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Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy Trilogy) Hardcover – 27 Sep 2005

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  • Hardcover: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; Second printing edition (27 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345458354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345458353
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 3.4 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,743,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A compelling tapestry of action, adventure, deceit and jealousy. A must for all fans of historical fiction and epic adventure. -- Aberdeen Evening Express

A powerful, page-turning series encompassing the Trojan war ... packed with high adventure, vivid characters and fascinating historical detail. -- Birmingham Independent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Compelling, unputdownable novel of love and hatred, ambition and rivalry, peace and war by Sunday Times bestselling David Gemmell. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Having just read D.Eddings Malloeran, I was scratching my head for what to read when my father lent me this. It was my first David Gemmell book and what can I say but wow. You just cannot put this book down. The character development is second to none. You are drawn into their world of brutal fighting, murder and intrigue with a sense longing for the time of heroes. Even the main characters enemies are explored and their voices heard through the authors brilliant writings.

I found this such a fine detailed book but also extremely easy to read. Some fantasy novels have a habit of stretching things too far and too deep into their complexitites but Gemmell seems to strike the perfect balance. I loved this book so much that I bought the second in this series, Troy:Shield of Thunder, before I finshed it. Having just finished that in a record time for myself of 2 days(3 kids and full time job not withstanding) I feel myself yearning for more. In my opinion the second is even better than the first.That deserves a wowee!!

Sadly, David Gemmell passed away this year at the age of 57 before completing the final installment Troy:Fall of Kings. I feel totally selfish in my yearning for this book, which is to be completed by his wife. I did not know of this author before 3 weeks ago and yet I feel genuinely saddened at the loss of such a talent.

In a nutshell, these books have impressed me so much I will buy this one for myself and continue to buy David Gemmell until I have read all his books. I have yet to see a bad review of a single one. Get it, you won't be disapointed.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Where to start? Yes, Gemmell definitely approaches the myth of the Trojan War with a new angle - but it's fresh, dynamic, and ultimately compelling. The focus is on minor characters from the original legend, and characters of Gemmell's own devising - and this really renews and regenerates the tale. With retellings of the Trojan War, as a reader you tend to go into it expecting certain characters to take centre stage and certain plot points to be hit along the way. That's totally subverted here, and we don't know what's going to happen to the main characters of this tale - as a reader you go through that process of tension and discovery all over again, and it's a delight. Gemmell still hits enough of the key points - the big names are still a part of the story, they're just not the focus, and the Trojan War itself is the trilogy's major arc and setting - to please fans of Homer's original such as myself, but alters other points in such new and interesting ways to make the trilogy's tale a real surprise. As for fantasy, if anything Gemmell's version has far less fantastical elements than Homer's does. Gemmell works hard to really make his version plausibly historical, including elements from the archaeology and history of the real late Bronze Age Aegean, and reinventing elements of divine intervention into an historical alternative.

It's hard to explain why I enjoyed Gemmell's writing style so much. The word was solid. The prose was absolutely solid and tight, its competency really shone through. Its consistency was obvious too - the quality of writing never waivers, throughout the entire trilogy in fact. It's not high-flown stuff, more like tales-by-the-fireside which is where one gets a sense of Gemmell the fantasy author, and this is what makes it so compelling and a real page-turner.
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Format: Hardcover
Being a fan of the epic fantasy genre - the likes of George RR Martin, JV Jones, and Robert Jordan - I hadn't read too many of David Gemmell's books prior to meeting him and having this, his new book, signed. But from the moment I started reading it I found it captivating.
I was familiar with the heroic nature of Gemmell's characters, such as the legendary Druss, and I found that several of the characters in "Lord of the Silver Bow" are of similar mould. But I can see how much better Gemmell has become since those early days: this is a much more intricate and complex book, but one that never confuses, and manages to weave together many storylines to give each character a great depth and uniqueness.
There's plenty of gritty action, romance, some historical background, political wrangling, backstabbing and betrayal, but above all the greatness of Gemmell's writing is in his ability to capture that strong emotional moment - where you feel for a downtrodden youngster, or sympathise with a misunderstood outcast, cheer for the brave victor, laugh at the outragious stories of a wisened old veteran, or weep for a fallen hero. Gemmell captures all that, but at no point do you sense that it feels contrived or implausible.
The quality of Gemmell's writing is measured, deliberate, and solid - highly descriptive yet econimical, rarely wasting time, and as a result this book of some 475 pages moves along at a fast pace. The only - minor - complaint is the inclusion of two or three awful one-liners that seem entirely out of place, but that takes nothing away from the book as a whole and the 5-star rating is thoroughly deserved.
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