Breaking The Foals

By Maximilian Hawker

The Troy of myth was a real city. This is its story…

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Publication date: April 2018

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Hektor’s life of privilege is forever changed when a man, allegedly possessed by the sun god, inspires revolution among the oppressed townspeople of Wilusa – the historical Troy of myth.
 
For Hektor, son of Bronze Age Wilusa’s despotic ruler, social equality contradicts every principle he has been indoctrinated into believing. But his principles and obsession with duty is alienating him from his young son, Hapi, with whom he has a fractured relationship. When the ‘possessed’ man saves Hapi’s life, Hektor is compelled to question the foundations upon which his father has constructed his life as he rebuilds his relationship with his child through the breaking of a foal. Wilusa collapses into political violence as the commoners rise up, and Hektor must decide whether to defend the people, but lose his identity, or remain loyal to an irrational, dangerous father.
 
Breaking the Foals is a breathless gallop through an ancient world carved out by tradition, stained with blood and immortalised in the lives of heroes and villains.
 
'original and beautifully written'
               ~ Theo van den Hout, Professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages at the University of Chicago
 
'Combining evocative poetic imagery with the skills of a master story-teller, Maximilian Hawker presents an absorbing tale of ancient Troy. Through drawing on the city’s traditions and on the history, politics, and culture of the era in which it flourished, Hawker has given us a highly imaginative version of what happened to Troy, its rulers, and their subjects. Throughout, Troy’s king Priam lurks as a harsh though increasingly enfeebled despot, but the main focus of the story is on the crown prince Hektor and his fraught relationship with his bastard son. The significance of the novel’s title becomes clear from its opening pages which set the scene for a tale which builds momentum increasingly and unfalteringly until it reaches its gripping finale.'
               ~ Professor Trevor R. Bryce, Classicist
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