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This story is told as if it were the true history from which the Iliad was written. Homer, we find, got parts of the story wrong. The Helen portrayed here is a plain-looking woman who becomes beautiful in the way she dies, even to the men sent to kill her. Achilles and Hecktor duel to the death, only to be betrayed by someone else and die fighting at each other's side. And the Trojan Horse is transformed from a wooden ruse into something more believable, but just as clever and lethal. Characters have been changed, invented, and blended together from the cast in the Iliad and are vividly brought to life. David Gemmell's Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow (2005) and Troy: Shield of Thunder (2007, both Ballantine) have a depth of narrative and spectacle similar to Tolkien's tales of Middle Earth, and teens raised on those books and their like will be at home here. The author died before finishing this book. His wife helped research the earlier volumes in the series and worked from her husband's half-finished draft and notes seamlessly to finish this last, powerful title in the saga.
—Will MarstonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.