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Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmell



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Submitted by Malcolm Bickley 
(Apr 11, 2006)

When you come down to it Gemmell writes Greek tragedies, with the imperfect hero suffering from some great loss. And the ill fated love of his life that could never be with him due to some great event in her life. It is a constant theme through out his books and must show just how great a writer he is to continually write great books that just jump off the page at you. The greatest problem I have with Gemmell is that I read his books late into the night, just reading one more page to see how it all pans out. Then all of a sudden its five thirty in the morning and I have two hours sleep before I have to go to work. He does it once more with Lord of the Silver Bow, and it seems fitting that a man who has made a name for himself writing about Greek tragedies, chooses to write a novel based around the greatest of them all. Well done to you again David.


Submitted by jKORE 
(Oct 03, 2005)

Has no one read this book? I'm surprised that no one has posted a review. I admit I am relatively new to the fantasy genre... if you would call this work fantasy, but I think the life of a book comes from what it makes you feel, and I have to completely agree with Conn Iggulden's quote where he said,
"Gemmell's triumph is creating men and women so real that their trials are agony and their triumph is glorious."
This book, although such a slow introduction I admit, pulled at my heart strings and made me want to be there with the characters and help them through their trials.
I believe Gemmell's aim in creating such an all-encompassing introduction to these beloved characters was to open that gateway to empathy. And when the inevitable great events arise in the following installments, these characters have become the readers' best friends, giving greater life to the story.
A point I had liked much, was the way Gemmell could write from many different perspectives of the same event, yet kept the story from becoming dull, revealing details in each version of the event to slowly create the bigger picture.
The historicity of the ancient world is so well recorded, a reader could feel transported to the glorious City of Troy or an ancient trading bay, infested with pirates, whores and scoundrels.
I honestly felt exausted as the war scenes dragged on through the night, and our heroes valiantly fought on.
The thing that bothered me the most was the way desisions was made, on behalf of the author, that resulted in misfortune for the protagonists. It hurt to watch them suffer.
I can't say much bad about this book, except it is slow of the mark. If war and pace are what you are after, maybe 'LORD OF THE SILVER BOW' isn't for you. But as a drama writer myself, I had thoroughly enjoyed the depth and life of this ancient world, and know the next installments will be just as great, if not greater, that the first.


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