Legend

Legend

by David Gemmell
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Legend by David Gemmell

Druss, Captain of the Axe, was the stuff of legends. But even as the stories grew in the telling, Druss himself grew older. He turned his back on his own legend and retreated to a mountain lair to await his old enemy, death. Meanwhile, barbarian hordes were on the march. Nothing could stand in their way. Druss reluctantly agreed to come out of retirement. But could even Druss live up to his own legends?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307797490
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/08/2011
Series: Drenai Saga , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 12,799
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Most famous for his debut novel Legend, which became the first book in the Drenai series, David Gemmell (1948-2006) was a British fantasy writer who eventually wrote thirty books. He described his novels as "essentially Christian books," and they are known for featuring heroic characters with tragic flaws and promoting the value of redemption.

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Legend 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down
El_Guapo53 More than 1 year ago
Gemmell does a fantastic job bringing this diverse and complex world to life. The characters in the story have all the epic moments that draws readers of classic fantasy while still remaining accessible to everyone. Druss is a hero for the ages and in a world filled with too many "pretty" vampires and heartthrob heroes reminds me of why I love the genre. If you're a fan of David Gemmell or looking for a great read I highly recommend this book. If you enjoy it be sure to check out "White Wolf" or "Sword in the Storm" also by Gemmell.
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The single best book I have read. David Gemmell never disappoints me. A truly inspirational read. Buy it now!!
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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.
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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.
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ksn_jesse More than 1 year ago
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.
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Bistro More than 1 year ago
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!!!