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Two-and-a-half centuries after it was created, Homer's Odyssey remains one of humanity's most memorable adventure stories. In this re-creation of Homer's classic as a young adult novel, we see the aftermath of the Trojan War through the eyes of Alexi, a fifteen-year-old Trojan boy. Orphaned by the war and enslaved by Odysseus himself, Alexi has a very different view of the conquering heroes of legend. Despite a simmering anger toward his captors, he gradually develops a grudging respect for them. As the Greeks fight off the angry Cicones, weather a storm that pushes them far beyond charted waters, and nearly succumb to the blandishments of the bewitching Lotus-eaters, Alexi realizes that they are not the demons they were said to be, but people like himself. At the same time, his quick thinking, bravery, and the healing skills that he learned from his father prove to his captors that he is no ordinary slave. His key role in their escape from the Cyclops earns the respect of his master, Odysseus, and a striking discovery during their escape gives his life a newfound purpose. Straddling the boundary between historical fiction and mythology, Torn from Troy is written in a hard, realistic style and brings to life the travails of a bronze-age slave of the Greeks in a form that will appeal especially to the hard-to-reach teen boy market. While this book is the first volume of the author's Odyssey of a Slave trilogy, it is a compelling and fully-realized work on its own.

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Fiction. Young Adult Novel. Two-and-a half millennia after it was created, Homer's Odyssey remains one of humanity's most memorable adventure stories. In this re-creation of Homer's classic as a young adult novel, we see the aftermath of the Trojan War through the eyes of Alexi, a fifteen-year-old Trojan boy. Orphaned by the war and enslaved by Odysseus himself, Alexi has a very different view of the conquering heroes of legend. Despite a simmering anger towards his captors, Alexi gradually develops a grudging respect for them. As the Greeks fight off the angry Cicones, weather a storm that pushes them far beyond charted waters, and nearly succumb to the blandishments of the bewitching Lotus-eaters, he realizes that they are not the demons they were said to be, but people like himself.

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You heard what the little filth said to me, Ury growled. He'll be trouble. I say trench him now. The other man spoke, his voice low and even. I heard him, Ury. His mind is quick, and his Greek is good. He knelt down beside my head. Your choice, boy. Decide now.

Alexi's city is still burning when the Greeks catch him and give him a brutal choice: slavery or death. With his sister dead and his home destroyed, Alexi, a 15-year-old orphan from the streets of Troy, grits his teeth and chooses the life of a captive. He and the other Trojan survivors are forced aboard a ship bound for faraway Ithaca, under the command of the Greek warrior Odysseus. But none could foresee the perils of the cursed voyage to come: a brutal raid on the Cicones, a visit to the bewitching Lotus Eaters and a grisly encounter with a Cyclops all take a gruesome toll. Alexi has no idea how much worse his life is about to get.

Torn from Troy is the first book in the dramatic Odyssey of a Slave trilogy: a gritty, realistic retelling of the classic Greek legend of the Odyssey.

About the Author

Patrick Bowman was born in Ottawa and educated in Toronto. He has twenty years of writing experience, all of it in software, but has been fascinated by Greek mythology since stumbling over a copy of Bulfinch's Mythology in his father's library as a child. TORN FROM TROY is his first book. He presently makes his home in Toronto.

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nrlymrtl, July 29, 2013 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
This book starts off int he thick of action with Troy’s defenses having succumbed to Odysseus’s trick (the Trojan Horse). Alexi and his older sister were orphaned during the lengthy years-long siege on Troy. Alexi himself is half-Greek and his heritage may put him in greater danger. While Alexi’s sister manages to kill one Greek soldier, she is also tossed hard against stone. Alexi believes her dead and is taken captive. While he is 15 years old, he is small for his age and lies when asked, claiming to be 12. So, right off we see that the boy can think on his feet.

Mostly high adventure but with a touch of brutal reality mixed in, we see that being a slave, even a talented one, is not an easy life. While Captain Lopex (Odysseus) is usually fair minded, he is also a trickster. Other slaves also populate Alexi’s life, including a motherly woman (Cimia?) who watches out for him and tries to make sure he eats. Pen, a young Greek warrior close to Alexi’s age, tries to build a friendship only to hide it from all the other Greeks. Urey is the main antagonist, having lost his brother to Alexi’s sister’s dagger.

With a full cast of characters, Patrick Bowman sets them into an ancient Greece full of dangers. Desperate for fresh water, the crew eventually land in the realm of the lotus eaters. Beautiful women inhabit this isle and feed, water, wine, and drug the men. Not all make it away safely. The men land on another isle seeking to trade for meat and other food supplies only to end up going toe-to-toe with a cyclops. Not only must Alexi survive these traps, he must constantly watch his back around Urey.

Bowman built in the distinctions between Greeks and Trojans, showing cultural and religious differences. Alexi has a sharp tongue and calls the Greeks idiots in one fashion or another one too many times. If he’s not careful, he could end up with some permanent marks.
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ISBN:
9781553801108
Author:
Bowman, Patrick
Publisher:
Ronsdale Press
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
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Children s-Fables
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Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
200

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"Synopsis" by , Fiction. Young Adult Novel. Two-and-a half millennia after it was created, Homer's Odyssey remains one of humanity's most memorable adventure stories. In this re-creation of Homer's classic as a young adult novel, we see the aftermath of the Trojan War through the eyes of Alexi, a fifteen-year-old Trojan boy. Orphaned by the war and enslaved by Odysseus himself, Alexi has a very different view of the conquering heroes of legend. Despite a simmering anger towards his captors, Alexi gradually develops a grudging respect for them. As the Greeks fight off the angry Cicones, weather a storm that pushes them far beyond charted waters, and nearly succumb to the blandishments of the bewitching Lotus-eaters, he realizes that they are not the demons they were said to be, but people like himself.
"Synopsis" by , You heard what the little filth said to me, Ury growled. He'll be trouble. I say trench him now. The other man spoke, his voice low and even. I heard him, Ury. His mind is quick, and his Greek is good. He knelt down beside my head. Your choice, boy. Decide now.

Alexi's city is still burning when the Greeks catch him and give him a brutal choice: slavery or death. With his sister dead and his home destroyed, Alexi, a 15-year-old orphan from the streets of Troy, grits his teeth and chooses the life of a captive. He and the other Trojan survivors are forced aboard a ship bound for faraway Ithaca, under the command of the Greek warrior Odysseus. But none could foresee the perils of the cursed voyage to come: a brutal raid on the Cicones, a visit to the bewitching Lotus Eaters and a grisly encounter with a Cyclops all take a gruesome toll. Alexi has no idea how much worse his life is about to get.

Torn from Troy is the first book in the dramatic Odyssey of a Slave trilogy: a gritty, realistic retelling of the classic Greek legend of the Odyssey.

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