Re: Knights of Dark Renown: Last four words.
I love Gemmell, but I don't think Knights of the Dark Renown is anywhere near his best.
Troy, for example, is polished to perfection. It would stand up alongside (or above) the best work of today's best fantasy writers (GRRM, Joe Abercrombie, or whoever). Of all the Gemmell books, I think Knghts of the Dark Renown has the most technical mistakes, and is unique in its questionable shifts in character motivation.
Still great characters, though, keeping the pages turning!
Gemmell never seemed afraid of going back to previous worlds or stories, so it's sad to think of all we'd have been given if he hadn't died so young. The war of the twins, definitely …