SUSAN M.- 5 STARS


 


This is an alternate history of one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world - The Colossus of Rhodes. In this alternate history the colossus has survived, at least partly due to magic. In this story the Archon, who is the leader of Rhodes (called Rodos) is killed, apparently running away with another mans wife, thereby putting the whole island in jeopardy. The Archons wife, the mage Kalandra, receives the news by a rather circuitous route, and instead of immediately setting in motion ways to save her people, keeps quiet and plots revenge on her "dead" husband, allowing that there is a bit of doubt about both his death and their circumstances. Once the truth is revealed, there is a mad dash to ready Rodis for war, which if the death had been known of earlier would have put Rodis in a better position. This was a very compelling story, and I found it very hard to put down. I read an ARC of In the Shadow of Helios


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