The Way Home by Julian Barr
Source: Sent by publisher
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Publication Date: 31st July 2018
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“The gods betray you.
The winds are hunting.
Nowhere is safe.
The journey begins…
The war of the gods has left Aeneas’s country in flames. Though he is little more than a youth, Aeneas must gather the survivors and lead them to a new homeland across the roaring waves. Confronted by twisted prophecies, Aeneas faces the wrath of the immortals to find his own path.
First in a trilogy based on Virgil’s epic poetry, Ashes of Olympus: The Way Home is a tale of love and vengeance in an age of bronze swords and ox-hide shields.”
My Thoughts & Review
The Way Home is the first book in the Ashes of Olympus series. It is a Greek Mythology story of a Trojan hero, Aeneas. We follow his journey to find a new homeland after Troy has falls after it is attacked by the Greek warriors which are led by Odyssey.
I’ve recently got back into trying to read more books based on Greek Mythology. From past experience Greek Mythology novels can be very hit or miss for me, but I’m happy to report that this one was definitely a hit.
The writing was simple and easy to follow, and Julian has done a really good job in providing just the right amount of information so that even if you’re not familiar with Greek Mythology you are still able to follow the story, and learn some new interesting things.The story is told through a third person narrative which is mostly told from Aeneas’s perspective.
The mix of human and God characters were great. I did struggle with the names of the character’s and also got them mixed up at times but overall I really liked and enjoyed them all. I even liked the brief very brief introduction of the side characters.
The Way Home was a very enjoyable and fast paced read and look forward to reading the next book in the series. If you’re into mythology this book is definitely worth for you.
I would like to thank Henry Roi at Odyssey Books for getting in touch and sending me an eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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