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Troy: Fall of Kings (The Troy Trilogy) Paperback – March 24, 2009
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“Unexpected twists and turns . . . This imaginative retelling breathes new life into [this] tale of intrigue and deception.”—Booklist
“Strong characterizations and sturdy plotting evoke the horror of the conflict, and the story’s mythic power.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (March 24, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345477049
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345477040
- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #175,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The good points of this book are many. Gemmell and his wife (Who I understand finished said book after her husband's death.) continued the series' trend of creating realistic characters, who fit perfectly into the historical narrative of this period. These characters are multi-dimensional, behave realistic based upon their established personality, and burst off the page. The same can be said of the battle scenes, where they are realistically portrayed and one can feel the adrenaline rush of fear and the sound of clashing weapons as the Greek and Trojans warriors clash. And the final duel between Hector and Achilles is one of the best written I've read between two, heroic warriors. Even the final "Trojan Horse" resolution is well thought out and makes historical sense.
Still, there are instances where the story just doesn't ring true. Helikaon and Andromache, in particular, make certain decision that seem forced so that other important moments in history can be written about. Another is the resolution - if you can even call it that - of Gershom's strange plot line that was somewhat mystifying throughout the series. There are other examples of this throughout the later part of the book, especially the last few chapters where Troy's survivors are shown fleeing for their lives, but I do not want to belabor the point, only point out that these moments detract from the effect of the narrative as a whole.
With all that being said, I enjoyed the novel. It was a fitting ending to a good series. A trilogy where the Gemmells did an excellent job of taking the myths about Troy and turning them into compelling historical fiction. Not to say they did not take artistic liberties with historical fact, but that, even though they did, it rang more or less true. For attempting to shed a light of reason on the Trojan War, this novel and series is a must read.
Finally, I would be remise if I did not salute the legendary David Gemmell. There will never be another writer who can do justice to a warrior's true spirit as he did in this series and all his novels. A final triumph for a true master of his craft.
Top reviews from other countries
I can’t do anything other than recommend this work. Read the series though.
A splendid piece of work that traverses from hero fantasy into legendary and classic writing.
These books are great.
I didn't know David Gemmell's books before reading Troy and so I came to them with no expectations - and this meant I didn't judge on other books (some of which I have now read and find lacking in comparison)
The books are beautifully written, and whilst this 3rd book lacks the same impact as the first 2 due to the author's passing, which in itself is a tragedy, it is still a fantastic read. To take the well known story of Troy and re-write it was a bold and risky move and without a doubt it came off. The stories, characters, sub-plots, tales of heroism and tragedy are so well written you imagination is fired to a time long ago. You will tear through the chapters and devour the words, you will fall in love with the characters, for their flaws as well as their strengths. You find yourself urging them on despite thinking you know the outcome, and then gasp when the story goes in a direction you weren't expecting.
I urge anyway considering these books to buy them, you will not regret it, buy the series and treat yourself to a wonderful reading epic.
There's no going away from these books until you're finished. Comprehensive and full of completely opposing characters, Gemmell offers us a peek inside of the mind of each of them - the warriors, the heroes, the kings, the princesses, the servants... their hopes and dreams, their often surprising fates. They make you laugh and cry and gasp in horror as you live through every second of each tale. Truly captivating, you'd think David Gemmell was there to experience it all. These stories that will always stay with me, its characters forever ingrained in my mind and heart.
Like many others have said, words literally fail me as I try to describe Gemmell's writing in all its legendary glory. I cannot believe it's over, it's been a remarkable journey.