The Last King of Lydia

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The Last King of Lydia

The Last King of Lydia

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For his debut novel, Tim Leach steers clear of the familiar Greek and Roman legends and instead concentrates a lesser-known character, King Croesus of Lydia. Leach's narrative is largely derivative of the ancient sources, but he adeptly weaves them together and keeps the pacing engaging. I also feel that the language is quite light; I found myself going from page to page quite fast, when what I really wanted was to savor each page, to delight in the rich descriptions of an ancient world.

Regular readers of this blog will know I tend to only review books I have enjoyed and think other people will enjoy as well. On one level a page-turning romp through the ancient world, on another it is a moving reflective human story full of ideas on the nature of happiness, fulfilment and life itself.If you absolutely hate anything remotely like spoilers, you might want to stop reading now, although I don’t think these will qualify as plot revealers. Leach puts these words in the mouth of a 5th Century BC ruler, yet I’m not sure I’ve read a more apposite phrase to sum up what’s wrong with modern society. When Croesus consults the oracles about whether to go to war with Persia, it is a deliberate political calculation to favor Delphi, propped up by a rumor spread by Croesus's most trusted slave Isocrates about how they knew that Croesus was butchering a turtle and a lamb on a certain night -- a "story. There are many plot twists and as a reader, I soon learned not to judge any of the characters in the story too soon, as my opinion of them would change many times over the course of the book.

The ancient world is so distant from us that at times it feels like fantasy - kings, gods, sacrifices, oracles, mountains of gold, lost cities, myth.I came here from your GeekDad review of A Winter War, and am so glad I did — I just finished The Last King of Lydia, and it’s thoughtful and compelling and an intersection of philosophy and history that I had no idea existed, but drank up. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Croesus and Cyrus, the Conqueror and the conquered in an uneasy alliance.

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