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Troy: Fall of Kings (Troy (Ballantine Books)) Paperback – 24 Mar 2009

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  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (24 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345477049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345477040
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,886,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" This is how the oldest tales should be read and known. Gemmell is a master of plot, but his triumph is creating men and women so real that their trials are agony and their triumph is glorious." -- Conn Iggulden " David Gemmell carries us away to a four-cornered, wholly convincing cosmos, so masterfully done that the reader thinks ' Ah, this is what it was really like.' " -- Stephen Pressfield " To anyone who enjoys an action-packed historical epic." -- Joanne Harris " The loyalties and betrayals, the love and the hate, the endless, everlasting courage of the men -- and the women -- of both sides are brought to life in this vivid, inspirational recreation of the Troy myth." -- Manda Scott "From the Paperback edition." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The war to end all wars ... High adventure and epic storytelling combine in the final novel in David Gemmell's bestselling Troy trilogy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
Well...word's almost fail me as I write this. Not only have i read every book ever released by David Gemmell, and the last being finished by his talented Wife Stella, I can now believe without a doubt Gemmell was the finest writer I've ever known.

This last trilogy had me year's ago when it was released, I preordered every new part to the series and only finishing the final book Fall Of King's mere minutes ago, its with almost a tear in my eye to say there will be no more, Fall Of King's in my eyes was the perfect title for David Gemmell for he was the King of writing.

I urge anyone who hasnt read this book, the trilogy as a whole, or any of David's books,to do so, you will not be disapointed. It has everything you need like action in the form's of mass battle's across the Scamander, to Hector's one on one fight's with Anchilles. The sense of bravery,loyalty,loss,happiness and the feeling that you know the character's so closely you feel their triumphs and pain like your own. I wont mention any spoiler's, I wouldnt want to spoil such a wonder to the eyes to read.

It is with a heavy heart I finish this, but to you David Gemmell, you truly were the King of storytelling, im sure Odysseus would agree!
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
When David died last year this was the novel that many fans never thought would see the light of day as he'd only written 70-80,000 words before passing away. Yet the publishers had every faith that his wife, Stella, would complete the novel and do so in such a way that it would please not only the fans but be a fitting tribute to the man who was Britain's King of Heroic Fantasy.

Yet many doubted that the quality that they'd come to expect would either A) be maintained or B) achieved by a novice author. That said however Stella had conducted the research for the series as it was always something that David hated doing and due to the complications of his personal health at the time he'd left a chapter by chapter plan for how he saw the novel proceeding to its conclusion.

So what can be said about this novel? Is it as many would ascertain "a cash in" on the authors name or does it stand on its own feet?

Whilst many will feel reluctant to pick up David's final work as he's an author that they grew up with such as myself, I really couldn't tell where David left off and Stella began, a sign of a person who had so engrossed herself in her husbands work that she seems to know exactly how to phrase things as well as keep to the themes promised to many of the fans. Whilst certain critics will always complain at the way in which the tale of Troy has been adapted by this newest incarnation for not sticking to the "Homerian" account, I can only applaud the changes to fit the authors style, purely for what many will see as a simplistic reasoning, Homer was a Storyteller like Odysseus within the tale and who are authors today but weavers of modern myths, each adapting the tale for their audience.
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David Gemmells'untimely death before this work was completed was tragic for lovers of truly great heroic fantasy. Luckily Stella was there to complete the Troy saga, and what a wonderful job she made of it too. This trilogy is as fine a telling of the Troy saga as you will find with some fabulously different and credible interpretations of the traditionally told story.I loved every moment with this book and it saddens me that there will be no more from this wonderful author.
Gemmells'writing had, since Legend, gone from strength to strength over the years and this book stands as a fine testament to a great writer.
One of a rare breed of fantasy writers who could say as much in 3 pages as many so called top authors spend a chapter telling you,David [and Stella]at once draw you into their world of the age of heroes where you find yourself living the tale. The mark of a great storyteller.
Readers of Gemmell could do worse than try Joe Abercrombies' novels "The blade itself" saga, a new author full of the promise I saw in Gemmells early tales.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once again, forgive the brevity of this review, but much of what I had to say about this last novel in the trilogy I have already presented in my review of the first book. I must admit, there was a note of concern going into this final instalment - Fall of Kings was sadly left as an unfinished work by David Gemmell's passing, and his widow Stella used his notes to complete the novel and see it to publication. Obviously, I was somewhat concerned that there might be a visible "join" in the novel where David's writing ended and Stella's began, in two completely disparate styles, but there simply wasn't. I couldn't distinguish between the two styles of writing or discern where one ended and the other began, and this was excellent news as it really keeps the flow of the novel going and helped it to retain its cohesion and purpose.

If anything, we encounter even more action and adventure than in the previous novels, as the overarching plotline reaches its climax with the unfolding of the Trojan War and the thematic tearing down of the establishment of previous instalments. The eventual fate of Helikaon and Andromache was not a surprise to me, but only because I'd been keeping the established mythos in mind, not because I expected it - Gemmell altered a fair bit of the Aeneas story throughout this trilogy, so much so that I wasn't certain Aeneas' tale would be wrapped up in concordance with "canon". However the eventual fate of characters such as Kalliades and Odysseus is left a mystery, and certainly wasn't predictable - to the point where I almost wished, just because I connected with those characters so much, that there could have been a little bit more resolution.
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