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Ironhand's Daughter Paperback – Oct 19 1995

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A lady of ice and steel... Aug. 3 2006
By Mason Sorgdrager - Published on
I consider this book special within the library of David Gemmell novels. One thing (rather obviously) that makes it special is the fact that the main character is a woman. This is not to say that David Gemmell does not have strong, female characters in his other novels. He does. And plenty of them. However, Sigarni IS Ironhand's Daughter, she is not just a character that other heroes meet as part of their travels.

Sigarni, like most great Gemmell characters, is a flawed character. Initially, she can appear arrogant and rather uncaring. It is hard to develop any sympathy for her (that comes later). Strangley, some of the male characters about her are more easy to sympathise with, particularly her brave, loyal dwarf friend.

It is not until something life-changing and horrific happens that one is completely swept into Sigarni's world. These early pages of the novel remind me a lot of the first third of the movie Braveheart, not only because the people are highlanders, but also the arrogance of the overlords and the apparently insurmountable odds stacked agaisnt our champion. But it does not end there, that is only the beginning. Sigarni also has to battle the prejudices of her own people, and the darkness in her own heart in order to achieve the destiny she finds herself thrust towards.

There are some usual Gemmell plot tools in the book, including gates to other worlds, dimensional time travel, near-immortal wise-men, demon conjuring evil sorcerors, etc., but none of these are the main focus of the book and they only add to the complexity and enjoyability of the main storyline.

I don't want to ruin the book for anyone else, so I will leave my descriptions there.

Read this especially if the female characters in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time novels really, really irritate you. This will refresh you and give you an appreciation of truly strong, well-rounded female fantasy characters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
other reviewers must be men July 31 2012
By asia toy - Published on
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I found the hawk queen novels to be empowering. It can be a little hard to follow but that's not the story, its the layout. I couldn't put this book down. Gemmell uses portals in almost all his books, I honestly don't think this book is different from his others. I cried, laughed, and fell in love with these characters. In the end I felt I belonged to the clans in the book!!!
review by Lois B Jan. 29 2014
By lois baskerville - Published on
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This man is an excellent writer. I saw everything he said.
It was as though I was there with the characters.
Against all odds April 30 2013
By Wizard - Published on
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I have never read a bad Gemmell story. Some are better than others, this one was good although the plot was a bit convoluted at times. Against sometimes insurmountable odds the main character continued to prevail. Perhaps she was lucky. But then I have heard fortune favors the brave and heck, was she brave!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If I read one more "eye" reference....errrr Feb. 25 2005
By Robert Filipczak - Published on
I have to admit, I did enjoy reading this book, but the constant eye injuries...well...seems that Gemmell's world could use an OSHA standard for eye protection. Eye riped out by hawk...eye slashed by sword...arrow in the eye...Ay Yi Yi.

I was disappointed in the ending...not in the deaths but in the battle discriptions. 300+ pages leading up to the big battle, and 5 pages of the actual fight. I've read details of barroom brawls with more detail.

Hey...if your looking for a fun little romping read to curl up and relax with...enjoy, just don't expect a classic.

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