Quest for Lost Heroes Paperback – Nov 1 1990
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From the Publisher
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.
From the Inside Flap
The Drenai stronghold had fallen. Now blood-hungry Nadir hordes spread desolation and despair across all the lands...
...even tiny Gothir, where slavers seized a young girl while the villagers looked the other way--all but the peasant boy Kiall. His unlikely rescue attempt would lead across the savage steppes and on through the Halls of Hell. The youth would face ferocious beasts, deadly warriors, and demons of the dark; he would emerge a man--or not emerge at all.
But Kiall would not face these dangers alone. Heroes out of legend joined his quest: Chareos the Blademaster, Beltzer the Axeman, and the bowmen Finn and Maggrig. And one among their company hid a secret that could free the world of Nadir domination. That one was the Nadir Bane, the hope of the Drenai. That one was the Earl of Bronze.
Thus did a search for a stolen slave girl become a quest that would shake the very world. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 12 1999
Do yourself a favour and buy this book, it sits right up there with one of Gemmels finest books, "Legend". Read morePublished on July 20 1999 by firstname.lastname@example.org
David Gemmell creates characters you start off disliking but in the end you cry for. I got so caught up in this book i could barely but it down. Read morePublished on July 13 1999