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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 lad someone like you is here to carry on Gemmell s tradition now that he s dead After I ot a few e mails along a similar line I went out and bought Legend read it and was terribly flattered by the comparison Since then I ve actually won the Gemmell award Which is flattering in its own right Plus awesome because the award is an actual AXE Here s a link to the blog I wrote about it with pictures I just re read this and I enjoyed it every bit as much the second time around It s much action oriented than my books So yeah Highly recommended Especially if you like stories about what it means to be a hero 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 of British fantasy writer David Gemmell It established him as a major fantasy novelist and created the character of Druss 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 reat warleader Ulric who has forged a massive empire in the North The Drenai leader Abalayn is trying to negotiate new treaties with Ulric but wa There is something unambiguously alluring about last stands those situations in which a body of troops holds a defensive position i 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 Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F): Canadian Art: Volume I (A-F) 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 Iet 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 The Nadir army heads for Dros Delnoch a keep uarding 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 sizeI 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 Gemmell books before and it takes a "special book to et me to read tolkien "book to One Touch of Scandal get me to read Tolkien fantasy I ve never found Gemmell s writing to be particularlyoodWhile I don t find Gemmell s writing to be Bulletproof Feathers good he sure knows WHAT to write The story of Druss whipping the men into shape and the comradery that developes among the men is very moving In fact I choked back a couple man tears near the end Druss s commentary on what it means to be a man is inspiringDruss is like a combination of Conan the Barbarian and Clint Eastwood s character from Gran Turino You know and he knows that his last hurrah has come Druss knows his value as a Legend to the other soldiers at Dros Delnoch far outweighs his substantial prowess as a warriorThe other characters are well done as well Ulric leader of the Nadir is a multi dimensional character It would have been easy to have him be a malevolent tyrant but he s acutally fairly likeable Rek Orrin and the others alsorow into their roles as the story progressesI have a lot to say but I don t want to Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store give anything away To sum up this is the ultimate fantasy book for men and the women who appriciate them Go out andet it The uality of a book is enerally judged by the words in it in addition to the story It s not just what you say how you say it also 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 concerned it would not live up to my memories my fear that all the years since its release having muted the pulse pounding adrenaline rush and relegated another classic fantasy into a fallen favorite But thankfully my fears were unfounded Legend still as ood as everHere the Nadir hordes Think Mongols have been united under the charismatic intelligent and ruthless Ulric who determines it is time for his people to conuer their settled neighbors the Drenai Standing in the way of this unstoppable barbarian force is the undermanned mountain fortress of Dros Delnoch which should be impenetrable IF defended by an adeuate force. 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. ,
David Gemmell ó 9 reviewand the fears we all live with despite the way others perceive us I was very moved by some parts others made me think of why some of us when one trough something rough chose to take the path of light or darkness are able to This was a masterclass in pulpy old school fantasy with all that entails both ood 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 of these reliable tropes combined with the addition of some other nice features made for a really enjoyable readThe first 23 of the book were pretty well paced characters and story elements were introduced and developed and the scene was set for the epic siege to come The Last 13 or so the duration of the siege was where the story became really compelling The pace picked up notably the battle scenes provided a level of intensity that hadn t been seen before and the philosophical elements were interesting and implemented in such a way that they didn t distract from the plot a la the bloated and repetitive philosophical monologues in the Malazan books with most of the philosophizing coming in the brief lulls between bloody violent clashes as the combatants try to make sense of the slaughter Druss makes for an enjoyable main character A revered old warrior who has come out of retirement for one last fight His struggles to live up his legend even as his body failed him made for poignant reading all the so as Gemmell apparently had the initial idea for this while dwelling on his own mortality as he awaited the results of a cancer exam that reminded me somewhat of Clint Eastwood s Chicago Architecture (Architecture Urbanism) great role in Unforgiven Rek was also a likeable protagonist his struggles to control his berserker rages and his often comedic dialogue were all interesting features of his story There were a cast of pretty straightforward secondary characters who all nevertheless served their roles in the story well The standout for me was the cowardly lord of the fort When Druss arrived a expected him to be hilarious and dramatically removed from office with a possible pantsingwedgie too with it but instead Druss Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide gave him a second chance and his struggle to regain respect both that of himself and of his men was pretty inspiringOverall this wasn t aroundbreaking or innovative read that made me look at the world differently but as action packed epic high fantasy it was a masterclass in the Citrus: A History genre The Drenai Empireood Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919 guys is threatened by barbarian horde from Nadir not soood uys 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 barbarian contest is Dros Delnoch if I understood correctly this is the only fortress capable of delaying the conuest of the Empire If it falls the rest will shortly follow So on one hand we have hordes of barbarians with decent commanders on the other hand a very small army consisting mostly of new recruits whose task is to delay the conuerors until the reinforcements arrive hopefully The last hope of fortress defenders is Druss the Legend He is an old and I do mean old warrior who defied the odds his whole life and was never defeated think Cohen the Barbarian from Terry Pratchett So it is up to him to raise the moral and organize the defenders This is fairly eneric fantasy with some very minor magic The only reason I Classic Rough News gave this book 3 stars is Druss himself he is a very interesting character who really makes you wish he kept defying the odds against him If I discount Druss the book is worth 2 stars The romance between Rek and Virae other main characters is so badly written I saw better in porn movies Speaking of Rek he undergoes completely unexplainable transformation from a coward to the bravest man in the Empire almost overnight The epilog feels forced and not what I consider aood or even logical ending I am not sure I want to read the next book in series Can somebody inspire me to do this. 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 And that is exactly what the Drenai are lacking as the "fortress is undermanned unprepared and without adeuate commanders to inspire the troops to hold until a relief force can arriveEnter Druss "is undermanned unprepared and without adeuate commanders to inspire the troops to hold until a relief force can arriveEnter Druss Legend he who is also known as the Captain of the Ax the Axman Deathwalker and the Silver Slayer This fearsome warrior might be past his prime but he is determined to answer his kingdom s desperate call to hold Dros Delnoch until the Nadir are turned back or every warrior lies dead beneath their swords This hero determined to finally find a death worthy of his legendJoining Druss upon the battlements of Dros Delnoch are a diverse cast of characters Rek the Baresarker and his beloved Virae come there to fight Serbitar and the mythical order he is part of arrive to aid in the last stand of the Drenai people Ordinary men stand side by side with rich commanders and wanted outlaws All these diverse individuals inspired by Druss himself to stand up for what they believe in sacrifice themselves in order to keep
what they cherish safe from harm and lay down their lives die beforethey cherish safe from harm and lay down their lives die before betray that which they hold dearWhenever I describe this book to a friend who is thinking of reading it I say Legend is the fantasy euivalent of the Alamo where men sacrificed their lives for a cause And in David Gemmell s tale of sacrifice each of the warriors portrayed from Druss down to the lowest soldier upon the walls knows their mission is a suicidal one Their forces no match for the Nadir horde Reinforcements not able to reach them in time Death the only real outcome of their bravery But even knowing this these brave men and women refuse to lay down their arms and surrender to the inevitable They come together find peace within themselves lock strong arms with one another and stand as a human walls between the world they love and those who would seek to destroy itDamn I Class and Conformity: A Study in Values - With a Reassessment (Midway Reprint) get teary just typing all that Honestly I do No matter his limitation as a writer because I know some readers find his writing simplistic in many ways Gemmell uses his stereotypical cast of characters to maximum effect their words and deeds inspirational moving and sorrowful Vile people finding redemption Cowards exhibiting courage Lawless individuals displaying extreme honor Each heroic death cutting like a stab wound to the heart The final stand of Druss as emotional charged and awe inspiring as any in literature Legend might not have beenroundbreaking or innovative when it was published much less now It doesn t try to subvert tropes It doesn t attempt to present an ultra realistic story It doesn t overwhelm with its exuisite prose What is does is tell an action packed fantasy tale of a desperate last stand of a civilization by individuals caught up in events The tale of these people s plight awe inspiring and emotionally charged In other words Legend is a masterpiece of heroic fantasy one which rightly deserves its fame even today 444 A buddy read with the Fantasy Buddy Reads Group because we love the EpicsAnd even though it barely reached 350 pages this Class Warfare: Class, Race, and College Admissions in Top-Tier Secondary Schools 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 theeneration 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 reat 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 ain 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 are perfect and the best we can do is to try our best One of those who has always 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 Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen's Bureau to Workfare 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 E therizzled 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.