- Hardcover: 476 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey Books; Second printing edition (27 Sept. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345458354
- ISBN-13: 978-0345458353
- Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 3.4 x 16.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,309,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy Trilogy) Hardcover – 27 Sep 2005
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David Gemmell is now widely acclaimed as Britain's king of heroic fantasy. He lives in East Sussex. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Compelling, unputdownable novel of love and hatred, ambition and rivalry, peace and war by Sunday Times bestselling David Gemmell. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I of course, had heard all the myths and legends of Troy, all passed through word of mouth through the ages. It was an almost odds on chance that these books would be a history lesson with a bit of dramatic licence thrown in.
Well I needn't have worried, or doubted the skill of this great storyteller. From the first chapter Gemmell has built up a fantastic cast of characters that take you into that dramatic wordscape.
You will recognise the names of the main characters of course, but you can almost believe that Gemmell knew them all personally, building a life for each one.
I cannot rate the story any higher
Although the narrative follows about ten points of view characters, the main protagonist is Aeneas who is mainly known here as Halikaon. Halikaon - The Golden One is a Prince, a legendary warrior, apparently blessed by the Gods, loyal to his comrades and feared by his enemies. The book opens with King Agamemnon being advised by the spirits that Halikaon will lead to his downfall. Following this King Agamemnon then offers the individual who assassinates the Prince their bodyweight in Gold.
I have read the main Epic's that are the original texts for the heroes of legend that are presented here. Due to this, I was initially left slightly confused with characters acting unlike how I envisaged they would from the pictures in my mind that I had created previously. I had to take a step back, cast aside my assumptions and as soon as I realised this I had no problems and in fact, the characters are the greatest asset this book has. It does add extra layers to the reading experience though if you are familiar with the Iliad, Odyssey or Aeneid though. An example being: Odysseus, as presented here is an ugly tall-tale weaving showman and one of his stories that left his gathered audience spellbound is about when he crossed paths with a Cyclops.Read more ›
I found this such a fine detailed book but also extremely easy to read. Some fantasy novels have a habit of stretching things too far and too deep into their complexitites but Gemmell seems to strike the perfect balance. I loved this book so much that I bought the second in this series, Troy:Shield of Thunder, before I finshed it. Having just finished that in a record time for myself of 2 days(3 kids and full time job not withstanding) I feel myself yearning for more. In my opinion the second is even better than the first.That deserves a wowee!!
Sadly, David Gemmell passed away this year at the age of 57 before completing the final installment Troy:Fall of Kings. I feel totally selfish in my yearning for this book, which is to be completed by his wife. I did not know of this author before 3 weeks ago and yet I feel genuinely saddened at the loss of such a talent.
In a nutshell, these books have impressed me so much I will buy this one for myself and continue to buy David Gemmell until I have read all his books. I have yet to see a bad review of a single one. Get it, you won't be disapointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This truly is as good as it gets in the genre that Gemmell dedicated himself to, and one in which I have immersed myself for most of my life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rajan Samra
Loved the first one! Well written, you get right into the story and can't stop reading it...Beware, it's a fictional novel, so you get to know more about Troy, but not all the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Meg
As a Gemmell fan my expectations are high for his work. The book is great, with his classic 'heroic' style, and the plot-line was pretty good, and built up to a gripping finale. Read morePublished 9 months ago by leph
This is an absolutely fantastic read and really does set the groundwork for Shield of Thunder and Fall of Kings. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Callum Michael Preston
Fantastic book history plus rich story telling keeps you enthralled!Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer