Shield of Thunder

Shield of Thunder

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Random House, Inc.
The second novel in David Gemmell’s bestselling Troy trilogy. Interlacing myth and history, and high adventure, this is epic storytelling at its very best.

War is looming, and all the kings of the Great Green are gathering, each with their own dark plans of conquest and plunder.

Into this maelstrom of treachery come three travellers: Piria, a runaway priestess nursing a terrible secret; Kalliades, a warrior with high ideals and a legendary sword; and his close friend Banokles, who will carve his own legend in the battles to come.

Together they journey to the fabled city of Troy, where a darkness is falling that will eclipse the triumphs and personal tragedies of ordinary mortals for centuries to come.


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Baker & Taylor
In the second volume in a trilogy set during the Trojan war, Agamemnon tightens his control of the lands around Troy, Achilles prepares to test his godlike strength in battle, and Odysseus is confronted with a terrible choice between friendship and honor.

Blackwell North Amer
In this new volume in David Gemmell's epic retelling of the Trojan War, Agamemnon, bloodthirsty king of the Mykene, tightens his noose around the glittering prized city of Troy. Agamemnon uses the forced wedding of Princess Andromache and Hektor, son of Troy's prideful King Priam, as a pretext to sow discord among his enemies. On the beach where the ships of the great kings who have come to honor the royal marriage are anchored, warriors compete in athletic contests, while in the alleys and palaces of the city, spies and assassins play a deadlier game.
At the center of it all is Andromache, the Shield of Thunder, marked at birth by Athena and prophesied to bear the Eagle Child - a son who will reign "till end of days, and fall of kings." With her beloved Helikaon lying gravely wounded and near death, Andromache must hide her feelings from Hektor and from King Priam, who lusts after her for himself, determined that he - and no other - will father the Eagle Child.
Meanwhile, Odysseus, the wily leader of Ithaka, is maneuvered into an impossible choice between friendship and honor. And as the battle lines are drawn, a new character steps onto the stage, a fearless warrior of godlike strength and ferocity, eager to test himself against the mighty Hektor. His name: Achilles.

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& Taylor

In the second volume in a trilogy set during the Trojan war, Agamemnon tightens his control of the lands around Troy, the fearless warrior Achilles prepares to test his godlike strength in battle, and Odysseus, leader of Ithaca, is confronted by a terrible choice between friendship and honor, in the sequel to Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780345477019
0345477014
Characteristics: 490 p. : map ; 25 cm

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SCOTT K CURRIE
Aug 22, 2011

The exquisite quality of story-telling and character-development continues unabaited in this second book of Gemmell's magnum opus. The focus shifts to another of the main characters and results in one of the most wonderfully rich and nuanced female characters I have ever read (that is not saying much, to my shame). Gemmell doesn't try too hard with this second volume which means that there is nothing that is added or subtracted to the story that seems anachronistic or extraordinary. The flow is steady. The other benefit to reading through a series like this is the appreciation for supporting characters. This is the case in "Shield of Thunder." Though not as substantive nor subtle, Gemmell's supporting characters offer great fun and provide texture for the story. My one incredulity with the story is the apparent gratuitous swipe he takes at the Jewish narrative. He includes the character of Elisha (without actually naming him) as a tertiary figure that provides some significant aid at a crucial time. The question of historical peerage notwithstanding, Gemmell offers a strictly mundane explanation for the events concerning Naaman recorded in 2 Kings 5. Given the acceptance of prophecy and spirits within the context of his story (i.e., the super-mudance), including this brief exchange under-cutting part of the story of Israel seems at best unnecessary. It was not, however, enough to spoil this story for me (when trying to offer some kind of criticism for a great story such as this, one is forced to nitpick). I can't wait for part 3!

m2 Apr 15, 2011

A joy to read. Gemmell is a master of the heroic (and violent) story. The middle books of trilogies are always tricky, but this one is gorgeously done. Can't wait to finish the series -- too sad that the author died in the middle of that last book. This series recommended by a patron.

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Mar 14, 2010

The war of Troy is looming, and all the kings of the Great Green are gathering, friends and enemies, each with their own dark plans of conquest and plunder.

Into this maelstrom of treachery and deceit come three travellers; Piria, a runaway priestess nursing a terrible secret, Kalliades, a warrior with a legendary sword, and Banokles who will carve his own legend in the battles to come.

Shield of Thunder takes the reader back into the glories and tragedies of Bronze Age Greece, reuniting the characters from Lord of the Silver Bow; the dread Helikaon and his great love, the fiery Andromache, the mighty Hektor and the fabled storyteller, Odysseus.

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