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This review is from: Troy: Fall Of Kings (Hardcover)
To my mind David Gemmell had reached the height og his powers prior to his sad death last year. I agree with the positive comments here and wont repeat what they say but would add a comment or two of my own.
I am surprised to note the rather negative comments below for this reason. I would also add that I thought the Skilgannon duo were a fabulous return to the Drenai saga. The overlooking of the ruins of Dros Delnoch was masterly as was the duplicitous nature of the Queen. Druss was arguably his most popular character so I will happily forgive him for bringing him back.
So far as Troy is concerned, I thought this was a fitting end. It's David's take on the poem of course and he makes a number of changes. Some people may miss the point of the series and the thought process behind the changes. Overall, the characters are classically Gemmell-esque and delightfully familiar for that reason. I liked the way that characters you would normally expect to see more of were a little less at the forefront as it added to the feeling that this was a different approach to the legend. There are many other attempts to read if the same old story is what you want to enjoy.
It also nicely draws upon the desires and 'politics' of bronze age kingdoms. People...Kings thouhgt in a very different fashion where in more modern language -'he dissed me!', is as good a reason for war as any (and perhaps the best!). Maybe some bronze age Kings were stupid in today's eyes.
Oh, and by the way, people of a certain importance receive what are known as 'Advance reading copies' of books, hence early reviews.