Gates of Fire was my second D.N.F (after Mary Renault's Fire from Heaven). I quit a quarter through. Language and structure were the primary offenders.
Bernard Cornwell is famous for writing historical fiction. Author of 59 books, including his famous Richard Sharpe series (which I will read someday), Cornwell has earned and kept his reputation as master storyteller.
Remembering Henry the V, I anticipated Azincourt, but Cornwell surprised me. He wracked my heart with emotion. Twice I shut the book, enraged, yet chose to finish it.
Every writer faces this dilemma:
Do I follow the market or my passion?
The answer is…
Circe is Madeline Miller's second novel. Her first, which I will have yet to read, is The Song of Achilles. She is graduate of Classics from Boston University (B.A., M.A.) and a feminist.