I didn't start to warm up to this book until about halfway through, and especially the last quarter of the book. I felt Achilles was flat until his row with Agamemnon, and Patroclus was much weaker than I ever imagined him to be when I read The Iliad
. Of course, this is not just a re-telling of the story. It is the author's interpretation of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus so she took artistic license. I understand that, but she only accomplished an average read in my opinion.