Shield of Thunder (Troy #2)
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ( ...more
However, if you haven't read book 1 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
PACE- The pace was excellent. There are so many times in other books where I feel that the author s ...more
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 ...more
War draws mankind like moths to a flame and so ...more
"Гръмотевичният щит" е достойно продължение на първата книга. Тук динамиката на действието е още ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
On the plus side, Gemmell's writing is superb. Everything flows together very well and there are really no boring ...more
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 ...more
This series is no Lord of the Rings, but it certainly is quite entertaining. The simple writing provide ...more
This is also very much a book of discrete parts, starting by focusing largely on Odysseus in the first section and the new characters of Banokles, Kalliades and Piria, before moving onto Troy proper (and recurring characters from the first book) in the seco ...more