David Gemmell manages to take a familiar, generic scenario and infuse it with meaning...it's a thoughtful genre fantasy, a bit chewier than most, and quite, quite tasty―LOCUS
Several rungs above the good right into the fabulous―Anne McCaffrey
Has pace, conviction and gritty resolute vitality...The result is a book that will be enjoyed by Tolkien fans―TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT
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.
This novel was teriffic. David Gemmell could stand a chance to win fantasy's best writer award! Keeping in his tradition of heroic charicters and dark deeds this book kept me on... Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2004 by Phillip
Reading this book is like watching a brilliant movie; you don't have to concentrate at all reading it. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2001 by Andreas Skylstad
Waylander is the most unlikeable main character. He has little to no redeeming characteristics, yet he becomes the hope of a nation. He was the exectutioner, then the saint. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2001 by Jarrett Bray
If you like the other Drenai books then you will love Waylander! This story is set before "Legend", and can either be read before or after. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2001 by Paul Greatrix
All of Waylander's instincts had screamed at him to spurn the contract from Kaem the Cruel, the killer of nations. But he had ignored them. He had made his kill. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2001 by Michael
This book has it all. Swords, sorcery, war, religion, who could ask for anything more. Gemmell ties it all together as only he can do, if you buy this book, prepare to lose some... Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2000 by Sam N.
David Gemmell must live in a fantasy world to be able to create storys as satisfyingly readable as this the waylander is a dark brooding man with astonishing skills yet he is also... Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2000 by Daniel Farah
This book is marvelous. I read it from the first edition it was published in. I still re-read it every now and then. I couldn't believe I actually missed its sequel. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 1999 by Faebinder