Fall of Kings

Book - 2008
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The second novel in David Gemmell' s bestselling Troy trilogy. Interlacing myth and history, and high adventure, this is epic storytelling at its very best. War is looming, and all the kings of the Great Green are gathering, each with their own dark plans of conquest and plunder. Into this maelstrom of treachery come three travellers: Piria, a runaway priestess nursing a terrible secret; Kalliades, a warrior with high ideals and a legendary sword; and his close friend Banokles, who will carve his own legend in the battles to come. Together they journey to the fabled city of Troy, where a darkness is falling that will eclipse the triumphs and personal tragedies of ordinary mortals for centuries to come. From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: London, Eng. : Bantam Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9780593052266
Characteristics: 495 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gemmell, Stella
Alternative Title: Fall of kings.


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Feb 08, 2016

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Jeremy410 Dec 19, 2012

The final novel in the Troy trilogy. Just as interesting as the first two, but with an ending that surprised me. Pleasantly so!

Sep 13, 2011

A fitting end to a wonderful series! The conclusion offers appropriate - for a novel - resolution to not only the events but also the characters. I especially appreciated the unique - to me - take on the Trojan Horse of mythology. The only thing that kept me from giving it the last half of the fourth star was a matter of principle (again, to me). I found the ties to other histories, particularly the Israelite story, a little incredulous. From what I can tell, the events, assuming that they are historical, would likely have happened about 300 years apart. Now, I know that 300 years is not much in historical terms but that point bothered me nonetheless. By the end of the book, I was half expecting the two remaining young boys to somehow become Romulus and Remus in a sort of, everying-is-connected-to-these-characters-in-a-Forrest-Gumpian-way. This minutia aside, a GREAT series. By all means read it, especially if you have read any of Conn Iggulden's or Stephen Lawhead's stuff and liked it.

m2 Apr 21, 2011

Great conclusion to a brilliant series. Love that heroic fiction! Very sad that the author died during the writing of the book -- but it shows his work at the height of his powers.

Will recommend.


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Mar 14, 2010

Darkness falls on the Great Green, and the Ancient World is fiercely divided.

On the killing fields outside the golden city of Troy, forces loyal to the Mykene King mass. Among them is Odysseus, fabled storyteller and reluctant ally to the Mykene, who knows that he must soon face his former friends in deadly combat.

Within the city, the Trojan king waits. Ailing and bitter, his hope is pinned on two heroes: his favourite son Hektor, and the dread Helikaon who will wreak terrible vengeance for the death of his wife at Mykene hands.

War has been declared.

As enemies, who are also kinsmen, are filled with bloodlust, they know that many of them will die, and that some will become heroes: heroes who will live for ever in a story that will echo down the centuries.

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