The Seven Hills

(1 customer review)

Twilight has fallen.
A new god rises.
Olympus shall burn.

Aeneas has returned from the underworld as a twisted monster. Determined to seize the throne of heaven, he embarks upon a campaign to bring the might of Olympus crashing down. The fate of the world will be decided on the battlefields of Italia.

And yet Aeneas has not prepared for the rebellion of his son Julos, nor the courage of Lavinia, fiery princess of the Italians. Together they will stand against him and forge an empire that will change the fortunes of the Earth.

In the last battle, there can be no surrender and no retreat.

The acclaimed Ashes of Olympus trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion in a tale of love, agony and redemption.

“Julian Barr’s writing goes from strength to strength” — Elizabeth Foster

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Book Details

Weight 322 g
Dimensions 216 × 140 mm

284 pages






Fantasy, Young Adult

Release date

14 December 2021


Odyssey Books



About The Author

Julian Barr

Julian Barr

Julian Barr first fell in love with all things Greek and Roman in childhood, when he staged his own version of I, Claudius using sock puppets. After his PhD in Classics, he did a brief stint as a schoolteacher, hated being called ‘sir,’ and dived into storytelling. Although he remains open to the possibilities of sock puppet theatre, historical fantasy is his passion. He has published scholarly research on Roman medicine and the gastronomic habits of Centaurs, but prefers to think of himself as an itinerant bard. Ashes of Olympus: The Way Home is his debut novel.

1 review for The Seven Hills

  1. Clare Reads Books

    A wonderful completion to an excellent series that revives and reinvigorates the Odyssey. Julian Barr opens the worlds of Troy, Carthage and ancient Rome for younger readers in the same way that David Malouf’s ‘Ransom’ does for older readers, bringing the high-epic action down to human scale, but remembering the godly touches.
    It was a treat for me, as a lover of the classics, to see how vividly Barr brought these characters to life, so that they are again completely relatable to our times, our lives, our issues, our decisions. The freshness of the storytelling added to the strong plotting gives these novels a new and lasting lease on our imagination. This 3-book series is perfect as an introduction to the classics for younger readers and as a companion piece for those familiar with the ancient world.

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