If you enjoy the clashing of shield to shield, the slicing of well-balanced swords, and a good uppercut, then this book is for you. David Gemmell’s book, Troy: Lord of The Silver Bow is all that and more. Set in the Troy locale and amongst the history of legendary heroes and villains, Helikaon, our protagonist battles his own frailties and weaknesses at the same time as he battles assassins and pirates. True Prince of the land of Dardania, Helikaon exhibits his logical and merciful thinking when he protects his young stepbrother and pledges allegiance to him; however, in another breath unleashes a torment of revenge on Mykene pirates who kill his closest friend.
Our hero is struggles time and again to choose duty over heart, restraint over abandon, and loyalty over desertion. Gemmell does a superb job exploring Helikaon’s and all his other character’s motives for their actions in life. Each character is well fleshed out and bedecked with realistic humanity. They move through their lives, intertwining at just the opportune moments from all parts of the world connected to The Great Green.
The battles are all exciting with a graphic spraying of gory violence inherent in fighting with spears, swords, arrows, and hand-to-hand combat. Vivid and gruesome, they are plenty satisfying. I particularly enjoyed the unique use of the substance naphthar, a flammable, oil-based substance, in a sea-faring battle.
Gemmell created the perfect love interest for Helikaon in Andromache, a strong, warrior-like woman who also chafes against the boundaries of her duty a young princess and priestess.
Heroic self-sacrifice, honor, loyalty – king and country. From beginning to the end of this unrelenting page-turner, Troy: Lord of The Silver Bow, will have you sacrificing your sleep and spare time to discover the outcome. 9 out of 10 Liams. This is my first Gemmell reading and it left me wanting to read more of his books. I was saddened to realize that his body of work is finite; however I suppose that makes it all the more extraordinary.