Il signore di Troia
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Il signore di Troia (Troy #1)

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Certo non immaginava, il giovane guerriero Elicaonte, mentre con lo sguardo contemplava la costa dei Dardanelli che si allontanava, che quel viaggio avrebbe cambiato la sua vita. Priamo, il re di Troia, lo aveva inviato a Micene, la capitale dei pirati Achei guidati da Agamennone, a prendere la bella Andromaca, che sarebbe andata in sposa a Ettore, figlio maggiore di Priam...more
Hardcover, 479 pages
Published 2006 by Piemme (first published October 25th 2005)
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Stephen
6.0 stars. Put simply, I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! This is the newest book to make it onto my list of 6 star books and may eventually make it on to my "All Time Favorite" list. This is HEROIC fantasy at its absolute peak done by one of the best heroic fantasy writers of all time. The novel is the first of a trilogy focusing on the events before, during and after the Trojan War.

The main character is Aeneas (though his friends call him Helikaon). Helikaon is a Dardanian (a region to the north of Troy)...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker
updated on June 19, 2011 for piss poor grammar mistakes (I'm sure there are more but I just found some today).

So I asked for a recommendation for a historical fiction book that had court politics, backstabbing, and violence (you know all the stuff you are not supposed to love in a book) and I received a ton of great recommendations but I ended up finding the perfect book all by myself! At the time, I didn't even know I was holding this gem!

The cover-

First, the cover- it looks like it is some mil...more
Erika
WOW!!

I love this book!!!!!!


I love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love this book!!

I love this book, I love this book, I love this book, I love this book!!

Can I say it again?

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!

If the above wasn’t clear enough I want to say that I love this book!! This is like the best book I’ve ever read, it’s just so Amazing!. It’s my favorite book of the year, probably my favorite book of all time!

I have an ur...more
Wendell Adams
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

Wow, a book about the Trojan War with a new protagonist and a different - perhaps more realistic - portrayal of the Greek world and the reasons for the great struggle. I couldn't have ordered a book more suited to my tastes.

After finishing my read, all I can say is that Lord of the Silver Bow is okay. On one hand, it does a wonderful job of presenting the Greek world of the Aegean Sea in a more historic and realistic way with lots of re-imagined histori...more
Emma
For a while now I haven't read a book which managed to truly get to me. This book did.

First and foremost, this is a book about human nature – what motivates a person, the nature of every person's beliefs, and what brings them to insanity.

Each and every character in the book was realistic and touching, you couldn't help but to identify with most of them, and come to appreciate the rest. Although some tend to be too good to be true, while others can be a little too close to pure evil, they are all...more
Derek
What a great adventure this book was. This one completely held my interest throughout the entire tale. There were many twists & turns in the plot that I never saw coming. It was at times brutal, and at others heart warming & funny. A very interesting take on events occurring prior to the Trojan War. The characters were wonderfully complex. Is Helikaon good or evil? Who's really on his side?. It's definitely more complex than those simple questions, so you must read & decide for yours...more
Steve
Lord of the Silver Bow (and Troy#2) is Gemmell doing what he did best; creating characters with real depth and a destiny that they do not know. A sound storyline running right through with interesting twists and turns of fortune.

You'd think the story of Troy would be one of battle, and there are battles throughout the trilogy, but Gemmell makes it so much more. Most of Troy#1 and Troy#2 are not about battles, they're more about people, personalities, loves, losses, terrible acts of cruelty and...more
Artemas
Lord of the Silver Bow is my first read from renowned fantasy author David Gemmell. People rave about his fantasy, and while I can't comment on that (yet) I can say that his historical fiction series has made me a fan.

This book was so Greek that my bookmark was slick with olive oil, and that is a good thing. The story had everything you expect from a Greek epic and the characters and descriptions were presented in a way that made me feel like I was sailing the Great Green myself. I've read my sh...more
Nate
Originally gave this four stars but I've stewed a bit on this one and it's more a three. The first thing I have to get out of the way is that I'll always like Gemmell's writing. You can tell he really enjoyed his work and I love that. I really doubt he ever wrote a book that I wouldn't like, despite his prolific nature. That said, this was a relative comedown after my first encounter with Gemmell with Legend. The reasons for this are really hard for me to really pick out, but a big reason that I...more
Chris
Apr 28, 2012 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris by: Emma
Shelves: fof-reads
4.5 stars. This was awesome! Unexpectedly so, in fact. I've always loved Greek mythology, ever since I was little. Especially stories about Troy and the Trojan War. I read the blurb to this one, and it sounded great. I also like historical fiction, so it was intriguing to pick up a rendering of the Homeric period that was based more on a real (or possible) history of the region. In short, a tale about the people rather than the Gods and magic stuff.

So why was I hesitant and not expecting a great...more
Philip
This book was flippin' fantastic. When I read books like this I wonder how many bandwagons I've jumped on that have driven me right past the good stuff. How come I haven't heard about this book until now? I mean... it’s ©2005 for crying out loud...

Once again Language Arts teachers, this book is a good reason why you should refrain from equating protagonist with “the good guy.” While Helikaon (Aeneas) is definitely the protagonist and definitely a guy, there are many instances throughout the boo...more
Terri
Probably doesn't have a back half as good as the front half and I nearly gave it 3 stars because of this section of the book, but the very ending picked up and made me a bit happier with it again.
A good story. What I like most about it, is that for that first half of the book it really hopped along and I was quite into it. It never slowed down and dragged out. Gemmell was always moving the story along and this makes for the best stories. At times I felt the writing quality a little lacking, ther...more
Isteniel
I am a great fan of history and mythology also a fan of David Gemmel. I have seen the history of our world in his Fantasy novels like the Celts and the Romans in the Rigante series, the peoples from all over the world in the Dreani books. So when I took the Lord of the silver bow. I was expecing it to be a magnificent book. As it turned out.
A great variation of the story with the characters so alive and colourful that such are very rarely seen in today's fantasy books. But after all David Gemme...more
Isabella.Chloe .S.
Feb 19, 2011 Isabella.Chloe .S. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mythology lovers
Recommended to Isabella.Chloe by: myself ( i work in a book store)
A great read with great men and woman that started off as nobodies and now after Gemmells three ( yes three) novels has made them into well known characters that belong to a great line of historical characters. This book is Gemmells own take of what occurred in the time of the great handsome Hector and the slaughter machine Achilles,but the books do not take to the theme of following hector or achilles as much as it follows the great and wonderful story teller Odysseus and the cold but fierce lo...more
mixal
This book is quite hard to evaluate. The first half is really epic, I wouldn't hesitate to give 5 stars. Then it suddenly turned into the this messy set of romances that I did not really care for. Also, with this content the jumping around that drove the first half of the book became just one more annoying thing about the second half. To sum it up, second half would be 2 stars for me, which makes 3.5 on average for the book. It is true that in the end the book picked up a bit, but I still refuse...more
Mary
I read this entire series about Troy one after another because I couldn't stop myself. It was just that good. These people and situations we all know but still, the story is made new, so much so that I hoped, this time, that everyone would live. I enjoyed seeing new facets of a story I feel that I've known all my life. The story is hard to read in parts, brutal because the time was but the love and loyalty between friends is luminous.
Leslie
I cannot believe that this book was published 6 years ago and I haven't read it yet. Where have I been?

Oh My God! It's so good.

There's plenty of manly violence, plenty of intrigue and just enough romance to not be sappy.

All in all, I'd recommend this to anyone who likes their historical fiction without heaving bosoms. I will be reading more of this series most certainly!
Elana
This book was a masterpiece. The writing style was perfect for the story that was told. Taking a different characters' point of view every few pages of the book revealed all of the different emotions that were being felt. At one point, I was sad and disgusted of the act of Helikaon, burning 50 men alive, but at the next moment, I felt his hatred and understood the reason for his actions. The story does not follow a specific path, and it merely moves along telling the story of dozens of people....more
William
This was my first David Gemmell book, but it will not be the last. His characters come alive and you can really feel what they are going through (especially Helikaon's grief over his friend's death). The battle scene at the end is terrific, and heart-pounding. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes good historical fiction.
twelvejan [Alexandria]
5 epic stars for Lord of the Silver Bow!

Dear Sir,

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 th
...more
Arun Divakar
My first taste of the city named Troy was from the Wolfgang Peterson film and the only four names i knew were Achilles,Hektor,Paris and Helen. Much more of the tale i came to know through Dan Simmons's book and David Gemmell's tale is one swash buckling companion to the original. Gemmell has a way of creating larger than life protagonists and antagonists and one liners to boot which makes his books immensely readable. And this was no less true in this book too.

I get the feeling of watching a mov...more
Nathan Trachta
I’d seen this book awhile back and was intrigued that someone would consider expanding on Homer’s classic (the Iliad and Odyssey are two of my favorites from classical literature). Rather than picking it up right away I decided to hold off and eventually forgot about the book (sorry, I was distracted by other books at that time). As time passed I asked several friends about writers that I might like and Mr. Gemmel’s name came up. Seeing this book was by Mr. Gemmel I decided to pick it up and giv...more
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
Jan 04, 2010 Darkpool (protesting GR censorship) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy historical fiction, or ripping yarns of any flavour.
Shelves: read-in-2010
Oh, what an excellent book. It took me a chapter or two to work out who was who, and what was going on, but once I had everyone sorted out in my head I could really enjoy the tales. I found the main characters well drawn, keeping faith with the traditions of the Trojan War story that has endured to current times, while not pushing the mythological aspects beyond the realms of the believable. Odysseus is a particularly enchanting character, and I look forward to meeting him again in the next book...more
Nikki
I was somewhat hesitant to read this next, as it seemed quite long, but I read it in a single day: it's easy to read and interesting. I'm not sure I really like how it changes the story of Troy that I know so well, but I enjoyed the book a lot, so I suppose I'll have to forgive it. It's a bit rambling at times -- this guy was in this battle, and that's where this comes from, and this guy always remembers that battle when whatever happens -- but once I'd got into it, it didn't really matter. I li...more
Jo Danilo
Mar 14, 2011 Jo Danilo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history and adventure buffs
I love Troy and the Trojan War era. For some reason I can't get enough of it. And to see the whole thing brought to life so incredibly well was very satisfying. The author has embroidered the legends as Homer wrote them - he has a very credible explanation for the Trojan Horse/ Paris and Helen are hardly mentioned but the political arena is expanded - and created something that you can believe in with wonderful characters. After reading this trilogy once, I went on holiday to Crete and read it a...more
Alan Hunt
Whatever you are reading now - stop it and read this!

The word epic is bandied around a lot but every now and again something comes along that really deserves the adjective epic. This book is one of them.

It includes legendary battles, warriors under the influence of the 'red mist', touching words of love. You'll cry, laugh and I recommend you get the second and third book lined up as you'll want to pick up the second book straight away.

I cannot remember the last time a book moved me so much. Than...more
Lisa
Just pure awesome. I love all the hints to history and myth, some parts fiction, some with a nugget of truth. The characters are all so real and the story does not hold any unrealistic happy endings. If anything each occurence in the book has a somewhat poetic meaning. You really must pay attention to every detail in this book because at some point, Gemmell will make a reference to a certain thing that happened and the poetry and symbolism behind each reference is so great it cannot be missed. L...more
Alex George
Today, my friends, I finished reading a novel by a Brit that has left me breathless in admiration, and with a fair amount of envy. Alas, this master weaver of tales died in his beloved Sussex in 2006 from a heart failure. His name is David Gemmell, may his memory linger in our hearts and minds, for he has achieved that rarity coveted by all artists, that most precious jewel: recognition—selling over a million books worldwide, a fitting tribute.

Described as the finest writer of heroic fantasy, Da...more
Katie
Apr 01, 2009 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any one who's read the Iliad, or who likes ancient greece, or just fun historical fiction.
Set before the events of the Iliad, it really brings to life some of the outlying characters from the great classic. Helikaeon, or Aeneus, falls in love with Andromache, who is to be Hector's wife. But it wouldn't be David Gemmell without a siege, and there's one of those too. One of my favorite scenes featured Odysseus, known as the biggest liar and most outrageous storyteller. Very funny.
Hollis
If you have know about David Gemmell, you probably know him as a fantasy author. With the Troy series, he also showed himself to be a dab hand at historical fiction: it's a shame that he died before he could complete the series by his own hand, although his wife did a fine job there.
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David Andrew Gemmell was a bestselling British author of heroic fantasy. A former journalist and newspaper editor, Gemmell had his first work of fiction published in 1984. He went on to write over thirty novels. Best known for his debut, Legend, Gemmell's works display violence, yet also explores themes in honour, loyalty and redemption. With over one million copies sold, his work continues to sel...more
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