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Waylander [Paperback]

David Gemmell
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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July 31 2012 Drenai (Book 3)
The Drenai King is dead - murdered by a ruthless assassin. Enemy troops swarm into Drenai lands. Their orders are simple - kill every man, woman and child. But there is hope. Stalked by men who act like beasts and beasts that walk like men, the warrior Waylander must journey into the shadow-haunted lands of the Nadir to find the legendary Armour of Bronze. With this he can turn the tide. But can he be trusted? For he is Waylander the Slayer. The traitor who killed the King...

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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 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

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best! Nov. 12 2004
By Phillip
Format:Paperback
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 the edge of my seat from start to finish. His ability to take a charicter, that under any other circumstances would be a villan and make him into the last hope hero is amazing. If you are tired of knowing exactly what to expect in a fantasy book read this and feel refreshed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Nov. 5 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Reading this book is like watching a brilliant movie; you don't have to concentrate at all reading it. The words will just come flowing into your head, giving you a perfect image of what happens. Filled with surprises along the way to a brilliant end, this book is a must for everyone who likes heroic tales and\or fantasy in general.
With the exception of Tolkien, Gemmell proves with this book to be the best fantasy-author. Does not score a 5, however, because of a few clischès.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, utterly amazing Oct. 4 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. The characters around him all act as foils, which only makes him seem stronger, more dominant. i read it straight through, i couldn't put it down. gemmell is the greatest author of our age, I wish he could write faster, because I'm running out of books to buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very close to 5 stars Feb. 9 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. It is set in an age before the Nadir clans unite, and has some very suttle relovence's to Legend. Waylander is one of the best of Gemmels characters, and I dare say that I prefer him and his tales to that of Druss! Waylander is not the knight in shineing armour, but an assasin with conflicting morels. It is very intresting to read about his development through the story. Best book of the Drenai saga yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Waylander Jan. 12 2001
By Michael
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. And even as he went to collect his gold, he knew that he had been betrayed. Now the Dark Brotherhood and the hounds of chaos were hunting him, even as Kaem's armies waged war on the Drenai lands, intent on killing every man, woman, and child. The Drenai soldiers were doomed to ultimate defeat, and chaos would soon reign. Then Waylander came.
Another thriller from David Gemmell, and possibly his best book ever. I couldn't put this book down from the excitement. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books i have ever read. Nov. 30 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 sleep because you will not be able to put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Redemption Aug. 22 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Note: There are a few spoilers.
I once read an interview from Mr. Gemmell stating that this was his first attempt at writing a redemption story. As such, there are some areas that are, well, less than his normal stellar writing. Then again, I consider him leagues ahead of most writers, so he gets 4 stars.
The basic plot is that the Drenai are being ethnically cleansed from the face of the earth. Waylander, the protagonist, helped start the war by assassinating the king of the Drenai. As a means of atoning, he is commissioned by the father of the dead king to find the Armor of Bronze, which will rally the Drenai against the invaders, win the war, and save their nation. Along the way, he falls in love, indirectly leads to the creation of the Temple of the Thirty, and helps redeem several other characters who, like him, operated on the edge of society.
Sounds trite, no? Well, yes, actually, it does. The key to Mr. Gemmell's writing is that he's very good at characterization. Everything seems natural, nothing is forced. He's always a joy to read. The consequences of his characters' acts sometimes ring down for generations...in one moment, a single act leads directly to the creation of one of the world's greatest forces for good. Likewise, Waylander still faces repercussions from his slaughter of the Drenai king 50 years later, in Hero in the Shadows.
Go. Read him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first of many March 21 2000
By Adrian
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read Waylander when i was 13. I'd never heard of David Gemmell and had no real interest in books either. The only reason i was in the library was to get away from the teasing i received in the schoolyard. Had it not been for those people teasing me i still probably wouldn't have heard of David Gemmell to this day. I don't quite remember what attravted me to Waylander, maybe the nice cover or the blurb, all i know is that every lunch time for the next 2 months i was in that library reading Waylander. Althought there were things that i didn't understand in it i was nonetheless enthralled by the story and i still am today. I've graduated from high school and am now in my second year at university and Waylander is still my favorite book to read. To a 13 year old boy it was an escape from reality to a world of adventure and heros, to the 18 year old who reads it on average 3 times a year it has become a close friend who takes me on a journey down a path that i have often walked but never tired of. Thankyou David Gemmell for introducing me to Waylander and his family. Without them my life would be infinitely different and much less bareable.
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