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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 January 1st 2005)
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Brittany Steven Pressfield for sure if you haven't read anything by him yet. He is more intense and historically accurate if you need that. He does a lot of…moreSteven Pressfield for sure if you haven't read anything by him yet. He is more intense and historically accurate if you need that. He does a lot of research and puts in a lot of work it seems. My favorite is the Afghan Campaign and Gates of Fire which is probably the most popular. These are more historical fiction vs fantasy though. What I love most about Gates of Fire is that it is from the perspective of a few of the 300 Soldiers holding the Hot Gates at Thermopylae not an ode to Leonidas. It is more personal in my opinion. Great battle mind and overall great read. No violent description is left out either!(less)
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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)
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
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

I love this book!!!!!!

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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!

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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
Jan 22, 2011 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 29, 2016 Helene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Gemmell was a creative genius . The sagacity of writing is riveting . His characters are so well written . Characters are so quintessential flawed . Gemmell unequivocal prose gives a honest portrayal of human fallibility . Probing on what persuades a person , what makes one so committed to their beliefs . what brings them to utter madness . He draws in audacious movement. His writing is idyllic .Colossal battle scenes. Exhilaratin
Oct 04, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 16, 2015 Terence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lord of The Silver Bow is book one in a reimagining of the Trojan War. It revolves around a man known by many names. Those familiar with the Trojan War know him as Aeneas, but in this book he's also known as Helikaon and The Golden One. The man himself is one fit for the era. Helikaon is strong, brave, and brutal. His brutality has earned him no friends among his enemies, but then who has friends among their enemies.

I went into this book really not having a clear idea of what to expect. I think
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
twelvejan [Alexandria]
Update on 21 Sep: The first book in the Troy series is now $1.99 on Amazon! GET THEM NOW! I got mine at $9.99 so this is a HUGE bargain!

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
Apr 28, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  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
Anthony Ryan
Aug 26, 2014 Anthony Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 'Lord of the Silver Bow' David Gemmell takes a realist approach to the legendary war between Greece and Troy. Placing Aenais, Trojan hero and legendary founder of Rome, at the centre of the narrative, Gemmell draws on serious scholarship to paint a convincing picture of an ancient eastern-Mediterranean world torn by a trade war between two regional superpowers. In this decidedly non-Homeric version of events, the gods are invisible, the supernatural makes only a brief appearance and Helen of ...more
Jan 10, 2014 Nate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: antiquity, owned
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
Dec 18, 2011 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 book
May 31, 2015 Purvika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Purvika by: Manju
Questions that my mind screams.....only for those who read it....
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Jan 22, 2008 Isteniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Syl. A.k.a Topo di biblioteca
Mar 22, 2015 Syl. A.k.a Topo di biblioteca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mythology lovers
Recommended to Syl. A.k.a Topo di biblioteca by: Anirudh Hegde
This book mesmerised me from page 1. Loved the portrayal of Ancient Greece and myriads of nearby kingdoms. Being book 1 of Troy series, the main characters are just being introduced here.
This book outlines the various tiny as well as major kingdoms, their people, their proclivities, and the sociopolitical tensions undergone.
The characters who emerge are [not in that particular order]:
1. Aeneas/Helikaon - a Dardanian Prince who forsakes the throne in favour of his younger step brother, a brave,
Isabella.Chloe .S.
Feb 19, 2011 Isabella.Chloe .S. rated it really liked it  ·  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
May 12, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of a trilogy about the Trojan War. I am writing this review after having read all three books.
The first indication I had that this book was not to follow usual myth, was that Helen of Troy is not beautiful or scheming in this story. There are many changes, mostly good in my opinion, and mostly to make the story more heroic.
The story follows Helikaon, the prince of Dardania; Andromache, a priestess of Thera; Agamemmnon, Greek King of Mykene and Argurios, warrior of Mykene. It's
May 25, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Elizabeth A
Mar 26, 2015 Elizabeth A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I tend to love stories set in my fave trifecta: Sparta, Athens, and Troy. When I was in Troy a couple of years ago, I stood on the hallowed ground once tread by Hektor, Achilles, and Helen (don't throw your lemons at my mythology people!), and got goosebumps. So, how on earth is it that I've never heard of this author before now? This is the first book in the Troy Trilogy, and I devoured the almost 500 pages in one day. Nothing much else got done that day, and I've made my peace with that.

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!
Aug 13, 2015 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do enjoy a story with enthusiastic unabashed confident heroes. Heroes that see a danger and confront it head on without any of the self-effacing prevarication, cynicism and existential navel gazing that drags down so many modern hero stories.
Gemmell is just the author for retelling the epic invasion of Troy.
After reading many retellings of Trojan War, I thought there was nothing new that could be achieved with that premise. I was wrong.

Indeed, the crux of the story so far doesn't stray too much from Homer. But what does differ is the focus of the characters. As a result, we get a much more intimate, human story. Story that doesn't rely so much on mythic archetypes and deities, but on human interaction and their everyday struggle. I think that is the reason I enjoyed it so much. The characters.

I w
Apr 30, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fast paced with a lot of action and good character development. Although the protagonist always seems to come out on top- unlike other trending books- I don't mind a change of pace reading about good guys winning. Along the way we do lose characters that we have come to know and care about, which kept me interested.
The writing and reading were excellent- I am so happy I have found David Gemmell! A book gets 5 stars from me if; 1. Every minute of down time, I want to go pick the bo
Aug 13, 2009 Elana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mar 25, 2016 Ace ⚓ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning of this book I was waiting for the action to build to the scene with the horse and the hundreds of little soldiers inside of him. Instead, the ship built to conquer the Great Blue, a little bit of girl on girl action, decadent kings and queens plotting away to marry off their offspring to the most likely match of the day, while their princes and princesses look for love?

It was a great take on the old story in my head which was probably leftover snippets of memories from an epic
I've read Gemmell before... Legend. I was not a fan. So obviously I was a little hesitant about this book. But thank goodness, it was nothing like Legend. I really enjoyed it! It took me far longer to read it that it should have, but that was because I was distracted by other things and didn't do much reading period.

I don't remember much Mythology from my school days, and while I initially thought that would be a problem, it wasn't. Eventually I just let go and went with the flow and found that
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  • The Gates of Troy (Adventures of Odysseus, #2)
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  • Men of Bronze
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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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