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By Madeline Miller

“At as soon as a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly unique murals by way of a really proficient new novelist….A ebook i couldn't placed down.”
—Ann Patchett

“Mary Renault lives again!” publicizes Emma Donoghue, writer of Room, bearing on The tune of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s exciting, profoundly relocating, and totally detailed retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan battle. A story of gods, kings, immortal popularity, and the human middle, The music of Achilles is a blinding literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed event, an epic love tale, a marvelously conceived and achieved page-turner, Miller’s huge debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from a few of modern fiction’s brightest lights—and fanatics of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome sequence will have fun with this unforgettable trip again to historic Greece within the Age of Heroes.

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This could be a trick. It probably was a trick. How could it be anything else? As talented as I might be, I was certainly no spy. “Why me? ” “No. But what you don’t know, you can learn. It’s your instinct that cannot be taught. I should know. I possess it myself. ” “And on a more practical note, I serve Robert Dudley,” I said. ” “Indeed. I need to know what he wants from her. ” “Yes. I have reason to think the duke plots against her, and that Lord Robert, your master, is a part of his scheme. ” It was a trick.

He scoured the courtiers with his stare. “His Majesty is a benevolent prince, but he is most displeased by the rumors that have come to his attention. Contrary to those who dare speculate, he is well on his way to recovery. Indeed, at his physicians’ advice, he has retired to his palace at Greenwich, where he can hasten his cure. As a sign of his improvement, he also wishes it be known he’s given gracious consent to the marriage of my youngest son, Guilford Dudley, to his beloved cousin, Lady Jane Grey.

She had a depth of passion no one had yet plumbed. Maybe she wanted Robert Dudley as much as he wanted her. I made myself breathe. This was happening too quickly. I had to concentrate on what I knew and what I had heard. “But Her Grace and the king—they have an elder half sister, the Lady Mary. She is heir to the throne. If Her Grace were to wed Lord Robert, she still couldn’t be queen unless…” My voice faded into silence. I heard a fly buzzing over the platter of neglected fruit on the sideboard.

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