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Over and again, the aged seeress Tamis scried all the possible tomorrows. In every one, dark forces threatened Greece; terrible evil was poised to reenter the world. The future held only one hope: a half-caste Spartan boy, Parmenion. So Tamis made it her mission to see that Parmenion would before the deadliest warrior in the world -- no matter what the cost.
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Paperback, 528 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Del Rey (first published May 15th 1991)
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What's the recipe for a fun book?

David Gemmell began with a Spartan base, added some Macedonian spice and Theban flair, then sprinkled in some essence of fantasy, all heated to turmoil with the fire of Hades. Serve at room temperature on a shield of bronze. Utensils optional, though I'd recommend a sarissa.

Mmm. Yummy.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Lion of Macedon (Greek Series, #1), David Gemmell
عنوان: شیر مقدونیه؛ نویسنده: دیوید گمل؛ کترجم: طاهره صدیقیان؛ تهران، کتابسرای تندیس؛ 1389؛ در 567 ص؛ شابک: 9789648944549؛ موضوع: داستان پارمینیون از سال 400 پیش از میلاد تا 330 پیش از میلاد

Dec 12, 2007 Grim rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys heroic fantasy.
Shelves: top-five
Simply put, this is one of Gemmell's Best. A fantastic read, well thought out and expertly paced.

Parmenion made me research a ton of stories on Ancient Greece(from Epominandas, to the Sacred Band, to Cleombrotus and beyond), and that is the mark of a book that had an impact on me. Shoot I even saw the horrible movies of Troy and Alexander just to get glimpses of characters that he spoke of.

Gemmell was my favorite author, and to me this is his most memorable book(albeit nowhere near the most popu
Feb 27, 2016 Andy rated it really liked it
After enjoying the author’s Troy trilogy I really wanted to pick up another series of his in the same vein & so I plumped for the Greek series......

The story revolves around Parmenion, a Spartan “outcast” for want of a better word & his building hatred of Sparta as they reject him for no other reason than not being pure-blood, his mother a Macedonian.... He rises as a mercenary to become a Strategos (general) & we follow him around the Greek City states & historically I learnt a
Ben Richardson
Not one work of the David Gemmell's can be elevated above another. It's a truly rare talent that can produce book after book after book of genuine quality. Gemmell was such a talent. I cannot describe to you thrill that I got when I saw the cover of 'Lion of Macedon' for the first time in the book shop. It was a book about Spartans, written with the same enthusiasm and reverence I have for those great warriors. For me, it was the perfect novel. What amazed me then, and amazes me still today is t ...more
Jan 29, 2015 Szeee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Ha röviden kéne fogalmaznom, akkor csak ennyit mondanék, Szabó T. Anna után szabadon:

A harcos az vááá!
A harcos az vúúú!
A harcos az hááá!
A harcos az húúú!

Hosszabban majd később :)


14 éve vagyunk együtt a párommal, 14 éve állnak itthon halomban a Gemmell könyvek, 14 éve áradozik róluk, de csak most jött el az ideje, hogy beleszagoljak egy valós helyszínen játszódó, valós történelmi hátterű fantasyjébe Gemmellnek. (A nem létező világoktól még mindig ódzkodom kicsit, az az igazság...)

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I don't know how I missed this particular of book and am so glad I was made aware of its existence. It rivals the Rigante series in terms of it's protagonist and covers a fantastic period of history that contains some of the most epic battles of all time.

Parmenion is a man without a people. Born to a Macedonian mother he is treated as a second class citizen in his homeland of Sparta despite possessing the very qualities that made Sparta what it is. He is cunning and driven and spends much of his
Thomas R.
Aug 21, 2016 Thomas R. rated it it was amazing
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Jul 28, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This historical fantasy really captured my interest from the first page and held it all through. This is the story of the life of the ancient Greek general, Parmenion, from boyhood in Sparta where he has always been regarded as a misfit because of his mixed Spartan/Macedonian parentage and treated cruelly and unfairly. General Xenophon [THAT Xenophon of the Anabasis ] takes him under his wing and mentors him. When the boy reaches manhood, he leaves Sparta with vengeance in his heart and as a me ...more
Nov 24, 2014 Search rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
4.5 Stars.
Excellent! Though I still feel like I did with Legend that the fantastical portion is the weak link here.
Derae and Parmenion, a continuous tragedy, sigh!
Mar 06, 2007 ryan rated it it was amazing
so sad.... he passed away this year. Was one of my favourite authors growing up, and this would probably be his most well put together novel.
Jul 04, 2010 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Wow, I found this on some guys site that was named "10 Awesome Fantasy Series That Are Not Potter or LoTR" (btw I hate potter series, sorry Huffalump lovers, but i do love the LoTR motion picture.)and based on this one, looks like ill be reading every book on his list. I started this book and from page one I couldn't set it down. The Author is truly gifted and enjoyable to read. It takes place just after the movie "300" about the spartan hero Leonidas, so if you like that show you will love this ...more
Jordan Wasia
Dec 15, 2015 Jordan Wasia rated it really liked it
The lion of macedon is a book about a man whose name is Parmenion. As a boy he was made fun of by his classmates because he wasn't of pure Spartan blood. he then made rhe kids look stupid because he won the generals games and was rewarded the legendary sword of King Leonidas at the battle if thermopylae. he then went off to rescue a Spartan generals daughter, derea and the two began a relationship. the bad news was that derea had already been promised to marry someone else's noble son. the noble ...more
Eric Anderson
Oct 18, 2015 Eric Anderson rated it liked it
The book starts with Tamis looking into the future. She sees that Greece will be destroyed by dark forces. Only one person can help her though, Parmenian. He is a half Spartan half Macedonian kid that is training in Sparta. He gets beat up because he is half Macedonian. This makes him stronger though. He leaves to Thebes to try and destroy Sparta. He has many victories and he is a commander under King Phillip. He fights Sparta and destroys it. The ending has a twist that will probably leave you ...more
Ted Gerber
Mar 02, 2015 Ted Gerber rated it it was amazing
I would recommend the Lion of Macedon for a few reasons. One being that the main story line is crossed between historical facts and fantasies. Another being that it is cleverly written and has a clear story line. It's also full of action.

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Lion of macedon about a Spartan named Parmenion. A sorcerer named Tamis continues to have visions about her death. There is only one person who she sees can save her... Parmenion. Tamis then makes it her life goal to make s
Anne Pauline
Nov 07, 2014 Anne Pauline rated it it was amazing
Except The Lord of the Rings, I've never read many fantasy books (probably none).
But Lion of Macedon was utterly amazing. A real page-turner, I was obsessed with it and I could not stop reading and thinking about it.
Like I said when I first read Percy Jackson, I'm an easy reader when it comes to Antic Greek and Mythology because I've always loved it. But David Gemmell takes us in a universe that transcend that two aspects. He's an amazing writer and succeeds to give life to his book like you're
Jun 30, 2010 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the author, David Gemmell, stuck to the history side, it was a good book.
When he brought in Dark Gods, and witches, and fantasy, I lost interest.
The last third of the book seems to have been just a set up for a sequel.
Not impressed and won't go on to the sequel. One of Gemmell's books is enough.
Mar 05, 2009 Andrew rated it really liked it
The first Gemmell book I read, it's adult and historically-based fantasy about loyalty, belonging and betrayal. Gemmell's gritty obsession with sacrifice and good in an evil world sets him aside from others in the saturated fantasy genre.
T. Stranger
Oct 21, 2012 T. Stranger rated it really liked it
Ahh, David Gemmell. I love you. Like all of Gemmell's novels, Lion of Macedon did not disappoint. There was plenty of blood, action and intrigue. The characters are well-written and the plot spot-on. I'll be reading the sequel shortly.
QUan Yi
May 31, 2016 QUan Yi rated it liked it
It has been a few years since I've touched David Gemmell's books.

But I remembered how fond I was of David Gemmell's story telling during my teenage years, so I decided to choose a standalone book to read because I know how long a read one book can be.
Needless to say, I was wrong about this book!
It has a sequel and the sequel is twice as long as this book it seems.
That explains why I took a star off.

Other than that, the book has been a fine companion while traveling to and fro from work, and I fi
Jul 17, 2008 William rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: favorites
My favorite Gemmell book. Parmenion is a character with trials and flaws as well as victories and heroism.

Great book by a great author. Rest in peace Mr. Gemmell.

Helen Davies
Jul 30, 2015 Helen Davies rated it it was ok
This book markets itself as historical fantasy but really it's a historical fiction with some supernatural elements. Hence my first disappointment. I was also underwhelmed by the characters who were all fairly bland and predictable. Then there was the plot, which consisted of endless descriptions of military manoeuvres and battle formations, all of which went completely over my head (and most people's heads I would assume) and made me wonder why the author felt the need to include this tedious d ...more
Francesco Manno

The Lion of Macedonia is a historical novel supernatural.
As regards the first of the above two elements, David Gemmell retraces the events of the protagonist, the Macedonian general Parmenion (400 BC - 329 BC), according to his teenage years up to the consecration of the great leader, recounting his victories in Greece , Egypt and Persia. Ample space is given to the narration of historical facts relating to disputes between the Greek cities and Sparta, and
I went into David Gemmell’s The Lion of Macedon off the back of having read his Troy trilogy, eager for more compelling readable, earthy retellings of history that characterise Gemmell’s style. In many ways, I enjoyed The Lion of Macedon as much, if not more, than Gemmell’s Trojan trilogy, however, there were a couple of points that I didn’t enjoy quite so much, but overall in the big picture I would say this was an enjoyable, worthwhile read, that I am probably going to pick up again at some po ...more
For lovers of ancient historical adventures, LION OF MACEDON has it all. As a storyteller, Gemmell is flawless. A fast-moving plot drives forward the lengthy narrative, never letting up despite the hundreds of pages there are to read.

Every element of a genre story is present, from romance to action to adventure to war and thriller and plenty more besides. There is drama, conflict, human passion and true emotion. The story is based on historical facts and really gives you a flavour of life in an
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Sep 12, 2011 Apatt rated it it was amazing
David Gemmell is a legend (much like the title of one of his books). I know GRRM, Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson are all the rage but Gemmell is a giant among men. His books are always action packed, intelligent and passionate, extra points also for them generally of being of medium lengths (300-600 pages). I love every one of his books that I have read but for the purpose of constructing my top 20 goodreads shelf I choose Lion of Macedon as being representative of his greatness.

Lion of Macedon
Apr 12, 2011 Trayana rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, owned, eng, deities
След прочита на Lion of Macedon нарочно изчаках около седмица, за да отлежи впечатлението ми преди да започна да пиша за романа. Истината е, че имах огромни очаквания, които поредицата „Троя” наложи в съзнанието ми. Гемел просто „трябваше” да е създал запомняща се и емоционално заредена история за Древна Гърция и за един от най-големите мъже в историята на Европа. Както винаги, когато имам големи очаквания, те остават излъгани.

Не, не… Няма да пиша тотално оплюващо ревю. Щом преглътнах разочарова
Jul 13, 2009 Jenn rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads, fantasy
Lion of Macedon by David Gemmell hooked me from the start, and I couldn't put it down -- until the last hundred pages, when it veered out of historical fiction and into fantasy, and in doing so, lost me as a reader.

The story takes place a hundred years after the Battle of Thermopylae, at a time when the Greek city-states fought for power amongst themselves and Persia utilizes this rivarly to prevent the city-states from banding together in a unified Greece. The protagonist, Parmenion, a half-Spa
Jan 07, 2012 H. rated it really liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
Lion of Macedon is Gemmell’s 10th book. It is the first book in Gemmell’s Greek Series (comprised of Lion of Macedon and Dark Prince). I haven’t read Dark Prince, but Lion of Macedon stands alone as a novel.

Lion of Macedon follows Parmenion, a real life Greek general about whose early life little is known. Lion of Macedon follows that early life, beginning with Parmenion’s early life training to be a soldier in Sparta during the generation prior to the rise of Alexander the Great in Macedonia. L
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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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