A blockbuster retelling of the Persian Wars from multi-award-winning author Tom Holland, lavishly illustrated by Jason Cockcroft.
“The Persians are coming…” With her mother’s dying words, ten-year-old Gorgo of Sparta is plunged into a dangerous world of vengeful gods, invincible heroes and an empire that threatens to sweep across the globe. With extraordinary and masterful prose, Tom Holland expertly weaves myth and history in a compelling and dramatic retelling of Herodotus. Illustrator Jason Cockcroft’s astonishing artwork boldly evokes vast ancient landscapes, mighty battles and enthralling tales of Greeks and gods.
‘A rollicking ride through the ancient world that blends magic and myth with real events . . . A clear contender for one of those totemic books whose memory you carry into adulthood. A triumph.’ Children’s Book of the Week, The Times
‘A spectacularly illustrated account of the Persian Wars, based on history, but involving the immortals . . . This is a must-have for any child who loves Greek myths.’ The Sunday Times
‘A glorious mixture – of history, fiction and thrilling legend, with pictures to swim the Hellespont for.’ Sebastian Faulks
‘The Wolf-Girl, the Greeks and the Gods is a wonder, as beautiful to look at as it is entrancing to read. Jason Cockcroft’s illustrations are jaw-dropping, and Tom Holland’s prose took me back to my own childhood introductions to these extraordinary mythological worlds in Roger Lancelyn Green’s Tales of the Greek Heroes and Leon Garfield’s and Charles Keeping’s The God Beneath the Sea.’ Frank Cottrell-Boyce
‘For anyone wondering what the gods did after the end of the Trojan War – transporting and wonderful.’ Bettany Hughes
‘Tom Holland’s masterly interweaving of myth, imagination and deep classical learning makes this an extraordinary treat … Jason’s illustrations are also magnificent, packed with talent and sensitivity . . . It reminded me of my own favourite childhood books of Greek myth and The Iliad.‘ Amanda Craig