Yesterday’s semi-finalists can still receive your adulation (that means the poll is still open), but please welcome today’s pair of valiant, worthy foes. Give them victory or give them death!
This is it! We started with sixteen awesome books and four legends have emerged to duke it out in a pair of glorious semi-finals. Who will achieve eternal fame? Let’s take a look at the fortunate four and the paths they took to get here (with a few editorial comments to establish some drama…):
For our final battle of the Elite 8, we return to the ancient world and pit the rising star of the charismatic Theseus against the bitter feud between Sulla and Marius of the Roman Republic.
This Elite 8 match up takes a break from the ancient Mediterranean for just a moment and brings us a duel between two books that could not be more different–and yet both are wonderful pieces of storytelling.
Today’s Elite 8 showdown is between two epics, one set in the age of Greek heroes and telling the story of The Iliad from a very human perspective, the other set in the American west and telling the story of those who sought to tame it.