This page will hopefully eventually include reviews of ALL David
Gemmell's books- as well as an option to buy them from the online
bookstore barnesandnobles whose books are generally discounted at
40-90%

The scroing system has been doctored from the norm to account for the
fact that these reviews are all on David Gemmell's books and- at least
in my opinion- none of them would fall below the above average mark 
in comparison to other books.

How do they score?
1= Okay.
2= Good.
3= Very Good.
4= Excellent.
5= Buy a million copies

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LEGEND

When you first pick up the book " Legend " and read the back cover, it
doesn't really catch the real mood of the book. It is only when the
first fight scene is over, you find your heart pumping and a sense
that this novel is nowhere near a " walk with the fairies and elves "
kind of book, and is not even close to reaching the end or any sort of
climax. This book took about a day and half non-stop for me to read (
12 midday to 6pm the next day ), and took me by complete surprise.
Unlike any other Fantasy writer, David Gemmell's novels feel like real
life more than any book or show that is based on a true story.

As told by Gemmell himself in the authors foreword in the compilation         
"Drenai Tales", Druss the hero of "legend " was created when Gemmell 
was diagnosed with cancer. Druss was a symbol, a figure, that could 
not be defeated by anything, which was one of the things that gave 
Gemmell strength at that time of his life. Druss was his inner self, 
and when all the odds against him were impossible to overcome, it 
didn't matter,  because Druss cannot be beaten by anyone.

The Tale of " legend " is set in the lands of the Drenai, at the
mightiest fortress ever built in that land, Dros Delnoch. The Dros has
six walls, three feet thick , a few wells and a live in community. The
Drenai at the time were considered by many the greatest Empire  ever
out all nations that have risen to power throughout time. But a new
threat emerges in the shape of the Nadir, a nomidic race of people
that number beyond 10 million and have been unified by one the
greatest stratigists of the day, Ulric Khan.

After defeating the Gothir to the North of the Drenai, Ulric brings
his forces sweeping across the Delnoch plains only to have the way to
Drenan blocked by a fortress, several thousand soldiers, and one old
man. But that old man is Druss, the savior of Skeln pass, captain of
the axe, the silver slayer, the slayer of souls,  and most reputably
known as Deathwalker. A man that saved his wife from the void, the
place between heaven and hell.  About seventy years old, Druss walks
form his home in the Skoda mountains to the Dros, after making a pact
with death. 

This entire book is based around one battle, and the Legend of Druss
for each reader is born. The axe, Snaga, falling and cutting with each
stroke, the death of men, the birth of heroes Rek,Bowman, Jochasim and
the beginning of another legend of Druss for the every nation in the
world of that the Drenai exist in.  For his first novel ever, it was
brilliant and Druss for me was exactly like Pellin described him in
Gemmell's novel " The Legend of Deathwalker "; Undefeated, invincible,
yet coroded by time. My favorite book of all time. And Anne McCaffery
was right in saying that Gemmell isa; "Many rungs above the good, 
"right into the Fabulous. I gave it a 5 out of 5, a must read.

This review was submitted by Zane Swenson>/A>
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KING BEYOND THE GATE

The Second book in the Drenai series focuses on a young 'half-breed'
boy. Half-Nadir, Half-Drenai he battles not only with the scorn of his
Drenai 'fellow' soldiers, but with his own confusion about his identity.
and who 'his people' really are.

Despite sounding as though it could become trite, this story is amazingly
well crafted and drains the reader physically because of the compelling 
nature of two characters especially- Ananais and Tenaka Khan. 

This gives the entire Drenai saga more depth, changing the perception
of the reader- as Gemmell i sknown for doing- and ensuring that the
line between good and evil is as grey as ever.

This has to be one of Gemmell's best drenai books and one of his best books
overall as well. Every part of this bok delivers with astonishing 
brilliance and there are twists at every turn, so the ending is in
no way predictable. EXTREMELY good.
4.5/5

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WAYLANDER

This third Book in the Drenai series is the earliest Drenai story, set
before the events of Gemmell's first book, Legend. However this in
no way spoils any sense of anticipation, and the story begins on a 
particularily enthralling note. 

The protagonist is known as Waylander- an assasin, but not without a 
conscience. He is a likeable character,despite what he does for a 
living, because he is essentially more than he appears. As the story 
progresses his own past comes slowly out, and his motivations are 
open to discussion.

Another cool thing about this book is the creation of 'The Thirty' which 
has already featured in other Drenai books. This gives a great
background to other Drenai stories, while delivering in its own right.

A favourite of many- and me included, this is one of the 
many 'must read' in the Gemmell collection.
4/5

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A HREF="http://ffdf">QUEST FOR LOST HEROES

Almost thiry years have past since the Heroes of Bel-Azar defended the 
small fort on the border of the Gothir and Nadir border.But ever since that ugly day in his life, Chareos the
bladesmaster wearing the robes of a Source Priest, has been haunted by
three things from that battle. The other heroes of Bel-Azar have also gone their own ways, and too
are haunted by that event and its' aftermath. The two bowman Finn and
Magrigg move into the isolation of the mountains after the crowds
became too overbaring for them. Beltzer the axeman was the only one
who still wished for the glory. 

But when the village of Kiall is raided by Nadren warriors, the woman
he loves is taken. The local soldiers of the Earl and the villagers
refuse to go after them thinking them lost causes, and Kiall is alone
in going after them. By an unfortunate incident, Chareos meets up with
Kiall and travells into the heartland of the Nadir, up against
impossible odds of finding her and getting home alive. But they are
not alone, for with them travell the heroes of Bel-Azar, dubbed the "
Ghosts yet to be ", and after there blood is the entire Nadir nation.

Yet what role will Bel-Azar play in these events, and what does Tenaka
Khan and his shaman Asta still have to do with them. But the world of
the Heroes of Bel-Azar will darken, and they will find out the
terrible meaning of " Ghosts meant to be ", but not before facing
their terrible past as only they saw it.  

Quest for lost heroes  is probably the most surprising book of all the
Drenai tales because the characters seem bitter, beatable and
completely torn apart by memories,  but are instead a tight knit group
of seasoned vetrans. The only disappointing factor is that the only
mention of anything close to this time period afterwards is writen in
" Winter Warriors ", when in fact a whole novel could be written about
two characters who are introduced in the Epilogue. Good read, a must
before reading " Winter Warriors ", you'll notice certain
similarities. I give a 4 out of 5.

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WINTER WARRIORS

Winter warriors is a book with a wide range of characters. And typical 
>for David Gemmell the leading characters have already had a long and 
>exciting life, and are alle above 40-years of age. 
>The story has everything from magic, spiritdemons and deceit to heroics, 
>swordplay and tragedy. More than you ought to be able to ask for in a 
>book of that size. David Gemmell's biggest attribute is that he is able 
>of getting it all down in a book without letting the reader feel 
>something is missing.
>I give this book 5 out of 5.

This review submitted by Nuno Alex Moe Pereira
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DRUSS THE LEGEND

Before he became a legend, he was a young woodsman with a short
temper. Feared by all in the village, trying to escape the atrocities of the greatest
butcher of the age who was his father's father, Barden the slayer. 
The young woods man was Druss.

In the woods at the time felling trees, Druss found the village 
being raided. The raiders mercilessly slaughtered all the villagers 
but the young women- including the woman Druss loved, and 
unfortunately for the raiders, Druss was alive.

Team up with the bounty hunter, Certak,  the foppish saga-poet,
Sieben, and the bowman Eskoda, Druss travells across the world first
to the fighting circle of Mashrapur, then across to Ventria, to meet
the Emperor Gorben and his General Bodasen, trapped in the mists of
war. While searching  for his wife, Druss leaves a trail blood and
death behind him caused by the possessed axe, Snaga, and legends that
not only strike fear into the hearts of all men, good or evil, but
also a huge wave of reverence that he doesn't want, like or need. The
only thing he fears is whether he will get his wife back, and at what
price will his soul pay for the rest of his life.

Druss the legend, was first the title of the shortened story of the
Battle of the saviour of Skeln pass, which was included in the novel "
Drenai tales ", and is also included at the end of this novel. This
story is about many years after Druss leaves Ventria, and the Mad or
insane Emperor Gorben and Bodasen conquers the world and eventually
invades the Drenai. The battle ground is Dros Delnoch, and the Dros is
only defended by three hundred men waiting for backup from their
capital city, and a middle age farmer with an axe, the God of war,
Druss. This is the event which sets the stage for " Legend ".

All in all, this novel in its' entire state, can only be classed as
brilliant. The one thing I anticipated about this novel is inclusion
of Sieben, whom was mentioned in passing in " Legend ", and quite
frankly can't be left out because he makes up the contrast for Druss
not being educated to the full, and as well he likes to go whoreing,
unlike Druss. Probably the better of the two chronicles of Druss the
Legend. I give a 5 out of five.

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WOLF IN SHADOW

If ever there was a character in any of David Gemmell's books that
came close to being deadlier than Druss, it would only be Jon Shannow.
While Druss is pure terror and chaos, a simple man by his own
thoughts, and Waylander is constantly caught between love and hatred, 
Shannow is a whirlwind of controlled fury, ice cool and not a man to
mess with. The difference between Shannow and most of Gemmell's other
heroes is that he is more ready to kill by instinct, than to let a man
live, a harsh world calls for a harsh law. Even Druss gives a warning
to thieves unlike Shannow who just kills them. 

In the year 1987, the oceans of the Earth formed into a gigantic tidal
wave, and destroyed the world. During that tidal wave, many nuclear
bombs were launched and denonated  after the water shorted out many
computer circuits, and caused much of the world to be radioactive. A
period of time passes and the people of Earth start to live in a Wild
West colonial style of life. Pretty soon brigands and thieves appear,
as is the folly of human kind throughout the ages, and the known world
as it is, becomes increasingly hostlile, more so than it was before.

Out of the brigands and the mists of the frightened farmers, appear
pistoliers known as brigand slayers. Few in number they are, but still
they make a difference to the harsh world. After the mentor brigand
slayer of a young man is murdered Jon Shannow rises out of depths of
childhood and leaps into manhood bringing fire and death to the wicked. 
After many years of searching forthe elusive Jerusalem and defeating 
evil as he goes, the Jerusalem man meets a widow named Donna and
decides to settle down after many years of searching. When a group of
families travelling to new lands to settle in, ( after Shannows
brother, Daniel Cade is reported to be coming ) Shannow and Donna
decide to travel with the group and run head on into the evil nation
of the Hellborn.

This novel is the third book of the Sipstrassi tales. Sipstrassi is a
black rock with gold threads of power on them. The power of the stone
is used by the imagination of the wielder, which can make almost any
thing happen depending on the person. But when the stone is used up it
is useless, unless blood is added to it and it then becomes a
Bloodstone. The bloodstones make people become violent and lust after
killing other  people.

Although a harsh story, it is filled with suspense as we learn the
coldness of Shannow demeanor in each of his gunfighting scenes. I gave
the book a four out of five when comparing it to the other Jon Shannow
novels because it lacks the righteousness of "The Last Guardian"  and
the action, mystery and intrigue of "Bloodstone". It is more of a
journey of misfortune and death, with hard lessons to be learnt. All
in all a great read, and a must for Wild West fans.

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BLOODSTONE

This is the third story of the Jerusalem man and it pulls no punches.
from the attention-grabbing beginning and the sight of the familiar 
character, Jon Shannow, it appears to be an enjoyable- but not
surprising tying up conclusion to the other two books in which all
those nasty little loose ends are firmly secured.

But Bloodstone raises more questions than it answers. Like all the 
Shannow books it has an element of Science in it, nixed deliciously 
with magic and blended so carefully that it is sometimes hard to
distinguish between them. With so many twists and surprises you'll 
think you're tripping (sorry 'bout that one, kiddies) it ends with
an amazing finale that, in my opinion, comes darn close to the King
Beyond the Gate as the best epilogue.

For those who have read the two previous books this is a stunning end,
and to those who haven't, it still remains a brilliantly ingenious
book all of its own. I suggest buying the omnibus of the Jerusalem 
man stories (including explanatory foreowrds from David Gemmell) and
choose a cold rainy day to curl up, because once you start you won't 
want to stop.
5 out of 5.

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LION OF MACEDON
Set against the dramatic landscape of Ancient Greece, Gemmell weaves 
a compelling story of half-history, half-fantasy. Following the life 
struggle of Parmenion, general to Phillip of Macedon, and later to his
son, Alexander the Great. There are basic elements of the story that 
are true but in no way does this mean it is boring or anything like a
history lesson. Gemmell has used a wide brush to paint in his own
creative ideas and bring life to characters previously only heard of
in thick historical volumes. Never again will you be able to think of 
Greece (if you currently think of it at all) in the same way or hear
the name of Alexander the Great without remembering this book.
My first ever David Gemmell book and still probably my favourite.
5/5

Why not send in your own review?MORNINGSTAR
Today you are lucky enough to have TWO reviews of Morningstar!

Villain to hero, Bard to sorcerer. A simple bard Owen Odell tells  
the story of the great hero Morningstar and how he becomes this man.    Jarek Mace is a thief, adulterer and murder if the price  is high enough he will do it.  This man is a main part in the finding  and making of the great Morningstar.  Owen and Jarek at first there  was hatred between them but they grow to have the greatest  friendship any one could have.  They travel the forest together and  are brought into a war mainly because of Jareks obsession with  money.
As the story goes on they fight many enemys,beast of the undead  and Vampires especially the three Vampire kings, immortal with  the strenth of ten men they are the finest enemys.  The story  entails time travel wars and a great battle, the book also has a bit  of romance in it but do not let that put you of (or turn you on).
This book is great and worth reading it is exciting all the way  
through and as all Gemmel books leaves you wanting to read on.   
This book is sad in parts as when a female equatence of mine read  
it she cried.  This book is a must to read and if you are a Gemmell
fan and has not read it READ IT NOW.

This review sent in by Darren Enis

_________and now for something, well, not completely different______
                   another persons view.

A tale of a hero, who doesn't want to be a hero, a man forced along 
on the rollercoaster that is life to do that which he does not want. 
All Jarek Mace would like is a castle by the sea but events soon 
overtake him and he is almost forced to stand as a talisman against 
evil for his people most of whom have never met the man.
This book must be one of Gemmell's best; he weaves his normal 
engrossing tale of dark heroism but adds more in this one of his 
finest works. The book twists and turns from the beginning often 
making you stop and think of what has just occurred. Gemmell's 
imagination must be like a boiling sea of lava to produce such a 
complex work like this and yet it is still as inevitably readable as 
are all of his tales. Beware of this book for if you should stumble 
upon it unwittingly you could loose yourself within it's depths and 
the suddenly it's Sunday afternoon and you've missed tea on Friday… 
A totally absorbing read which will leave you breathless, less gritty
than normal, more style… different to his other books like Waylander 
but still as good. 

A mark out of five??? Well obviously it would have to be 5 
(If only for the ending - now there is a piece of writing to touch 
even the most hardened navvie).

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A HREF="http://www.lalala">KNIGHTS OF DARK RENOWN

In many ways Knights of Dark Renown is a change of pace from many of 
Gemmell's others. Loosely grouped with Mornigstar as one of the 
'Vampyre' books, it is so unique and the idea of the source of the 
magic- that is, the idea of the colours, is fresh in a world of 
repetitiveness. As usual the characters are as complex and interesting
as any others, but rather than focusing on specifics, there are a
range of characters explored and some of the 'villans' are as 
charismatic as the 'heroes'. Although in the language of David Gemmell
those two words hardly exist. This book is a classic  example of the 
'grey' nature of good and evil. 
An excellent book and a refreshing change of pace.
4/5
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