Review: A Hero’s Welcome (Heroes of Troy #2) by Daniel Kelly

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

6/50 – 2022 Goodreads Challenge

TROY HAS FALLEN The greatest city on earth has been reduced to a pile of smoldering ash, but the cost has been high. The fabled king Priam with the last remnant of the city, knowing all hope of survival is gone, sacrifice themselves in a last act of defiance to destroy the greek army. His once mighty army destroyed, his alliances in ruins. Agamemnon crawls for the safety of his fortress walls of Mycaenea well aware that enemies will smell blood in the water. But after ten years at war, who could you trust to keep your throne safe? Running for their very lives, the refugees of Troy search the sea’s of the Mediterranean for refugee led by Aeneas.
Somewhere they can survive, in the hope of one day bringing vengence to their home. Achilles had a son, whom some call Pyrrhus. Having missed the great war, he is determined to prove himself by hunting down the refugees. Odysseus, having helped them escape feels duty bound to find the refugees and warn them of their peril.

📖/🔇 Kindle, no audio

Following up his retelling of The Iliad, Daniel takes a different approach in book 2. Rather than it being a retelling about the Odyssey, it’s a complete alternative story that he gives us as a multiple POV story of the aftermath and journey’s home that took place in The Fall of the Phoenix. As I said, there are several POV’s that we follow. Agamemnon’s voyage back home, we get to meet Agamemnons wife and son, and what is happening in Mycenae. Eduros’ trip back to Phthia to see Achilles father Peleus. Odysseus searching for survivors of the war and an opportune meeting with a boy named Pyrrhus, before sailing off to join Romulus and Remus on their trek to find a new home with captain Aeneas.

As with all darkness, lights began to kindle in the windows of the houses and while there was that slim light, there was hope.”

What I love about Daniel Kelly’s story is that he takes known history/mythology stories and flips them on their head to give us his version while digging deeper to give a broader understanding of the ramifications of the war and what it has done to relationships and the lands themselves. This was such a good book, and like it’s predecessor, I am ashamed I let it sit on my TBR for so long! It’s going to be very interesting to see how the next book plays out, because he leaves several of the story lines open and boy does it get good!

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