“ Author: David Gemmell / Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy „
The Dark Prince is book two of a series based around the Ancient Greek General Parmenion although I think it is also part of a larger trilogy called the stones of power which has another five or six books in it. As I have already said this is part two. It is set in Ancient Greece around the famous general Parmenion. The first book describes his life growing up in the famous city of Sparta and ow he was an outcast because of his mixed blood: Spartan and Macedonian. It tells of how he liberates the city of Thebes from Spartan rule and becomes the Macedonian armies General under King Philip who he knew as a child in Thebes. The first book tells of how Parmenion fathers the dark prince. Even though it is with Philips wife. Philip and his wife both don't know that it's Parmenions child since because of a dark ritual Philip was supposed to wear a mask and go to his wife at a certain time for the child to be great. But Philip gets drunk and Parmenion steps in for him. The story is partly true although no-one is entirely sure if all the characters existed. That is the basic plot for book one. (you wouldn't understand book two if i didn't write that) I thought book one was brilliant to read. And if i can i will review it. If anyone wants to buy it it's £6.99 and called Lion Of Macedon and is in most bookshops. Back to the review. I really enjoyed The Dark Prince. As soon as I started i just couldn't put it down. There is a perfect amount of excitement tension and adventure as well as a certain amount of love. I would recommend it as more of an adults book since there are some gory explanations and adult references. In The Dark Prince is part of a true story. The child Parmenion has fathered the Dark Prince is to become Alexander: creator of the greatest empire the world has ever known. This book tells of his rise to glory and his victoriesaswell as the evils the chaos spirit living inside
him wreaks on him. Held at bay for so long by a stone of power which alexander can never take off. The start of the book see's alexander transported into an alternate dimension into another time to a land a lot like his own but also with very big differences. Parmenion follows him along with the head of Philips guard. There are many battles and twists in the story. And if you read both the books you will understandwhat i mean when i say it gets complicated near the end of the first section in book two. This book is fantasy excellence i was amazed at how good it was and I now own every single one of David Gemmells books! I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys reading fantasy or wants to start. Five stars Exellent
How can the sequel to a book be so different in Style? Those of you who have read my opinion on 'The Lion of Macedon', the prequel to 'The Dark Prince' will know that I was pleasantly surprised by the book and that I was really looking forward to reading this, the sequel. The trouble is that the two books are very different types of story indeed. 'The Dark Prince' starts exactly where 'Lion of Macedon' stopped. It follows the story of how Phillip of Macedon conquers Greece and then how his son, Alexander the great, conquers the mighty empire of Persia. As before, David Gemmell bases his stories on historic fact but weaves a tale of fiction into the story to make it that little bit more exciting. I was confused why 'Lion of Macedon' was called a fantasy book but that can certainly not be said about 'The Dark Prince'. The first book is a tale of war heroes, with a little bit of magic here and there. This, however, is truly a fantasy tale with centaurs, magi, seeresses and evil gods. Only the very beginning and the last book of the story bear any resemblance in style to 'Lion of Macedon'. The story loses it's track from reality when Alexander, as a boy, is taken to a parallel universe (er? purrrrlease?) where his father's twin is taking over the world. Parmenion and Derae (among others) follow him to the parallel universe to help save the day. I was really enjoying the original story because it was possible to believe that it was true (almost) but this really ruined it for me. It got a bit silly! The weird thing is that my Mum actually preferred this book to the first, so I guess it just depends what your tastes are. I would recommend reading this book, only as a form of closure having read the first. Without the sequel, 'Lion of Macedon' is an unfinished story.
Sequel to 'Lion of Macedon'.