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The Songs of the Kings by Barry Unsworth
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Jan 09, 2010

really liked it

Excellent extension of "The Illiad". Although only briefly alluded to by Homer in the original work, the sacrifice of Agamemnon's daughter Iphigenia is used by Unsworth as the enabling event for the invasion of Troy. Whether or not the sacrifice really took place is not the story. The interactions and differences among the various heroes and villains vying for leadership and/or glory is the real story, and the extremely well done character development brings this very readable novel to life.

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