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A True Legend - R.I.P
on 13 January 2010
My first David Gemmell book was "Shield of Thunder" and I was blown away, I was gutted when I googled the author's name to see that he had passed away, I had, for years, overlooked his books when searching for something in the library but not anymore. I was delighted when one day I walked in to my local library and found "Troy: Fall of Kings" on the shelves. I instantly grabbed it ensuring that no one had seen me and checked it out at the desk before heading straight home to read it.
I couldn't put it down, eager to see how Banocles and Kaliades got on in this final installment and, alas, the final book to EVER be worked on by someone who is now far and away my favourite writer. I loved it so much that I bought it from amazon after finishing the borrowed one, this was definitely a keeper!
David Gemmell is an unrivalled writer in this field and seems to have a fantastic ability to show the humourous side of war, the soldiers and their grim humour which can make you laugh even whilst you bite your nails waiting for the impending end, especially with the long running subtle joke through the series I will not reveal it as I don't want to spoil anything but lets just say it is to do with the oracle's vision for Agammemnon "The last king of the Golden City will be Mykene" when I eventually pegged onto this I laughed alot.
The best gift this sadly missed writer (with post-humous help from his widow) could have left his adoring fans is this end to the series. Continuing in true Gemmell style he drew me in to this story and I experienced the highs, lows and adrenaline the characters felt and the plot Gemmell puts forward is a far more plausible one than the Homerric Illiad it was probably conceived from. Buy this book, you won't be disappointed.