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on May 17, 2010
One of the Best Epic Fantasy Novels of all time.

Story:
This is a mix of history and fantasy, taking place in 350 BC Sparta. The book tells the story of a brilliant Mercenary General named Parmenian and his glorious rise to power.

World:
It's war-torn Ancient Greece, with some magic in the form of 'Seeing' the future, and battling foul creatures from Hades on the Astral Plane. The world has enough detail to make it feel real, but not too much detail where it bogs down the story.

Writing Style:
There's enough content crammed into this book to warrant a trilogy that rivals the scope of Lord of the Rings. The pace is fast and everything is epic. The world is gritty, heroes have virtues, villains have vices... The battles are grand and bloody. This is heroic fantasy at its best!

Characters:
Like most books by David Gemmell, this is an excellent character study of what makes a man great. Parmenian begins as a boy who his forged by the fires of his hardships. As a half blood, he is scorned by almost everyone in Sparta. Nothing comes easy for Permenian, but these trials and tribulations shape him into a man worthy of changing history. There are many main characters in this book and they're all believable, gritty, and fairly complex.

Action:
This book is loaded with epic battles, battle strategies, wars, assassinations, brawls, skirmishes, magic, sword fights, etc... This could be the most action packed book of all time.

Maturity:
There's some graphic sex and tons of graphic violence. It's not for kids.

Overall:
After reading almost 300 fantasy novels, this is one of my favorites. If you're looking for epic fantasy, this is a must read.
Read it if you are a fan of David Gemmell.
Read it if you love heroic or epic fantasy.
Read it if you love gritty characters.
Read it if you liked the movie 300 or are interested in Sparta!
Read it if you love action.
Read it if you like shows like Battles BC or Deadliest Warrior.
Read it if you want to be inspired!
Avoid it if you don't like violence.
Avoid it if you like happy fantasy with elves, dragons, dwarves...
Avoid it if you like very simple stories with simple characters.

If you enjoyed this book, you should read Gemmell's Legend, Winter Warriors, Waylander, or Robert E. Howard's Conan Stories.
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on June 21, 2013
If you enjoy historical fictions then this book is for you! Wonderful characters, great battle scenes, the level of detail for the horses, armor, buildings, and regions was amazing. True to other Gemmell books I have read there is a little magic with the historical facts. I just purchased the next book to see how the life of Alexander unfolds with Parmenion!

I also must recommend Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow by Gemmell, this is one of the best books (it is actually a trilogy) I have ever read in my life, and I read about 1-2 books a week across all genres!
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on December 17, 2016
I hated for this book to end. It was my third time to read it since I bought it the first day it was released. Gemmell had the an unsurpassed ability to bring even minor characters to life while telling a great story.
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on October 20, 2012
If you are looking for a sci-fi fantasy author that can tell a story rich with detail, romance, and intrigue look no further than David Gemmell. In Lion of Macedon he weaves a story set in ancient Greece, following the development of a troubled soldier named Parmenion. As in his other works the story is full of twists and turns, prophecies, war, love, loss, and an ending you never see coming. Great for a vacation book that makes time on the plane pass quickly!
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on August 23, 2013
Loved this book. I actually read the Dark Prince first and went back to read the Lion of Macedon (this one comes first chronologically). Both are fantastic books and keep you on the edge of your seat. The story is about Parmenion, a half-blood Spartan, and his adventures--- the books does an excellent job of building the character, who is one of my favorite fantasy characters of all time!!!
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on July 4, 2016
This was a decent book till the very end. I don't recommend this and won't read the sequel.

I liked the Troy series better.
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on March 29, 2016
I like Gemmell's trilogy on Troy better, but I will read the next in this series. I like David Gemmell as an author.
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on May 5, 2010
This book has great historical and fantasy stories woven together - I really enjoyed Lion of Macedon until the last few chapters. I feel the story then really got caught up in the sorcery aspect and gave less to the historical/fantasy items that I like. I really did like the book and would give it a great review.
The sorcery parts were well written, but I would have rather read more about how the armies were trained to fight like legionaries when they were really poor farmers.
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on January 26, 2015
This was a gift for my son. He loved the book, couldn't put it down. Read it cover to cover over night.
David Gemmell was a new Author for him, but definitely, will be a new favorite author.
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on October 10, 2016
Great read, read it twice!
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