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Lord of the silver bow, David Gemmell

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Lord of the silver bow
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Lord of the silver bow
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David Gemmell
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Troy: Lord of the silver bow
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  • This hefty historical fantasy opens a trilogy dealing with the Trojan War but without the usual number of variations on the theme readers have come to expect from prolific and popular fantasist Gemmell. The title character is Aeneas, not outwardly the Trojan hero, however, but a Trojan ally using the name Helikaon. He and the Greek Odysseus are on terms of mutual respect, and he is also in love with Andromache, the betrothed of Hector, Troys greatest warrior. When relations between Troy and Mycenae start deteriorating dramatically, Helikaon/Aeneas is in several kinds of dilemma. We soon learn that Gemmells isnt the Homeric scenario of the Iliad, however, because this book's Hector doesn't survive the battles of this preliminary book, and those occur before Agamemnon sets sail for Troy. Gemmell is a master of fast pacing and original, not to say offbeat, takes on legendary and mythical characters. The alternate Iliad he launches here does honor to his reputation and promises to lift it higher while adding notably to readers' pleasure. -- Roland Green (Reviewed 09-01-2005) (Booklist, vol 102, number 1, p74)
  • /* Starred Review */ Bestseller Gemmell (Legend ) boldly recasts the Trojan War in this first of a new trilogy, which centers on a warrior variously called Helikaon, Aeneas or the Golden One, who's blessed by luck to have all he turns his hand to prosper. Populated by compelling and finely drawn characters taken from either Greek mythology (Odysseus, Hektor, etc.) or the author's own fertile imagination, the novel lays the groundwork for the war to come. Spurred by prophecy, Agamemnon, King of Mykene, sets his men the task of killing Aeneas. The ensuing conflict threatens to engulf the Mediterranean. While this enchanting tale is more historical fiction than fantasy (the obligatory oracles and Kassandra's prophecies are the only hints of magic), genre fans and more general readers alike will have trouble putting it down. Agent, Howard Morhaim. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 8, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 31, p217)
  • /* Starred Review */ Called away from her life as a priestess on the isle of Thera, Andromache travels to Troy as the wife-to-be of Hektor, warrior hero and son of King Priam. Before she meets her future husband, however, Andromache becomes involved in the sometimes petty, always dangerous household politics of the house of Priam. Most disturbing to the free-spirited former priestess, she falls in love with Hektor's good friend Helikaon, also called Aeneas, the Lord of the Silver Bow. Gemmell begins his epic trilogy several years before Agamemnon sends his fleet to lay siege to Troy. By focusing on the minor characters of Homer's Iliad , the author of the "Stones of Power" cycle adds another dimension to a classic tale of passion and honor. Andromache's independent spirit and warrior-maiden demeanor work in counterpoint to Helikaon's honorable conscience and battle-hardened prowess. A series opener for all libraries; highly recommended. --Jackie Cassada (Reviewed July 15, 2005) (Library Journal, vol 130, issue 12, p72)
  • /* Starred Review */ Forget warring Greeks and Trojans: Gemmell's splendidly plotted saga bears little resemblance to Homer, save for a certain coincidence of names. In the first of a projected trilogy from British fantasist Gemmell (The Swords of Night and Day, 2004, etc.), Prince Helikaon (Aeneas) of Dardania trades far and wide across the stormy Great Green (Mediterranean Sea). He has built for himself a huge vessel that his detractors predict will swiftly come to ruin. With his bald sidekick, Zidantas, Helikaon has affronted King Agamemnon of Mykene by killing the pirates whose activities the megalomaniacal Agamemnon tacitly encourages. Meanwhile, Dardania's ally, the tyrannical but capable Priam of Troy, has alienated or killed his sons—with the exception of the great warrior Hektor, presently away fighting with the Hittites against Egypt. Priam now summons the strong, beautiful priestess Andromache to be Hektor's bride; she takes passage aboard voyager and storyteller Odysseus' ship. Aboard Helikaon's vessel sails the fearsome Mykene warrior Argurios, patiently awaiting his chance to challenge Helikaon in battle. Treacherous Kolanos, captain of three Mykene pirate ships, also thirsts for Helikaon's blood. At Blue Owl Bay, Helikaon falls instantly for Andromache and survives several assassination attempts. Kolanos abducts, tortures and kills Zidantas. Mad with rage and grief, Helikaon chases Kolanos out to sea, destroying one ship and capturing another; as Kolanos flees, Helikaon burns the captured ship—along with 50 Mykene captives. As the blood feud deepens, the action moves to Troy, where there are love interests, vicious betrayals, rousing battles and much foreshadowing of events to come.Thoroughly captivating: Gemmell's fully-realized characters and their struggles exert a powerful attraction. (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2005)
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Gemmell, David
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Troy
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  • Greeks
  • Trojan War
  • Troy (Extinct city)
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Lord of the silver bow, David Gemmell
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25 cm.
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First edition.
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476 pages
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9780345458353
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2005040514
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Lord of the silver bow, David Gemmell
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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512784
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
476 pages
Isbn
9780345458353
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2005040514
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780345458353
  • (Sirsi) ADS-3904

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