Do you have military/heroic fantasy readers? Historical fiction readers? How about readers of war stories, action, and adventure? What if you could satisfy them plus the bonus of introducing them to the oldest "classic" of Western Literature? Homer's Iliad has gone through almost as many translations, renditions, versions, and retellings as the thousand ships launched because of the seductive Helen. Originally written in verse, readers today have their choice of poetry or prose: Richard Lattimore or Robert Fagles for verse or W.H.D. Rouse's modern, plain English prose. Also, YA's Troy by Geras and Shanower's graphic novel version, Age Of Bronze, are scanned at my high school library's checkout desk.
However, what appears to circulate best is fantasy writer David Gemmell's, Troy trilogy, beginning with Lord Of The Silver Bow followed by Shield Of Thunder, and Fall Of Kings. Yes, this "reimagining" does take some poetic license. But Paris, Achilles, Hector, Odysseus, Penelope, Priam and the rest of the gang are here and vividly brought to life. Gemmell's historical homework, powerful narrative, and skillful, descriptive action meet the expectations of the author's deserved reputation. I think Homer would approve of Gemmell's interpretations.
If your computer geek readers snicker when you remind them that "Trojan Horse" software is a 2,500 year old concept, hand them the Lord Of The Bow.
Recommended by Robert L. Hicks, Librarian.