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The Way Home

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  12 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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 trilo
Paperback, 244 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Odyssey Books
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Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to enjoy a sneak preview of this impressive debut, a retelling of the trials of Aeneas. The Way Home begins with one of the most dramatic events in history – the pillage and destruction of Troy - and it is in the midst of this carnage that we are introduced to the main character, eighteen-year-old Aeneas. As Troy burns, Aeneas is forced to flee his beloved city, along with other citizens seeking refuge. His efforts to lead and protect them are heroic, but the gods are quick to meddle ...more
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Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I'm not familiar with the Aeneid, although I have heard of Odysseus and the Trojan war. So when I read the synopsis of The Way Home, a retelling of the Aeneid, I was intrigued and thought it would be a good way to introduce myself to this aspect of the myth.

The Way Home follows the journey of Aeneas, a Trojan prince. It starts when the Greeks are ransacking the city, having been smuggled in by the giant horse (although I don't think Aeneas ever realised this is how they got in). Unfortunately, h
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Way Home: Ashes of Olympus by Julian Barris the retelling of the Classic Aeneid by Virgil.
Like the classic, The Way Home focuses on the journey of a hero that has lost everything and will lose more before finally settling into his new homeland (Rome).
The story begins in the middle of the siege of Troy, after the Greeks have entered the gates via the wooden Trojan Horse. The story is very fast paced, the first quarter of the book Aeneas has lost his king, queen, wife and his country. The sto
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed this book. I don't normally read novels based around this kind of topic or time period but I found myself getting hooked in very quickly. Right from the first chapter there was plenty that piqued my curiosity and made me want to keep reading. Because I am not very familiar with Greek mythology or history, I did find it a little more involved trying to make sense of the relationships between the Gods but overall, I think Julian did a great job of g ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reimaginings of classics and "The Way Home" was no exception. I haven't read the original Aeneid yet but everyone probably knows the general outline of his journey from Troy to Italy and I loved seeing what the author did with it. I really enjoyed reading this action-packed version of events which managed to subvert expectations and establish the cruelty of the gods. I'm definitely continuing with the series.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, making the familiar seem new, which is quite the achievement given it is the Greek Myths. Well paced, characters with connections and motivations. I'm very much looking forward to the next book in the series.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent retelling of ancient tales

Julian has a gift for action-packed storytelling that never forgets that it's the characters in a story that make it live. This book is a teacher's dream, quickly drawing in the reader.
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Julian Barr first fell in love with all things Greek and Roman in childhood, when he staged the epic tale of the Emperor Claudius using sock puppets. After his PhD in Classics, he did a brief stint as a schoolteacher, hated being called ‘sir,’ and dived into storytelling. Although he remains open to the possibilities of sock puppet theatre, historical fantasy is his passion. He has published schol ...more
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