Published May 2021
The game begins
Themistocles stands as leader of Athens: the might of the city is his to command. Yet he is no nobleman, and the aristocratic elite distrust him for his modest birthright.
But those who stand against Themistocles cannot argue with two things – his victories as a warrior and the vast Persian force heading their way.
Memories are fresh of King Xerxes; invasion, when he burned the city.
Since then, Themistocles has rebuilt Athens to resist invaders, and the city’s soldiers and sailors stand behind him.
But that is not enough.
Themistocles must fight. To survive, to make his name, he must prove himself again and again in battle. On the sea. On land. In the arena of public opinion.
His enemies are legion, his allies do not trust him and the Persians would corrupt him – but history belongs to the courageous…
And Greece must find a saviour – or fall.