Everything! (I seem to end up saying that about all Gemmell's books!) Gemmell manages once again to draw us into the mind, body and soul of the main character so that we can live his life alongside him. Bane's emotional development through the book is remarkable and yet perfectly believable. The supporting characters also hold their own; Banouin's development is also a marvel, Jasaray is both charismatic and also totally amoral, Connavar continues his own development from the first book albeit on a smaller scale and Rage's climatic duel will no doubt suprise you with it's ending. Another great thing about this book is that, although it's a part of the Rigante series, it's entirely capable of standing independently. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that 'Midnight Falcon' is one of those rare sequels that is the equal (if not the better) of the first book.
I found the clear historical parallels to be a bit irritating (Jasaray is Julius Caesar, the Tree Cult are Christians, Stone is Rome etc) but Gemmell does tackle this fact by having the Morrigu explain that she has seen the destructive principles of Stone on other worlds under other names (one of which happens to be Rome). Other than these small details, I absolutely loved this book.
(to David Gemmell): "Proud of you boy."
The story leads on from Sword in the Storm (another brilliant read) to the leading characters son, following his journey through a universe which is parallel to our own. The writing gives a vivid picture of the emotional torment our hero, Bane, endures and you cannot help but feel saddened by his losses and inspired by his feats of valour on the battlefield.
Obviously it makes sense to read Sword in the Storm first so you can get a feel for the emotional tension that builds up, and to get some extra insight into the world of Bane.
In my opinion, a truly amazing book.
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