The Gates of Athens: Book One in the Athenian series
BE TRANSPORTED TO THE EPIC WORLD OF THE ATHENIANS WITH CONN IGGULDEN'S LATEST LEGENDARY TALE
'Astonishing, convincing and compelling, with ferocious battles that bring the Ancient World of Greece alive' 5***** Reader Review
A STATESMAN IS BORN, NOT MADE . . .
A Persian king stands at last on Greek soil. His Immortals have come to raze the cities of the west. The Athenians are hopelessly outnumbered. The gods are silent. All they have is the shield line. Xanthippus takes a breath. If they cannot stand, all Greece will fall.
Ten years later, Athens has betrayed its favourite son. When the Persians return, when they cross the Hellespont to take revenge on the Greeks, will Xanthippus come home to save his people?
Athens cannot stand alone a second time.
In desperation, the city calls on men of Sparta to block the pass at Thermopylae. To give them time. To give them hope.
Featuring two of the most famous battles of the Ancient World, The Gates of Athens is a bravura piece of storytelling about a people driven to preserve their freedom at any cost.
Readers are raving about The Gates of Athens :
'What a brilliantly addictive read' 5***** Reader Review
'This author never fails to deliver!' 5***** Reader Review
'Another brilliant historical novel from the master of the craft' 5***** Reader Review
'It's like being on the battlefield' 5***** Reader Review
PRAISE FOR CONN IGGULDEN
'The pace is nail-biting and the set-dressing magnificent' Times
'Pacy . . . and packed with action' Sunday Times
'One of our finest historical novelists' Daily Express
'Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction' Daily Mirror
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