Author(s): David A. Gemmell
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. &lt;i&gt;Shield of Thunder&lt;/i&gt; takes the reader back into the glories and tragedies of Bronze Age Greece, reuniting the characters from &lt;i&gt;Lord of the Silver Bow&lt;/i&gt;; the dread Helikaon and his great love, the fiery Andromache, the mighty Hektor and the fabled storyteller, Odysseus. First published 2006
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.
"This is how the oldest tales should be read and known. Gemmell is a master of plot, but his triumph is creating men and women so real that their trials are agony and their triumph is glorious."
"David Gemmell carries us away to a four-cornered, wholly convincing cosmos, so masterfully done that the reader thinks 'Ah, this is what it was really like.'"
"To anyone who enjoys an action-packed historical epic."
"The loyalties and betrayals, the love and the hate, the endless, everlasting courage of the men -- and the women -- of both sides are brought to life in this vivid, inspirational recreation of the Troy myth."
David A. Gemmell's first novel, Legend, was first published in 1984 and went on to become a classic. His most recent Drenai and Rigante novels are available as Corgi paperbacks; all are Sunday Times bestsellers. Widely regarded as the finest writer of heroic fantasy, David Gemmell lived in Sussex until his tragic death in July 2006.