An atmospheric, dark and at times bleak tale of men surviving the aftermath of the Trojan War.
The story pivots around Diomedes of Argos and his retinue as they find that they cannot return to their Greek dominion and are forced to sail west. The author dramatises the collapse of the Bronze Age Aegean world well as the various city states attempt to recover from the ten years of the Trojan War. A picture of inescapable destruction is painted with the Dorian Greeks pouring south to devastate the old seats of power which are themselves tangled in treachery and power struggles.
I almost felt part of the Diomedes' crew as they escaped from this turmoil and into the misty and eerily quiet world to the west.
However, I found the last third of the tale capped the mood of the story appropriately, but left me feeling flat - like the climactic end I wanted never quite materialised.
Not my favourite from Mr Manfredi but a decent read nonetheless....Continua