Brilliant fantasy book bringing together 2 of Gemmels greatest warriors. 99p on kindle.
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Brilliant fantasy book bringing together 2 of Gemmels greatest warriors. 99p on kindle.

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Found 29th Jan
I just finished re-reading this last week, probably for the 4th time. I love all of David Gemmels' books, but have a special soft spot for this one.

Skilgannon the Damned had vanished from the pages of history.

Following the terrible triumph at Perapolis, the General had taken the legendary Swords of Night and Day and ridden from the lands of Naashan. No-one knew where he had gone, and the assassins sent by the Witch Queen could find no trace of his passing.

Three years later, a mob intent on murder gathers outside a distant monastery - facing them stands a single unarmed priest. In a few terrifying seconds their world is changed for ever, and word spreads across the lands of the East.

Skilgannon is back.

Now he must travel across a perilous, demon-haunted realm seeking a mysterious temple, and the ageless goddess who rules it. With assassins on his trail, and an army of murderous foes ahead, the Damned sets off on a quest to bring the dead to life. But he does not travel alone.

The man beside him is Druss the Legend.

In a world torn by war, White Wolf is a page-turning tale of love, betrayal and treachery, which examines the nature of heroism and friendship and the narrow lines that divide good from evil, redemption from damnation.
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One of the best writers, sadly missed.
Get Swords of Night and Day as well - same characters.
Don't forget you can add the Audible version to this for an additional £2.99, making this e-book / audible cobo £3.98
Can this be read without reading the others first? I have only read his Troy series
Wish he was still alive and still writing - easily my favourite writer (and I read A LOT). Personally I prefer Knights of Dark Renown, but this and the Swords of Night and Day are excellent too.

You can certainly start here if you like - the Drenai books aren't written in a chronological order anyway - but I would suggest you'd get a little more out of them by reading the other Druss books first.

Troy is great too btw, but imo it's his weakest work.
fantastic book, bargain price
If that was his weakest work, then I have been missing out. any suggestions on which book to start with?
wolf330559 m ago

If that was his weakest work, then I have been missing out. any …If that was his weakest work, then I have been missing out. any suggestions on which book to start with?


I'd recommend "Legend", it was the first of his I encountered. I've loaned my copy to many people and every single one of them loved it and went on to read more of his books.
I've just managed to extricate myself from 2 series with over 10 books. LIke the other poster mentioned above, can i get away with just reading the 2 books mentioned ?
I have read lots of his books.
As this is the first in a series i would say you could read it without reading the Druss series first.
There should be a little character background explanation in it.
bluntmachetti15 m ago

I've just managed to extricate myself from 2 series with over 10 books. …I've just managed to extricate myself from 2 series with over 10 books. LIke the other poster mentioned above, can i get away with just reading the 2 books mentioned ?


Yeah, you could, you probably won't want to though, he's that good.
bascule12 m ago

Yeah, you could, you probably won't want to though, he's that good.


Here we go again
Good spot. Gemmell still the greatest for me. I'd put a few of his books ahead of this, Legend, Waylander, Wolf in Shadow etc but this is a good one. It's heroic fantasy, so not hugely nuanced but a great read nonetheless, Skilgannon is an awesome character.
Great book(s) and if you can find more fun and enjoyment for 99p then pm me!
Are these similar to the Witcher books at all?
wolf330551 h, 56 m ago

If that was his weakest work, then I have been missing out. any …If that was his weakest work, then I have been missing out. any suggestions on which book to start with?


Legend definately! I envy you reading them for the first time 😊
parabootz36 m ago

Legend definately! I envy you reading them for the first time 😊


You should try falling off your bike and landing on your head. When I reread books it's like my first time.
wolf330552 h, 49 m ago

If that was his weakest work, then I have been missing out. any …If that was his weakest work, then I have been missing out. any suggestions on which book to start with?


Legend, his first ever book.Though his writing craft improved markedly since his first book, it's still the one with the most heart. And in answer to your first question, you don't have to read the other books in the Drenai series as White Wolf is set quite far in the future within the series.

I have pretty much the entire collection apart from the ultra rare one (a crime thriller called white knight black swan), so I'd recommend these other books that I've reread more than 10 times:

- Waylander
- Quest for Lost Heroes
- Wolf in Shadow (as well as the graphic novel)
- Morningstar
- Ghost King
- Last Sword of Power

The last two are probably my all-time favourite re-imaginings of Arthurian legends.
Edited by: "jsty3105" 29th Jan
bryanhaines3993 h, 48 m ago

One of the best writers, sadly missed.


Agreed - was surprised to see one of his books on offer digitally as I've been browsing occasionally and never seen a digital deal. So, was great to see this deal posted - I've got to slowly convert my physical collection to digital!
parabootz1 h, 17 m ago

Legend definately! I envy you reading them for the first time 😊


+1 to this!
jsty31051 h, 8 m ago

Legend, his first ever book.Though his writing craft improved markedly …Legend, his first ever book.Though his writing craft improved markedly since his first book, it's still the one with the most heart. And in answer to your first question, you don't have to read the other books in the Drenai series as White Wolf is set quite far in the future within the series. I have pretty much the entire collection apart from the ultra rare one (a crime thriller called white knight black swan), so I'd recommend these other books that I've reread more than 10 times: - Waylander- Quest for Lost Heroes- Wolf in Shadow (as well as the graphic novel)- Morningstar- Ghost King- Last Sword of PowerThe last two are probably my all-time favourite re-imaginings of Arthurian legends.


White knight black swan has been re-released its about £11 on amazon for hard back
Eez12 h, 59 m ago

Are these similar to the Witcher books at all?


I have just finished reading The Witcher series of books and while I enjoyed them I think I prefer David Gemmell. They are similar in style and I recommend both.
Amazing series . Surprised that the books have not become films or a TV series .
jsty31051 h, 40 m ago

I have pretty much the entire collection apart from the ultra rare one (a …I have pretty much the entire collection apart from the ultra rare one (a crime thriller called white knight black swan),


Not quite so rare now, it got a proper release last year...

amazon.co.uk/Whi…G1/

Not got it yet myself but will as he was always my favourite writer. Rhyming Rings his other old novel set in the real world also got a release last year, it's not up to the fantasy stuff, but always good to get more Gemmell.
parabootz39 m ago

White knight black swan has been re-released its about £11 on amazon for …White knight black swan has been re-released its about £11 on amazon for hard back


Sadly been temporarily banned from buying physical books until we find a bigger place to live. Will likely grab the kindle edition if it goes on a big sale though
jsty31052 h, 0 m ago

Sadly been temporarily banned from buying physical books until we find a …Sadly been temporarily banned from buying physical books until we find a bigger place to live. Will likely grab the kindle edition if it goes on a big sale though


Mine are all gone to make space for children 😞 Apart from the gemmells I've stored away. Just digital for me too now.
parabootz9 m ago

Mine are all gone to make space for children 😞 Apart from the gemmells …Mine are all gone to make space for children 😞 Apart from the gemmells I've stored away. Just digital for me too now.


Indeed. I really need to clear a ton of books from my younger days with time to read. Although hopefully the kids will want a few of them (my daughter didn't like Legend though! Nearly disowned her...), I kinda regret all the hardbacks now though, so much space/weight!

I'm sure I'll keep the Gemmels (although will keep buying the digitals as they appear cheaply too). I think I have a few signed ones...
You lot must be mental, Lion of Macedon is the best! I’ve read them all apart from the last Troy one which his wife completed. I miss his incredible writing skills.
My favourite author. Sadly missed and I’ve yet to find another author that compares to him so every couple of years or so I go through his collection from start to finish again. It’s not hard at all for me to pick a favourite. Undoubtedly it’s Winter Warriors and I would love a director the likes of Peter Jackson to turn it into a blockbuster
GrowlerGuff12 h, 40 m ago

You lot must be mental, Lion of Macedon is the best! I’ve read them all a …You lot must be mental, Lion of Macedon is the best! I’ve read them all apart from the last Troy one which his wife completed. I miss his incredible writing skills.


Lion of Macedon was a fantastic read - bugger hard book for me to track down in the late 90s! Must document my collection properly at some point but at the moment they're sealed up in a box and tucked away
ch0pp3r8411 h, 14 m ago

My favourite author. Sadly missed and I’ve yet to find another author that …My favourite author. Sadly missed and I’ve yet to find another author that compares to him so every couple of years or so I go through his collection from start to finish again. It’s not hard at all for me to pick a favourite. Undoubtedly it’s Winter Warriors and I would love a director the likes of Peter Jackson to turn it into a blockbuster


Was just about to say that Winter Warriors was one of the lesser known books that's also one of my favourites! Loved the angle of the aging warriors (otherwise known as grumpy old men who happen to be deadly with weapons...)
I never have time any more to read, so have resorted to audio books and Amazon dot in the kitchen, managed to get through 3 books over Christmas, and my book shelf space issue is not a problem.
Just remembered another one I loved. Midnight Falcon. The story of Bane the ****** and how he becomes a gladiator as he seeks revenge
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ch0pp3r8412 m ago

Just remembered another one I loved. Midnight Falcon. The story of Bane …Just remembered another one I loved. Midnight Falcon. The story of Bane the ****** and how he becomes a gladiator as he seeks revenge


Oh yeah, the Rigante books were brilliant, I remember reading them back to back many, many years ago. I think I need to do exactly that again.

Don't know if anyone else has read Joe Abercrombie, he always gives me a Gemmelesqe vibe, only quite a lot darker.
bascule53 m ago

Oh yeah, the Rigante books were brilliant, I remember reading them back to …Oh yeah, the Rigante books were brilliant, I remember reading them back to back many, many years ago. I think I need to do exactly that again. Don't know if anyone else has read Joe Abercrombie, he always gives me a Gemmelesqe vibe, only quite a lot darker.


Would you recommend his books? I was on a reddit thread before and a lot of the ones that were recommended as Gemmelesqe, I didn’t really enjoy like Elric etc and we won’t even mention the plagiarism of Andy Remic
Yeah, thoroughly recommend Mr Abercrombie, or Lord Grimdark as he's come to be called. "The Blade Itself" is a great start to a trilogy.

Andy Remic, hah! I thought it was just me that couldn't stand him. I can't remember what book I tried, but spent about 3 days getting to page 100 mainly with my mouth wide open, I could not believe that it actually got published.
ch0pp3r845 h, 21 m ago

Just remembered another one I loved. Midnight Falcon. The story of Bane …Just remembered another one I loved. Midnight Falcon. The story of Bane the ****** and how he becomes a gladiator as he seeks revenge


Ohhh that was a very good one too. I loved the character of Rage.
bascule4 h, 13 m ago

Yeah, thoroughly recommend Mr Abercrombie, or Lord Grimdark as he's come …Yeah, thoroughly recommend Mr Abercrombie, or Lord Grimdark as he's come to be called. "The Blade Itself" is a great start to a trilogy.Andy Remic, hah! I thought it was just me that couldn't stand him. I can't remember what book I tried, but spent about 3 days getting to page 100 mainly with my mouth wide open, I could not believe that it actually got published.


I’m going to guess that it was the book where he ripped off the character of Druss. The Gemmell family should have sued him and stopped the books being published.

Thanks for the recommendation though. I’ll deffo check him out. Authors that I would recommend for good fantasy at the mo are Brent Weeks and Brandon Sanderson. Not in Gemmells league but very good non the less
ch0pp3r8444 m ago

I’m going to guess that it was the book where he ripped off the character o …I’m going to guess that it was the book where he ripped off the character of Druss. The Gemmell family should have sued him and stopped the books being published. Thanks for the recommendation though. I’ll deffo check him out. Authors that I would recommend for good fantasy at the mo are Brent Weeks and Brandon Sanderson. Not in Gemmells league but very good non the less


I,m a fan of Brent Weeks, ever since the night angel books, Sanderson I haven't given a fair chance yet but plan on changing that with book one of the reckoners series.

Only other good fantasy I've read recently is Blackwing by Ed McDonald, spotted it in Waterstones and had a voucher so took a gamble, it paid off big time, right up my street. Also, the Apt books by Adrian Tchaikovsky are pure genius.
bascule12 m ago

I,m a fan of Brent Weeks, ever since the night angel books, Sanderson I …I,m a fan of Brent Weeks, ever since the night angel books, Sanderson I haven't given a fair chance yet but plan on changing that with book one of the reckoners series.Only other good fantasy I've read recently is Blackwing by Ed McDonald, spotted it in Waterstones and had a voucher so took a gamble, it paid off big time, right up my street. Also, the Apt books by Adrian Tchaikovsky are pure genius.


That’s more to add to the list Sanderson has wrote the storm light archive books. He has released 3 and are all very good but unfortunately he’s intending for there to be 10 in the series so you’ll waiting awhile to finish them
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