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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (April 19 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857235827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857235821
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #288,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Has pace, conviction and gritty resolute vitality...The result is a book that will be enjoyed by Tolkien fans—TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT

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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.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
While most sequels are underwhelming retreads of mealticket stories, some do manage to outdo, or at least match, their predecessor. 'The Last Guardian', sequel to the amazing 'Wolf in Shadow' is the latter; it doesn't quite better the first, but is an awesome story nonetheless.
Gemmell manages to take the character of the Jerusalem Man in a new direction, keeping true to the original source material but adding new details and nuances to the story. 'Last Guardian' does what many fail to do; keep the flavour of the original while expanding and adding to the mythos it created.
And like 'Wolf in Shadow', 'Guardian' bookends the amazing story with a creative knock-your-mental-socks off finale that will have you turning back pages just to relive the action.
Gemmell is a master storyteller and not only knows how to create characters, but guide them through his fantastic stories. Another near-perfect creation.
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Gemmell's commitment to his readers surely shows in his work. He delivers, and you get good action with mind-blowing ideas and concepts.
Jon Shannow is the legendary Jerusalem man, feared and hated by many, but those who become close to him get to know the real pain inside him? He hopes not to be a killer, but still, the threats to the peace of the post-apocalyptic world force him to sling gun and shoot away at any evil that lives.
He portrays a great world that mixes sci-fi, fantasy and myth. The frequent use of the Bible here is a great idea. And the ironic mix of Shannow as a Bible reader and heroic killer is fascinating.
The way Gemmell weaves Bible lore and history together with his own telling of how the 'actual' events happened is cohesive, beautiful and telling. You can't go wrong with his books if you want action-fantasy.
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By A Customer on Nov. 16 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is far and away Gemmell's best ever. Firstly his portrayal of Jon Shannow. His unwavering faith in his ethical system is all the more astounding because it he doesn't actualy understand it totally. Keeping his cool is the secret of his success.
Then Daniel Cade, Shannow's brother who, reacting to the same event that made Shannow an evangelist (the slaughter of their parents) became a notorius bandit leader. As a large army begins to eat into his territory, he claims to be inspired by God to unite the bandits and farmers against the invaders.
All in all an excellent book about the power of faith and what people will do if they believe God is on their side (something that applies equally to both sides).
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This book is great all the way through, following Jon Shannow trying to have a break from being himself. Jon finds himself trying to go to the other side of a large wall where men have been trying to climb and pass with no success, the land seems to be run by lion-men, men have been mysteriuosly turned into walking lions and soon the great beasts of the wild themselves. The sword of God is an interesting part in the story as the reader wonders how sword could be suspended in the air. Also the story has a link with Atlantis as a gateway has opened between the past and the present, a tidal wave aproaches Atlantis with the capabilities of destroying the past and the future.
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By A Customer on Jan. 1 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
David Gemmell is one of the finest writers in fantasy or anything else, today. The first two books of the Stones of Power series made a gripping story, but it's the ones that have come since that I keep reading and rereading. Jon Shannow is one of the finest characters I've read about: a man of God in a world filled with false religions, a skilled killer who hates killing. Things aren't black and white in this world of the future, as they shouldn't be. Gemmell presents interesting perspectives on both sides of the religion debates, and how a lot of people manipulate religion for what they want. I look forward to reading more Gemmell, especially more Jon Shannow stories.
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