Review of The Fall of the Phoenix by Daniel Kelly

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I was given an ARC in exchange for a review. Many thanks to Daniel for sending me this excellent book.

This is a self-published novel that you MUST not miss. It has alternate history, fantasy, heroic action, excellent attention to details of fighting, city street combat. This will take you on a journey to Troy.

I loved the characters, the way Daniel has interpreted the novel and it is clear he’s done his research. The plot of this novel is so good, that I will not spoil the twists or ending that come after this. The vivid descriptions of armour, battles, everything about this novel is fantastic. I cannot keep gushing about this.

What I also loved about this book, was that its interpretation of the Iliad was much better than the Troy movie (2004) in where they showed all the elites of both sides, Trojan and Greek scheming against each other, when in reality the Trojans and the Greek nobility knew each other. Daniel must have read some obscure material and used it for this book. Diomedes was my favourite character in this book. I liked his innocence, because that war , whether it happened or not, took a toll on everybody. I imagine that was what the aftermath of WW2 was. Priam was excellent, and Agamemnon, he was a cunning old wolf. Odysseus is more older than I interpreted. You also got to see the viewpoint of the Trojans which is very rare indeed. Also, search Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Ambient Music 4 hours. This is perfect for the ambience and immersion.

The dialogue, the prose, everything about this book is excellent. I’m in praise. What more can I say? I would have wanted this novel to be a bit bigger, and more explanations as I have a lot of questions regarding this book. This could be an under-explored genre that if Daniel capitalises on, could work very well for him.

Thank you so much for sending this Daniel. I will give a full 5/5.

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