By Valerio Massimo Manfredi
An epic story of passion, courage and adventure in ancient Sparta, by the author of the 'Alexander' trilogy. This is the saga of a Spartan family, torn apart by a cruel law that forces them to abandon one of their two sons - born lame - to the elements. The elder son, Brithos, is raised in the castle of the warriors, while the other, Talos, is spared a cruel death and is raised by a Helot shepherd among the peasants. They live out their story in a world dominated by the clash between the Persian empire and the city-states of Greece - a ferocious, relentless conflict - until the voice of their blood and of human solidarity unites them in a thrilling singular enterprise.