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Troy: Shield of Thunder by David Gemmell
Cover Artist: Craig Howell
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Ballantine Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345477026
Date: 26 December 2007 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

[Editor's Note: This review originally ran in our March 2007 issue.]

It was with a sad heart that I read this tale, the last novel Gemmell completed before his death in 2006. Some good news for readers is that he had completed substantial parts of the concluding tale prior to his death and his wife will complete his final work, Troy: Fall of Kings. I won't speculate a great deal as to the contents and scope of the third tale, but the title may hint at a deeper meaning.

The wine-dark seas are covered in chaos. The allies of Priam and Agamemnon are pillaging the Aegean. As the battles intensify, the world is drawn closer to the siege of Troy.

From official release/information:

Book Description: 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 terrible secret; Kalliades, a warrior with high ideals and a legendary sword; and his close friend Banokles, who will carve his own legend in the battles to come.

Together they journey to the fabled city of Troy, where a darkness is falling that will eclipse the triumphs and personal tragedies of ordinary mortals for centuries to come. From the Paperback edition.

(Source: Ballantine Books)

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