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Fall of kings von David Gemmell
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Fall of kings (Original 2007; 2009. Auflage)

von David Gemmell, Stella Gemmell (Autor)

Reihen: Troy Trilogy (3)

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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.… (mehr)
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Titel:Fall of kings
Autoren:David Gemmell
Weitere Autoren:Stella Gemmell (Autor)
Info:London : Transworld, 2009.
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Königssturz. Ein Troja-Roman von David Gemmell (2007)

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I really enjoyed this series. Wonderful characters, especially the larger than life hero, Banokles, who physical and strength of character make him a Trojan general. In the third and final book, Troy is besieged by King Agammenon and his Western kings alliance, and there is much death and slaughter, especially of Troy's ruling family. Yet, the end is not gloom and doom. Highly recommended. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
The final book in Gemmel's Troy trilogy, and listed as co-written by his wife, Stella, after his premature death before the book was completed.
The narrative is centred on the actual siege of Troy and the final battles - so there was much more fighting and hacking and spearing and dying than I needed, but hard to write out of the story.
The best parts of the book (and the previous volumes) lies in the believable characters that inspire affection (or loathing) in the eye of the reader. I sometimes think that his characters are based on people he knows, and he projects their modern characteristics into the alien environment. Not a problem, but possibly better if the process was less transparent. ( )
  mbmackay | Jun 20, 2020 |
It was a tragedy to lose David Gemmell so early. He was one of the best fantasy writers in the biz and even his lesser books were better than most. He also passed away before he could finish his Troy trilogy, but thankfully his wife completed his work. Usually when someone takes over a series, some of the original vision is lost, but Stella Gemmell rose to the occasion and finished the trilogy with an assured hand (although, as usual the body-count was high). Epic, action-packed, and enthralling. ( )
  saturnloft | Sep 13, 2013 |
Another fantastic read, I love the way he meshes myth with history ( )
  TheBookViewer | Sep 18, 2012 |
It took me some time to finish Fall of Kings, not because it was uninteresting (trust me, it was hard to put down), but because I've been very, very busy.

Fall of Kings, the last of the Troy trilogy, opens with Agamemnon and his fleet witnessing the burning of Dardanos, Helikaon's realm. The latter arrives shortly after, burning the whole of the enemy fleet.

Meanwhile, in Troy, the situation has gone from bad to worse. Refugees arrive on a daily basis, and those who try to flee are promptly killed by Agamemnon's forces. After Hekabe's death, Priam has become only a shadow of his former self; delusional, alcoholic, insane. He rests his hopes on only two people; his favorite son Hector, and the Dardanian king.

It is now winter, cold and bitter. Boats never cross the Great Green in the cold season, yet Priam sends his youngest daughter Kassandra to Thera, along with Andromache. They are to sail on the Xanthos with Helikaon, who needs to travel to his small colony on the Seven Hills for some much needed tin.

While on Thera, Gershom has an epiphany, brought on by Kassandra, and leaves the Xanthos to sail back to Egypt, making do on the promise he made to a healer, and thus face his destiny. Kassandra also warns Andromache of a situation in Ithaka; pirates have taken over the city and Penelope is now their hostage. As they speak, Odysseus is running to her rescue and to retake his land, and Helikaon must help. And help he will.

In the spring, Odysseus, reluctant ally of Agamemnon, forms a plan to take Troy. While not taking the city itself, the plains and the lower city are taken. Troy itself is now besieged, with little food and water. The nobles are worried that they will not last through the summer.

At last, the Xanthos returns. The tin Helikaon has managed to acquire is smuggled to the city, and Andromache can return to her home, and the son she so sorely misses. The great ship and the Trojan fleet must now escape and manages to do so by sinking the enemy's ships, which number twice their own.

Soon after, we witness the epic battle between Hektor and Achilles. However, neither survives. Odysseus then leaves Troy, determined not to be part of the sacking of Troy. Nestor follows, along with Achilles' Myrmidons.

It won't be long before the city is taken. Andromache must escape, and she is able to do so with the help of Kalliades, Banokles and Helikaon. Meanwhile, Agamemnon reaches Priam's vault, which promises to hold riches beyond belief, only to find it empty. Convinced that Helikaon stole it, he pursues him to Thera.

The island is destroyed not long after by a natural catastrophe, and sends a series of tsunamis across the Great Green. While the Xanthos survives them all, Odysseus' fate is unknown.

This is a fitting end to a wonderful trilogy. While David Gemmel left this last book unfinished upon his death, his wife, Stella, magnificently took on the task of completing it. The book seamlessly transitions from his writing style to hers, so much so that I never noticed where that transition starts.

Again, this is a story of tragedy and loss, of love and loyalty, of life and death, but most of all, of sacrifice. All the characters in the book must sacrifice something, sometimes their own lives, for something, or someone, they cherish. The most gripping of examples is during Andromache's escape, when Banokles cuts the rope after she, Kalliades and Helikaon have descended the wall. He could have joined them, but in not doing so, he saved all their lives, and diminished the chances of having them pursued by the enemy.

This has never been about 'the face that could launch a thousand ships'. In fact, Helen is repeatedly described as 'plain and plump'. This has never been about the love story between her and Paris. If anything, the story is about the forbidden love between Andromache and Helikaon, Agamemnon's ambition and greed, and the precarious political situation surrounding it all.

Both David and Stella Gemmel capture this beautiful tale inspired by Homer's Iliad, and retell it in a captivating fashion. The novel, and the series, reeks of violence, murder, blood.

But through it all prevails hope, love, loyalty and friendship. ( )
1 abstimmen kalyka | Jun 15, 2011 |
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David GemmellHauptautoralle Ausgabenberechnet
Gemmell, StellaHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Rostant, LarryUmschlagillustrationCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt

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A bright moon shone low in the sky above the Isle of Imbros, its silver light bathing the rocky shoreline and the Mykene war fleet beached there. [Prologue]
Helikaon stood at the stern of the Xanthos, staring back at the burning fleet. He felt no satisfaction as the flames lit the night sky. [Chapter I]
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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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