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“You heard what the little filth said to me,” Ury growled. “He’ll be trouble. I say trench him now.”
The other man spoke, his voice low and even. “I heard him, Ury. His mind is quick, and his Greek is good.” He knelt down beside my head. “Your choice, boy. Decide now.”
Alexi’s city is still burning when the Greeks catch him and give him a brutal choice: slavery or death. With his sister dead and his home destroyed, Alexi, a 15-year-old orphan from the streets of Troy, grits his teeth and chooses the life of a captive. He and the other Trojan survivors are forced aboard a ship bound for faraway Ithaca, under the command of the Greek warrior Odysseus. But none could foresee the perils of the cursed voyage to come: a brutal raid on the Cicones, a visit to the bewitching Lotus Eaters and a grisly encounter with a Cyclops all take a gruesome toll. Alexi has no idea how much worse his life is about to get.
Torn from Troy is the first book in the dramatic Odyssey of a Slave trilogy: a gritty, realistic retelling of the classic Greek legend of the Odyssey.
“Screw up your courage and screw on your sea legs — there’s a wild ride ahead! Torn from Troy is a kid’s view of one of the best adventure stories ever told.”
— Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Rex Zero, The Great Pretender.