Although, in my opinion, not Gemmell's best book. I still enjoyed it. I some how feel that it was trapped by its own permiss being losely based on Greek history. (very losely). it was still fun but seemed to lack the heroism and conflict that I have come to enjoy in a Gemmell book. At times the pages came to life in typical Gemmell style, but then went back into the trappings of history. I felt it was rushed and glossed over at times. It just wasnt as dynamic as I would have liked.