Wednesday, 17 March 2010

HISTORICAL FICTION REVIEW: Tyrant: Funeral Games - Christian Cameron


An action-packed tale of betrayal and revenge set amidst the war between Alexander the Great's generals, and climaxing in the most spectacular battle of the ancient world.

Satyrus and Melitta, twin heirs to a rich kingdom on the Black Sea, become desperate fugitives when their mother, the Scythian warrior-princess Srayanka, is cut down in a savage act of betrayal. Accompanied by their tutor, the Spartan Philokles, they must make a perilous journey west, pursued by ruthless assassins, to find sanctuary with the army of their father's closest friend, Diodorus. But Diodorus is caught up in the tangled web of alliances, betrayals and intrigue that followed Alexander the Great's death, as his generals fought over the huge empire he had created - and soon the twins will have their first taste of real battle as two Macedonian warlords clash. In this violent and unstable world, they must chose sides carefully, as Antigonus One-Eye, and his brilliant son Demetrius, prepare to take on the might of Ptolemy's Egypt, and the forces gather for the biggest and most spectacular battle the world had ever seen - Gaza.


They say that history is written by the victors, and with the pure joy that Christian brings to his novels I can forgive some reinterpretation of the facts to aid in the telling of the tale.

As usual with Christian’s work it is a sheer delight as it speeds its way through each of the events within, the writing is sparse in description which only goes to add to the enjoyment from the tale. With characters that you really want to not only get to know but spend your time with.

Add to this that if you want BC (that’s BC as in Before Christ not Bernard Cornwell) then there really is no one out there writing this time period better. Cameron is not only a name to watch but one that is fast becoming the name to set your standard by.

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