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Shield of Thunder (Troy #2)

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  6,414 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
The second novel in David Gemmell’s bestselling Troy trilogy. Interlacing myth and history, and high adventure, this is epic storytelling at its very best.

War is looming, and all the kings of the Great Green are gathering, each with their own dark plans of conquest and plunder.

Into this maelstrom of treachery come three travellers: Piria, a runaway priestess nursing a terr
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published 2006)
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As you can see above, the math for this one is quite simple. This is book two of one of the best Heroic Fantasy series I have ever read. This sequel to the wonderful Lord of the Silver Bow is the middle installment of David Gemmell's Troy trilogy in which he superbly re-imagines the events leading up to and including the Trojan War. It is brilliant, original and terrifically entertaining.

Beginning several years after the events of Lord of the Silver Bow, this book continues the build up to the
May 26, 2015 Terence rated it liked it
In what should be a happy time with the heir to Troy getting married, knives are being sharpened as enemies prepare for war. Hidden plots and plans unfold in the intrigue laden Shield of Thunder.

For a book series about a massive looming war it sure takes a long time to get to it. From the beginning of Lord of the Silver Bow all the readers and characters knew a war was coming between Troy and Mykene yet there was only build up to the impending battle in book one. Surely The Shield of Thunder wit
Jun 30, 2014 Bookwraiths rated it it was ok
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Book I of this series started off slow but really picked up speed as it reached its conclusion, so I started book two very excited to see where Gemmell was going with it. Unfortunately, Shield of Thunder really failed to deliver.

As soon as you begin this book, you will notice that Gemmell has skipped forward in time. No big deal really except for one important fact: a tragic event has occurred, which has left one of our main characters dead or dying. (
Continuation of Troy 1 [ Lord of the Silver Bow ], this book started off as interesting as its predecessor. Odysseus was focussed upon in more detail and I loved reading about him and listening to his tales of wit and wisdom. The other prominent characters were Kalliodes, who falls in love with Kalliope a.k.a Piria, the former lover of Andromache, who was a prominent character of the first book, and who is about to marry Hektor, the Prince of Troy. Kalliope is rescued from pirates by Kalliodes a ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Sometimes books are so well written, the characters come so alive, that I can read the book as quickly as I can watch a movie. That was the case with this book. David Gemmell was a genius. He was a puppet master, carefully laying out his characters, their dialogue, their moves, so that the story comes together beautifully at the end. I'm not going to do a full review since if you already read book 1, you most likely plan on reading this book or already read it.

However, if you haven't read book 1
Eduardo Schimitt
David Gemmell, a master storyteller.
Such a good book, I'm speechless.
twelvejan [Alexandria]
5 stars for Shield of Thunder

Troy will always be my favourite fiction.
The first half of the book is better than the second, as Gemmell does a good job of writing Odysseus while sticking to his canonical attributes. The book takes a downturn, however, in the second half as Gemmell's stable of characters go from dire circumstances to mandatory last-minutes rescues to sudden deaths, all without much emotional involvement. So much of what makes these people tick is told, not shown, in pluperfect flashbacks, as was the case in the first book, and it was a worn-out devi ...more
Oh God!

What is it David Gemmell does to make such an epic story with amazing characters and breathtaking scenes!

This is the second book of the Troy trilogy and was outstanding just like the first one. But, in my opinion, i have to say that i like far more the first book Lord of the Silver Bow than this one. Shield of Thunder felt, in some parts, a bit slow in contrast with the first one where everything was fast paced and epic with every page you turn. I felt this book had so much of telling of
Незнайно защо, ала бях много резервирана към прочита на втората книга на поредицата "Троя". Може би това от части се дължеше към страхотното начало с "Повелителя на сребърния лък" и се притеснявах дали и останалите книги ще са на ниво, както и факта, че любимите ми герои определено ще преживеят някаква лична драма. Всички тези страхове обаче заминаха в небитието в момента, в който взех книгата в ръце.

"Гръмотевичният щит" е достойно продължение на първата книга. Тук динамиката на действието е още
Dec 21, 2011 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second of a trilogy about the Trojan War. I am writing this review after having read all three books.
The story continues to draw us toward the inevitable Trojan War, the civil war within Troy has been resolved and now preparations for battle with the Greeks has begun. Several minor characters from the first book have a more significant role in this one, including Piria, a priesess of Thera and Kalliades & Banokles, warriors of Mykene. Odysseus, King of Ithaca, warrior, merchant
Mar 28, 2014 Kerry rated it really liked it
A lovely story. A fine re-imagining of the events leading up to the fall of Troy. I agree with the good reviews except calling it 'best book ever.' Second book of a trilogy. I did not read the first book but there are just enough references from Lord of the Silver Bow to connect the dots between events. This installment can stand alone.

Gemmell initially focuses on unintentional heroes Kalliades and Banokles. Their sub-story really helps tie these epic events together in an accessible way. It has
Apr 09, 2016 Shima rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gemmell always does well to avoid second book syndrome, of course still the second book is always a little ways behind the awesome introduction first book and epic ending last one.
What Gemmell does is dependent on his great strength as a writer, his characters.

In the second book he immediately introduces new characters, making you care for them and interested in their stories. Then just as the rush from the new characters is starting to wear off, The reader receives some news from the old and
Elizabeth A
Apr 12, 2015 Elizabeth A rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This is book #2 in the Troy Trilogy, and while it was not as fantastic as the first book, it was still a fun read.

We meet some new characters: Piria, a runaway priestess nursing a terrible secret, Kalliades, a warrior with a legendary sword, and Banokles who will carve his own legend in the battles to come. While I liked these new characters, I did not find them as interesting as the original cast of characters, who still play a part in this book, though not as much as I'd have liked. There are
May 10, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like the first of this series this book is an easy 5 stars. Unfortunately as I was reading I found out that David Gemmell is no longer living- this was and is a huge disappointment for me. I have been feeling a mounting of excitement mainly due to finding a new author who is great at all aspects of writing. The world he creates is fun, interesting, good guys become bad guys and bad guys turn good!
PACE- The pace was excellent. There are so many times in other books where I feel that the author s
Debby Kean
Jan 30, 2014 Debby Kean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's brilliant, and sad... Goodreads is so thoroughly American that the only edition they have is an E-version, so unfortunately, you can't see the awesome cover art enjoyed by my paperback Corgi edition, and the art conveys the atmosphere of hope, fear and deep history that suffuses this book.
Mayank Agarwal
Reading for the second time and can safely say while it's a great read, it's not going to be among my lacks the Epic feel(Just cant compare to Illaid). Luckily had forgotten many of the best moments from the books so the surprise was maintained during the second read and had fun going over it again.

It's a better book then the first one for many reasons. It's got more involvement of the ancient heroes. It finally brings out the Trojan War and in a realistic manner with battle ragi
Arun Divakar
Nov 26, 2011 Arun Divakar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We all harbor monsters within us. Winged,clawed,fanged & frothing at the mouth they wait to be unchained even at the slightest provocation to create before our eyes what we have but dreaded in our darkest thoughts. A war looming in the horizon will change everything from the land to the people and everywhere we hear the patter of hoofbeats. Astride a pale horse comes the rider who eventually visits everyone who ever draw breath on this earth !

War draws mankind like moths to a flame and so
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Sue Smith
Jan 26, 2012 Sue Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do have to admit that historical fiction is one of my favorite genres .... you have a feel for the time and place , and have been introduced to the main characters so they become like old friends in no time. On that note, most people out there do know the battle of Troy, the legends exist and we still use the axiom of the gift of the Trojan Horse and what that ultimately means. It's one of the enduring parts of the tale that keep the legend of Troy alive to this day. Well that and the whole He ...more
Apr 12, 2011 Trayana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy, owned, bg
След увличащото начало на поредицата „Троя” – „Повелителят на сребърния лък”, Инфодар ни зарадваха и с втората книга „Гръмотевичния щит”. Противно на обичайното за средните книги в повечето поредици, тази се отличава с много динамично действие и развитие по основните сюжетни линии, но за съжаление е и последната завършена книга на Дейвид Гемел, преди да се спомине.

Не е възможно да се напише хубава история за героични дела, ако преди това не се напише красива история за човешките такива и с „Гръм
Nathan Trachta
Aug 30, 2009 Nathan Trachta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A passion of mine is the story of the sacking of Troy and the return of the “Greeks” (The Iliad and The Odyssey) while I’m no expert, I’m ‘acquainted’ with the story. The events Homer describes are so strong and vivid, I also love the characters involved, particularly the character of Odysseus (sorry, rather than the big heroic type I’m more into the thinker).

Mr. Gemmel did the ambitious act of writing a series of historical fiction books that supported Homer’s works along with Virgil’s The Aen
Aug 23, 2012 Shawn rated it really liked it
I liked Gemmell's second book in his Troy trilogy (which is a prequel of The Trojan War) better than the first. Many of the characters that make up Homer's Iliad start to come together in this one. And you start to see how the war and the characters that takes up a central role in it come to fruition. However, the same issues I had with the first novel were found in this one as well.
On the plus side, Gemmell's writing is superb. Everything flows together very well and there are really no boring
Feb 09, 2011 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: his-fiction
I was blown away by Gemmell's first Troy book, Lord of the Silver Bow, and purchased the rest of the trilogy soon upon its completion. Shield of Thunder did not disappoint. The action was ferocious, the drama was both touching and realistic, and the characters were vivid and alive. I was especially taken by the way Gemmell doesn't seem to pick sides as the great war enfolds. Nobody is the bad guy per se, although Agamemnon is a murderous tyrant, and instead we see the foul conflict through the e ...more
Apr 11, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What an amazing journey! There is action, adventure, courage, and so much more in these stories. What an inspiring author David Gemmell was. What is so great about these stories is that readers are taken into the hearts and minds of the characters. This is historical fiction that rises off of the page. It was so hard to put it down to do other things. Troy Shield of Thunder moves the story ever closer to the epic battle which we know will take place. What a pleasure it has been getting there. I
Feb 05, 2015 Anirudh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good sequel to Lord of the silver bow. This book picks up where the fist book ended. The author has maintained the pace and the writing style as with the predecessor is captivating. The characters of Kalliades and Banokles border or cliche at times but as usual Odysseus saves the day. I loved the way greek myths have been interpreted in this book. Espcecially the stories made up by Odysseus.

This series is no Lord of the Rings, but it certainly is quite entertaining. The simple writing provide
Tanvir Muntasim
Aug 01, 2013 Tanvir Muntasim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great continuation of the trilogy, but with more focus on a new set of people. Gemmell really builds up Hektor's character in this one, and teases out some unexpected surprises to give it nuances not covered in earlier books. One thing he does is not to focus on the gods, and show how all the myths started, mostly from the tall tells of Odysseus. I am really looking forward to the final book of the trilogy, with a slight concern that it was finished by his wife after he passed away, and thus whe ...more
Jun 05, 2016 Nahdi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His writing style is distinct, such a shame it was his last
Ollie Odebunmi
May 03, 2014 Ollie Odebunmi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 20, 2010 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this, the second book in the late David Gemmell's Trojan War Trilogy ... just as I did the first. It has the old characters like Odysseus and Hektor and Agamemnon but there's other less legendary characters and it puts a different slant on things: looking at the War from both Greek and Trojan points of view. Up 'til now, it always seems to have been the Greeks who were the good guys with the Trojans playing the bad guys. It's looking slightly different with this story.
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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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