Lord of the Silver Bow

Gemmell, David

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Lord of the Silver Bow
A retelling of the legend of the Trojan War chronicles the exploits of Aeneas, the Lord of the Silver Bow, a powerful warrior known as Helikaon to his friends, including Odysseus, as he engages Argurious, a warrior of Agamemnon, in a battle to the death and falls in love with Andromache, the betrothed of Hektor.

Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2006
Edition: Del Ray trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 0345494571
Branch Call Number: FICTION GEMMELL 2006
Characteristics: 476 p. :,map ;,21 cm


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Historical fiction with a dose of fantasy from the prolific Gemmell. This page turner about the Trojan War centers around the warrior Aeneas.

Historical fiction with a dose of fantasy from the prolific Gemmell. This page turner about the Trojan War centers around the warrior Aeneas.

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Sep 17, 2014

As Agamemnon of Mykene leads the Greeks in a war against the city of Troy, archer Helikaon - also known as Aeneas, Lord of the Silver Bow - prepares to defend his beloved city as well as the woman he loves, who's married to another. Although loosely based on Homer's Iliad, this opening volume of author David Gemmel's Troy trilogy (followed by Shield of Thunder and Fall of Kings) takes considerable liberties with the original story, making it best suited to readers who enjoy ancient battlefield epics similar to those by Steven Pressfield or Conn Iggulden. Historical Fiction September 2014 Newsletter.

Apr 28, 2014

this book is simply amazing! i usually don't read military history, but i am sure glad that i made an exception with this! gemmell creates fiery and passionate love affairs to how ancient men lived on seafaring vessels. we even get some lessons in how huge boats were built. he also does not stint on character development. i felt that these folks were actually real, and also had the same emotions and passionate endeavors that we all have today. he also creates very believable descriptions about the beautiful ocean, and verdent forests. most importantly, though, he creates very strong women characters. as a feminist, this is among the first qualities of a novel that i want to read about. women in the ancient world certainly knew difficulty via their gender, but still, women like andromache work through this, and manage to keep their self identity intact. andromache is not afraid to go after priam, the slimy, calculating king of troy. ah .... nothing like palace intrigues to keep a reader most interested! so go read this .... and have a good time enjoying same!

Aug 17, 2011
  • SCOTT K CURRIE rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This story is right in my sweet spot (sweet spot = can't put it down; can't get back reading it fast enough; I'll read just one more chapter). The story is epic, the characters are compelling and the writing is almost invisible. The central character of this book, Aeneas, is larger-than-life. This is vital for story such as this for it transports us to the heights (and depths!) of the human experience; simultaneously exalting in human potential and wallowing in its depravity. There is a dark edge to Gemmell's writing which includes some details of raw human evil, pride, selfishness, denegration and despair. Gemmell allows the story to unfold with expected and desired consequences, for the most part. He offers comments about life and ethics through his characters without being over-bearing. A great read. For similar authors, I recommend Conn Iggulden and to a lesser extent James Byron Huggins (not as epic in scope, but includes characters just as transcendent).

Apr 09, 2011
  • m2 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Recommended by a patron. I loved the recreation of Troy. Violent, but good. Funny that it is sci fi -- it is historical fiction but with a twist (the story is different than Homer's). No real "fantasy" elements in it.Can't wait to read the next one.


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Mar 28, 2010
  • cpurvis rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Three lives will change the destiny of nations.

Helikaon, the young prince of Dardania, haunted by a scarred and traumatic childhood. The priestess Andromache, whose fiery spirit and fierce independence threatens the might of kings. And the legendary warrior Argurios, cloaked in loneliness and driven only by thoughts of revenge.

In Troy they find a city torn apart by destructive rivalries - a maelstrom of jealousy, deceit and murderous treachery. And beyond its fabled walls blood-hungry enemies eye its riches and plot its downfall.

It is a time of bravery and betrayal; a time of bloodshed and fear. A time for heroes.

May 26, 2009
  • dharvie rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is the first book in Gemmell's Troy Series, which retells the story of the Trojan War.


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