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Quest for Lost Heroes [Paperback]

David Gemmell
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Nov. 1 1990
The Drenai fortress of Dros Delnoch has fallen and blood hungry Nadir hordes sweep across the land, bringing desolation and despair. But, with the Nadir triumphant, slavers seize a young girl in the tiny realm of Gothir and a peasant boy stes off on a quest that will shake the world.

To rescue her, Kiall must cross the savage steppes and journey through the Halls of Hell, facing ferocious beasts, deadly warriors and demons of the dark.

But the boy is not alone. With him are the legendary heroes of Bel-Azar: Chareos the Blademaster, Beltzer the Axeman and the bowmen Finn and Maggrig.

And one among them hides a secret that could free the world of Nadir domination. For he is the Nadir Bane, the hope of the Drennai.

He is the Earl of Bronze.

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David Gemmell is so committed to his work that he's offered to leap naked out of an airplane if it would appeal to readers. We haven't taken him up on the offer. However, David has also acknowledged that three of his major influences were Louis Lamour, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Stan Lee. Tolkien wrote back, Lamour passed away before David had any opportunity to contact him, and Stan Lee lived thousands of miles away from David's British home. One out of three wasn't bad, but it could be improved upon.

We were at the San Diego ComicCon, rustling up new readers, and David had just finished a two-hour continuous signing. A friend of mine spotted a familiar face, so I excused myself and darted away, returning a few moments later to say, "David Gemmell, I'd like you to meet Stan Lee." A tall, ruddy, and normally poised individual, David was struck speechless. Here was the man who, through his Marvel Comics stories, had reinvented the relationship between heroes and villains, forever blurring the barriers between good and evil. Before long the two fantasists were chatting away happily. Stan's wife, Joan, being British, was especially gracious to the London-born Gemmell. And Stan quickly demanded an autographed copy of LEGEND.

David's a dynamic storyteller. His lands live and breathe. His heroes are mighty swordsmen, ax-wielders, and post-apocalyptic adventurers. In their prime they were the best in the business, but in David's tales, they've often passed their prime, so all they really want is peace and quiet. But life (and the author) aren't that kind, and these heroes are forced out of retirement, forced to face bloody hordes of the undead, armies from Hell. Worse, his heroes are generally saddled with young, green heroes. (Nothing drives you crazy more than a cocky kid.) But they overcome, and the cocky kids become heroes, too. This is great reading.
                                                                        --Steve Saffel, Senior Editor --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

David Gemmell's first novel, Legend, was published in 1984 and he is now widely acclaimed as Britain's king of heroic fantasy. He lives in East Sussex.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Decent April 30 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read very few medieval time-set fantasy books, so i suppose my comments on this book are made without much to back them up. But either way, all in all i thought this was a good book. It had plenty of blazing action, a mediocore story line, and some awesome characters. The action was very nicely done because he got it done quickly and gave you the necessary information. Normally i prefer longer battles, but considering the small size of the book i thought that the author did very well in that aspect. But the story line was a bit stupid. Some kid has his village raided by a group of barbarians from an opposing kingdom, and they happen to steal his one and only love. Turn out, she doesnt love him so he's pretty much wasting his time, but he thinks thats ok. The kid happens to end up with 4 of the greatest and most legendary warriors of his time, who decide to help him for rather shallow reasons. They get mixed up with some magic guys, and a couple different rulers from different kingdoms, and everythings a big mess. Somehow it all works out and life is peachy, though without the ending you would have origionally thought. The characters were very well portrayed and all got equal playing time so that was good. They all had something important to contribute to the story, and werent just there to fill in the spaces. A good book, and worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gemmell at his finest... Jan. 30 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I could've sworn I already wrote this up. Oh, well.
Chronologically, this is set after The King Beyond the Gate, and before Winter Warriors, making it the next-to-last book in the Drenai Saga. It is set in New Gulgothir, the pitiful remnant of the Gothir nation, that we first saw the Nadir crush at the beginning of Legend.
In this novel, a boy's quest to rescue a fellow villager from slavers crosses that of Chareos, Maggrig, Finn, and Belzer, the four survivors of an epic stand against the Nadir horde, led by Tenaka Khan. Ever since, the mysterious circumstances of that survival have dogged them, and now they learn the vast cosmic reason for their survival.
This is, in my opinion, Gemmell's second best novel (only to be bettered by Legend). He writes best about how people go about dying...not the "littering of bodies", necessarily, but the decisions and reasons people make, and the circumstances they face, and how they present themselves. It's an utterly beautiful novel, and it sets up another great story that's itching to be told.
I heartily recommend this novel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a Letdown April 18 2002
By Joe
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Can't really recommend this book, I'm sorry to say. I found the storyline shallow and the characters dull and one dimensional (except for Salida). As much as I love Gemmell's writing, I found this story to fall far short of the first two Legend books.
The saving grace for the book is the fast paced read. This story zips right along, and even if you don't enjoy the story, you WILL enjoy the fighting. There are some good combat descriptions, though again not as well done as the first two books.
If you must buy it, buy it used.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An splendid edition to the drenai series Feb. 9 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you thought things could'nt get any more exciting after King Beyond the Gate, then you were wrong. This book seems to be the last of the Drenai stories (cronologically) and explains what happens after the Nadir, led by Tennaka, conquers the Drenai. It tells the story of the poor Drenai heroes struggling to confront the Nadir rule. The conclusion works well and finnishes niceley, leaving room for the next episode in this unforgettable series!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truely Excellent Reading!! Dec 5 1996
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
David Gemmell is the best Fantasy Fiction writer alive and has proved himself even more with this third installment of the Drenai Saga. An Extraordinary storyline of forgotten heros on a perilous quest with an underlying message of true love and friendship that keeps you anxious to turn the page. The characters again are well developed, finding yourself feeling their pains and triumphs. Definately the most intriguing novel in the series
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