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Dark Prince PDF, ePub eBook The chaos spirit had chosen the child Alexander to be its human host. But Parmenion, most powerful warrior of ancient Greece, had won a small victory over the darkness that sought to rule through Alexander. The boy's soul had not been destroyed by evil, but instead had merged with it -- and now Parmenion aided Alexander in the battle between light and dark that constantly The chaos spirit had chosen the child Alexander to be its human host. But Parmenion, most powerful warrior of ancient Greece, had won a small victory over the darkness that sought to rule through Alexander. The boy's soul had not been destroyed by evil, but instead had merged with it -- and now Parmenion aided Alexander in the battle between light and dark that constantly raged within him. But there was another world, where the creatures of Greece's legends still flourished. There, the chaos spirit already ruled, through a demon king. In this Greece, there was a prophecy that a child of great power, the legendary golden child, would come and restore the fading magic of the land to the creatures of myth. The demon king believed also that devouring the heart of this fabled child would give him immortality. He believed Alexander, with the power of the chaos spirit within him, to be that child. And so he called Alexander into his world . . . Only Parmenion, guided by the seeress Derae, his lost love from another life, could hope to save Alexander from the demon king. But who could save the young prince from the chaos spirit that threatened to conquer his soul? From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Dark Prince (Greek Series #2), David Gemmell Greek series: 1 - Lion of Macedon (1990); 2 - Dark Prince (1991). Lion 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. In official printings, these two books (Lion of Macedon, Dark Prince) are grouped with the "Stones of Power" series and contain some of the same characters and assumption Dark Prince (Greek Series #2), David Gemmell Greek series: 1 - Lion of Macedon (1990); 2 - Dark Prince (1991). Lion 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. In official printings, these two books (Lion of Macedon, Dark Prince) are grouped with the "Stones of Power" series and contain some of the same characters and assumptions on how the world works. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز دهم ماه آگوست سال 2009 میلادی عنوان: شاهزاده سیاه - کتاب دوم از سری یونانی؛ نویسنده: دیوید گمل؛ مترجم: طاهره صدیقیان؛ تهران، کتابسرای تندیس؛ 1388؛ در 623 ص؛ شابک: 9789648944563؛ موضوع: داستانهای تاریخی از نویسندگان انگلیسی - سده 20 م کتاب «شیر مقدونیه» در مورد یک دورگه ی «اسپارتی-مقدونیه ای» به نام: «پارمنیون» است، که از کودکی به خاطر دورگه بودنش، مورد تنفر و آزار دیگر همدوره های اسپارتی خویش بوده، او دختری اسپارتی را که دوست میداشت، که برای همین تنفر اسپارتیها از او، دختر را از دست میدهد، و برای همین از دیگر اسپارتیها نفرت پیدا میکند، و تصمیم میگیرد، از اسپارتها انتقام بگیرد. او یک ژنرال بزرگ ئ رزم آرایی بیمانند میشود، و در یک جنگ، به سپاه اسپارت، شکست سنگینی وارد میکند، و پس از آن، به کشورهای دیگر سفر میکند، و جنگهای بسیاری را به عنوان: «رزم آرا» فرماندهی میکند، ولی هرگز متوجه نمیشود، که همه سختیهایی که کشیده، علت دیگری داشته، که مربوط به نبرد بین خیر و شر بوده است. «شاهزاده سیاه» ادامه ی داستان «شیر مقدونیه»، نخستین کتاب از دوگانه ی «سری یونانی» است، که دیوید گمل برای نوشتن «شاهزاده سیاه» زندگی اسکندر مقدونی را دستمایه ی خویش قرار داده است. ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    I think i’d have preferred walking on hot coals whilst juggling knives than read this....... My fault really, as all the warning signs were there early doors plus I coulda jumped ship at around the 100pg mark...... foolishly I strode onwards. So what happened? First off & the real problem is that I don’t like to mix my fantasy & historical fiction & this series has done that spectacularly. The first book was pure h/f with a little bit of mystic powers being thrown it right at the very I think i’d have preferred walking on hot coals whilst juggling knives than read this....... My fault really, as all the warning signs were there early doors plus I coulda jumped ship at around the 100pg mark...... foolishly I strode onwards. So what happened? First off & the real problem is that I don’t like to mix my fantasy & historical fiction & this series has done that spectacularly. The first book was pure h/f with a little bit of mystic powers being thrown it right at the very end which was sound in the context & I passed it over as I enjoyed reading about Philip of Macedon defending Macedonia against all the odds standing against all the other Greek cities. I was expecting more of the same...... how wrong could I be..... the mystic powers are on us from the start & then before long the demon Child Alexander (Alexander the Great that is) whose 4 years old is transported into an alternate universe/realm Greece / Macedonia which is populated by creatures of ancient myth (Centaurs, minotaur, Cyclops, fawns, nymphs etc & ruled by his demon demi-god father Philip. Its a right change-up..... however once you get over the initial jolt to the system I got into a fantasy reading rhythm & onwards I went as the writing is actually good but if i’d known from the start the content I would have defo swerved. I thought this series would be similar to his Troy trilogy which although built on myth, read as a pure h/f novel & I loved it. I persevered....... Then with around 150 pages to go the mystical element is wrapped up, Ive read around 300 pages of an alternate Greece & for what? The story now sends us back to Ancient Greece & for the last chapters of the book it’s wrapped up in piece-meal with years & events rolling by in a paragraph here & there, Alexander going from 4 to 32 years old in that time.... its all very unsatisfactory & what was building to a recovered 3 stars falls like a lead weight as I read staggering to the line...... 1.5 stars rounded up or down..... i don’t really care tbh...... I struggled with a lot of the concepts/plots of this at the start none moreso than having a 4 year old boy acting like he’s 14 going on 40 with his wisdom & cunning over others..... it nearly broke me tbh but then the focus switches to other characters & I managed to continue. Should have bailed then! If you like h/f & battles I highly recommend Lion Of Macedon & his Troy Trilogy but I would swerve this as it’s a right ol mash-up which really satisfies neither camp in the end........

  3. 5 out of 5

    Artemas

    If I had not read ( and loved ) Lion of Macedon then this would have been a 4 star book. Don't get me wrong, this was a great book, but the flavor and style felt like it clashed with the previous volume, hence the 3 star rating. Gemmell went from hardcore historical fiction with a splash of myth, to an all out tromp through every mythological greek element that you can think of. Fun, but the flavor didn't blend well with the superb first installment in the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anna Spark

    Absolutely insane. But it makes as much sense of Alexander's life as many academic articles I've read. And Parmenio is ... Parmenio.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Charlie - A Reading Machine

    So good and completely different from what I expected. Spoilers for first book follow. After reading Lion of Macedon you could be forgiven for thinking this book would follow the amazing conquests of Alexander the Great, albeit with a Gemmell flavour. I was excited about this but was wondering what David would add or change to make it his own story. What he has done is instead take those characters and put them in a completely different setting but one that also manages to mirror the original worl So good and completely different from what I expected. Spoilers for first book follow. After reading Lion of Macedon you could be forgiven for thinking this book would follow the amazing conquests of Alexander the Great, albeit with a Gemmell flavour. I was excited about this but was wondering what David would add or change to make it his own story. What he has done is instead take those characters and put them in a completely different setting but one that also manages to mirror the original world. It's brilliant and the story pushed and pulled me in directions I found both surprising and fun. Huge battle scenes are plentiful but we also are not forced to slog through every one with entire world dominating campaigns being passed over because they didn't advance the story or the character. What we are left with is a trim and fast tale of fathers and sons, jealousy and birth right, magic and murder and the amazing Parmenion who rivals many of Gemmell's best characters.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Yannis

    The second and final book of Parmenion's story. I liked it as much as the first one and that's a lot, hence the 5 stars. This one has more fantasy in it so I can understand that one who chose it as a fiction based on history will be kinda disappointed but the history elements are there and they are solid. Not much is changed. It also gave me some insight about what happned during Parmenion's unsuccessful campaign in Asia Minor. Of course it gives another theory about Alexander's death as well as The second and final book of Parmenion's story. I liked it as much as the first one and that's a lot, hence the 5 stars. This one has more fantasy in it so I can understand that one who chose it as a fiction based on history will be kinda disappointed but the history elements are there and they are solid. Not much is changed. It also gave me some insight about what happned during Parmenion's unsuccessful campaign in Asia Minor. Of course it gives another theory about Alexander's death as well as the rest of the characters but I think it's cleverly done so it fits the history records just fine. Smart twist at the end too. Farewell, "strategos"!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peter Carlisle

    This was the sequel to Gemmell's Lion of Macedon, and it veers much more into the fantasy than the historical fiction of the first book, which initially, I was a little skeptical about. However, Gemmell pulled it off wonderfully, incorporating and expanding on elements of Greek mythology. The two books comprise an interesting interpretation of Alexander the Great. Like in his Troy series, Gemmell focuses more on the 'minor characters' that surrounded Alexander rather than Alexander himself. The This was the sequel to Gemmell's Lion of Macedon, and it veers much more into the fantasy than the historical fiction of the first book, which initially, I was a little skeptical about. However, Gemmell pulled it off wonderfully, incorporating and expanding on elements of Greek mythology. The two books comprise an interesting interpretation of Alexander the Great. Like in his Troy series, Gemmell focuses more on the 'minor characters' that surrounded Alexander rather than Alexander himself. The main character is Parmenion, one of Alexander's generals and a wonderful and complex protagonist. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who likes historical fiction, especially when mixed with elements of fantasy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gordon Doherty

    David Gemmell again demonstrates why he is the master of the flawed and tragic hero with this tale. 'Dark Prince' will convert any reader who is unsure of the fantasy genre. Indeed, 'Lion of Macedon' was the first David Gemmell book I had read, and being three-quarters historical fiction, one-quarter fantasy, it led me gently away from my usual haunts of historical fiction. After that I was only to happy to let 'Dark prince' pull away all my preconceptions of how a story should unravel, as Parme David Gemmell again demonstrates why he is the master of the flawed and tragic hero with this tale. 'Dark Prince' will convert any reader who is unsure of the fantasy genre. Indeed, 'Lion of Macedon' was the first David Gemmell book I had read, and being three-quarters historical fiction, one-quarter fantasy, it led me gently away from my usual haunts of historical fiction. After that I was only to happy to let 'Dark prince' pull away all my preconceptions of how a story should unravel, as Parmenion and Alexander descend into a world where nothing is impossible. Oddly, 'Dark Prince' took me back to my childhood readings of 'The Chronicles of Narnia' in this respect (although DP is certainly a darker tale). A must read in my opinion. What a writer that man was...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marion Phillips-van der Laan

    Beautifully written. It takes a master to mix historical facts with fixtion. One of the best books I have ever read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kostas

    8.5/10 Returning back to the classical time of ancient Greece of the stunning Lion of Macedon, following the destiny of Parmenion through history, David Gemmell travels us in Dark Prince, the second and final installment of the Greek series, into the parallel worlds of his universe, taking us in a story of assassins and generals, monarchs and tyrants, mythological creatures and magi, but also in an adventure of dreams and hopes, darkness and sorcery, and immortality and conquest, in a magical, ep 8.5/10 Returning back to the classical time of ancient Greece of the stunning Lion of Macedon, following the destiny of Parmenion through history, David Gemmell travels us in Dark Prince, the second and final installment of the Greek series, into the parallel worlds of his universe, taking us in a story of assassins and generals, monarchs and tyrants, mythological creatures and magi, but also in an adventure of dreams and hopes, darkness and sorcery, and immortality and conquest, in a magical, epic sequel. It has been almost five years since Philip’s rise to power and the birth of his son, Alexander, that marked the beginning of a new era in Greece; and now, with his ever-growing forces to have crushed in battle the one army after other, pushing the borders of his great kingdom further and further away, Macedonia, once forced into the will of its enemies, has taken its turn to bring its dominance across the world – but Parmenion, having stood alongside the King of Macedon through every battle, setting his famed strategies that have tested even the most capable generals, has been carrying all these years a burden that he cannot share with no one. Feeling a deep guilt since the night on the Isle of Mysteries, filling his heart with both shame and longing, Parmenion will return back to his estates – and the home of his wife and his three children – to try to clear his head, and put his thoughts and feelings in order. Yet, with the deeds of his past to have pushed him away from the bed and companionship of his wife, leading him again into the stables of his estates where great horses are breeded under the supervision of his Theban friend, Mothac, when an assassination plot gets revealed through the schemes of a Persian spy, and the young prince of Macedon suddenly disappears under mysterious circumstances, Parmenion will find himself traveling through foreign worlds filled with indescribable wonders and great wars, on a quest that may soon prove crucial for the future of Macedonia. Meanwhile, in the palace of Pella, Alexander, having been born with an evil inside him that has only brought death to anything he touches, seeing his father’s love being replace with fear, when he gets pulled into a strange world, will find himself in the midst of a great war for the sovereignty of the land and an even greater destiny; Attalus, having seen time and time again Philip’s favor towards his First General to have forgiven him everything in the name of friendship, filling him with hatred and bitterness to the bottom of his heart, will seek to put an end to it once and for all; while Derae, having spent all her life in the Temple, healing the poor and the rich, the lowly and the aristocratic, when Aristotle visits her again, wanting to persuade her to fight once more the Dark God from fulfilling his vision of the future, she will have to use her Talent to help Parmenion in his most difficult moments. However, with his journeys over the years to have taken him through strange worlds and lands, training and leading troops of brave and courageous men against the most powerful monarchs and tyrants, when the Chaos Spirit possesses Alexander once more, and the Dark God, in his desire for power, begins to eat his very soul – driving him slowly to insanity – Parmenion will find himself old, tired and alone, facing an enemy beyond his strengths that, if he fails to bring back the light into the heart of the boy he saw grow up and love like no one else, may well mark a very different era for Greece and for the whole world – an era of darkness. Continuing on the world of the ancient times that the first book of the series, Lion of Macedon, established, managing to bring the history back to life through his imagination, David Gemmel takes us in Dark Prince once again to Macedonia, which, having now been freed from the seemingly bonds that its enemies subjected to its people over the centuries, gathering vast forces and crushing anyone and everyone in its path, has become the largest and greatest kingdom Greece has ever seen in the history of its past, bringing its ever-growing power – and the fear of its might – across the world. But also transferring us into the parallel world of Achaea: a war-torn land which, once filled with wonders and magic where creatures of the ancient times lived freely to build their own destiny, has fell to the desires of the Demon King for power and immortality, destroying it as never before and bringing the Enchantment that kept them alive in this world slowly towards its end – a land both different and alike to Greece that reveals the differences of the multiple probabilities and futures of the parallel worlds, as well as the extent of his multiverse. A sequel in which, based on the lives and campaigns of Philip II and his succession by Alexander the Great, Gemmell creates his own Ancient-Greek epic, mixing history and mythology with his imagination – thus building a much different path of the past, but without straying away too much from the real facts – and traveling us in a magical story of generals, monarchs, demons, magi and mythical and legendary creatures, but also in an unrepeatable adventure of campaign and conquest, friendship and loyalty, and great heroes and leaders, that bring the – albeit short – Greek series to its climax, closing Parmenion’s journey with a wonderful and satisfying heroic finale that makes you wish there was more. Just a little more. In conclusion, Dark Prince is a highly exciting and satisfying second half of the Greek series, with David Gemmell to return for one last time in the ancient world of Greece, traveling us in a story of monarchs, demons and magi, but also in a wonderful adventure of friendship, loyalty and leadership that concludes Parmenion’s journey, bringing to the end this true and unrepeatable epic. Ελληνική κριτική: (view spoiler)[Επιστρέφοντας πίσω στην κλασική εποχή της αρχαίας Ελλάδας του εκπληκτικού Lion of Macedon, ακολουθώντας το πεπρωμένο του Παρμενίων μέσα από την ιστορία, ο David Gemmell μας ταξιδεύει στο Dark Prince, το δεύτερο και τελευταίο μέρος της Ελληνικής σειράς, μέσα στους παράλληλους κόσμους του σύμπαντός του, πηγαίνοντάς μας σε μια ιστορία ασασίνων και στρατηγών, μοναρχών και τυράννων, και μυθολογικών πλασμάτων και μάγων, αλλά και σε μια περιπέτεια ονείρων και ελπίδων, σκότους και μαγείας, και αθανασίας και κατάκτησης, σε μια μαγική, επική συνέχεια. Έχουν περάσει σχεδόν πέντε χρόνια από την άνοδο του Φίλιππου στην εξουσία και την γέννηση του γιου του, του Αλέξανδρου, που σηματοδότησε την αρχή μιας νέας εποχής στην Ελλάδα· και τώρα, με τις συνεχώς αυξανόμενες δυνάμεις του να έχουν συντρίψει στη μάχη τον έναν στρατό μετά τον άλλον, ωθώντας τα σύνορα του μεγάλου βασιλείου του όλο και πιο μακριά, η Μακεδονία, κάποτε αναγκασμένη στη θέληση των εχθρών της, έχει πάρει την σειρά της για να φέρει την κυριαρχία της σε όλο τον κόσμο – αλλά ο Παρμενίων, έχοντας σταθεί στο πλευρό του Βασιλιά της Μακεδονίας μέσα από κάθε μάχη, θέτοντας τις φημισμένες στρατηγικές του που δοκίμασαν ακόμη και τους πιο ικανούς στρατηγούς, κουβαλάει όλα αυτά τα χρόνια ένα βάρος που δεν μπορεί να μοιραστεί με κανέναν. Αισθανόμενος μια βαθιά ενοχή από την νύχτα στην Νήσο των Μυστηρίων, γεμίζοντας την καρδιά του τόσο με ντροπή όσο και με λαχτάρα, ο Παρμενίων θα επιστρέψει πίσω στα κτήματά του – και το σπίτι της γυναίκας του και των τριών παιδιών του – για να προσπαθήσει να καθαρίσει το κεφάλι του, και να βάλει τις σκέψεις του και τα αισθήματά του σε τάξη. Κι όμως, με τις πράξεις του παρελθόντος του να τον έχουν ωθήσει μακριά από το κρεβάτι και την συντροφιά της γυναίκας του, οδηγώντας τον και πάλι στους στάβλους των κτημάτων όπου μεγάλα άλογα αναθρέφονται κάτω από την επίβλεψη του Θηβαίου φίλου του, του Μοθάκ, όταν μια πλεκτάνη δολοφονίας αποκαλυφθεί μέσα από τις σκευωρίες ενός Πέρση κατασκόπου, και ο μικρός πρίγκιπας της Μακεδονίας εξαφανιστεί ξαφνικά κάτω από μυστηριώδεις περιστάσεις, ο Παρμενίων θα βρεθεί να ταξιδεύει μέσα από ξένους κόσμους γεμάτους με απερίγραπτα θαύματα και μεγάλους πολέμους, σε μια αποστολή που μπορεί να αποδειχθεί σύντομα κρίσιμη για το μέλλον της Μακεδονίας. Εν τω μεταξύ, στο παλάτι στην Πέλλα, ο Αλέξανδρος, έχοντας γεννηθεί με ένα κακό μέσα του που έχει φέρει μονάχα το θάνατο σε οτιδήποτε αγγίζει, βλέποντας την αγάπη του πατέρα του να αντικαθιστάτε με φόβο, όταν τραβηχτεί μέσα σε έναν παράξενο κόσμο, θα βρεθεί εν μέσω ενός μεγάλου πολέμου για την κυριαρχία της χώρας και ένα ακόμη μεγαλύτερο πεπρωμένο· ο Άτταλος, έχοντας δει ξανά και ξανά την εύνοια του Φίλιππου προς τον Πρώτο Στρατηγό του να του συγχωρεί τα πάντα στο όνομα της φιλίας, γεμίζοντάς τον με μίσος και πικρία μέχρι τα βάθη της καρδιάς του, θα αναζητήσει να βάλει ένα τέλος σε αυτό μια και καλή· ενώ η Δέρη, έχοντας περάσει όλη την ζωή στον Ναό, θεραπεύοντας τους φτωχούς και τους πλούσιους, τους ταπεινούς και τους αριστοκρατικούς, όταν ο Αριστοτέλης την επισκεφθεί ξανά, θέλοντας να την πείσει να πολεμήσει για άλλη μια φορά τον Σκοτεινό Θεό από το να εκπληρώσει το όραμά του για το μέλλον, θα πρέπει να χρησιμοποιήσει το Ταλέντο της για να βοηθήσει τον Παρμενίων στις πιο δύσκολες στιγμές του. Ωστόσο, με τα ταξίδια του με τα χρόνια να τον έχουν πάρει μέσα από παράξενους κόσμους και χώρες, εκπαιδεύοντας και οδηγώντας στρατεύματα γενναίων και θαρραλέων ανδρών ενάντια στους πιο ισχυρούς μονάρχες και τυράννους, όταν το Πνεύμα του Χάους κυριεύσει και πάλι τον Αλέξανδρο, και ο Σκοτεινός Θεός, στον πόθο του για εξουσία, αρχίσει να του τρώει την ίδια του την ψυχή – οδηγώντας τον σιγά-σιγά προς την παραφροσύνη – ο Παρμενίων θα βρεθεί γερασμένος, κουρασμένος και μόνος, αντιμετωπίζοντας έναν εχθρό πέρα από τις δυνάμεις του που, αν δεν καταφέρει να φέρει πίσω το φως μέσα στην καρδιά του αγοριού που είδε να μεγαλώνει και να αγαπά όπως κανένας άλλος, μπορεί κάλλιστα να σηματοδοτήσει μια πολύ διαφορετική εποχή για την Ελλάδα και για ολόκληρο τον κόσμο – μια εποχή σκοταδιού. Συνεχίζοντας στον κόσμο της αρχαίων εποχών που καθιέρωσε το πρώτο βιβλίο της σειράς, το Lion of Macedon, καταφέρνοντας να φέρει την ιστορία στη ζωή ξανά μέσα από την φαντασία του, ο David Gemmel μας πηγαίνει στο Dark Prince για άλλη μια φορά στη Μακεδονία, η οποία, έχοντας πλέον ελευθερωθεί από τα φαινομενικά δεσμά που οι εχθροί της υπέβαλαν στο λαό της με τους αιώνες, συγκεντρώνοντας τεράστιες δυνάμεις και συνθλίβοντας οποιονδήποτε και τους πάντες βρεθεί στο πέρασμά της, έχει γίνει το μεγαλύτερο και σπουδαιότερο βασίλειο που έχει δει ποτέ η Ελλάδα στην ιστορία του παρελθόντος της, φέρνοντας την συνεχώς αυξανόμενη εξουσία της – και τον φόβο της δύναμής της – σε όλο τον κόσμο. Αλλά και μεταφέροντάς μας στον παράλληλο κόσμο της Αχαΐας: μια διαλυμένη από πολέμους χώρα η οποία, κάποτε γεμάτη θαύματα και μαγεία όπου πλάσματα των αρχαίων εποχών ζούσαν ελεύθερα να χτίσουν το δικό τους πεπρωμένο, έχει πέσει στις επιθυμίες του Δαιμονικού Βασιλιά για εξουσία και αθανασία, καταστρέφοντας τον όσο ποτέ ξανά και φέρνοντας την Μαγεία που τα κράταγε ζωντανά σε αυτόν τον κόσμο σιγά-σιγά προς το τέλος της – μια χώρα τόσο διαφορετική όσο και όμοια με αυτή της Ελλάδας, που αποκαλύπτει τις διαφορές των πολλαπλών πιθανοτήτων και μελλόντων των παράλληλων κόσμων, όπως επίσης το μέγεθος του πολυσύμπαντός του. Μια συνέχεια στην οποία, βασισμένος στη ζωή και τις εκστρατείες του Φίλιππου Β’ και την διαδοχή του από τον Μέγα Αλέξανδρο, ο Gemmell δημιουργεί το δικό του αρχαιοελληνικό έπος, αναμιγνύοντας την ιστορία και την μυθολογία με την φαντασία του – χτίζοντας έτσι ένα αρκετά διαφορετικό μονοπάτι του παρελθόντος, αλλά χωρίς να απομακρύνεται πάρα πολύ από τα αληθινά γεγονότα – και ταξιδεύοντάς μας σε μια μαγική ιστορία στρατηγών, μοναρχών, δαιμόνων, μάγων και μυθικών και θρυλικών πλασμάτων, αλλά και σε μια ανεπανάληπτη περιπέτεια εκστρατείας και κατάκτησης, φιλίας και αφοσίωσης, και μεγάλων ηρώων και ηγετών, που φέρνουν την – αν και μικρή – Ελληνική σειρά στο αποκορύφωμά της, κλείνοντας το ταξίδι του Παρμενίων με ένα υπέροχο και ικανοποιητικό ηρωικό φινάλε που σε κάνει να εύχεσαι να υπήρχε περισσότερο. Μονάχα λίγο περισσότερο. Εν κατακλείδι, το Dark Prince είναι ένα άκρως συναρπαστικό και ικανοποιητικό δεύτερο μισό της Ελληνικής σειράς, με τον David Gemmell να επιστρέφει για μια τελευταία φορά μέσα στον αρχαίο κόσμο της Ελλάδας, ταξιδεύοντάς μας σε μια ιστορία μοναρχών, δαιμόνων και μάγων, αλλά και σε μια υπέροχη περιπέτεια φιλίας, αφοσίωσης και ηγεσίας που ολοκληρώνει το ταξίδι του Παρμενίων, φέρνοντας στο τέλος αυτό το πραγματικό και ανεπανάληπτο έπος. (hide spoiler)]

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    Double Wow, for some reason this two book series is just the kind of reading i love(book1: Lion of Macedone, book2: Dark Prince). The main character in this series is Perminion and he is a half-blood spartan that becomes the greatest general on the earth and is nicknamed "The death of Nations" he is a stud, and in short is word is his bond. he is not all good though as is the price you pay when you are a warlord as he is. The second book takes a big twist and fully entreches this novel into the Double Wow, for some reason this two book series is just the kind of reading i love(book1: Lion of Macedone, book2: Dark Prince). The main character in this series is Perminion and he is a half-blood spartan that becomes the greatest general on the earth and is nicknamed "The death of Nations" he is a stud, and in short is word is his bond. he is not all good though as is the price you pay when you are a warlord as he is. The second book takes a big twist and fully entreches this novel into the realm of historical-FANTASY; if there is such a thing, whereas the first novel i thought bordered on Historical Fiction with some traces of fantasy. Again, I have only given three books besides these two 5 stars to me, means that this is a book/series that should not be missed. However if you are are looking for something to read, seriously read the Warlord series by Bernard Cornwell (The winter king, Enemy of God, Excalibur) I promise, you will be happy you did. And if you like that, then try this series out, another gem in my opinion.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    The book is more fantasy than history ,the first half was slow with all the plots and alternate worlds ,the second half shows the debased Alexander murdering people and conquering nations and finally realizing what exists within him.A blend of heavily altered history and fantasy .Average read not as good as the first book in the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Evan Montgomery

    Really Intresting to read about the Ancient Greek Mythology and The Great Alexander, even if there is Some Spell bound Characters in the book. Non Stop Action! Predicttions of the end Constantly changes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    I loved this book. I usually don't live Fantasy. But this book is a mix of history and fantasy and I ended up loving it. Is well written and I became fan of the author ... sequel is also amazing. Go for it!!!!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Ionson

    An excellent accomplishment by Gemmell. Worth the re-read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tami Greaney

    I liked this - it was kind of a parallel universe about Alexander the Great

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sam Goodings

    I'm a huge David Gemmell fan and have been rationing reading his books since his death. This was the penultimate fantasy of his that I have left, just Legend of Deathwalker to go. Dark Prince is something of a departure from Lion of Macedon. Although it picks up the story of Parmenion, Philip and Alexander, it has far more fantasy elements than its predecessor and is less focused on the history of the time, much of the story taking place in an alternate world. I have seen from the reviews that th I'm a huge David Gemmell fan and have been rationing reading his books since his death. This was the penultimate fantasy of his that I have left, just Legend of Deathwalker to go. Dark Prince is something of a departure from Lion of Macedon. Although it picks up the story of Parmenion, Philip and Alexander, it has far more fantasy elements than its predecessor and is less focused on the history of the time, much of the story taking place in an alternate world. I have seen from the reviews that this didn't please everyone, especially those who are looking for a more authentic account of the period. Personally I enjoyed the story and thought Gemmell managed to weave history and fantasy together skilfully.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Strider

    I really enjoyed these two books. Its like a modern version of a Greek tragedy. It was mostly about the fun but it delivered it in a really solid way. I have never felt like the story was dragging or that there were unnecessary parts of it. I also liked most of the fantasy elements in it. The characters were great too. Parmenion was a good protagonist and Aristotle was portrayed in a really epic way. I also grew to like Attalus and I kinda feel sorry for him. Anyway this short series was a great I really enjoyed these two books. Its like a modern version of a Greek tragedy. It was mostly about the fun but it delivered it in a really solid way. I have never felt like the story was dragging or that there were unnecessary parts of it. I also liked most of the fantasy elements in it. The characters were great too. Parmenion was a good protagonist and Aristotle was portrayed in a really epic way. I also grew to like Attalus and I kinda feel sorry for him. Anyway this short series was a great way to start with this writer and I have big hopes for his more well-known novels.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Second part of the duology and I have to say I preferred this to the first part. Perhaps because the fantasy aspect was really brought to the fore, whereas "Lion of Macedon" had seemed mainly historical fiction with only a tinge of fantasy. "Dark Prince" goes much further into the realm of fantasy and really shows off the imagination of the author, while at the same time staying rooted to known historical facts and landmarks in Alexander's life. I really enjoyed this pair of books and will look Second part of the duology and I have to say I preferred this to the first part. Perhaps because the fantasy aspect was really brought to the fore, whereas "Lion of Macedon" had seemed mainly historical fiction with only a tinge of fantasy. "Dark Prince" goes much further into the realm of fantasy and really shows off the imagination of the author, while at the same time staying rooted to known historical facts and landmarks in Alexander's life. I really enjoyed this pair of books and will look for more of Gemmell's work.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Adam Windsor

    Gemmell's second-and-final Parmenion book feels like two separate works jammed together. The very beginning and last 150 pages or so more or less follow on from the first book with the continuing struggle against the Dark God, but the bulk of the work is concerned with a 300+ page excursion to a fantasy version of Greece to fight the Dark God of *that* world. Gemmell's efforts to stitch these two elements together are not wholly successful, and I felt the final section back in the "real" world r Gemmell's second-and-final Parmenion book feels like two separate works jammed together. The very beginning and last 150 pages or so more or less follow on from the first book with the continuing struggle against the Dark God, but the bulk of the work is concerned with a 300+ page excursion to a fantasy version of Greece to fight the Dark God of *that* world. Gemmell's efforts to stitch these two elements together are not wholly successful, and I felt the final section back in the "real" world rather went on a bit, both of which hurt the book's pacing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    John Cheeseman

    Sorry David Gemmell, I loved your books when I was an adolescent but just don't think you cut it as a modern fantasy writer. I don't know if that's because my tastes have matured or your books haven't aged well but I've gone from loving everything you wrote to finding your books boring and predictable. This felt like a rehashing of Waylander with bits of real history thrown in, I was disappointed there wasn't more about what Alexander actually achieved but I suppose that wasn't Gemmells style.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aleksandar Nedelchev

    David Gemmell is a fantastic writer, but his Hellenistic series just don't work for me. Playing with history is fine, but I don't know - Aristotle a wizard, Alexander the Great possessed by a demon... Changing actual people's history like that while keeping the world much as it is does not seem plausible enough. If you like Gemmell you can skip those!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jack Oughton

    I enjoyed the historical fiction of the first book, and I suppose 'tolerated' the fantasy aspects that David included. Not so here, right from the get-go, this book launches straight into the fantasy, almost as if it had completely forgotten that there was some historical context to the last one. The result, for me, was a somewhat cheesy, not subtle, book that I wasn't able to finish.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Steve Howarth

    The first book in this series is exceptional. This one while a good read and wanting Parmenion's tale to end well feels like it's an order of magnitude off. Perhaps it is the higher fantasy element, or just the story not matching the first half but it is harder work and not as gripping to read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Zach

    Classic Gemmel! Excellent book as usual from Gemmel. A thrilling ride from start to finish and a great addition to the Sipstrassi series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Waheed Noori

    Excellent read, the story gets better after you have read about 50% of the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Finn

    The mix of history and magic; the lack of clarity between good and evil; and the battles, pace and characters of the books made them immersive to read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    This is weird because Gemmell is one my favorite authors, but I'm gonna give this 3.5 stars.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Phil Morrison

    I had just finished the Rigante books and thought I would try more of Gemmel and what a great read these 2 books are (this is a review of both books ) the first book starts off as a historical type novel but later moves into the fantasy type moving forward into the next book which for the most part is pure fantasy then towards the end which in my opinion felt a bit rushed seems to fall back to reality this does not spoil the book just felt it was a bit disjointed thats all .

  30. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Brooke

    Where Fantasy and History blend. For those of you looking for a comprehensive and detailed history of Ancient Greece followed by Alexander the Great’s invasion of the Persian Empire you might find this series not exactly what you were expecting. I think when Alexander starts fighting alongside Centaurs in a parallel world, this would steer you off the path of generally accepted mainstream history taught in most universities and schools…well, at least in this world. However, that’s not the point of Where Fantasy and History blend. For those of you looking for a comprehensive and detailed history of Ancient Greece followed by Alexander the Great’s invasion of the Persian Empire you might find this series not exactly what you were expecting. I think when Alexander starts fighting alongside Centaurs in a parallel world, this would steer you off the path of generally accepted mainstream history taught in most universities and schools…well, at least in this world. However, that’s not the point of these novels, and as with a lot of books written by the sadly departed David Gemmell, he is fascinated by the concept of parallel lands similar to our own but imbued with magic. This series focuses on the personalities of Alexander, his father Phillip, and in particular their General Parmenion. It is the story of Parmenion that Gemmell’s tale is based, with him being brought up in Sparta in their fighting tradition under the harsh military regime of that land. Any fans of the film 300 will love this part of the story as the Spartans are depicted in a similar vein to those in that movie. Later the story develops into Alexander’s invasion of Persia, and Alexander’s dual nature – wise and reasonable at times, brutal and tyrannical as a demon at others, which turns out to be unsurprising as he really is possessed by one. It’s a neat answer to the nature of Alexander, something that has fascinated and intrigued historians over the millennia. I normally like my historical novels to have a high level of historical accuracy and a degree of authenticity, but this is a fantasy series, and it is among that genre that this novel should be judged rather than a genuine account of the past. The characters in this series are as expertly constructed as we would normally expect from Gemmell, just as the action is equally fast paced and exhilarating. It isn’t for the historical purists but if you like a really exciting story, with elements of fantasy interwoven with our own history, this series is great!

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