The king is dead. Long live the king. When power falls on the shoulders of a young man, only his slave can teach him how to be great. But power corrupts, and absolute power...
Ten years after the fall of Babylon, Cyrus's army is on the march again. His slave Croesus, no longer a young man, accompanies him as always, as does the king's son and heir Cambyses, who has inherited none of his father's diplomacy or charisma and all of his vanity and violence. When the warriors of Persia are unexpectedly crushed in battle Cyrus is put to death, and Cambyses assumes the throne. Croesus, once a king himself, is called upon to guide the young man; but the young man cannot be guided, and after taking offence at an insult by an Egyptian ruler, Cambyses takes the full force of his father's empire to Africa for bloody and brutal vengeance...
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 337 g
Dimensions: 210 x 149 x 22 mm
Acclaim for The Last King of Lydia
'An extraordinarily assured debut novel, bringing together fascinating research and storytelling talent' Tim Parks
'Full of vigour and promise' Literary Review * Acclaim for The Last King of Lydia *
Without a doubt one of the finest pieces of writing I have read for a long time * Kate Atherton, For Winter Nights *