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Lion of Macedon - David Gemmell

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Author: David Gemmell / Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy

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      11.04.2001 17:24
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      This David Gemmell book is arguably his greatest to date. It portrays the life of Parmenion, a man who is constantly manipulated by Fate and the seeress Tamis. It begins in Sparta, one of the two greatest Ancient Greek city states where Parmenion or Savra as he is known at this stage in the book is being educated in one of Sparta’s military schools. Here he is derided and scorned by his classmates because he is not a pure blood Spartan. Whilst at the school he wins the Generals Games and as a result wins one of swords of the legendary Battle King Leonidas who fell at Thermopylae as one of the 300 Spartans denying the Persians the chance to crush Greece. Shortly after winning the sword he rescues Derae, a Spartan Generals daughter from brigands and the two enter a relationship. Unfortunately Derae had already been promised to another nobles’ son who demands that Derae be sacrificed. What then happens effectively bans Parmenion returning to Sparta. During the ensuing years Parmenion is recognised as a “strategos” a general who has the ability to pull off the most amazing victories from almost impossible situations. In his thirties he is employed by Phillip of Macedon to ensure that the fledgling Macedonian nation survives its first turbulent years and not snapped up by aggressive neighbours. During his employ Phillip marries his second wife on the Samothrace, the Isle of Mysteries. It is here that Parmenion must make a far-reaching decision for his friend Phillip. This decision will continue to haunt him for the rest of his days. This book is breathtaking in its ambition. It is a marvellous precursor to the second novel in this series entitled Dark Prince. This is a stonking read and should not be missed.

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        01.03.2001 15:32
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        Greek war fantasy set in 360 B.C. is not normally my kind of reading but I'll give anything a try once (!). The Lion of Macedon is the beginning of the tale of a unique warrior - Parmenion - who has a mixed background and therefore no particular alliance to any of the warring factions in Greece at that time? he travels the country using his amazing skill for war strategy where it is needed. Gemmell's books are apparently based closely on fact where fights and manoeuvres are concerned (although I wouldn't know any better if they were completely made up). The tale of Parmenion itself though is Gemmell's own work of fiction and I found it pretty captivating to read. The story mixes the excitement of war (which I tend to find a little tedious in fiction because it normally goes into way too much unnecessary detail), with the mystery of Greek gods and of magical priestesses. Parmenion, the lead character, has his destiny set to confront the 'Dark Prince' who will be born during Parmenion's lifetime. It turns out that Parmenion has a rather closer link with the evil child than was previously thought!!! The story also features a little romance! A little loving, a little grooving (you know what I mean? - there was lots of it going on in those days!!!) But Parmenion's deep, touching romances all seem to end in tragedy. I think it is Gemmell's use of mystery along with war and romance that made this book readable for me when I would usually steer well clear of its type. I really enjoyed reading it and could barely put it down so as soon as I have finished writing this, I will start reading the sequel - 'The Dark Prince'.

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          24.08.2000 05:41
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          follow the career of permenion a spartan urchin who develops into one of the worlds pre eminent generals as he first overcomes his childhood enemy leonidis in the finals of his schools war games, to the end of his career where his illegitamate son alexander the great murders him in a fit of madness the lion of macedon and dark prince are two books giving you the illusion of being in classical greece as parmenion grows from put apon adolescent to master general guiding first philip of macedon whose country is surrounded by enemies with little army to support it, to helping his son create an empire to dominate the world full of colour and life of the period the first book especially so

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        Parmenian rises from street urchin to great general in this historical novel set in ancient Greece.