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Troy: Fall of Kings by David Gemmell
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Ballantine Trade Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345477040
Date: 24 March 2009 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

[NOTE: We're re-running this review from our December 2007 issue.]

In the Iliad and the Odyssey, Homer tells of the fall of Hector and the voyages of Odysseus. The fall of Troy and the voyage of Aeneas were told by Virgil. Now these epochs have been reinvented by master story teller David Gemmel. Gemmell brings a view that the Trojan War was fought on a much grander scale and not just before the walls of Troy. As this trilogy has unfolded, he shares the stories of Odysseus that are the foundation for the stories of his adventures on his return from Troy. As the greatest heroes of the age of heroes battle; all of their faults and strengths lay bare. In this the final chapter of the Troy series all will be revealed, just maybe not in the way you expected.

From official release/information:

Product Description: 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 avail against the hordes of battle-hardened Mykene infantry, the Myrmidon soldiers of Achilles, and the cunning strategies of Odysseus, compelled against his heart's urgings to aid the cause of Agamemnon.

Now, before the gates of Troy, Hektor and Achilles will find themselves inexorably drawn into a battle of champions that will decide the fate of the innocents trapped within the city walls. There, as King Priam slips into madness, Andromache–wife of Hektor, lover of Helikaon, mother, warrior, and priestess–must navigate a maze of treachery and danger to save her children and her city from the massacre about to unfold.

(Source: Ballantine)

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