- Paperback: 354 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (5 Mar. 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099703505
- ISBN-13: 978-0099703501
- Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.2 x 3.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,674,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lion Of Macedon Paperback – 5 Mar 1992
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Lion of Macedon delivers everything it promises: a muscular and expertly plotted adventure, a real feeling for Ancient Greece, its myths and politics. All in all, a wonderful excursion back to the Age of Heroes (ROBERT HOLDSTOCK)
Sweeping historical fantasy... the glory and magic of ancient Greece lives again in Lion of Macedon (LOCUS)
An enduring and compulsive epic...nobody writes better fantasy (STARBURST) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A spellbinding historical fantasy novel set in Ancient Greece - a tale of empire, power and magic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Unlike the sequel (Dark Prince), Lion of Macedon largely refrains from involving many classical fantasy elements (magic, monsters, etc.) and focuses more on the historical side, which may not please fans of high fantasy, but makes the story that much more captivating. The fantasy element largely manifests itself in fortune-telling and predictions of fate, which don't really play a part in the story until Dark Prince.
Instead, the story is concerned with Parmenion helping Philip's small kingdom - poor, weak and surrounded by powerful enemies - to first survive, and then dominate the rest of Greece in the fascinatingly unstable and war-ravaged world of aincient Greece. Not to mention getting his revenge on the Spartan bigots who bullyed him when he was a child.
Although it isn't Gemmell's best book (everyone has a different favourite, but I would place Bloodstone and Winter Warriors highest), it's certainly up there with his very best, and that makes it one of the best of the best in the genre, and well worth reading if you're a fan of any kind of historical or fantasy fiction.
I have much love for Greek history, especially for Spartans. And the first thing I liked about this book was the rich culture, history and clear research which had gone into the story.
Parmenion, a young boy training to be a Spartan soldier but robbed of his childhood as those around him plot to humiliate, ridicule and even try to kill him. This sets the setting for his life as he becomes angry and vengeful which, brings about the fall of Sparta.
The book is written very well. I was kept interested throughout and everything fell into place. It's not just a historical book but had a fantasy feel throughout (especially at the end!) with magus's, witches and gods. I also noticed that Gemmell likes his characters to have out of body experiences as they fly and saw across the sky (like The King Beyond the Gate and Waylander).
The ending surprised me as the time changes as Parmenion and Aristotle brace the underworld. And when the 300 came along I was like WHOA!!! Great moment it was :-)
I did think that the Spartan training did not come across as brutal as I have read it to be. It was as an almost daily test of pain but I got the impression it was just Parmenion turning up at the agora to practice duelling days on end.
Also, the blurb says that "Despised by Spartan's and Macedonians alike." Now I've finished I can see now why the Spartans hate him but not the Macedonians (there is a secret yet to be revealed to them I guess), this may come about in book II however, I felt that this should not have been in the blurb as the Macedonias come to victory by the end, put their place on the map and was good friends with the King, so, not sure why that was there but anywho, this book really is fantastic.
I'm keen to read more of Gemmell's historical fantasy and this gets a full 5 stars from me.
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Read these years ago and gave them to our local library before moving to Cyprus. Want to read them again.Published 7 months ago by Jaycee
Read the paperback version years ago and decided I needed the Kindle version so that I could read it again in a larger font size 😊Published 7 months ago by Nigel D Frankland
Lion of Macedon is the first in a two part epic (Dark Prince being the second part) of historical fantasy novels by one of my favorite authors David Gemmell. Read morePublished 10 months ago by FallenGrace