Book Review: The Honourable Thief by Meaghan Wilson Anastasios

Published: 2018 by Pan Macmillian Australia

Genre: Historical Fiction, Adult Fiction

Page Count: 440

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Achilles? Because…?’
‘Obsession of mine. Half man, half god – and his own worst enemy.
My kind of man.’ He laughed.

Istanbul, Turkey 1955

Benedict Hitchens, once a world-renowned archaeologist, is now a discredited – but still rather charming – shell of his former self.

Once full of optimism and adventure, his determination to prove that Achilles was a real historical figure led him to his greatest love, Karina, on the island of Crete and to his greatest downfall, following the disappearance of an enigmatic stranger, Eris.

He has one last chance to restore his reputation, solve the mystery of Eris and prove his Achilles theory. But it is full of risk, and possibly fatal consequences…

In her breakout novel, Meaghan Wilson Anastasios weaves an action-packed tale of honour, passion, heroes and thieves across an epic backdrop of history.

My Review:

I received a copy of this book from Pan Macmillian Australia in exchange for an honest review; and this does not impact my thoughts on the book.

I absolutely loved this! Historical fiction has always been one of my favourite genres, and reading this book reminds me of why I love the genre.

When it’s done well, historical fiction feels to me like time travel, taking me back to a whole new time, or sometimes even several, allowing me to picture what life would have been like in these ancient civilizations, and joining in the main characters’ quest to find any trace of Achilles. The belief in the existence of anything can be universal, but I felt Ben’s passion and longing and interest in Achilles deep in my core! When Ben was talking about Achilles, I was hanging on to every word!

Thrown into the mix is an enigmatic stranger named Eris, who I really never knew if I could trust, so it was fun playing detective on the side, trying to figure out if she had a secret agenda or anything like that, but I’ll conclude talking about her by saying she is one of the most curious and intriguing characters I’ve ever come across! I am still thinking several things about her, and I have questions! So I’m exceptionally happy there will be a subsequent book where she features (I chatted with the author over on instagram, and she teased about a sequel).

I loved the time jumps in this book, learning about Benedict’s early days in Greece, meeting the beautiful Karina, and facing the tragedies of war. I felt like throughout this book, I was feeling Ben’s emotions, his conflicting feelings about Eris, and of course that endless curiosity about Achilles.

Yet, as the present and past collided, I found myself longing to know what had happened throughout and loved those moments where things were revealed! Utterly vivid and awe inspiring and I could feel the richness of the Greek history embedded in the prose!

This book honestly felt like such a satisfying journey throughout, I recommend this to anyone wanting to learn more about ancient history or to anyone who loves a great historical fiction book!

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