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Tyrant: Funeral Games

(Tyrant #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  687 ratings  ·  30 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published January 21st 2010 by Orion Publishing Group
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Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta es la tercera parte, y debo decir que hasta ahora ha sido mi favorita. No haré ningún Spoiler, pero no imaginaba qué podía pasar después del final de la segunda parte, y la verdad es que este libro superó mis espectativas. ¡Muy bueno!
El por qué tiene 4 estrellas y no 5 es porque el libro a veces se estira mucho. Para un libro de más de 600 páginas, no le vendría mal reducir unas 100 para quedar en 500 páginas. A veces se hacía un poco tedioso, pasaba por algunas lagunas, pero nada horrible,
Charles Bronson
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simple words like brilliant, remarkable, stupendous or sublime do not do this author’s work justice.
Assuming you read the blurb so you have an idea about what the novel is about I strongly recommend this as even a better starting point than Tyrant 1 since it deals with the children of the heroes there, takes place some 12-3 years later and all needed back-story appears, while the novel is more exciting, lighter in some ways, much more adventure oriented and without the sense of doom that pervaded the first duology; I would not say it's YA despite that the main heroes start at 12 (twin girl/boy ...more
Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It really is easy to write a review for Christian's books..."Bloody Great...Go buy it".

But if that's was all it took then why would we all bother doing this?
None the less the statement is as accurate as can be, I have not read a single poorly phrased chapter, or paragraph the man has written.
The period is very underwritten, so he has a chance to stand out and shine.
I think his brilliance stems from his obvious Love of the period, he being a re-enactor as well as a writer, and I think that it's t
Sue Smith
Apr 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what made me pick up this book. I think I wanted some historical fiction and the inside cover story sounded good. It certainly didn't disappoint me, I did enjoy it immensely! I do wish I had started at the first of the series! I have a thing at starting a book with the first one!

That being said, for starting in at the 3rd, I didn't feel like I had trully missed alot - the central characters being young and probably not part of the previous 2 book to any great extent. (I guess it's
Mar 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
c2010: FWFTB: kingdom, betrayal, perilous, assassins, sanctuary. Absolutely stirling writing, pace and characterisation. From my point of view, I found it harder to connect to the twins as much as I did to Kineas. However, that is more of a content/plot issue than any for of criticism. Philokles the Spartan continues to play a large role! Recommended. "But desperate men make poor choices.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I shed a few tears at the end. Great characters, great writing, great time period, great book!
Clay Kallam
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I stumbled into this six-book series by way of one of my favorite recent fantasy series, the Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron. I noticed that, for some unknown reason, Cameron also wrote under the name of Christian Cameron, and had a series set in the time of Alexander the Great.

As one who knows way too much about that Hellenistic time period, and one who loved Cameron’s previous work, I was all in from the moment I started volume one, Tyrant. And as this is a connected series that really need
Clemens Schoonderwoert
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This exciting and astonishing novel is the 3rd volume of the thrilling and impressive Tyrant series.
Once more the book has been historically very well researched and described in the author's and historical note at the end of the book, and not to forget you will find great maps and a well defined glossary at the beginning of the book as well.
The storytelling is as usual of a top-notch quality, for the author has certainly the ability to bring in his own wonderful and entertaining fashion vividly
Kirk Macleod
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Continuing to work my way through a list of Ancient Greece in 36 Historical novels, I hit #32, Christian Cameron's 2010 novel Tyrant: Funeral Games. This was actually the first time in the entire list where I was being asked to read volume three in a series, so of course I quickly read one and two.

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This 2008 novel follows a Greek mercenary called Kinneas and his interactions with the Scythian people during the reign of Alexander the Great. The book was a lot of fun, showing a li
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written story with interesting young heroes but 1. the actual wars were so complex, it was impossible to follow what was happening in the big picture
2. I always go on about maps being essential to understand what is going on. This book actually included a map of the eastern Mediterranean but most of the places mentioned in the story were missing so it did not help.
Jose Carlos
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Toda la saga Tirano es muy buena. En este vemos la transición entre una historia anterior y la que sigue, entre una generación y su sucesora, y es una transición muy bien llevada por el autor. Extrañamos a algunos personajes, nos vamos encariñando con otros y convertimos a unos terceros en leyendas.

Un buen (gran) nuevo impulso a la historia, recomendable.
I have to be honest, the idea of 12-year-old warriors seemed a bit far-fetched to start with, but it gets more plausible as the book goes on and the twins age. It can be a bit confusing keeping track of who is who from the previous books in the series, but I remembered the key players which is the main thing. Overall, it's a decent read.
Erv Reyes
El cambio de protagonistas no le sentó bien a la serie y el ritmo trepidante que intenta inyectar al inicio le fue imposible sostenerlo por el frágil desarrollo de varios de los personajes que introduce en esta tercer entrega.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Satyrus and Melitta seek refuge in Egypt as the succession to Alexander heats up.
Ok, this was a bit painful. Couple of times I got to the point that I wanted to stop reading the book and start with something else. I liked the setting, and some of the author's insights in the use of different military strategies were really great. I also liked the portrayal of the early Alexandrian society, with the hesitant adoption of some of the values of a Greek polis. What I didn't like were some of the characters, especially the female lead was more and more annoying. I do buy that wome ...more
Alejandro Garzón
Sin lugar a dudas la serie Tirano de Cameron es de las mejores que he leído en lo referente a novela histórica!
Chris Wray
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Definitely the weakest of the series so far, but worth a read having already read the first two.


The setting, during the wars of succession between Alexander the Greats companions is fascinating, and Cameron captures the instability of the times excellently. His action and battle scenes are also realistic and memorable, and well written rather than relying on shock and gore.

The characterisation is generally strong, with Philokles and Stratokles particularly standing out as realistic a
Es un muy buen libro, aunque cambia un poco de tono respecto a los libros anteriores. Aquí la historia transcurre en un mundo roto luego de la muerte de Alejandro Magno, pero no sólo eso, si no que además se centra en Sátiro y Melita, apenas unos niños cuando todo comienza.
En ese sentido éste libro no me atrapó tanto como esperaba, porque es una trama más lenta y no pude interesarme por la trayectoria de los hijos de Kineas. Tal vez porque, a pesar de que son los "narradores", en sí sólo son cen
Elaine Cougler
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was a great find in the ship's library as I was sailing the Mediterranean Sea and I always like reading a book set where I am visiting. This is the first of Christian Cameron's Tyrant series I've read but it won't be the last. Well-paced, the plot is beautifully driven by the teen-aged brother and sister characters whose mother has been ruthlessly removed from her throne, causing them to flee for their lives. Their coming of age takes place in battles and brawls on their journey to the ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Quite a good book actually. The first two books in the series were good but I never found myself wondering when I was going to pick up the next one. I'm glad I continued to read on, though.
Apart from all the historical novel side, which is great in itself, I especially love how Christian explores how two young children come to age while surrounded by warfare. As in the other books, Christian seems to be asking deeper questions than what the storyline apparently is telling us.
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We see Kineas' twins as they grow up and have to face plots to take over their state.
The politics of Alexander's heirs was very complicated and although Cameron tries to simplify it, you are never sure who is fighting who. But that is probably what it was like at the time
Enjoyable and fast moving
nigel jones
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Historical Story

This was a fabulous read with some great characters and a seriously great chase across deserts rivers and mountains. Loved the descriptions of the battles. Am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, favorites
¡Muy buen libro!. Los dos primeros de la serie tuvieron mucha más fantasía de la esperada con los sueños de Kineas. Sin embargo, este es ¡perfecto!. Me gusta mucho cómo se involucran personajes como Pitágoras o a los sofistas.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was afraid this would be a Young Adult book, at first. And, without the main characters are in their teens, this is far from a YA book. Lots of action, lots of history. Lots of everything. An excellent book by an excellent author, who really knows his stuff
Ron Decaigny
Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Simply the best writer in this genre period. My only issue is how hard to get these titles are. they should be much more available and read.
John Warren
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
i really enjoyed this book love the tyrant series cant wait to start the next
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I've read the first three books of the Tyrant series, and this is the best one so far, mainly because he keeps the excitement going, which is what I read such books for.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
See my review of Tyrant book 1 if you really want to know what I thought of the series.
Dave Sykes
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Aka Miles Cameron. Also publishes as Gordon Kent with his father Kenneth M. Cameron.

Christian Cameron was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1962. He grew up in Rockport, Massachusetts, Iowa City, Iowa,Christian Cameron and Rochester, New York, where he attended McQuaid Jesuit High School and later graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in history.

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