the Iliad. And he is no less so in Russ Whitfield's story. But what Whitfield does is something extraordinary. His is a story about a bad man who wonders if he can be redeemed; a man who has committed an unspeakably evil act who seeks an answer to the question if that one act will define him. And the inevitable answer, of course, made me weep. Because it did, this was my favorite story in the collection, which is saying quite a bit because these stories were all so good that it was stiff competition.

Christian Cameron follows next with a story of Achilles. Well, more properly, a story of Briseis. And it's another story that defies expectations. In the Iliad, Achilles is hard to love; in truth, he's hard to even understand as a human being. Through the eyes of a war prize, this story makes a feint at explaining the man who sulks in his tent, and Cameron does it in Homeric style.

Libbie Hawker takes the enviable slot of killing off both Achilles and Paris. Spoiler! Her story takes us a bit away from the central cast of characters, and perhaps stands out because of this, but was deeply satisfying.

Then, in the penultimate story, we have Vicky Alvear Shecter's story of Odysseus. We've already met him, of course, in other stories. And throughout the book, the dialog and drama sparkles whenever the king of Ithaca is on the page. As war-weary as he is clever, Odysseus is a more modern hero--one who often works as a stand-in for the reader, now sick of all the battle and gore. Odysseus is sick of it too. He wants to go home and he's willing to think outside the box to make that happen. Whether that means an honorable settlement, or a dishonorable trick, Odysseus doesn't care. He's just done. And it's in that crucible of very human frustration that he actually finds his own personal glory--and an idea that changes the world. Shecter is brilliant in this concise and telling little story!

SJA Turney has the unenviable task of ending the song of utter destruction and mayhem on a hopeful note. For this, like Virgil, he chooses Aeneas as his avatar, and it works perfectly. Aeneas is no ordinary Trojan. He's stolid and boring and dutiful and just the sort of person who actually can be trusted to govern a new civilization. Turney's prose and clever authorial tricks to keep the plot moving forward in unlikely ways deserves mad praise.

I very much enjoyed this book. I read it late into the night. With pleasure and delight. It gave me a new window into the Trojan War, and a new way to look at one of mankind's oldest stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Song Of War, novel of Troy 25 October 2016
By 18whlsrolin - Published on
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Overall well done and worth a read. It offers a broad look from multiple characters on both sides of the Trojan war (nothing really know about it except legends so they have free range to change some things). I also like that there really isn't a good side/good guys, more realistic to me. I tried it because my favorite author is Christian Cameron and it was similar to his historical fiction. I wasn't a fan of throwing in lite touches (one of the story lines) of magic like someone who sees the future. Enjoy
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an extremely excellent novel on the Trojan War 27 June 2017
By Monica - Published on
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This is an extremely excellent novel on the Trojan War. This novel is composed of different songs or chapters. Basically different authors write about specific characters and their involvement in the Trojan War. All of these authors did an amazing job. Even though different authors wrote different parts it all flowed together seamlessly. I loved every single character that I read about. I found myself wishing for different outcomes based on who I was reading about even though I ultimately knew how the Trojan War ended. I also loved the fact that the authors gave background information on their part of the story at the end of the novel. This is a must read!!!!
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest.... 20 April 2017
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I've read the other similar group-authored novels (A Day of Fire, A Year of Ravens) and really enjoyed them, so I was disappointed when this one wasn't so great. It draaaaaaaagggggggged on and on and on-- I had to force myself to finish it, whereas with the other two, I had a hard time putting them down.
That being said, there were parts of the book I liked. I enjoyed the chapters focusing on Andromache, Helenus, and Cassandra. I liked how Helen was portrayed as a scheming b**ch and Paris was kind of a pretty idiot, instead of the typical tragic star-crossed lovers. I liked that it has led me to seek out other novels about these characters.
I really wanted to like this, but overall, it's just OK. If you can get it for free and absolutely need something for the beach, go for it. Otherwise, I'd suggest reading one of the earlier two stories.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This truly was an epic!!! 28 December 2016
By Mike - Irvine, CA. - USA - Published on
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Itvwas fascinating to "see" how seven different authors could enhance a very well told tale but they were collectively able to hold my interest throughout the entire book and allowed me a bit of a new insight into the minds of all the characters. Really well done!

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