Lord of the Silver Bow
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 ...more
Although the narrative follows about ten points of view characters, the main ...more
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 ...more
The main character is Aeneas (though his friends call him Helikaon). Helikaon is a Dardanian (a region to the north of Troy) ...more
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 ...more
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!
First, the cover- it looks like it is some mil ...more
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.
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 ...more
I went into this book really not having a clear idea of what to expect. I think ...more
I love this book!!!!!!
I love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love this book!!
I love this book, I love this book, I love this book, I love this book!!
Can I say it again?
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!
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!
I have an ur ...more
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.
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 ...more
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
So why was I hesitant and not expecting a great ...more
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 ...more
THIS BOOK MADE ME SMILE, LAUGH ,CRY .
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more