Black Ships Before Troy : The Story of the Iliad, Paperback

Black Ships Before Troy : The Story of the Iliad Paperback

Illustrated by Alan Lee

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Frances Lincoln is proud to reintroduce Rosemary Sutcliff's Black Ships Before Troy, now in an exciting new format.

Here is Homer's epic poem The Iliad, brought to life by Rosemary Sutcliff with all the skill of a master storyteller.

Alan Lee's dramatic cover image hauntingly recreates the age of heroes in this spellbinding introduction to the Greek classics - a book that should become part of every childhood.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
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  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780711215221


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I didn't know, when I asked for this retelling of the story of Troy for Christmas, that it was illustrated by Alan Lee. It was enough for me that it was written by Rosemary Sutcliff! And even without the illustrations, it's well done: Rosemary Sutcliff brings a lot of pathos to it, with moments of insight and tenderness. I thought the moment from the Iliad with Astanyax being afraid of his father's helmet was well done, but there were other good bits. In most ways, though, it stuck close to the original stories, even in style, using epithets and so on. It's a pleasure to read, but it is a simplified, shorter version of the story of Troy aimed at children, after all...<br/><br/>But with Alan Lee's illustrations, it becomes completely enchanting. I loved the pictures of Thetis comforting Achilles, the scene where Helen, Andromache and Hecuba grieve over Hector's body, the one of Penthesilea and the other Amazons... They're all beautiful, actually, and suit it perfectly. So happy I got this.

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Wonderful children's version of The Iliad. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts...

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