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Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy Trilogy) Hardcover – 27 Sep 2005

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  • 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)
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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.

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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.

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I was a little wary of these books when I first came acoss them a long time ago .
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
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Lord of the Silver Bow is the first story in Gemmell's Troy trilogy and it was a joy to read. Although this is the first Gemmell book that I have read, I know that he is often heralded as the King of writing Heroic Fantasy. His skill in this field mixed with a story incorporating some of the greatest mythological heroes of all time seems to me like a perfect mix and aid in making this a stunning historical fiction book.

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.
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A very cleverly-crafted and entertaining book. The characters are interesting and well-developed. Gemmell's version of this classic drama is full of intrigue and twists. Definitely a fun classic. Highly recommended!
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excellent
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Enjoyable read (say's my hubby)
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Bought this for my husband who is a huge David Gemmell fan. He loved the book, loved the series and highly recommends them to everyone.
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brilliant thankyou
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Having just read D.Eddings Malloeran, I was scratching my head for what to read when my father lent me this. It was my first David Gemmell book and what can I say but wow. You just cannot put this book down. The character development is second to none. You are drawn into their world of brutal fighting, murder and intrigue with a sense longing for the time of heroes. Even the main characters enemies are explored and their voices heard through the authors brilliant writings.

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.
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