Marathon-Freedom or Death by Christian Cameron

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In my review of Killer of Men I stated that I wouldn’t take too long before reading Marathon.  Where does the time go?  Three months?  My only excuse is that I have read some really good books in the interval.  🙂    Now that I’ve finished Marathon, I make the same prediction regarding the next book in the series, Poseidon’s Spear…well, we’ll see how that pans out.  Anyway, Marathon…is just another example of the author’s remarkable storytelling.  I was continually amazed with his knowledge of the era and the way that knowledge was used to not only enhance the story but to also teach the history of that time and place; much of which I already knew but it never hurts to relearn things that have lain dormant for decades.  This is not only played out in the events of the war but also in the everyday lives of the peasants, farmers, craftsmen and aristocrats who make this story come alive.  One example that stands out for me is Arimnestos’ forge and the work of the smiths as they turn bronze sheets into household items as well as armor and weapons.   The lead up to the battle and the battle itself are both told with an incisive vividness that kept me turning the pages until the end.  Well done Mr.Cameron…well done.  5 stars

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