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This review is from: Troy: Fall Of Kings (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.
Within the pages are hints that this is indeed the tale that David longed to write for many years with nods to scenes earlier explored within other novels to see how well they would work not only from a strategic standpoint but to make sure that it worked well for the reader. This is not only a tale to love for a modern fan but could be no more than a fitting tribute to the "Legend" who is now the "King Beyond the Gate." Well written, lovingly crafted, excellently executed with a high enough body count to keep even the most blood thirsty fan happy. A true tale of all the virtues emulated throughout David's career and the reasoning behind the trilogy will no doubt assert itself to the readers as characters they've grown to love in previous installments meet their faiths pantheon when the gods decree. I can only congratulate Stella for her skill in completing the tale and would also like to offer the stick to poke the critic's eyeballs with.