Has anyone read this book by Madeline Miller? I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a modern take on the Trojan war but from the point of view of Patroclus and focuses on his relationship with Achilles. In this interpretation they are lovers and she does show this very well. It's refreshing to see a homosexual relationship explored as I have never read a romance like this before and it was quite moving. There's plenty of action and adventure to be had here too and she sets the scene nicely. You do feel like you are getting into a glimpse into the Iliad , from which it is based. Some purists will say that this doesn't hold a candle to Homer's work and that's fine but it's not meant to be an inferior and contemporary version of the original story, but rather inspired and influenced instead. I don't think you should go into this comparing it to the classics but appreciating it for what it is instead, and then hopefully you'll find there's much to like from this story. I enjoyed the portrayal of the characters, especially Odysseus and of course Achilles. How he grows from boy to man is fascinating and I like that we see the softer, more sensitive version of his character as well as the warrior that he is known for. I was wondering if anyone has read it? It won the Orange Prize in 2012 and it is her debut novel. I recommend a read.