Monday, January 4, 2010

Mmmmm... Helikaon!

Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy, #1) Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh, what an excellent book. It took me a chapter or two to work out who was who, and what was going on, but once I had everyone sorted out in my head I could really enjoy the tale. I found the main characters well drawn, keeping faith with the traditions of the Trojan War story that has endured to current times, while not pushing the mythological aspects beyond the realms of the believable. Odysseus is a particularly enchanting character, and I look forward to meeting him again in the next book in the series. The story really belongs to Helikaon, who is one of the most appealing flawed heroes I've read in ages, and I'm quite in love with him.
The narrative rattled along at a fair pace, without getting bogged down in unnecessary descriptive detail, something many other authors could learn from! Fight scenes where clear and concise, and without unnecessary gory descriptiveness.
Many thanks to the colleague who loaned me the series, knowing I'd enjoy them. I'm sure once I've finished them I'll read my way through the rest of David Gemmell's books.

So, that's one down, eleven to go in the historical fiction challenge... and still 361 days to go!


Lady Quinlan said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm definitely putting this on my TBR pile.

DP9 said...

I hope you enjoy it after I've raved so much! I was a bit shocked to read a really negative review of it in the last few days - a long, detailed criticism of exactly how awful the reader thought the book was. I was a bit stunned!

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