I finished this book a few hours ago and I can't stop thinking about it. Its a gift the author has given us, perhaps a gift from the gods themselves.
TIME magazine said, Wildly romantic [and] surprisingly suspenseful....[B]ringing those dark figures back to life, making them men again, and while shes at it, us[ing] her passionate companion piece to The Iliad as a subtle swipe at todays ongoing debate over gay marriage. Talk about updating the classics. I couldn't agree more. I've read at least a dozen books in the past six weeks and this is by far the best. I don't usually read a book twice, but I will read this one again. The last chapter will stay with you for long time, if it doesn't make you weep then the gods/goddesses must not have given you a heart.
This is a pretty amazing retelling of the Iliad. It was interesting to see things from Patroclus's point of view. And I surprisingly learned a few things I hadn't already known from reading countless other versions of this story. This was by far the best one!
I couldn't get into this. I had to switch between paperback and audiobook to get through it.
I love the subject matter and the fact that the story focused on Achilles and Patroclus growing up together and falling for one another. It was interesting how they lived with the spectre of both their deaths as they grew older, both knowing that they wouldn't live into old age. I loved everything about the story except for the fact that I was bored reading/listening to it. I'm not sure why, but my attention didn't fully perk up until the last few chapters.
I'm going to chalk this up to the reader and not the author. I will attempt a reread this some other time to see if I perhaps just read it at the wrong time or in the wrong frame of mind. It's happened to me before and I've ended up loving a book or movie the second time around.
All-in-all I think it was well researched and put together, just couldn't get excited for it.