I have been a fan of Greek mythology for as long as I can remember. My favorite hero when I was young was Perseus because he was lucky enough to ride Pegasus. What little girl doesn't dream of Pegasus? But as I grew older, I read many, many of the Greek tragedies including The Odyssey, The Illiad, Oedipus Rex, and Antigone.
I was having trouble coming up with a book for the category "A book about a major world event" for my goodreads challenge. I love reading nonfiction but I don't really like reading about natural disasters or bank collapses. I had already read The 6th Extinction, so I was at a lose and then I came across this. I remembered the story of the Trojan war of beautiful Helen and the "face that launched a thousand ships". I was sold.
This is the story of Achilles, as told through the perspective of his companion, Patrocles. I love that the author made this story, what I believe to be historically accurate. No, I don't mean that Achilles is the son of a goddess, I mean culturally accurate. I believe that this book represented some of the attitudes and practices of the time. It was a quick read and I enjoyed every minute. If you enjoy Greek mythology too, you definitely want to look into this one. 4 out of 5 stars.