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Troy: Fall of Kings

(Troy #3)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  7,612 ratings  ·  289 reviews
Outside the golden city of Troy, Prince Hektor leads the Trojan cavalry in daring raids against the forces led by his young rival, the peerless warrior Achilles. Meanwhile, burning for vengeance after the brutal murder of his wife, Helikaon commands the Trojan fleet, sowing misery and death among the Mykene navy and supply ships. But even these mighty efforts are of scant ...more
Paperback, 447 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published August 27th 2007)
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IT IS OFFICIAL…David Gemmell has written the BESTEST and most HEROIEST fantasy trilogy...ever....EVER.

I just finished this third installment of the epic Troy trilogy by the late (and sorely missed) David Gemmell and all I can say is that if you loved the first two, you will love this one. If you haven’t read the first two books, then you might want to take a long serious look in the mirror and reconsider some of your recent life choices as you may have taken a wrong turn somewhere. However, nev
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Greek mythology & historical fiction fans
The end of the Trojan War is here, did Gemmell delivered a satisfying conclusion in his final work?

The answer to that will be mostly yes, and a few sections of no. I’m honestly quite conflicted about Fall of Kings. This is the last book in the Troy trilogy by David Gemmell, it’s also his final work before he passed away that ended up being finished by his wife, Stella Gemmell. Because this is his final work, there’s a part of me that really want to give this book a full 5 stars but I can’t due t
Anish Kohli
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't....I won't....I don't.....Just....Just can't. Not right now.

After a long while, years actually, and almost a huge number of books later, I have finished a series that has me at a total loss for words.
It has been such a ride. So many ups and downs. So many deaths. So much love. Such love. Such ferocious love, the one that threatens to destroy everything if shattered. Friendship. Respect. So many emotions I have no words to say it all.
Just that I am low right now that this series has end
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Owh the glory, the tragedy!

And so it ends.....

I have sailed the Great Green on the Xanthos and the Penelope, listened to the stories of Odysseus, wept with strong Andromache and Laodike, fought beside honorable Argurios, conflicted Helikaon, great Hektor and loyal Banokles and Kalliades and damn.. what a great ride it was..........

5 glorious stars!

full rtc when I can properly sort out all these feelings xD
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

Troy: Fall of Kings is the end of David Gemmell's epic historical series, and here a reader will find portrayed the final days of the Trojan War, the duel between Hektor and Achilles, the Trojan Horse, and the fall of mighty Troy. Without a doubt, the novel dazzles in its realistic portrayal of these historical events, leaving one both in awe of its brilliance and perplexed by its obvious flaws.

The good parts of the novel are easy to point out. David G
How Fall of Kings should have ended

(Note: All endings are written by me in an homage to
How it Should Have Ended. They aren't spoilers, none of this stuff happened although I would've enjoyed any of these endings more than the actual ending.)

Possible ending #1

"Lord Helikaon," said Khalkeus.
"What is it Khalkeus? I'm busy with preparation for our next steps in the war with the Mykene," said Helikaon.
"That's what this is about Lord. I've found a way to massively increase the range of your ships fir
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Gemmell's finest series. I have now read all his books and recommend this series especially.
It is wonderfully written and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Historically correct and the characters are ones that have often been over looked. Gemmell will go down as one of the finest writers known. I strongly suggest that anyone reading this, read the Troy series. Any series by him actually. You will be glad you did.
twelvejan [Alexandria]
5 Homeric Stars! <3

“Beware the wooden horse, Agamemnon King, Battle King, Conqueror, for it will roar to the skies on wings of thunder and herald the death of nations.”

“A pox on riddles, priest!” replied the king. “Tell me of Troy and of victory.”

“The last king of the Golden City will be Mykene. The gods have spoken.”


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At some point in our lives, we have heard about the fallen C
Really Grand Adventure tale!

It has it all, battles, betrayals, heroes & to top it of enough plot twists & differences then the more recognisable storyline of Troy to keep you going & guessing right until the very last chapter.

Looking back was I overally hard on the first two parts of the trilogy....... mayeb? As this chapter really stood out for me, loved all the characters good n bad & looking around for my next read by the author.
Not really a review but I was sitting on 4 stars for this one until the last 30 pages. Wow, what a nice surprise tie-in to some major historical events! I'd recommend this series to anyone who is familiar with the story of Troy but wants to see it retold with an incredible twist.
And this is it... The end of this EPIC Troy trilogy.

Oh God, I'm sad. I didn't want this to end. When i finished it, i just closed the book and stared at the ceiling for several hours,... ok no, I'm kidding,... for several minutes and couldn't help but start thinking about life and death and war and human kind, and i just felt so sad. Sometimes people are so greedy and ambitious, and want to get everything and don't care how. It doesn't matter if, to get whatever they want, they'll end up leaving
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muy bien acabada la trilogía. No es como yo la conocía pero eso da igual. Recomendable 100%.

Si por algo hay un premio que lleva el nombre de este tío. Lástima que ya no viva y no pueda seguir regalándonos la vista y la mente con sus obras.

No os pongo ni de que va. ¿Para qué? Si leeis el primer libro de la trilogía fijo, fijo, fijo, que llegais a este. Igual no le ponéis cinco estrellas pero dudaría que le pusiéseis menos de cuatro.
Georgiana 1792
Si conclude l'epopea della Guerra di Troia reinterpretata con precisione storica da David Gemmell (e conclusa postuma dalla moglie Stella, che aveva comunque collaborato nei primi due libri della trilogia). Siamo ancora in piena età del bronzo. Neanche gli ittiti padroneggiano ancora quel "metallo delle stelle", anche se Calcheo, detto il pazzo di Mileto, comincia a fare qualche esperimento. Uno dei momenti più belli del romanzo, comunque, è dedicato proprio a Calcheo che, da maestro d'ascia del ...more
Reggie Kray
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gemmell will always remain my favourite author.
So many feels for so many reasons.
It is not often I come across such a wonderful piece of perfection.
L'ours inculte
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Le voilà, le dernier tome de Troie, cette fois-ci signé par David et Stella Gemmell car le grand monsieur nous a quitté et c’est son épouse qui a terminé le tout pour ses lecteurs pleins de tristesse. La chute des rois est donc le dernier bouquin de ce grand auteur. Pourrait-il être son meilleur ?

Les deux tomes précédents ont mis tous les acteurs en place et ont parfaitement posé toutes les pièces de ce grand échiquier, c’est maintenant le moment tant attendu, la guerre de Troie est déclarée. Du
Най-сетне ми остана повече свободно време и реших да довърша поредицата "Троя". И като всяко хубаво нещо, я изчетох за отрицателно време, въпреки че си повтарях да не я чета бързо. Ала щом я взех в ръце, просто не можех да я оставя.

Както казах и за първата книга, да пишеш за добре познати легенди, се изисква огромна смелост, а за да е и интересно - голям талант. А тук такъв не липсва още повече като се прибави факта, че след смъртта на Дейвид Гемел неговата съпруга Стела довършва книгата и го пр
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An epic heroes farewell, or an epic farewell. This very readable and entertaining story has even more meaning for me when I learned Stella Gemmell completed this last book soon after her husband David's death.

Cathartic. Providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions.

This is a long farewell. I could easily imagine that Stella was able to say goodbye to her hero David with every passage of this book. A silly romantic notion? Too idealistic or simplistic for me to th
An immensely readable trilogy, which kept me engaged from beginning to end, except perhaps for a couple of hundred pages in this book which described war, war and more war. I hate reading about war, love reading about people and their way of life. Hence one star deducted.
I keenly followed Odysseus, Hektor, Andromache, Xander, kassandra, Banocles and a myriad of others, including the two rivals Priam and Agamemnon who are the baddies of the series, one perhaps a tinge better than the other, and t
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There isn't much I can say that I haven't already said about this series. I will admit that even though I "knew" what was supposed to happen to the city of Troy, Gemmell changed things up a bit: the Hector & Achilles showdown ended differently than expected, as did Agamemnon's demise. I would highly recommend this series to anyone into historical fiction. Great work by the late David Gemmell.
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This whole trilogy has been a wonderful reading experience!! I like that Aeneas was a main character, and finally he and some of the survivors of the Trojan War go to the city of the Seven Hills...
Even though this trilogy failed to interest from the first book, I kept reading in hopes that it would improve. Sadly, it didn't, and I detected no decline or difference in quality when Gemmell's writing ended and his wife's began. The characterization continued to be shallow, the plot points far-fetched and for their own sake. I'm specifically thinking of the entire subplot of Gershom, which had nothing to do with the main story and had the feel of being a kitchen sink approach to bring in all ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A markedly noteworthy ending to an outstanding epic fantasy trilogy, that professes such remarkable depth!

David Gemmell has to be one of the greatest writers of all-time whose work is just so astonishing, that it outshines many within the increasingly diverse fantasy genre. His work is truly original and of such quality and profound substance, that his stories remain with you long after you have read them. Fall of Kings (Troy 3#) is the magnificent conclusion to a sweeping historical masterpiec
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 FALL OF KINGS: Sadly the world was poorer when David Gemmell passed away on 26th July 2006, condolence messages started pouring in & before anyone could speculate about what would happen to the third book, Stella Gemmell took it upon herself to complete her husband’s vision of Troy. She has assisted him in his previous books by doing research work & in t
Sue Smith
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great book. Such a great series. I can't remember when I've enjoyed a series as much as this one. Of course, being based on one of the world's best known historical story, it's not hard to see why it's so intriguing. But it's a book that's written beyond that, and for that reason alone - it's well worth the effort to read it all.

What I mean by that comment - that it's written beyond the historical story - is that he's taken the slant of the story that we all recall of Troy and made it som
Димитър Панайотов
Прочетох трилогията "Троя". 10/10 лична оценка. Едно от най-добрите неща на които съм попадал напоследък. Не особено сложна, с не особено запомнящ се стил, без философия и т.н., но притежаваща най-важната черта на романа за мен - увлекателност. Хванах я и не успях да я оставя, докато не затворих последната страница. Невероятна четивност, страхотен сюжет, много исторически и митологични препратки, герои, които обикваш, битки, обрати, драма, героизъм, автентична антична атмосфера... Мога да ръся с ...more
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fall of kings like all the others in the trilogy was an entertaining read, drawing you into the plot and characters. There were some great set pieces in the book, and some twist and turns that were unexpected. Taking the three books as a whole this was an amazing adventure with great characters and escapism that makes these books stand out from others. You really are back in this time and place and David Gemmell’s descriptive writing is excellent. The ending was great, with a really good build u ...more
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last book in a trilogy about the Trojan War.
The entire synopsis of this book can be summed up by saying it's a book of war. It is, in it's entirety, a book of battles, small and large.
I have enjoyed the entire series. It is filled with epic battles and epic heroes, strong women and brave warriors, death and life. Where some of my favorite characters die and some live.
And in the end, it was a fabulous read and I'm ever so sorry that David Gemmell won't be writing anymore books.
Karolina Kat
I have walked with heroes.

Amazing, enchanting, beautiful and one of a kind. To change a well-known story into something so fresh and unexpected deserves for the higest praise.

Gemmell played with all the motifs known to those who read Iliad and Odyssey and turned them into his own oiginal story. Wonderful read.
Eduardo Schimitt
This trilogy is probably the best interpretation of Troy's story since Homero. I'll make a proper review soon.
Once again, forgive the brevity of this review, but much of what I had to say about this last novel in the trilogy I have already presented in my review of the first book. I must admit, there was a note of concern going into this final instalment – Fall of Kings was sadly left as an unfinished work by David Gemmell’s passing, and his widow Stella used his notes to complete the novel and see it to publication. Obviously, I was somewhat concerned that there might be a visible join in the novel whe ...more
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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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