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Lord of the Silver Bow

(Troy #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  12,588 ratings  ·  583 reviews
He is a man of many names. Some call him the Golden One; others, the Lord of the Silver Bow. To the Dardanians, he is Prince Aeneas. But to his friends, he is Helikaon. Strong, fast, quick of mind, he is a bold warrior, hated by his enemies, feared even by his Trojan allies. For there is a darkness at the heart of the Golden One, a savagery that, once awakened, can be appe ...more
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Published October 31st 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published 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 re…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)
Kostas Most likely because it's a Greek word and he wanted to highlight it. He does it in the Greek series, too.

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Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Greek mythology & historical fiction fans
4.5/5 stars

Lord of the Silver Bow is my first foray into David Gemmell’s work and I must admit, it was a golden read.

David Gemmell has been an inspiration for many modern fantasy authors these days, there’s even an annual Fantasy award named after him that has been established since 2009. It’s quite crazy that it took me this long to finally get to reading Gemmell’s book, especially after hearing from many authors whose books I’ve read and loved mention that Gemmell is one of their main inspirat
James Tivendale
Lord of the Silver Bow is the first story in Gemmell's Troy trilogy and it was a joy to read. Although this is the first Gemmell book that I have read, I know that he is often heralded as the King of writing Heroic Fantasy. His skill in this field mixed with a story incorporating some of the greatest mythological heroes of all time seems to me like a perfect mix and aid in making this a stunning historical fiction book.

Although the narrative follows about ten points of view characters, the main
Anish Kohli
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
SPEECHLESS. Utterly speechless.

I was trolling on GR, as I so often do, when I saw a book cover with “TROY” written across it. I read the blurb, did hardly any research and picked it up mostly on whim. It was supposed to be about the Trojan War, something I knew of only through the Movie Troy.

You remember the movie..?

With Brad Pitt prancing about in a tunic as Achilles, Eric Bana as the mighty Hecktor and Orlando Bloom as Paris. The epic war waged by Agamemnon over the city of troy and the famou
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)
Ahmad Sharabiani
Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy #1), David Gemmell

With this first masterly volume in an epic re-imagining of the Trojan War, David Gemmell has written an ageless drama of brave deeds and fierce battles, of honor and treachery, of love won and lost.

He is a man of many names. Some call him the Golden One; others, the Lord of the Silver Bow. To the Dardanians, he is Prince Aeneas. But to his friends, he is Helikaon. Strong, fast, quick of mind, he is a bold warrior, hated by his enemies, feared even
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
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Woe is me; I finished this book thinking I already had the second one. Ah well.

There is something about Gemmell's writing that is incredibly... raw. They are seemingly never perfect, lacking a certain polish and refinement to be more well-rounded experiences. A strange focus, peculiar choices in points of view, a lack of development in certain aspects and exaggerated development in others. And yet this all appears to be exactly what makes them so unique. Only Gemmell can do what Gemmell does.

Jan 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Stjepan Cobets
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fan of Fiction Historical novel
This is the first part of a trilogy about the Trojan War, and literally, I had read in two days. All are heard very familiar Homer's description of the battle, but in this book the characters are ordinary people living at that time. The story is so compelling and you feel like you are at that time. The world in which they live characters from the book is cruel and relentless. Fraud, greed, love, hate, courage braided in a story that pulls you like Greek ships through the wild open sea. Descripti ...more
Feb 20, 2015 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

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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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Daniel Ionson
Gemmell's writing here was magnificent.
I just finished my re-read after a decade, and had forgotten that this was scarcely 'Fantasy' at all; this is far closer to Historical Fiction, with only the scarcest hints of supernatural activity.
It's obvious that Gemmell had done extensive homework on Ancient sources.

His characters, as with all of his books, are so believable, so 3-D.
Can't recommend this one highly enough for lovers of Hist. Fict. of the Troy legends.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
“But that is what separates the evil from the righteous. When we behave like them, we become like them. And then what is our justification for being? By accepting their moral standards we discard our right to condemn them.”

This is perhaps the fundamental theme of Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow, distinguishing between the evil from the righteous is not always straightforward, the good guys in this book also do some very morally questionable things. Wikipedia describes Gemmel’s Troy Series as “a seq
Anthony Ryan
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it

For all the praise this book has, it would seem Gemmell kept -with the exception of some very shocking revelations- this book very calm. Like he was afraid of his characters exciting readers with too much passion. The author would take you on a high (and by god it was glorious) and just as sudden as that it would taper off. Then you would be left bobbing along, wondering why the heck you're still reading this book and then quite suddenly another high.

As crazy as the book gets sometimes, too muc

Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read based on the events of the Trojan Wars-David Gemmell departs from the events of the Illiad but does so in a way that is both creative and plausible. A study of the history of this period would explain Gemmel's recreation of events quite convincingly. A riveting, picturesque, exotic, erotic historical fantasy, whereby the author convincingly recreates the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings of the period, we are taken back to the time before the Trojan Wars. The ...more
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 27, 2016 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
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
I liked all of David Gemmell's books. It was a sad loss to the fantasy genre when he passed away.

He had that individual style that made him special (in my opinion). He could draw you in, chew you up and spit you out in 300-to-400 pages. Great characterisation, I really cared about Gemmell's main characters. He had a knack for straightforward storytelling without the pages and pages about what people were wearing and what they had for breakfast that has become popular today.

I thought this was a g
Ned Lud
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The heartbreak. The glory! Oh! The fucking glory!
Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dead-tree
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Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Read Fantasy Book Critic's article The Trojan War - A Reinterpretation: "The Troy Trilogy" by David and Stella Gemmell

Mini-review of LORD OF THE SILVER BOW: The first book “Lord of the Silver Bow” opens with prince Helikaon/Aeneas who begins his journey on his new big ship. Unknown to him the Mykene King Agammenon put a huge bounty on his head for his killing of Alektruon, a famous Mykene warrior/pirate.

Odysseus, warrior king of Ithaka, is famed across the great green for ability as a tale sp
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
Oct 25, 2011 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
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mythology lovers
Recommended to Em*bedded-in-books* 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,
Nov 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, antiquity
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
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: david-gemmel
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
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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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