The Last King of Lydia

12 Oct

My good friend Andy on the Good Reads site recommended this book to me.

Written by Tim Leach, “The Last King of Lydia” is about Croesus, King of Lydia who had the reputation of being the richest man in the world.  In fact, we still refer to someone as being “as rich as Croesus.”  And as anyone who has read Herodotus knows Croesus went to war against Cyrus the Great of Persia and lost.

I found it a little hard to get into, mostly because Croesus is an unlikeable sod.  However, I persevered and ultimately became caught up in the story.

I know the story of Croesus from my reading of Herodotus, so nothing that happened in the story came as a real surprise.What I liked about the book was the philosophical themes of it.  Hubris.  Freedom vs slavery.  The nature of slavery.  The nature of freedom.  All of which combined to make “The Last King of Lydia” a very absorbing and thought provoking read.

It is also hard to believe that this is the debut novel of Tim Leach.  The book feels like a master work after years of writing.  I can only anticipate what his next book is going to be like.
I heartily recommend “The Last King of Lydia” to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and anyone who has read and enjoyed Herodotus.

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