I have always meant to read books by David Gemmel, but have never seemed to get around to it. I think in part his sheer volume daunted me somewhat, because I didn’t know where to start. Visiting J’s cousin, I noticed some of Gemmel’s books on the shelf, including one called Lion of Macedon. I thought it looked like an interesting way of getting into his writing.
It was a really good read. The characters were slightly larger than life, but still engaging… I do love a part of history re-told, with a supernatural element or some reworking, if it is done well, and here it was. It was entertaining to read of Philip of Macedon – I presume that at least part of what Gemmel says of his earl life is true. The supernatural/fantastic elements were not forced, which is always an achievement. I have the sequel waiting to be read, and I am looking forward to it.
I am told his other books are quite different from this – not historical, for a start. That’s ok; I think I trust him enough now that I can take the plunge.