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Behind him was the fortress, grim and gray, outlined in flame and smoke. The sounds of battle filled his ears, and he ran, heart pounding, his breathing ragged. He glanced behind him. The fortress was close, closer than it had been. Ahead were the green hills sheltering the Sentran Plain. They shimmered and retreated before him, taunting him with their tranquility. He ran faster. A shadow fell across him. The gates of the fortress opened. He strained against the force pulling him back. He cried and begged. But the gates closed, and he was back in the center of the battle, a bloody sword in his shaking hand.
He awoke, eyes wide, nostrils flared, the beginning of a scream swelling his lungs. A soft hand stroked his face, and gentle words soothed him. His eyes focused. Dawn was nearing, the pink light of a virgin day piercing the ice on the inside of the bedroom window. He rolled over.
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Posted July 10, 2012
Druss, the main character, is the Clint Eastwood of blade carrying warriors. Gemmell creates characters in a simple and clean way like no other. Gemmell darn near ruined me for any other fantasy author...his books are just that good. Druss IS a modern fantasy world super hero in the same vein as characters such as William Wallace in the movie Braveheart or Connor McCloud of the Clan McCloud. I dropped out of reading the Eye of the World and Game of Thrones series' due to long gaps in action and endless backtracking and flashbacks and overly complicated plotlines. This doesn't make the book a "dumbed down" story in the least. In many ways it makes the characters more elegant and relatable without the unnecessary soap opera like qualities that eventually soured me on Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin.
Druss is what Conan would have grown into if he had ever advanced beyond the emotional age of 21. Truth be told...I liked the Conan books and the character of Conan as a kid, but Gemmell is a better writer than Burroughs ever was.
Another thing I like about this and other Gemmell books is that they are fast paced and Gemmell never uses twenty words to fully explore a plot point when he can do it just as well with ten words. Again, it doesn't mean book doesn't explore and question the human condition any less than most decent books...it just means Gemmell does it better, does it in a more entertaining fashion and without having to hit the reader in the face with it over and over. He makes his point and moves on, like...well, like Clint in Unforgiven or Gran Torino.
I hate to keep going to that Clint-well but there is quite a degree of similarity between how the two men create characters.
Read it. You won't regret it.
Posted April 27, 2012
This book was vey well written. David Gemmel keeps you turning the pages till you're finished. My advice is too get this book immediately, and perhaps pick up a few other of Gemmel's novels.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 18, 2011
This book and Gemmel's Waylander series got me into fantasy over a decade ago and out of the hundreds of fantasy books ive read since then this is still the one I always come back to. Druss is the kind of Hero that everyone writer eantts to create.
Posted March 21, 2010
When I think about what a fantasy book should be, I always come back to compare them to this book and David Gemmell.
Legend is the story of how an old legend of a an old legend of a warrior, a wayward traveler, and a earl's daughter all come together to defy the largest army that the world has seen. Rek, an warrior sick of war and more than a little fightened of the idea of fighting, heads out seeking to avoid the coming war between the Drenai and the barbarian hordes of the Nadir. As he departs, he saves a lone woman fighting with a group of thieves. After saving her, he learn's she is the daughter of the earl where the horde of Nadir will descend in order to invade. He follows her to a group of White Priest Knights, where she pleas for their aid in the coming war. At the same time, the aging warrior Druss, of which most stories of the days are told about, is requested by the Earl to come and help defend the Dross. He makes his way, bringing with him some unconventional reinforcements and training harsher than any of the waiting soldiers have done. Problems, espionage and battle ensue, but does the Dross fall?
This is a novel full of heroism, full bodied characters, and battles that dwarf Hollywood ideas. It is exactly what the word epic was intended for. You will not be disappointed.
Posted December 2, 2009
This is my favorite book that I have ever read. Gemmell is the best... Every book that I have read of his his wonderful, and there are only a couple left for me to read. I REALLY HATE that there will be no more David Gemmell books after that. I will re-read all of them... I am a huge Druss fan and this is the best, I literally read it cover to cover in one sitting... Gemmell got me started reading sci-fi/fantasy and I have read probably 50 books by a lot of authors, and Gemmell is unlike any other. Yes, I like Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time" series, very good reading. I am about to read the 12th book in that one. I also really like Raymond Feist and have read all his stuff, sarting with the Magician: Apprentice. I would have to say he is my second favorite author. But Gemmell is superior, if you don't read LEGEND you are truly missing the boat!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 16, 2009
I fell in love with David Gemmells writing style in his series on Troy. I loved it so much that I had to seek out his other works too! I normally don't read books in the Fantasy section but I'm glad I decided too! The Drenai Series has been exciting to read! I have read 7 out of the 11 in the series and have fallen in love with the characters Druss and Waylander. It's going to be a sad day for me when I finish the last book. I encourage everyone to read this series and all of his books. Exciting from cover to cover! If you like battles between good and evil, sorcery, humor, love and just overall great writing, you will love these books. His descriptive writing puts you right in the mix of the battles and has you cheering as your reading! This is the most excited I have been about a book in awhile!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2008
I bought this book for 75 cents at a book sale and I just could NOT put it down. It is a magnificent, tragic tale that never passes up the chance for some action. Definitely read it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 8, 2006
I have only read a few fantasy books, as I often find them dry and predictable. David Gemmel's writing style is vivid and captivating. After having read Legend, I am planning on reading everything that he has ever written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2004
I have read this book at least 10 times since I picked it up. Because of this book I have purchased and read every David Gemmel book that I could get my hands on. Gemmel is easily one of the best writers in the fantasy genre.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 24, 2004
Posted March 12, 2004
novel i have ever read. I just happen to pull the book off a shelf of in an used book store, and once i started reading it I couldn't put it down. This book is Amazing, BUY IT!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 19, 2002
On a scale of 1-10? I rate it a perfect 11. It was LITERALLY too good. I wanted it to go on longer than it did, so i picked up the next few novels. His characters are so realistic, each with little flaws in their personalities to make them believable, flaws that even the fabled Druss himself had. The one thing that irratated me was that it was put in the 'Druss the Legend' section, whereas I considered it to be more of Regnak's adventure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 15, 2002
I picked up this book in a remainder bin back in the early 90s when I had never read a David Gemmell book. I have now read and enjoyed immensely every book he has had published since. David Gemmell is a truly great writer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 5, 2001
Posted July 27, 2001
Legend may be simple heroic fantasy but it is executed so naturally and adeptly that it is difficult to find another work of similar vein to compare it to. The story line doesn't pussy-foot around but gets you straight where you want to be. Gemmell doesn't pull any fantasy world tricks here, he invites you to live (and perhaps die) in a simple, brutal world of canon-defining fantasy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 5, 2001
Although an avid reader of books this was the first gemmell book that i have read.From start to finish i could just not put this book down.It is a book that draws you in and when you've finished you just want to go back.The characters are great the story is great and the battle descriptions will leave you firmly in your seat, a must for all fantasy readers.I've read it 5 times.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 21, 2001
This is a book of epic proportions. The battles are unbelievable, the characters are excellent and if there is a better hero than Druss out there I'd like someone to show me him. Amazing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 15, 2001
Great book one of the best ive read. Gemmell has a gift. i couldnt put this book down the story flows wonderfully and Druss,(The hero) has human qualities. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!! YOU WONT BE DISAPOINTEDWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.