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The Fitting End,
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This review is from: Troy: Fall Of Kings (Hardcover)
Troy: Fall of Kings is a fitting and spectacular end to David Gemmell's acclaimed Troy trilogy. It is in this volume that all the really famous parts of the Troy legend are described, although don't expect it to be all as the legend dictates - as Odysseus tells us, story tellers make lies from truth and truth from lies.
This book is masterful - it makes you hope that this is how it was, and not Homer's suggestion. The characters developed through the first two books in the trilogy are exposed here in all their glory, as emotions run high, battles are fought, strategies and tricks are played, and people's worlds tumble down. It picks up the story with the Mykene and their king Agamemnon plotting to move in on Troy in order to wrestle King Priam's treasury away from him, and ends in the aftermath of the great siege, encompassing so many vivid scenes of the type David Gemmell is famous for.
The book was finished by David's wife Stella after his death in 2006, but it would be impossible to tell where he stopped and she started, because the writing, characters and plot line are unmistakably Gemmell. The love for brutal and engaging fight scenes, for heroes and villains who merge together, for wit and plot twists, and for scenes which make you laugh and then cry within a minute or two of each other. And also the love for the little details which make a reader go 'ahh', or chuckle to themselves as the events of history link together before their eyes. In this book, for me, it is the character of Gershom and the settlement at Seven Hills which make me think completely of Gemmell and the reasons why I have been reading his books almost exclusively for the past ten years.
This is a simply brilliant end to an epic tale of the age of heroes - it has all you could want from a novel of this genre, and I can only thank Stella for finishing it, and David for giving me so much to think about over the years.