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Published in: on February 5, 2011 at 22:14  Comments Off on Welcome to Booksfreak  

David Gemmell – Troy Trilogy 03 – Fall of Kings

I could just leave it at that. Wow! If you are a fan of historical-fiction then this “Troy” series is something that you simply must read! I was very saddened when I heard that he died and was wondering how the series would pan out. Then I hear that his wife would take over. Couldn’t imagine how hard that must have been for her and she has my DEEPEST and sincerist graditude! Ok… the story…

This book was a glorious finish to one hell of a series. I know some people (morons) will have a cow because David (& Stella) didn’t follow history. I say “a pox on history”! Writers have the right to use thier imagination when telling a story and they sure use it here. You’ll be suprised to hear about how Troy fell, about Achilles, Hecktor, and a very nice surprise when you find out who Gershom is. That one I NEVER saw coming!!

You will LOVE this story as you will have fallen in love with the characters from the first 2 books. The ending was written so perfect that reading Chapter 36 to the end might take you as long as it did to read the whole book! No joke! Heck, I might go back and read it when I get done writing this review! 🙂 You can’t help but compare the fall of the heroes to the passing of David Gemmell himself. I don’t say that to be flippant but those who have read him will know.

This world has too many authors and not enough storytellers, so the passing of a true storyteller will be missed. 5 stars isn’t enough to give to this book/series/epic.

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David Gemmell – Troy Trilogy 02 – Shield of Thunder

Prolific historical novelist Gemmell continues his imaginative and addictive Trojan War trilogy with this second installment (after Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow). While King Agamemnon schemes and “dreams of a war with Troy,” rival monarch Priam of Troy maneuvers to secure his city’s future through the marriage of his son Hektor to Princess Andromache of Thebe Under Plakos. Born with a birthmark resembling the shield of Athene—”the Shield of Thunder”—Andromache will, according to prophesy, bear the Eagle Child: a king who will never be defeated and whose city “will be eternal.”

Faithful to Homeric legend, there is enough intrigue, treachery and sanguinary violence to keep readers riveted as Priam publicly humiliates King Odysseus of Ithaka, who had hoped to remain neutral in the coming conflict. With Odysseus and the demigod warrior Achilles among his allies, Agamemnon attacks Troy in a war for hegemony. Seamlessly blending legend, mythology and history, Gemmell vividly recreates the world of the Greek city-states in all of their nobility and pettiness. Lively and seductive, this is historical fiction at its page-turning best.

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David Gemmell – Troy Trilogy 01 – Lord of the Silver Bow

This book was released in England on the 1st of September and since I couldn’t wait until it was released here in the U.S., I ordered.

I was not dissappointed and neither will you be.

David Gemmell fans know that this British author is most famous for writing in the fantasy genre. He is a master of creating a world and then peopling it with characters that are more human than any writer I have encountered. Though “Lord of the Silver Bow” is the first part in a trilogy about the Trojan War, Gemmell still writes like it were his own world. In fact, if the reader didn’t know better, he would think that David Gemmell had been in ancient Greece scribing the events as they happened.

Historically, Lord of the Silver Bow is probably not accurate as it is peopled with real historical figures as well as figures from Gemmell’s fertile imagination. Whatever historical “truths” that Gemmell misses are more than made up for by his deep insight into the minds of his characters. As in all of his novels the characters contain within them the whole range of human strengths and weaknesses; David Gemmell seems to suggest that a strength and weakness can be one and the same thing.

The story follows Helikaeon a sailor, warrior (and possible King) as he deals with love, death, loss and gain. Odyseuss is a homely, story telling, king that adds wisdom and humor to a world that for the most part is pretty grim.

“Lord of the Silver Bow” is a wonderful beginning to what could quite possibly be the greatest work of an already brilliant writer.

I for one can hardly wait for the rest of the trilogy to unfold.

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David Gemmell – Stones of Power 02 – Last Sword of Power

 

First, a bit of a practical review: in this book we learn of the future of King Uther, named the Blood king as his reign has been a bloody battle with various enemies. We learn of the fate of his wife, of his friends, and of his friend Prasamaccus (who, coincidentally, was my favorite character in the first two books).

But now let me tell you how I really felt about it. Book 2 in the “Stones of Power” series impressed the heck out of me. Don’t get me wrong – I loved book one; I thought it was tremendously well done fantasy. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this novel… and once I started reading it I couldn’t help but get a little more emotionally involved than I normally do. I felt myself grieving over the debilitating marriage of the King – I was furious at him, then at her, then both of them. I grieved for characters that lost loved ones, and rejoiced when men and women realize the truth inside of them.

Gemmell continues to impress me with fantasy that strays from the expected. He’s created a great set of characters, and I would love to see some books that talk in more detail about everything that happened between Ghost King and Last Sword of Power. Some of the new characters include Uther’s long lost son, and a blind girl who can see better than most of us. You get attached to them as easily as you do the Blood King and Revelation, and by the end cheering for their victory. Probably my favorite book out of the series.

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David Gemmell – Stones of Power 01 – Ghost King

Well, one time I was coming home from school, and wandering through the Cincinnati airport looking for something to read. I ran across this book, and devoured it on the way home. (For some reason, the little kiosk in the “Puddle-jumper” concourse of the Cincy airport always has good books…it’s uncanny, really)

For all intents and purposes, this is a re-working of the Arthur story, where we meet Arthur as a young Romanized Briton. He gets taken in by a near-immortal Atlantean warrior after his father is killed by other nobles, and trained to take care of himself. He then goes on a quest to find the sword his father threw to the Lady in the Lake, in an alternate universe ruled by an insane Atlantean sorceress.

What’s really interesting is that Mr. Gemmell weaves a lot of real-life history into his work, making it very realistic. It is indeed far more likely that the “real” Arthur was simply a Romanized Briton, fighting after the Empire’s exit from the Isles. The Legion that he finds in the Mist was actually destroyed, except for its auxiliary cavalry, in the Iceni revolt; instead, in this, they were exiled into the Mist in a fit of pique.

The Sipstrassi stones are also interesting…they allow magic, but a limited supply exists, which is a good limiting mechanic.

This is a very good book to pick up. The second in the series is a sequel, and then the next three are the rather unique John Shannow (post-apocalyptic gunslinger) novels, which are worth their weight in gold. They’re set in the same continuity, also. Much of the cosmology (particularly the cataclysm bits) derive heavily from modern fringe theory. I won’t go into that, but to say that it’s never had a better use.

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David Gemmel – Jon Shannow 03 – Bloodstone

David Gemmel create in Jon Shannow a character many would wish to become yet fall short. Because he is not a man who tries to become a legend rather someone who searches, like the antithesis of a hero in John Campbell’sHero With a Thousand Faces” Shannow never sought glory, yet he has found that spark in every human being that makes him a hero. He realized at an early age that something is more important than himself. In his deeds he became something more than human, yet he is more human than many. You can flower the book and the character with alliterations and adjectives but the main core of Shannow is that of a haunted man yet duty bound to fulfill all that he will ever be no matter what the circumstance.

One cannot read the fifth book in the bloodstone novels and not have some form of reaction. For many will be wondered by the vivid characters Gemmel writes to the detailed battle sequences he describes. Yet there is more to this book than great writing, the struggles are real, we face them every day. We all see a bit of ourselves in the Jerusalem man from the desire for peace to his knowledge and ability to survive no matter the tribulation. He will inspire you and he will force you to question your soul.

Gemmel is truly a great story teller who has the ability to tell vivid worlds in just a few worlds. I have read many of his works this was my favorite, the Jerusalem Man my favorite. This story both saddened me and enlightened me.

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David Gemmel – Jon Shannow 02 – The Last Guardian

While most sequels are underwhelming retreads of mealticket stories, some do manage to outdo, or at least match, their predecessor. ‘The Last Guardian‘, sequel to the amazing ‘Wolf in Shadow‘ is the latter; it doesn’t quite better the first, but is an awesome story nonetheless.

Gemmell manages to take the character of the Jerusalem Man in a new direction, keeping true to the original source material but adding new details and nuances to the story. ‘Last Guardian‘ does what many fail to do; keep the flavour of the original while expanding and adding to the mythos it created.

And like ‘Wolf in Shadow’, ‘Guardian’ bookends the amazing story with a creative knock-your-mental-socks off finale that will have you turning back pages just to relive the action.

Gemmell is a master storyteller and not only knows how to create characters, but guide them through his fantastic stories. Another near-perfect creation.

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David Gemmel – Jon Shannow 01 – Wolf In Shadow(The Jerusalem Man)

I became an instant David Gemmell fan after reading the last book in his ‘Stones of Power‘ series, and have not looked back since. Every single book he has written has more or less been fantastic. None however overshadow this classic book which I highly suggest to all who read this.

Wolf in Shadow‘ takes place in the far-flung future where an accident has toppled the earth, nearly destroying life and turning most of the world into a wastland. It has also released the magical Sipstraasi stones back into the world. Civilisation has worked it’s way up to horse and buggies, but there exists a great evil who has built a satanic army thirsting for dominance.

There also exists The Jerusalem Man, a noble gunslinger who walks the world searching for the city of the Bible. This is Jon Shannow, one of Gemmell’s greatest creations. He is a good man, but a hardened violent one who’s morality is edged with a murderous quickdraw. And when he meets with Abaddon, lord of Hell and the mysterious gaurdians of the Sipstraasi, it creates one of sci-fi’s under-appreciated jewel’s.

Gemmel, as he is known to do, writes a strong adventure book but lines it with deep philosophical debates on the nature of evil and morality, one of those rare books that’ll keep you turning pages and thinking as well.

Just a great novel from a great writer.

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David Gemmell – Rigante 04 – Stormrider

One glorious spark, one moment of Rigante rebellion has ignited a revolution and forged a legend. In the mountains of the north, the outlaw leader known as Ravenheart waits, knowing the forces of the blackhearted Moidart will come, led by the brutal ruler’s only son, Stormrider. Unaware that the fate of the world lies in their hands, sworn enemies Ravenheart and Stormrider will be forced to unite—and face the vengeance of an ancient evil.

For immense armies of darkness are advancing on the highlanders, and it seems as if nothing will stop them. They crush their victims with ease, until only a few thousand men stand before them, with no help in sight. But these are not ordinary men they face. They are clansmen, and more than that, they are Rigante. . . .

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David Gemmell – Rigante 03 – Ravenheart


Eight hundred years have passed since King Connavar of the Rigante and his bastard son, Bane, defeated the invading army of Stone. In that time, Connavar has become a legend, and the Rigante have lost the freedom so many gave their lives to preserve. A conquered people, they live and die under the iron rule of the Varlish, their culture all but destroyed. One woman remains who follows the ancient paths once trod by the Rigante.

She is the Wyrd of Wishing Tree Wood, and she alone knows the nature of the evil soon to be unleashed on a doomed and unsuspecting world. In a perilous land, facing an uncertain destiny, she pins her initial hopes on two men: Jaim Grymauch, the giant Rigante fighter, a man haunted by his failure to save the friend he loved from betrayal, and Kaelin Ring, a youth whose deadly talents will earn him the enmity of all Varlish.

One will become the Ravenheart, an outlaw leader whose daring exploits will inspire the Rigante. The other will forge a legend and light the fires of rebellion. The Wyrd knows that ultimately all hopes will rest on a third man. Of the bloodline of Connavar the King, he will need to overcome generations of fear and hatred if he is to achieve his destiny. For he is a Varlish nobleman, and – worse – the son of the Rigante’s greatest enemy…

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