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Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy Trilogy, Book 1) Paperback – October 31, 2006
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Starred Review. Bestseller Gemmell (Legend) boldly recasts the Trojan War in this first of a new trilogy, which centers on a warrior variously called Helikaon, Aeneas or the Golden One, who's blessed by luck to have all he turns his hand to prosper. Populated by compelling and finely drawn characters taken from either Greek mythology (Odysseus, Hektor, etc.) or the author's own fertile imagination, the novel lays the groundwork for the war to come. Spurred by prophecy, Agamemnon, King of Mykene, sets his men the task of killing Aeneas. The ensuing conflict threatens to engulf the Mediterranean. While this enchanting tale is more historical fiction than fantasy (the obligatory oracles and Kassandra's prophecies are the only hints of magic), genre fans and more general readers alike will have trouble putting it down.
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This hefty historical fantasy opens a trilogy dealing with the Trojan War but without the usual number of variations on the theme readers have come to expect from prolific and popular fantasist Gemmell. The title character is Aeneas, not outwardly the Trojan hero, however, but a Trojan ally using the name Helikaon. He and the Greek Odysseus are on terms of mutual respect, and he is also in love with Andromache, the betrothed of Hector, Troy's greatest warrior. When relations between Troy and Mycenae start deteriorating dramatically, Helikaon/Aeneas is in several kinds of dilemma. We soon learn that Gemmell's isn't the Homeric scenario of the Iliad, however, because this book's Hector doesn't survive the battles of this preliminary book, and those occur before Agamemnon sets sail for Troy. Gemmell is a master of fast pacing and original, not to say offbeat, takes on legendary and mythical characters. The alternate Iliad he launches here does honor to his reputation and promises to lift it higher while adding notably to readers' pleasure. Roland Green
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The story and pacing are the book's weakest point. At times, it skips around and seems disjointed. It mainly focuses on Helikaon (Aeneas) and how he grew from a traumatized child to a powerful merchant and warrior under the tutelage of Odysseus. Although the story skips around quite a bit, it is made up of unforgettable scenes of friendship, loyalty, and honor.
The characters are a strong point of Lord of the Silver Bow.
Helikaon's transformation is inspirational and he faces many challenges.
Andromache is a strong female character with courage, skill, and wit, who is sent to marry Trojan Hero Hector, but falls in love with someone else.
Argurious is an honorable Mykene warrior set to avenge his former king by killing Helikaon.
Odysseus is a wise mentor that guides the characters along their journey.
King Priam is a ruthless king at war trying to defend Troy against its enemies.
Gershom, an Egyptian who flees his country, and seeks refuge with Helikaon.
Although, David Gemmell is known for his fantasy and his books have featured demons, astral projection, and spirits, this is more of a historic book. There is nothing supernatural. The gods like Zeus, Poseidon, and Aphrodite are mentioned, but they are not characters.
As you can expect, the book is action packed. There are brawls, skirmishes, assassinations, tactical battles, and naval combat. The battles are exciting and they have dire consequences.
There's violence, death, torture, some sexual scenes. It's similar to a rated R movie, but doesn't go over the top.
Overall 4.5 Stars
The disjointed story prevents this from being a page turner, but so many of the scenes are full of strong themes of honor, loyalty, respect, honor, it wins you over. In the end, Lord of the Silver Bow is very exciting and inspirational. It's definitely one of David Gemmell's better books.
If you enjoyed this book, check out The Lion of Macedon, also written by David Gemmell. If you enjoy his style of writing, you're sure to enjoy Blood Song by Anthony Ryan as well.
David Gemmell will be sorely missed, but his books will always live on and I can't wait to have a history class of my own to teach one day where I will gladly sing this man's praises and encourage the next generation to read his books.
Words are powerless to express my gratitude for this amazing piece of work. Amazing, but one that causes so much distress. Every word is like a drop of wine. By the end of it, I was drunk and giddy with fear for the coming war.
You were cruel; you stood by and watch me fall deeply in love with Helikaon the Golden One, Andromache, Argurios, and Laodike; only to take them away from me. Argurios said what was in my heart,
"I had not realised until then that my life had been lived in the darkness of a perpetual winter night. When I saw her, it was as if the sun had rise."
You gave me the perfect love stories, only to shred them into pieces. You gave me courageous and cunning warriors who fought valiantly - till the end. You were ruthless; I was whimpering as I read 'The Swan's Promise'. Did you not know how much it hurt me?
Drawing back her hand, she said"May the gods grant you great happiness, my love."
"In letting me know you they already have. More than I have deserved"
Only Queen Halysia knew the pain you've caused me. But as how Helikaon intend to be her shield, despite his broken heart from losing Andromache, I know you will be my Shield of Thunder. Please promise me that it will get better from here.
People talked of broken hearts, but they were wrong. Broken was somehow complete, finished, over. The real sensation was of continual breaking, an everlasting wound, sharp and jagged, like claw of bronze biting into the soft tissue of the heart.
Conclusion: A great book makes you smile, cry, whimper, entranced - LotSB does exactly that. Helikaon King, I love thee.