He is a man of many names. Some call him the Golden One; others, the Lord of the Silver Bow. To the Dardanians, he is Prince Aeneas. But to his friends, he is Helikaon. Strong, fast, quick of mind, he is a bold warrior, hated by his enemies, feared even by his Trojan allies. For there is a darkness at the heart of the Golden One, a savagery that, once awakened, can be appeased only with blood.
Argurios the Mykene is a peerless fighter, a man of unbending principles and unbreakable will. Like all of the Mykene warriors, he lives to conquer and to kill. Dispatched by King Agamemnon to scout the defenses of the golden city of Troy, he is Helikaon’s sworn enemy.
Andromache is a priestess of Thera betrothed against her will to Hektor, prince of Troy. Scornful of tradition, skilled in the arts of war, and passionate in the ways of her order, Andromache vows to love whom she pleases and to live as she desires.
Now fate is about to thrust these three together–and, from the sparks of passionate love and hate, ignite a fire that will engulf the world.
Readers who know the works of David Gemmell expect nothing less than excellence from this author, whose taut prose, driving plots, and full-bodied characters have won him legions of fans the world over. Now, with this first masterly volume in an epic reimagining of the Trojan War, Gemmell has written an ageless drama of brave deeds and fierce battles, of honor and treachery, of love won and lost.
My Take, Why it’s worth a read:
This book was a masterpiece. The writing style was perfect for the story that was told. Taking a different characters’ point of view every few pages of the book revealed all of the different emotions that were being felt. At one point, I was sad and disgusted of the act of Helikaon, burning 50 men alive, but at the next moment, I felt his hatred and understood the reason for his actions. The story does not follow a specific path, and it merely moves along telling the story of dozens of people. It is a brutal book revealing the harshness of war and death, love and rape, and trust and treachery.
This has been the first book so far that I have really enjoyed that was about the times of the Trojans. The great thing about this book was it was a mixture of many things. It had the interesting aspects of the Trojan, Dardanian and Mykene peoples life and showed the different cultures and how they interacted with each other. It also had two people who by a glance had fallen in love, yet the circumstances facing them kept the possibility of them being together forever impossible. And finally, it had the harshness of the times. Men being burned alive, more being tortured to death to prove points, and women being raped for the fun of it.
This book is no fairy tale. Many are brutally killed and more are savagely beaten, but it is no harsh war story either. There is love that is born with the characters that gives them the will to battle and so the story goes on. This book is worth the read.
“We make choices everyday, some of them good, some of them bad. And if we are strong enough – we live with the consequences. To be truthful I am not entirely sure what people mean when they talk of happiness. There are moments of joy and laughter, the comfort of friendship, but enduring happiness? If it exists I have not discovered it.”
About the Author:
David Andrew Gemmell was a bestselling British author of heroic fantasy. A former journalist and newspaper editor, Gemmell had his first work of fiction published in 1984. He went on to write over thirty novels. Best known for his debut, Legend, Gemmell’s works display violence, yet also explores themes in honour, loyalty and redemption. With over one million copies sold, his work continues to sell worldwide.