Troy: Fall of Kings

Troy: Fall of Kings

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By (author) David Gemmell, By (author) Stella Gemmell

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  • Publisher: Corgi Books
  • Format: Paperback | 672 pages
  • Dimensions: 107mm x 173mm x 46mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552151130
  • ISBN 13: 9780552151139
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 16,091

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Darkness falls on the Great Green, and the Ancient World is fiercely divided. On the killing fields outside the golden city of Troy, forces loyal to the Mykene King mass. Among them is Odysseus, fabled storyteller and reluctant ally to the Mykene, who knows that he must soon face his former friends in deadly combat. Within the city, the Trojan king waits. Ailing and bitter, his hope is pinned on two heroes: his favourite son Hektor, and the dread Helikaon who will wreak terrible vengeance for the death of his wife at Mykene hands. War has been declared. As enemies, who are also kinsmen, are filled with bloodlust, they know that many of them will die, and that some will become heroes: heroes who will live for ever in a story that will echo down the centuries.

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David A. Gemmell's first novel, Legend, was published in 1984 and became an instant classic. His most recent Drenai and Rigante novels are available as Corgi paperbacks; all are Sunday Times bestsellers. Now widely regarded as one of the finest writers of heroic fantasy, David Gemmell lived in East Sussex until his death in July 2006. Stella Gemmell is a journalist, and worked with her husband on all three Troy novels. She concluded Troy: Fall of Kings after his death.

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"History and legend combine in the epic re-creation of the Troy myth" -- Conn Iggulden "David Gemmell carries us away into a four-cornered wholly convincing cosmos... so masterfully done that the reader thinks, "Ah, this is what it was really like" -- Stephen Pressfield "Gripping and fast-paced, intelligent and intensely readable... should appeal to anyone who enjoys an action-packed historical epic" -- Joanne Harris "The loyalties and betrayals, the love and the hate, the endless, everlasting courage of the men - and the women - of both sides are brought to life in this vivid, inspirational recreation of the Troy myth" -- Manda Scott

Editorial reviews

Final volume in the authors' historical fantasy (Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow, 2005, etc.) very loosely based on The Iliad. The narrative was completed by Stella following the death of her husband in 2006.Agamemnon of Mykene and his allies seek the destruction of Troy and its king, Priam, for the latter's supposedly vast hoard of treasure, not revenge for the abduction of the fabled Helen - here she is plain, plump and peripheral. Odysseus, a wanderer and fabulist, has strong ties to Troy's main ally, fierce mariner Helikaon (aka Aeneas) of Dardania, and sides with Agamemnon only because of a now-regretted oath. Warrior Achilles despises cold, treacherous, ambitious Agamemnon. Priam's in his dotage, and turns over the defense of Troy to his sons. However, before the battle for Troy can reach its climax, Helikaon must take Andromache, Prince Hektor's wife, to the island of Thera to return some bones and fulfill a vow. Andromache - just one of the many strong female characters - loves Helikaon as well as her husband, and complications ensue. Helikaon's warship is the most powerful on the seas - and he's armed with Greek fire! Other anachronisms abound: the Mykene fight in Macedonian phalanxes; the characters merrily chomp on corn bread. There's plenty of revisionism, too: Achilles kills Paris, not the other way around, and never sulks in his tent, while his single combat with Hektor ends not at all as Homer would have us believe. Finally, the Trojan Horse, still a brilliant deception inspired by Odysseus, owes nothing to a hollow statue on wheels.A rousing conclusion for fans of the previous volumes - but not one for the purists. (Kirkus Reviews)