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5.0 out of 5 stars thank you mrs gemmell, 26 Sept. 2007
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This review is from: Troy: Fall of Kings (Paperback)
writer of heroic fantasy david gemmell died last year, shortly after the publication of the second volume of this trilogy of books that retells the story of the trojan war. I wondered at the time how far he'd gotten with this final volume. Now we find his wife stella has finished it, and thus we get to read how the story ends. And to be honest the writing is seamless. I can't spot any differences to his usual style.

At the end of book two war was imminent between troy and the mykenes. Alas it does take about one hundred and sixty before the story really gets going here, the start of the book being character drama. But once we get to a recreation of a certain scene from the end of the odyssey, this becomes a superb read, and I couldn't stop turning the pages. It's the last ever gemmell book, so I should perhaps have not wanted it to end, but I just had to find how the story would finish.

And it's a mark of good writing how much you come to care for these characters. The fates of several led to anguished cries of 'noooo!!' from me. The story is eventually wrapped up in a very good and gripping conclusion, and there's a beautiful epilogue that contains a wonderful line about storytellers that can also serve as an epitaph for david gemmell.

So thanks to david for all this wonderful reading that he gave us, and thanks to stella for letting us find out how this one ended.
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