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 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 generic fantasy with some very minor magic The only reason I gave this book 3 stars is Druss himself he is a very interesting character who really makes ou 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 a good or even logical ending I am not sure I want to read the next book in series Can somebody inspire me to do this 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 sizeI ll be honest with Becoming Enlightened you My brother pushed this on me almost aear 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 get me to read Tolkien esue fantasy I ve never found Gemmell s writing to be particularly goodWhile I don t find Gemmell s writing to be 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 also grow into their roles as the story progressesI have a lot to say but I don t want to give anything away To sum up this is the ultimate fantasy book for men and the women who appriciate them Go out and get it This was a masterclass in pulpy
Old School Fantasy With All That Entails school fantasy with all that entails 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 et 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 #of the slaughter Druss makes for an enjoyable main character A revered old warrior who 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 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 to go with it but instead Druss 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 a groundbreaking or innovative read that made me look at the world differently but as action packed epic high fantasy it was a masterclass in the genre An awesome BR with Lovely Pinky and my fellow Catman two faithful Cat holics Get rid of our 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 444 A buddy read with the Fantasy Buddy. 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.
FREE DOWNLOAD ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ì David GemmellReads 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 woma 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 off the Persian army alleged by the ancient sources to have numbered over one million Less known but not less impressive is the Battle of Hod w between the Kingdom of Poland and the Crimean Khanate forces fought in June 1694 with four hundred hussars fighting and winning against forty thousand Tatars Now the Poles are crazy altogether as they have their own list of last stands featuring things like the Battle of Wizna in 1939 when between 350 and 720 Poles defended a fortified line for three days against than 40000 Germans Battles like these easily become legendsDavid Gemmel gives us the legend of Dross Delnoch a strong keep with six walls defended by ten thousands men of whom most are untrained volunteers about to withstand an attack of the greatest army ever assembled a horde that within twenty Basic Training years had built an empire stretching across a dozen lands and five score cities And now as they march on Dross the greatest fortress ever built is waiting for the largest army in the world What a clash of giants The ingredients for a new legendOnly things are not going great in the fortress There are six walls and a town to defend while the force is less than a third of the full complement and the discipline is rotten because morale is low and fear is rife The defenders need a miracle or the Dross will fall And Dross Delnoch needs heroes Badly Think of the men here as a rusty weapon which needs a warrior s firm hand It needs to be sharpened honed prepared It s useless else Contrary toour expectations the book doesn t start in the city preparing for a siege The book opens with a coward running away from battle one Regank the Wanderer man of uncertain character and only sporadic courage In fact the actual fighting starts only halfway through the book and even though the novel is not long there is not one word wasted A great reminder to many contemporary writers that epic does not automatically euate with 600 pages That ou can have 350 pages filled with action to the brimSo how does Gemmel manage to achieve it Firstly he creates a compelling set of characters And I would say the Legend is
one of those novels that do not really have a main protagonist Surely invincible Druss Captain of the Axe wielding Snagaof those novels that do not really have a main protagonist Surely invincible Druss Captain of the Axe wielding Snaga the Sender the greatest warrior of the age is one of the book s main pillars but ou d be very mistaken to think that the book is about him Others are eually important in the Legend from Rek a hero by necessity to Bowman a robber outlaw with principles from Virae earl s daughter to deadly Caessa whose love is as lethal as her arrows from Orrin the incompetent gan of the fortress and Hogun the grim legion general to rank and file soldiers whom we meet learn their back stories and accompany in battle There is finally the Temple of Thirty warrior priests for whom the incoming battle is the culmination of thirteen ears of training They are weapon masters who seek the perfect death to counterpoint the perfect life whose bodies are the living weapons and minds fight as powerfully but whose spirits adhere to extreme pacifism I am sure that all readers interested in Eastern spirituality fill find the albino Serbitar one of the most fascinating characters in fantasy Druss is every man who has refused to uit to surrender when life offered no hope to stand aside when the alternative was to die He is a man who has shown other men there is no such thing as guaranteed defeat Secondly what Gemmel shows is that there is to battle than hacking and at the incoming enemy He builds the tension surrounding the incoming class and even before the fighting starts shows the reader that victory is not merely the uestion of military might That there is tactic and organisation to be considered the supply lines the orderlies hospitals and stretcher bearers And above all he emphasises the role of spirit He shows the whole dynamic of the battle so beautifully captured and symbolised in how each of the walls is named Firstly E 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 ears 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 ears 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 good as everHere the Nadir hordes Think Mongols hav 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 whoand created the character of Druss who 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 ov. 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. .
Er 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 The uality of a book is generally judged by the words in it in addition to the story It s not just what ou say how ou say it also matters If not a complete counter example Legend is a book where the rule loses its effect Legend is certainly not the best written book ever but it is most definitely one of the best books ever written David Gemmell never finished school since he was expelled at the age of sixteen and the unrefined writing is apparent throughout the book He struggled to tell his story but he had a hell of a story to tell What the book lacks in sophistication of wordsmithing it than makes up for with the raw power of the story Allow a thought experiment for the moment Strip away all the decoration in a typical book all the character actioninteraction that exists for flavor all the worldbuilding all the prose exposition and clever tropes What are we left with Usually very little Usually a basic plot that we re lucky to even partially connect with It might even be an intelligent story or an imaginative one But it s ultimately weak skeletal and insignificant in almost every way It might even be non existent Luckily our world has been gifted with a book like Legend where we can prove such a thought experiment wrong Strip away the decoration and frosting from Legend cut it down to its most basic elements and we are still left with a book worthy of the test of time In the Iliad Achilles was given a choice by the gods To live a short glorious heroic life that will end violently but be remembered or to live a long healthy life and eventually suffer the fading effect of time upon his name We all know what choice Achilles made and Achilles is remembered as one of the greatest heroes ever to come from the ranks of humanity In his own way Druss the main character in Legend faced the same choice Fade into old age and senility or face down our death with defiance at the cost of a shorter lifespan Yet Achilles is not the only hero who is remembered through the ages In fact the greatest hero of the Iliad is Hector Where Achilles is remembered for the glory of his life Hector is heroic for the manner of his death Knowing with absolute certainty that to face Achilles in a duel means death he accepts the challenge anyway Not to be suicidal but to die in the manner he tried to live What makes a man or woman great or heroic What does it mean to die a good death For that matter what does it mean to even live a life worth living Overcoming great obstacles and succeeding is not compelling enough Fighting failing and dying knowing that our name will be remembered isn t even heroic enough The true hero is the one who fights against that which he knows he cannot possibly defeat Not for the remembrance of his name
or the glory of his cause but for himself Humans often die for one anotherthe glory of his cause but for himself Humans often die for one another mother takes a gang member s bullet to save her child a man on life support wants the plug pulled so his heart can be transplanted to save another or a soldier dives upon a grenade
to save his suad mates What makes one case heroic than the next What if nobody was around to recognizesave his suad mates What makes one case heroic than the next What if nobody was around to recognize sacrifice If the mother knows with certainty that jumping to take the bullet will still not save the child from death et does it anyway is it still heroic or foolish If nobody is to witness that mother s sacrifice should it affect her decision to commit it If nobody pulls the man s life support plug for him but in a rare act of clarity he manages to pull it himself while he is alone in his hospital room does it detract from the glory or worthiness of his death If the foxhole of soldiers becomes surrounded by an insurmountable enemy and if the soldier knows without a doubt that diving upon the grenade will not save his friends from the battle Should he do it anyway No one will know he did such a thing No medal will be given nor monument raised to his name What makes a death a good death And what makes a life worth living The characters of Legend are the characters within us all Fear doubt and futility are all present but so too are the traits which make us greater than the sum of our parts Honor courage duty and es even love are all necessary components for a heroic tale of such resonance David Gemmell wrote Legend as he was waiting to find out whether or not he was going to die from cancer and it is his attempt at dealing with mortality What
Does It Mean Toit mean to well or live well What does it mean to be a man Is love even worth the effort if it is destined to last only a brief moment and end in pain Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living but perhaps the unexamined death is not worth dying either All life leads to death but perhaps all death should be embraced with the joys of life Very few books have had an impact comparable to Legend and as I said for all it s technical flaws it is one of the finest novels ever written Gemmell s fears are my fears His hopes my hopes Legend was his first and greatest book and its very existence makes the world a fuller place and humanity wealthier RIP Mr Gemmell ou ve earned it 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 A Wayside Tavern you is here to carry on Gemmell s tradition now that he s dead After I got 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 Soeah Highly recommended Especially if For Fear of Little Men you like stories about what it means to be a hero. 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