The heroes of the Greek and Trojan armies, regarded by both sides as the Pillars of each, but also as the ones who had to be defeated for either side to triumph, are now shades of the underworld. The armour of one of them is now in Odysseus’ hands, whilst the other’s responsibilities of defence and leadership have passed to his brother, Paris.
Yet despite all this, neither side is any closer to ending the war between Greece and Troy. The brawn of both armies has been depleted, and no matter how much strength the two armies throw against each other, neither will buckle – and neither will the walls of Troy. What is needed now is some masterful deception and cunning to trick the Trojans. But by what means?
Then a certain member of the Trojan household tires of being overlooked and sneered at, and delivers some interesting information to the Greeks in order to spare their lives: The oracles of Troy. The information divulged informs the Greeks that if they complete each of the tasks laid before them Troy will fall. However, the Trojans are also aware of the same portents from Cassandra, but due to the curse laid on her by Apollo, no one takes them seriously.
The task of completing the oracles is given to Odysseus, Eperitus and his loyal Ithacans; but first they must encourage a member of the Greek army to return with them to Troy, who was exiled ten years ago by the very same people who now need him back. If this fails, the war will never end.
The Oracles of Troy is a fantastic read and an excellent continuation of the story of the Iliad from the perspective of Odysseus by Glyn Iliffe. The Armour of Achilles was a fantastic read and left us hungry for more, and The Oracles of Troy delivers plenty more. The level of detail in portraying those who were involved after the deaths of Achilles – Ajax and Hector – is excellent, and the history of each event pertaining to their role in the oracles is marvellous. The description of each event is so detailed you can imagine you are actually there, be it in the dark with only a flaming torch for light and the Ithacans for company searching for the oracles, or fighting at the front of the army on the beach.
This is definitely a read-through-the-night book that you just won’t want to put down. Certainly well worth the wait. One word: BRILLIANT!
“Equō nē crēdite, Teucrī! Quidquid id est, timeō Danaōs et dōna ferentīs.” (“Do not trust the horse, Trojans! Whatever it is, I fear the Danaans, even when bringing gifts.”) – Laocoön