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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (Nov. 1 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857236718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857236712
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joe on April 18 2002
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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By Peter Sherrill on 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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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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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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By A Customer on Aug. 12 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read most of Gemmell's excellent novels, this novel especially shines as one of my favorite novels in the series, as well as in the entire fantasy genre. Gemmell is without a doubt one of the best authors in the fantasy genre. Highly recommend this novel, as well as the rest of the Drenai Saga Series.
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