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By Madeline Miller

“At as soon as a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly unique murals by way of a very gifted new novelist….A publication i couldn't positioned down.”
—Ann Patchett

“Mary Renault lives again!” proclaims Emma Donoghue, writer of Room, bearing on The tune of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s exciting, profoundly relocating, and completely specified retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan struggle. A story of gods, kings, immortal status, and the human center, The music of Achilles is a stunning literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed event, an epic love tale, a marvelously conceived and performed page-turner, Miller’s huge debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from a few of modern fiction’s brightest lights—and lovers of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome sequence will get pleasure from this unforgettable trip again to historical Greece within the Age of Heroes.

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No easy matter to rise, neither. Oh, I’ve brought back most of the men we took north with us, but not all—not all! Not the chief—Gilbert Prestcote’s gone. ” said Cadfael, pricking his ears. “How’s that? Owain Gwynedd has never put his hand in the fire for the empress? After all his careful holding off, and the gains it’s brought him? He’s no such fool! Why should he aid either of his enemies? ” “Spoke like a good Christian brother,” said Hugh, with a brief, grey smile, and fetched a grunt and a blush out of Cadfael to his small but welcome pleasure.

Cadwaladr was there with a swarm of his archers, and Madog ap Meredith of Powys with him, hot for plunder, and they’ve sunk their teeth into Lincoln and swept the field clear of any prisoner who promises the means of ransom, even the half-dead. ” He shifted, easing his stiff, sore body in the cushions. “Though it’s not the Welsh,” he said grimly, “that have got the greatest prize. Robert of Gloucester is halfway to his own city this night with a prisoner worth this kingdom to deliver up to the Empress Maud.

Brother Cadfael saw them pass by the abbey gatehouse on their way up through the town to the castle, where this possibly valuable Welsh youth could be held in safekeeping and, short of a credible parole, doubtless under lock and key in some sufficiently impenetrable cell. Hugh could not afford to lose him. Cadfael caught but a passing glimpse of him as they rode by in the early dusk. It seemed he had given some trouble on the way, for his hands were tied, his horse on a leading rein, his feet roped into the stirrups and an archer rode suggestively close at his rear.

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