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Over and again, the aged seeress Tamis scried all the possible tomorrows. In every one, dark forces threatened Greece; terrible evil was poised to reenter the world. The future held only one hope: a half-caste Spartan boy, Parmenion. So Tamis made it her mission to see that Parmenion would before the deadliest warrior in the world -- no matter what the cost.Raised to manhoOver and again, the aged seeress Tamis scried all the possible tomorrows. In every one, dark forces threatened Greece; terrible evil was poised to reenter the world. The future held only one hope: a half-caste Spartan boy, Parmenion. So Tamis made it her mission to see that Parmenion would before the deadliest warrior in the world -- no matter what the cost.Raised to manhood in Sparta, bullied and forced to fight for his life every day, Parmenion had no notion of the unseen dimensions of magic and mystery that shaped his fate. He grew in strength and cunning. His military genius earned him the title Strategos in Sparta. His triumphs for the city of Thebes made him a hero. And finally his fate led him to the service of Philip of Macedon.As Tamis had foreseen, Parmenion's destiny was tied to the Dark God, to Philip, and to the yet-unborn Alexander. All too soon the future was upon them. Parmenion stood poised to defeat evil -- or to open the gate for the Dark God to reenter the world.From the Trade Paperback edition....

Title : Lion of Macedon
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Lion of Macedon Reviews

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-03-05 22:09

    Lion of Macedon (Greek Series, #1), David GemmellLion of Macedon is a historic fantasy novel by English author David Gemmell. First published in 1990, it and its 1991 sequel, Dark Prince, follow the career of a fictionalized version of the Macedonian general Parmenion. The story is loosely based on historic events, but adds fantasy elements such as supernatural creatures and sorcery that become even more significant in the book's sequel, Dark Prince. As the story opens, Tamis, a sorceress, is seeing the future. She discovers that only a mixed-blood Spartan called Parmenion can help her. Parmenion is a half-blood Spartan (a Mothax) whose mother is from Macedon. He is an accomplished runner and a strategic genius, yet he is despised by the young Spartan nobles for being a half-blood. He is forced to kill a love rival in duel and then flees to Thebes. ...تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سیزدهم ماه می سال 2012 میلادیعنوان: شیر مقدونیه؛ نویسنده: دیوید گمل؛ کترجم: طاهره صدیقیان؛ تهران، کتابسرای تندیس؛ 1389؛ در 567 ص؛ شابک: 9789648944549؛ موضوع: داستان پارمینیون از سال 400 پیش از میلاد تا 330 پیش از میلادشیر مقدونیه یا ژنرال پارمینیون رزم‌آرا، قهرمانی تنها که در جستجوی رستگاری ست، سرنوشتش این است که رزم آرای سپاه فلیپ دوم پدر اسکندر و سپس فرمانده ارشد و رزم آرای لشگر اسکندر شود. و ... ا. شربیانی

  • Artemas
    2019-02-21 00:09

    What's the recipe for a fun book?David Gemmell began with a Spartan base, added some Macedonian spice and Theban flair, then sprinkled in some essence of fantasy, all heated to turmoil with the fire of Hades. Serve at room temperature on a shield of bronze. Utensils optional, though I'd recommend a sarissa.Mmm. Yummy.

  • Grim
    2019-02-27 19:06

    Simply put, this is one of Gemmell's Best. A fantastic read, well thought out and expertly paced.Parmenion made me research a ton of stories on Ancient Greece(from Epominandas, to the Sacred Band, to Cleombrotus and beyond), and that is the mark of a book that had an impact on me. Shoot I even saw the horrible movies of Troy and Alexander just to get glimpses of characters that he spoke of.Gemmell was my favorite author, and to me this is his most memorable book(albeit nowhere near the most popular). High on humanity, low on fluff.

  • Andy
    2019-02-16 21:15

    After enjoying the author’s Troy trilogy I really wanted to pick up another series of his in the same vein & so I plumped for the Greek series......The story revolves around Parmenion, a Spartan “outcast” for want of a better word & his building hatred of Sparta as they reject him for no other reason than not being pure-blood, his mother a Macedonian.... He rises as a mercenary to become a Strategos (general) & we follow him around the Greek City states & historically I learnt a lot about Sparta & its strife/hatred/envy within the Greek states & then later how Thebes rose to power & in turn Macedon became the foremost power in Greece through Philip of Macedon. Enjoyed this very much & a very readable 5 stars.The writing is much in the same vein as his Troy Trilogy which was grand & I'm onto a winner.....However...... Some of the fantasy elements (which aren't present in the Troy trilogy) are a little daft tbh, like Aristotle being a Magi who can walk through solid rock...... they allow the story a few get out of jail cards. The main fantasy element revolves around seers & in a mythological sense it fits well enough into the story & you let it ride with you...... BUT..... the last 50 pages is pure fantasy & despite a lot of Oh yeah.... thats sound enough moments it did get (obviously) a little far fetched at times & so overall I give the book a 4 stars rating.

  • Ben Richardson
    2019-03-10 18:12

    Not one work of the David Gemmell's can be elevated above another. It's a truly rare talent that can produce book after book after book of genuine quality. Gemmell was such a talent. I cannot describe to you thrill that I got when I saw the cover of 'Lion of Macedon' for the first time in the book shop. It was a book about Spartans, written with the same enthusiasm and reverence I have for those great warriors. For me, it was the perfect novel. What amazed me then, and amazes me still today is that every single book David wrote was of the same quality. There's an honesty in his work, a love for his craft and an unswerving commitment to his readers - he made every book the best it could possibly be and the Times rightly dubbed him as the greatest author of heroic fantasy. David died tragically in July, 2006 at the age of only 57 - I think that perhaps he stole too much of their fire, and the gods were jealous.

  • Szeee
    2019-03-16 20:11

    Ha röviden kéne fogalmaznom, akkor csak ennyit mondanék, Szabó T. Anna után szabadon:A harcos az vááá!A harcos az vúúú!A harcos az hááá!A harcos az húúú!Hosszabban majd később :)Hosszabban: 14 éve vagyunk együtt a párommal, 14 éve állnak itthon halomban a Gemmell könyvek, 14 éve áradozik róluk, de csak most jött el az ideje, hogy beleszagoljak egy valós helyszínen játszódó, valós történelmi hátterű fantasyjébe Gemmellnek. (A nem létező világoktól még mindig ódzkodom kicsit, az az igazság...)Sosem gondoltam volna, hogy ennyire bejön nekem ez az ókori, kardozós-lándzsázós, döfködős, nyilazós, végtaglevágós izé. Ez is bizonyítja, hogy eléggé férfias vonásokkal rendelkezem lelkileg, amit már tudtam ugyan, de ilyen fizikailag harcolós oldalról még nem ismeretem magam.Azt tudtam, hogy a nagy, heroikus dolgok közel állnak hozzám, akár az irodalomban (pl. Owen Meany), akár az életben. Szeretem a hősöket, a nagy embereket. Elkápráztatnak, szeretnék én is olyan lenni, mint ők, bármilyen gyerekesnek is hangzik ez...:DA Makedónia Oroszlánja azért volt különösen kedves nekem, mert a főszereplő Permanión nem született nagynak benne. Az egyszerű nép fia volt, spártai születésű, de az anyja makedón, és a spártaiak nem nézték jó szemmel ezt a félvérűséget. Nem tudták elfogadni és befogadni a fiút. És mint tudjuk Spártában a gyerekeket már kiskoruktól kezdve katonaiskolákban nevelték, és abban a közegben, a kis harcosok között még erőteljesebb volt az ellenségeskedés és az agresszió egy ilyen gyerek felé.Az ifjú Parmenión azonban nem csak testileg (nagyon jó futó például), hanem elsősorban stratégiai szinten, kitűnő haditechnikai érzékével kerekedik társai felé. Egy stratégiai versenyen legyőzi a legjobbnak számító harcos ifjonc, Leonidász (nem a thermopülai hős, csak névrokonság) képzeletbeli seregét egy modellezett harcmezőn. Ez a momentum indítja el Parmenión felemelkedését, itt szerzi meg azt az önbizalmat, ami a későbbiekben rendkívül sikeres és keresett katonává, hadvezérré teszi.Parmenión még ifjú korában elhatározza, hogy bosszút áll az őt kínzó és kiközösítő, majdnem megölő spártaiakon és felnőtt korában Thébai városába költözik, ahol felkészíti a város seregét az akkori Hellász legsikeresebb hadserege, a spárataik ellen és le is győzi őket. Később a szíve Makedónia felé húz, hiszen maga is félig makedón és a makedón király, Philipposz szolgálataiba áll, hogy segítsen neki megszabadítani az országot az azt körülvevő ellenséges hadaktól.Nagyon bírtam Gemmellben, hogy legnagyobb félelmeim ellenére soha nem írta túl a csatajeleneteket. Nincsenek hát 20 oldalas csataleírásai, hála Istennek :) Lerendezi ezeket a megmozdulásokat max. 3-4 oldalban és nekem ez tökéletesen megfelelt. Külön tetszett, hogy nem a vérfröccsenések, fejlevágások, hasbaszúrások, azaz a puszta testi erő megjelenítése volt a csaták középpontjában, hanem a seregek különböző egységeinek, ill. a falanxoknak a megmozdulásai, maga a stratégia, ami a győzelem kulcsa. Nincsenek hosszas leírások sem, vagy száraz történelmi áttekintés. Mindenből pontosan elegendő van a regényben, mert nagyon jó érzéke van az írónak ahhoz, hogy a történésekbe ágyazza a körítést, így a sztori semelyik része nem válik unalmassá vagy vontatottá. Ritka az ilyen író. És pontosan ilyen jó érzékkel rakott épp megfelelő mennyiségű mágiát is a történetbe Gemmell. Papnőket és varázslókat, démonokat, a Fény és a Sötétség szellemét. Azért nőként is jó volt "nézni" ezeket a kockahasú, izmos karú és combú harcosokat, amint 20-30 kilós páncélt cipelve nyomulnak egymásnak. Nekem ezek az igazi férfiak és jó volt végre ilyeneket látni tömegesen :)Ez az egész téma egyébként annyira felizgatott, hogy képes voltam megnézni a 300 c. filmet, ami Leonidásznak a Thermopülai szorosban a perzsák ellen folytatott csatájáról és győzelméről szól. Na, ott meg is lehet nézni ezeket a harcosokat Gerard Butlerrel az élükön :PImááádtam az egészet, kíváncsian várom a folytatást. Ha csak meghallom a világhódító Nagy Sándor nevét ebben a történelmi fantasy közegben, akkor jön a váááá, meg a vúúúú, meg az ááááááá.... Akarooooom!!!

  • Linda Bakker-Zwakhals
    2019-03-19 01:00

    I loved this story! It was a little slow in the beginning, so my hopes were not that high to start with, but when the story picked up I couldn't help but loving it.The ancient Greeks with their pride, warrior spirit and beliefs are vastly entertaining

  • Thomas R.
    2019-03-16 01:20

    Wow! What an incredible story!I have much love for Greek history, especially for Spartans. And the first thing I liked about this book was the rich culture, history and clear research which had gone into the story. Parmenion, a young boy training to be a Spartan soldier but robbed of his childhood as those around him plot to humiliate, ridicule and even try to kill him. This sets the setting for his life as he becomes angry and vengeful which, brings about the fall of Sparta.The book is written very well. I was kept interested throughout and everything fell into place. It's not just a historical book but had a fantasy feel throughout (especially at the end!) with magus's, witches and gods. I also noticed that Gemmell likes his characters to have out of body experiences as they fly and saw across the sky (like The King Beyond the Gate and Waylander).The ending surprised me as the time changes as Parmenion and Aristotle brace the underworld. And when the 300 came along I was like WHOA!!! Great moment it was :-)I did think that the Spartan training did not come across as brutal as I have read it to be. It was as an almost daily test of pain but I got the impression it was just Parmenion turning up at the agora to practice duelling days on end.Also, the blurb says that "Despised by Spartan's and Macedonians alike." Now I've finished I can see now why the Spartans hate him but not the Macedonians (there is a secret yet to be revealed to them I guess), this may come about in book II however, I felt that this should not have been in the blurb as the Macedonias come to victory by the end, put their place on the map and was good friends with the King, so, not sure why that was there but anywho, this book really is fantastic.I'm keen to read more of Gemmell's historical fantasy and this gets a full 5 stars from me.

  •  Charlie - A Reading Machine
    2019-03-10 18:23

    I don't know how I missed this particular of book and am so glad I was made aware of its existence. It rivals the Rigante series in terms of it's protagonist and covers a fantastic period of history that contains some of the most epic battles of all time.Parmenion is a man without a people. Born to a Macedonian mother he is treated as a second class citizen in his homeland of Sparta despite possessing the very qualities that made Sparta what it is. He is cunning and driven and spends much of his life being manipulated by a mage who has seen a thousand terrible futures and intends him to be her soldier against the darkness.The question of why Greece never united and become to world power it could have been is an interesting one. The idea that every army has Greek mercenaries, as they are the best fighting soldiers, but that the armies of Greece herself are fractured and hamstrung by infighting and ambition intrigued me. If only they had gotten their shit together!The ending is amazing. I thought I knew where things were going but the amount of backflips and 180's in the finale really tuned things on its head and made me look forward to the second book even more so.

  • Jane
    2019-02-18 22:04

    This historical fantasy really captured my interest from the first page and held it all through. This is the story of the life of the ancient Greek general, Parmenion, from boyhood in Sparta where he has always been regarded as a misfit because of his mixed Spartan/Macedonian parentage and treated cruelly and unfairly. General Xenophon [THAT Xenophon of theAnabasis ] takes him under his wing and mentors him. When the boy reaches manhood, he leaves Sparta with vengeance in his heart and as a mercenary soldier is instrumental in the victory of Thebes over Sparta at Leuctra and beyond, finally breaking Sparta's power. Then he travels as a mercenary to Persia, finally travelling to Macedonia, where he, now promoted to General, forms an army for Philip II. Unbeknownst to him, a sorceress has been controlling his life, as well as that of his lost love, Denae, hoping to defeat the powers of Darkness. The ending packed a wallop!The first part set in Sparta was cliché-ridden: the underdog mistreated at the hands of others; the sick mother; the one loyal friend; the wise mentor. I thought the YA trilogy "Spartan Warrior" did those aspects better. But once Parmenion left Sparta and went to other places, the story took off. We don't know much about Parmenion's early life, so I'm pretty sure the author made everything up until we find him in Macedonia. The facts that in Thebes he trains the Sacred Band and that he devises the winning strategy at Leuctra served only to show his talent and astuteness in military matters. I doubt he was even there in real life. The author built his story on the bare outlines of the history of that period. Parmenion also trains an army for Philip; I enjoyed that section the most. The fantasy was worked in well. The whole book was well-written.Highly recommended.

  • Helen
    2019-02-27 00:28

    This book markets itself as historical fantasy but really it's a historical fiction with some supernatural elements. Hence my first disappointment. I was also underwhelmed by the characters who were all fairly bland and predictable. Then there was the plot, which consisted of endless descriptions of military manoeuvres and battle formations, all of which went completely over my head (and most people's heads I would assume) and made me wonder why the author felt the need to include this tedious description in what he clearly hoped would be a mainstream novel. Then, of course, no mediocre historical/supernatural novel would be complete without the clash of the Good and Bad forces. I have no intention of completing the series but I'll hazard a guess and say Good wins.

  • ryan
    2019-03-03 23:04

    so sad.... he passed away this year. Was one of my favourite authors growing up, and this would probably be his most well put together novel.

  • Search
    2019-03-11 23:27

    4.5 Stars.Excellent! Though I still feel like I did with Legend that the fantastical portion is the weak link here.Derae and Parmenion, a continuous tragedy, sigh!

  • Yannis
    2019-02-18 23:02

    A book I was thinking about buying for some years...Read it at last and, boy, it was worth it!Well, I'll give it a five though it's not a straight 10/10 cause I loved it. What's not to love? Ancient Greece and fantasy. Sparta, Macedon, Law and Chaos, you name it. Parmenion as a Spartan warrior seemed a bit odd, I don't remember this having any historical background. Also some historical inaccuracies here and there maybe but not too many. Actually too *few*! This first part that has little fantasy is one of the most accurate fiction for ancient Greece that I have read, coming to think of it. I liked Parmenion as a character. Great guy but he had his flaws. The rest of the cast are nicely done too. Weird thing is I didn't like Gemmell's epic fantasy that much but he's pretty good in fantasy&history blend.

  • Jake
    2019-02-24 17:12

    Wow, I found this on some guys site that was named "10 Awesome Fantasy Series That Are Not Potter or LoTR" (btw I hate potter series, sorry Huffalump lovers, but i do love the LoTR motion picture.)and based on this one, looks like ill be reading every book on his list. I started this book and from page one I couldn't set it down. The Author is truly gifted and enjoyable to read. It takes place just after the movie "300" about the spartan hero Leonidas, so if you like that show you will love this book. It is a two part series, but the way it ended has me wishing i had bought the second one before I finished the first, that way i could be reading it right now. Btw the name of the second book is the Dark Prince

  • Pedram
    2019-03-15 22:23

    کتاب خوبی در ژانر فانتزی تاریخی است. و برای آنهایی که به خواندن رمانهایی از این دست علاقه دارند عالی است. کتاب روند خوبی دارد و داستان به صورت روان جلو می رود.ماجرای اصلی کتاب حول سرگذشت پارمنیون ژنرال فلیپ و اسکندر مقدونی است. اما گمل چاشنی فانتزی و جادو و تخیلات مختص خودش را هم به آن اضافه کرده است.

  • Jack
    2019-02-23 18:13

    When the author, David Gemmell, stuck to the history side, it was a good book.When he brought in Dark Gods, and witches, and fantasy, I lost interest.The last third of the book seems to have been just a set up for a sequel. Not impressed and won't go on to the sequel. One of Gemmell's books is enough.

  • Andrew
    2019-03-05 21:07

    The first Gemmell book I read, it's adult and historically-based fantasy about loyalty, belonging and betrayal. Gemmell's gritty obsession with sacrifice and good in an evil world sets him aside from others in the saturated fantasy genre.

  • T. Stranger
    2019-02-25 20:07

    Ahh, David Gemmell. I love you. Like all of Gemmell's novels, Lion of Macedon did not disappoint. There was plenty of blood, action and intrigue. The characters are well-written and the plot spot-on. I'll be reading the sequel shortly.

  • William Munn
    2019-02-27 17:30

    My favorite Gemmell book. Parmenion is a character with trials and flaws as well as victories and heroism. Great book by a great author. Rest in peace Mr. Gemmell.

  • The Idle Woman
    2019-03-15 00:29

    Gemmell takes as his hero the young Parmenion, half-Spartan and half-Macedonian, who has grown up with the taunts of his fully Spartan peers. Having failed to impress them with his abilities as an athlete, Parmenion hopes instead to make an impression with his strategic intelligence. Facing up against the popular Leonidas (not that Leonidas), as rival generals in a mock battle, he demonstrates a brilliant tactical broadside that goes against all the rules of Spartan combat, leaving his enemy decimated. The judges are shocked; Leonidas’ cronies are disgusted. But one man in the audience is impressed. That is the Athenian exile Xenophon (yes, that Xenophon), who takes Parmenion under his wing and begins to nurture this nascent strategos‘s gift for warfare. Time passes, and Parmenion realises that the Spartans will never allow a half-blood to rise to the officer class in their army. His life looks set to be spent in the rank-and-file, fighting another man’s battles. But he hasn’t realised that he has a role to play in another war...For the rest of the review, please see my blog:https://theidlewoman.net/2017/12/03/l...

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-09 22:01

    I'd heard quite a bit about David Gemmell's novels from other people so thought I'd give them a try. What interested me about this one was that it's based around a fairly well-known era of ancient history, but Gemmell uses the Greek belief in oracles, gods etc as a way of weaving fantasy elements into the story. We focus mainly on a character Parmenion, who Gemmell's introduction describes as "forgotten", but more recognisable figures are threaded into the story as well. On the downside, this does make things a bit predictable - if you know your ancient history, then it's fairly obvious whose birth the seers are worried about. Equally, that whole plotline about the seers trying to change things allows for the exploration of questions about whether anything *can* be changed. And how does anyone know if the seers have interpreted their visions correctly? It's one thing having power, but using it well... Overall, it's an engrossing read and I will hopefully find the second one soon enough.

  • Adam Windsor
    2019-02-24 18:28

    Prophecy and magic drives the story here, but it's the non-supernatural aspects I liked the best. Parmenion's struggles and adventures are entertaining stuff. It's really a bit of a shame the whole plotline gets co-opted into the Dark God malarkey.Plot advancement by death/abuse of female character remains a problematic element of Gemmell's work, it should be noted.

  • Dean
    2019-03-19 01:07

    I thought this was a good book. I am not a fan of fantasy, however the fantasy parts of the story were pretty good I have to admit.....Going to take a chance and read the next in this series, however I fear that the fantasy portion will be much prominent in the story, with the history behind Olympus, Phillips wife and mother of Alexander the Great.......

  • Sally Trotter
    2019-03-04 21:06

    A fantastic taleA fan of David Hennell for many years and a chance to revisit the Lion of Macedon. Mingled with fact and fable the legend of Parmenion , Phillip and Alexander are told great story

  • Kaushik Sriram
    2019-02-18 18:28

    Great story till it gets muddled by too much fantasy where the book changes from historical fiction to fantasy fiction

  • Jack Oughton
    2019-02-16 23:04

    No Pulitzer prizes here, but a very enjoyable book that I found myself reading at a rapid pace. The hokiness of some of the supernatural bits is balanced by David's quite thorough/accurate (I think?) descriptions of the military history taking place.

  • James Miller
    2019-03-13 17:19

    I read this one a while ago before I knew much about the historical period. I was unsure whether I'd still be keen, but it was genuinely good fun.

  • Steve Howarth
    2019-03-16 18:11

    An awesome tale with a seriously cracking character. Gemmell has a knack of taking historical events adding a spin, and dropping said character into the mess. Alexander is one of my favourite individuals in history and this take on the saga is excellent. I wish I'd read it a few years earlier as it brought history to life in a manner Hollywood bombed at.

  • Ian Banks
    2019-03-12 19:23

    This novel marked a step up in the career of David Gemmell. Structurally, it's different to all of his other books while thematically it looks at a much wider canvas than many of his other books. It's flawed, but not in a way that really hinders the story.For a start, it's "properly" historical: it's not a pastiche of a period, like his Arthur novels. It occurs in a time and place from our history and features characters who really existed doing things that really happened. As to the veracity and truth of these happenings, well, that's a subject for a longer review and one that I'm not really qualified for (I had an acquaintance who was a mad-keen Ancient Greek history buff who read this and HATED it for the liberties it took. History buffs often tend to dislike novels set in their areas of interest, it seems). However, this is a work of fiction and it is branded as such. It's also a work of fantasy so YMMV, as they say. Unlike all of his other novels to date, this takes place over a long period of years. Gemmell gave a lot of his other novels a sense of history and passed time by including flashbacks, but here he's telling a largely biographical story and needs to have events stick largely to the historical record, so what we get is a story that feels more epic in its scope by virtue of just following a character over several decades. We also get to see Parmenion change more organically and believably: his growth occurs as a result of events and time. He reflects on what happens and it affects him in he long-term. We also see the effects of decisions made by characters and their long-term consequences. Earlier novels have dealt largely with pivotal events and how they play out; here we get the build-up, climax and eventual pay-off of these battles. It makes for a more thoughtful experience for the reader and the writer as he is forced to deal with the aftermath of his creation's actions in a way that keeps the story moving. Thematically, that makes for a better story as it puts a lot of Gemmell's pet ideas and tropes under a microscope. Fortunately they survive the experience and are better for it.The characters are also better developed: the growth of Parmenion over time makes for a more rewarding read as he changes from a headstrong, ambitious and conflicted boy into an adult who overcomes or absorbs these traits into his personality. The motives of Tamis, Derae and Philip are also better explained here than similar plans by other characters in Gemmell's earlier books as well: the way Tamis moulded Parmenion into the man he becomes and how that becomes undone as she explores possible futures has been done in other novels but it is more devastating here as we see them play out over time and her dismay becomes ours.The only real flaws for me were the way that the setting was levered into making this story part of Mr Gemmell's established universe: the use of Sipstrassi magic by "Aristotle"; mentions of The Source and the Chaos Spirit; the obligatory trip to an Underworld where Parmenion learns a "vital" character lesson... all of these felt unnecessary to this story and more like easter eggs for fans.But they don't take away from the importance of this book to Gemmell's development as a writer or the fact that this is a great story, well-written and exciting.