Part of the Tyrant series
Ruler. Puppet Master. Killer. Glory. Death. Well-born Athenian cavalry officer, Kineas, fought shoulder to shoulder with Alexander in his epic battles against the Persian hordes.
But on his return from the east to his native city, he finds not glory but shame - and exile. With nothing to his name but his military skills, Kineas agrees to lead a band of veterans to the city of Olbia, where the Tyrant is offering good money to train the city's elite cavalry.
But soon Kineas and his men find they have stumbled into a deadly maze of intrigue and conspiracy as the Tyrant plots to use them as pawns in the increasingly complex power games between his own citizens, and the dread military might of Macedon. Caught between his duty to the Tyrant, his loyalty to his men and a forbidden love affair with a charismatic Scythian noblewoman, Kineas must call on all his Athenian guile, his flair on the battlefield, and even - he is convinced - the intervention of the gods, to survive.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 29/12/2008
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780752883922
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Review by DavidBurrows
The novel is set in 333 BC following Greek mercenaries who have been dismissed from Alexander’s army. Overall I enjoyed this book, but it took a short while to get into it. It has a good feel about the period, better than some books I’ve read. It sticks primarily to one central character, Kineas, and follows his adventures as he leads a group of mercenaries to the city of Olbia where he is employed to train their army. Olbia is a port town, surrounded by barbarian tribes. The Greek armies are superior but their soldiers are fewer in number. The book premise is the citizens of Olbia have to side with the barbarians to stop one of Alexander’s armies from capturing Olbia. There’s a love interest that works well. My only dislike is there are dream sequences of the future that don’t quite work. There’s a good mix of characters and a believable plot. Some of the characters are likeable whereas the Tyrant himself hovers on madness. Philokles, a Spartan, is a good character and you are never sure whether he is a spy or working for Kineas.The work would have benefited from a historical note and perhaps a map. Having said all this – it’s a good story that’s readable and keeps your interest. Not as good as Bernard Cornwell, more of a Simon Scarrow.
Review by oliver-kaye
Great start to a cracking series. Cameron is the master of battle scenes. Great story too.