Troy by Adele Geras

I was expecting so much from this book. Recreations of the lives of people affected by the Trojan War, perhaps a different account of Helen and Paris or a refreshing retelling from a minor characters point of view. These are the things the blurb more or less promises.

Sadly for me, it wasn’t delivered quite as well as I expected and neither was the retelling refreshing. The story is told from the point of view of various people in Troy associated with the royals in some small way. There is a smattering of gods toying with the commoners and royals alike. The story is more or less stagnant despite having a varied cast.

The one saving grace of this story is the sadness relayed where death is concerned. While the demise of a character can be many things, to make it affect the reader to an extent is talent. And the death of all characters in this story causes a serious stirring of emotion, repeatedly.

The story of the war is told in the usual way, with only the addition of a few servants providing anything new and the death of characters propelling the story forward. What could have been a great story turned out mediocre, with small surprises and a dry retelling.

Save this one for the long train ride in your future, or give it a miss and read the The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.