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Reading this sequel to Lion of Macedon is like reading a compressed, accelerated Lord of the Rings crossed with the classic Star Trek episode, "Mirror, Mirror." Preternaturally precocious 4-year-old Alexander is kidnapped by Philippos, a demonic parallel-universe twin of King Philip of Macedon. Philip's strategos (chief general and strategist), Parmenion, and Philip's assassin, Attalus, form an uneasy alliance in order to retrieve Alexander. Passed (by the sorcerer Aristotle) through a portal to Makedones, a world geographically similar to but historically different from their own, they must first find Alexander and then make their way through hostile, enchanted territory inhabited by magical creatures to a rendezvous with Aristotle. But Philip of Macedon isn't the only person who has a twin in this parallel world, and as Parmenion discovers more about Makedones, he finds that the similarities rather than the differences are the most troubling.

There are two stories here. First, Alexander's mystic quest for redemption (carried out by the chosen few) and Parmenion and the Spartans' parallel last-ditch battle (fought with ordinary weapons); then, David Gemmell follows Alexander and Parmenion home. Although they have beaten a horrific demon in Makedones, they have yet to face the demons of Macedon: Alexander's life and soul are at stake in another battle against darkness. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Britain's King of Heroic Fantasy...a story to devour at a single setting GMI Fascinating...the ending is a triumph INTERZONE --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Greek Series (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (February 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345494784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345494788
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was wonderfully written. Gemmel had a wonderful idea with this book of the series. Although I must say, this book is not for young readers. Yet, to others, I must say you need to read this book if you like mythology.
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This sequel to The Lion of Macedon takes the great General Parmenion to a mythical Greece, where fantastic creatures of legend and myth still live...satyrs, dryads and centaurs abound. Parmenion must survive in this new land to find his son, Alexander, before the Dark God does. This is an epic struggle where he must save his son and the world, from this horrible evil, and his own heart, over the one true love he thought lost to him forever. A wonderful book for hours of enjoyment! A ten is given overall, the author is able to make you feel powerful emotions with the story and gives you characters that you truly know.

Don't miss this book!!

Also look for Stones of Power references inside, such as: Pendarric, Fallen King of Atlantis (Aristotle), and the Sipstrassi stones (gold veined with black)
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This is the first fantasy book I read after years of being too busy "mommy-ing" and it was Uh-mAAAz-ing! It is action packed from start to finish and keeps up an amazing pace throughout the book. I think my favorite aspect of the book was that it follows the life of Alexander the Great and actual historical battles, but places a fantastic twist to events. This is the best of the David Gemmell books I have read so far!!!
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Lion of Macedon and the Dark Prince are incredible novels from the legendary fantasy writer himself, the late David Gemmell, who most credit for bringing back heroic fantasy! This duology is outstanding! The action is on par with what you would expect from Gemmell, but the intrigue, betrayal, and twists make these books MUST reads! This series, the Drenai series, and the Rigante series are equally incredible to read...but the Troy series, I think, is his crowning achievement! Read these books!
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A good read - mixture of fantasy and history. This follows the rise of Alexander the Great by following one of his generals, Parmenion. Gemmell's plot casts Parmenion, not Philip, as the father of Alexander. Fantasy and a parallel world add interest to the story.
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Everyone just needs more David Gemmell in their lives. He never misses a beat. The only bad book he has ever written was.........who knows. There was one bad one, but it is worth reading all of them including the one bad one.
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This is a companion review to Lion of Macedon.

Dark Prince takes us back to the David Gemmell reconstructed world of ancient Greece. There are a whole heap of goings-on that occurred in Lion of Macedon that led to certain events in Dark Prince, but to tell you them would ruin Lion of Macedon for you, so I won't.

Anyway, this is rather a strange book. It retains some of the feel of Lion of Macedon but is completely different in many aspects. A significant portion of the novel is spent in an alternate reality Greece where mythical creatures such as centaurs and minotaurs still roam the Earth. There is also an evil Phillippos of Makedon to contend with.

Alexander is an extraordinary child in many aspects. He has an extreme constitution and a very high intelligence for one supposedly four years old (in the first third of the book). Actually, despite the possession of the Chaos Spirit, I did still struggle to deal with the adult-like conversations and concerns of the toddler Alexander.

The book improved for me greatly when the setting resumed in the Greece we knew from Lion of Macedon.

Still, in all, this novel had what one expects from a David Gemmell. Heaps of battles, the odd love scene, sword fights a-plenty, revenge, betrayals...

If you pick up this novel expecting an historically accurate re-telling of the Alexander myth, then this is not the novel for you. But, if you are looking for a rousing tale of friendship and loyalty set in a similar world to the ancient Greece we know and love, and a familiar David Gemmell world, then you will not be disappointed.

In my opinion, this sequel does not live up to the heights of Lion of Macedon though. However, it had a satisfying ending that tied together loose strings very nicely.
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This is none of those forever reads... I will recall the author's use of our own history with a plausible magical retelling for years to come. I lived with the characters, and through our mutual history we read this book together.
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