'THE HARD-BITTEN CHAMPION OF BRITISH HEROIC FANTASY' - Joe Abercrombie
'HEROISM AND HEARTBREAK . . . GEMMELL IS ADRENALINE WITH SOUL' - Brent Weeks
His name is Parmenion. Despised by Spartans and Macedonians alike, he must fight for his place in the world.
Yet he will survive. Dark forces have marked out his destiny as the most fearsome warlord Greece has ever known.
For he will become the Lion of Macedon - and will reshape the glory of Greece before he faces the wrath of hell . . .
Novels by David Gemmell
The Drenai series
The King Beyond the Gate
Quest For Lost Heroes
Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf
The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend
Jon Shannow series
Wolf in Shadow
The Last Guardian
Stones of Power
Last Sword of Power
Hawk Queen series
The Hawk Eternal
Ancient Greece novels
Lion of Macedon
Knights of Dark Renown
This enjoyable historical fantasy set in ancient Greece spans three decades in the career of Parmenion, a Spartan of mixed ancestry whose life is being shaped and monitored by an aging seeress. Scorned as a half-breed by the Spartans, he leaves vowing to wreak vengeance--which he does, at the head of a victorious Theban ar- my. Parmenion goes on to become Greece's preeminent soldier of fortune, a brilliant military strategist and tactician. Eventually, he hires on to Philip, the beleaguered king of Macedonia. Parmenion provides the young king with military help but, more importantly, intervenes in a ceremony meant to secure the siring of a child whose birth might signal the ultimate triumph of evil. Parmenion's final--and most meaningful--battle takes place not in this world but in Hades, where the forces of evil are held at bay long enough to deny the Dark God dominion over the newly born soul of Alexander the Great. Particularly enchanting in Gemmell's ( Legend ) ambitious book is the appearance of Aristotle as a wizard and guide through the underworld, a Greek combination of Arthur's Merlin and Dante's Virgil.
Fantastic fantasy fiction
Lion of Macedon was the first tome of Gemmell's that I had the pleasure to stumble across. Mistaking the book for historical fiction, I was not put off by the fantasy elements of the tale, or it's sequel, The Dark Prince.
Following an intriguing and cryptic introduction, what follows is an engaging epic artfully weaved around historical characters of Ancient Greece. A fictional biopic of the real life soldier and general Parmenion, the story charts the youth and adult life of this obscure figure of antiquity.
A central theme of the book is the rage that develops within Parmenion as a result of injustices suffered as a youth, a rage that grows so powerful that it threatens to alter the destiny of the world. This draws parallels with the famous figure of Achilles from Homer's Iliad, and Gemmell's work is more than worthy to be compared to the ingenuity of the Ancient Greek storytellers.
Exquisite language and detail, heroic yet hopelessly flawed heroes, dark villains, and enthralling action make this one of the finest books of the genre I have read.
Some have criticised Gemmell's over emphasis of violence in his works, although especially in this particular case, this purely reflects the nature of an ancient society based on martial prowess and the dubious glory of war.
A great read, well worth the time.