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Echoes Of The Great Song

Echoes Of The Great Song [Kindle Edition]

David Gemmell
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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"'A humdinger...a masterly tale told with clarity and verve'" (The Times)

"'The best fantasy inspires genuine involvement. David Gemmell's novels do just that'" (Interzone)

Book Description

The new heroic fantasy from the author of The Legend of Deathwalker.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (26 Jan 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS6TG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Published in 1984, David A. Gemmell's first novel, Legend, has become a classic. His most recent Drenai and Rigante books are all published as Bantam Press hardcovers and Corgi paperbacks. All of his novels are Sunday Times bestsellers. Now widely regarded as one of the finest writers of heroic fantasy, David Gemmell lived in East Sussex until his death in July 2006.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GEMMELL DOES IT AGAIN 16 Oct 2005
David Gemmell is a master of his craft and to say that I have enjoyed his books would be an understatement. However when I picked up this one I did so with a little less enthusiasm than usual. I had heard the odd comment, seen a couple of reviews that suggested that this didn't measure up to the very high standards that Gemmell has set himself. I am pleased to say they were wrong. Maybe it lacks a character as strong as Druss or Waylander! Maybe it doesn't quite have the impact of Legend or Wolf in the shadow! But do we just want more of the same?
Echoes of the Great Song is a little more subtle than previous offerings, luring you into a broken world where the ruling race, The Avatars have enjoyed the power of gods. However the time of the Avatar is nearing its end. They find their society slipping into oblivion, rendered near powerless by a natural disaster. As rulers they had once been great but their power had ultimately corrupted them. Echoes of the Great Song for me threads the stories of its numerous characters together to weave a tapestry of sacrifice and redemption. Gemmell's gift is to create characters we both love and hate. Wonderful characters, capable of acts of both great good and evil. Characters, that catapults us into the grey area between light and dark.
My verdict, a great read and I can't wait to read Troy Legend of the Silver Bow his latest offering.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly moving and exciting book. 16 Oct 1999
By A Customer
I read my first Gemmell book when I was 10 ('Waylander') and I was instantly hooked. I have subsequently bought all of the Drenai series.
All of the characters in 'Echos of the Great Song' are fascinating and make this book excellent. However, it is not just the characters which make the story great. It is also the thrilling storyline and the way Gemmell can make us loath a character one minute and then twist the character around with some self-sacrificing deed or another(such as Viruk).
Gemmell is indeed the King of heroic fantasy and I wait for his next book with anticipation and hope that there are many more to come. 'Echos of the Great Song' is absolutely fabulous and a superbly moving and exciting book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly original setting and storyline 15 July 2003
David Gemmel is my favourite author, I own a copy of all but his latest title. The fantasy fiction genre can sometimes get a bit samey, here comes the hero dressed in white to battle the villain dressed in black. Gemmel has a habit of making his "heros" imperfect people which always makes them more interesting. This is the only respect in which I find his work predictable. Sometimes the character dialog can be a little wooden but this is easily forgiven. Gemmel writes the sort stories which are highly original, very compelling with characters you can get very involved with. Very difficult to put down.
Echoes of the Great Song is in my opinion his most refreshing and different novel which at the time of writing is a stand alone work. If you want to get into Gemmel start here before you start to work out which order to read the other books in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing 20 July 1999
By A Customer
I found this book to be totally engrossing. I simply couldn't put it down and sat riveted for 14 hours. I can't quite put my finger on why I enjoyed it so much, but it's certainly my favourite David Gemmell novel. It's like nothing I've ever read before; the rich contrast in characters, the sublimely conjured imagery and the refreshingly original plot. I loved it and wholeheartedly recommend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Familiar territory, but still entertaining 22 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Being a big Gemmell fan, it came as a big surprise to me that I had to make three attempts to get into this story. The first two times I put it down and didn't some back to it in time. Perhaps this indicates a lack of pace in the opening chapters.
Having now finished the whole book, I find I have mixed feelings about it, hence the slightly meagre three-star rating. On the plus side, DG successfully conjures the atmosphere of a dying empire and the arrogance of the ruling Avatars who refuse to accept the inevitable decline that is facing them. There are many of the characters familiar to Gemmell readers: Talaban, the Haunted Warrior, Rael, The Elder Stategist and so on. But none of them are cardboard stereotypes. And Viruk the Madman is a masterpiece of characterization. The pace in the last third of the book as events move to their climax is blistering, and kept me up to the wee hours of the morning.
But all the way through, I had the definite feeling that we had been here before. A plucky band of men and women must fight for survival against a clearly superior foe with only their guile and courage to aid them...We've walked these paths before with DG. Although this one does have an extra spin to it (thanks largely, I suspect, to Fingerprints of the Gods), the science-fiction trappings can't hide the plot that we saw in Dark Moon, Knights of Dark Renown, and all the way back to Legend.
That said, even a below par Gemmell is very entertaining, and makes an effective antidote to those interminable three-volume quest fantasies. And if the plot is good enough for George Lucas....
I wouldn't recommend this as an introduction to Gemmell, as it is not typical of him. But hardcore fans who approach it expecting tight, concise writing, sharply observed characterisation and emotion filled drama will not be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read but not something you'd read again
A strange novel from David Gemmel. It’s full of his great story telling ability, but not his usual standard for a Story. It’s all a little bit Sci-Fi mixed with fantasy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Cresswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Twilight of the Gods
I bought and read this book some fifteen years ago and came across it again when going through my book shelves and book cases in a rather desperate attempt to find some space for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by JPS
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book Classic Gemmell
I love all David Gemmell's books and this is no exception! Great story and engaging characters all the way through.
Have read it a few times and will read it again!
Published 6 months ago by jellyfish29
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
Gemmell at his finest. A great stand alone tale from Gemmell .featuring some of the best characters ive ever read about!
Published 6 months ago by daniel cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Got there eventually
This was the first David Gemmell book i have ever struggled with. I found the start, in fact the first 100 pages or so, unfeasibly dull and would certainly given up had i not had... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Robert P. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars a joy of a story
I like all of this authors books, as they are all unique and very well and beautifully written. This one stands out for me as the title suggests echoes of the song . Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs H Strong
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
I miss David Gemmell. I read all of his books more than once. Echoes is just one of many that I keep returning to. Poignant and brutal. Deep characters and moving moments. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Martyn Leggett
5.0 out of 5 stars More please.
An author with whom I was not aware but since finding him has really been a revelation so I want more.
Published 18 months ago by J. Gavin
5.0 out of 5 stars Echoes of the Great song
Have read a lot of David Gemmell books since I got my kindle and I am sure that the ones I have ordered will match up
Published 20 months ago by FrankieA
5.0 out of 5 stars The song remains the same
david gemmell's world of shades of grey heroes and villains is a welcome change from the usual whiter than white 'me, Knight you, Maiden.. I rescue. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2012 by Kalliope
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