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E the grizzled old warrior keeps company with snow leopards and awaits his old enemy deathThe fortress is Dros DelnochIt is the only route by which an enemy can pass through the mountains Protected. 444 A buddy read with the Fantasy Buddy Reads Group because we love the EpicsAnd even though it barely reached 350 pages this gem is a true Epic It was written in the 80 s and has some of the marks of its time which coming from me is a complement of course being a product of the generation which came to age at that time I find it interesting that the books I love most are always somehow connected with war The authors do a great job painting the fear loss and horror with their words and despite creating heroes who are shaped by the war experiences the books are never pro war That is not to say they are anti war either However they usually promote honor as well as uestion the reasons for why humanity finds so many reasons to engage in this awful violent and mostly permanent solution to problems which could be dealt with in many other peaceful ways Never violate a woman nor harm a child Do not lie cheat or steal These things are for lesser men Protect the weak against the evil strong And never allow thoughts of gain to lead you into the pursuit of evil Never back away from an enemy Either fight or surrender It is not enough to say I will not be evil Evil must be fought wherever it is found The Iron Code Beautiful words but how many could say they were able to follow them None of us are perfect and the best we can do is to try our best One of those who has always tried his best and had some success with it is the now aging Druss Captain of the Axe the one called The Legend He is a warrior of renown the legends told of him and the songs sang have lit the spark for glory in many of children and young people s lives Many have followed in his footsteps because of listening to his adventures and taken up the sword or axe in pale imitation of him Most of them have found death and no songs have been written in their honor but people tend to think of the heroes and their deeds as separate from the pain and ugliness by which they are defined Only a fool loves war said Calvar or a man who has never seen it The trouble is that the survivors forget about the horrors and remember only the battle lust They pass on that memory and other men hunger for it Druss is called upon to inspire the soldiers and fight another last impossible to win battle charged with holding the Dros Delnoch pass until the Nadir Horde are repelled or every last soldier is dead Our reluctant hero takes on the task seeking a date with his own Death We also have the funny charming and very cowardly Rek who would love to spend his life far away from any military conflict eating drinking and keeping female company He has a staggering fear of combat and sees this as his biggest failure However circumstances and a woman contrive to take him to the middle of the biggest battle of recent times and he has to make some hard choices By nature of definition only the coward is capable of the highest heroism A cynic by experience a romantic by inclination and now a hero by necessity The story is about the human condition when faced with the hardest times they could possibly face It is about what makes humans human and the fears we all live with despite of the way others perceive us I was very moved by some parts others made me think of why some of us when gone trough something rough chose to take the path of light or darkness are able to pick themselves up or wallow in depression for the rest of their lives It also made me think of how us the regular folks have to live with the conseuences of the whims and changing moods of our leaders who are not afraid to put our lives in danger while uick to condemn any possible slight against their ego But it has be thus since the beginning of times I guess nothing really changes even in our Fantasy And what is a man He is someone who rises when life has knocked him down He is someone who raises his fist to heaven when a storm has ruined his crop and then plants again And again A man remains unbroken by the savage twists of fateThat man may never win But when he sees himself reflected he can be proud of what he sees For low he may be in the present scheme of things peasant serf or dispossessed But he is unconuerable I will highly recommend this book and wish you enjoy the ride I wish you all Happy Reading and many Wonderful Books to come

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Legend by David Gemmell

By six outer walls it was the stronghold of the Drenai empire Now it is the last battleground for all else has fallen before the Nadir hordesAnd the only hope rests on the skills of that one old m. An awesome BR with Lovely Pinky and my fellow Catman two faithful Cat holics Get rid of your doubts Yesterday is dead Past mistakes are like smoke in the breeze What counts is tomorrow I love epic fantasy 3 Fantasy books rarely let me down and The Legend sure didn t Opening such a book I look for a promise from the author I want to dive into the rich picturesue world intriguing narrative and of course gripping characters with true to life personalities and of course with names I have difficulties to pronounce D That s what I seek for in my fantasy reads Did I get this in this book Not uite but I can say for sure that it s an outstanding readCharacters As is typical in many fantasy series there is a big cast of characters I liked them all starting with Druss a true hero a legend brave strong old and tired but determined to die with his axe Snaga in his hand view spoilerVirae hide spoiler

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The legend is DrussThe stories of his life are told everywhere Instead of the wealth and fame he could have claimed he chose a mountain lair; high in the lonely country bordering on the clouds Ther. A Legend Book Legend The Drenai Saga 1 David GemmellLegend published in 1984 is the first and most famous novel of British fantasy writer David Gemmell It established him as a major fantasy novelist and created the character of Druss who would appear in several subseuent books It was also the first novel in The Drenai saga The Drenai Empire is under threat The tribal Nadir people have been united for the first time by the great warleader Ulric who has forged a massive empire in the North The Drenai leader Abalayn is trying to negotiate new treaties with Ulric but war is brewing and an over 500000 strong Nadir army marches on the fortress of Dros Delnoch gateway to the Drenai heartlands Dros Delnoch is the greatest fortress in the world a narrow pass guarded by six high walls and a great keep but under Abalayn its complement of defenders has been reduced to less than 10000 men under the leadership of an unfit General The fate of the Drenai hinges on the defence of Dros Delnoch If the fortress can hold the Nadir horde for three months the Drenai general Magnus Woundweaver might be able to gather and train a Drenai army However given the odds no one truly believes that Delnoch can be held 2009 1388 482 9789648944518 20

10 thoughts on “Legend by David Gemmell

  1. says:

    I never read any David Gemmell until I was already published And even then he first came to my attention after someone e mailed me saying something along the lines of I'm glad someone like you is here to carry on Gemmell's

  2. says:

    The uality of a book is generally judged by the words in it in addition to the story It's not just what you say how you sa

  3. says:

    A Legend Book Legend The Drenai Saga #1 David GemmellLegend published in 1984 is the first and most famous novel of British

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    Originally reviewed at BookwraithsDavid Gemmell might not have invented action adventure fantasy but he refined it polished it up and presented his updated version Against the HordeLegend in 1984 to a reading audience who loved every minute of it Luckily I was one of those readers back in the 1980s; this book instantly becoming one of my favorite fantasy stories for years to come But when I re read it a few weeks ago I have to admit being

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    There is something unambiguously alluring about last stands; those situations in which a body of troops holds a defensive position in the face of overwhelming odds and against all hope for victory We all know the battle of Thermopile 480 BC when a Greek force of approximately 7000 men for seven days including three of battle held

  6. says:

    444 A buddy read with the Fantasy Buddy Reads Group because we love the EpicsAnd even though it barely reached 350 pages this gem is a true Epi

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    An awesome BR with Lovely Pinky and my fellow Catman two faithful Cat holics “Get rid of your doubts Yesterday is dead Past mistakes are like smoke in the breeze What counts is tomorrow” I love epic fantasy 3 Fantasy books rarely let me down and “The Legend” sure didn’t Opening such a book I look for

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    This was a masterclass in pulpy old school fantasy with all that entails both good and bad The characters were fairly 1 dimensional the world building wasn't particularly uniue or inventive and the plot was fairly straight forward For most books these would be criticisms and yet for this one it's almost praise Gemmell seems entirely happy with this formula and he executes it very well The skillful execution o

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    The Nadir army heads for Dros Delnoch a keep guarding a mountain pass Druss the Legend comes out of retirement for one last battle But even with Rek the baresark and the earl of Delnoch's daughter help Druss and eleven thousand men stand up against an advancing army many times their size?I'll be honest with you My brother pushed this on me almost a year ago and I wasn't in a hurry to read it I've read a few David Gemme

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    The Drenai Empire good guys is threatened by barbarian horde from Nadir not so good guys where a leader emerged who managed to unite almost all the tribes and wants to conuer his neighbors The neighbors are not prepared they have small army and not enough competent commanders The first fortress which happened to be in the way of b