Croesus used to think it was him. But then all his riches could not remove the spear from his dying elder son's chest; could not bring his mute younger son to speak; could not make him as wise as his own chief slave; could not bring his wife's love back; could not prevent his army from being torn apart and his kingdom lost. As the old philosopher had replied, a man's happiness can only be measured when he is dead. The first coils of smoke wrap around Croesus' neck like a noose...
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By Kate on 29-01-15
Bringing History to Life
A wonderfully rich story with narration that brings the characters out from the past and reminds you of their humanity.
As a big fan of all manner of historical fiction I would highly recommend this book both for its writing but also how it explores a period not often seen in the genre.
It'll encourage you to go and learn more about its subject matter and that is always a good sign.
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By Chris the gardener on 19-02-16
A good yarn
With so little known about Croesus. it would be difficult to consider this anything but fiction. Nevertheless, it is a good story based on the time of the expansion of the Persian empire. Excellent narration by Christian Rodska brings this book alive.
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