Why interesting? Well, this book is written in the first person, somethingwhich I have never experienced Gemmell doing before. The Prologue is evenwritten in first person and the present tense, which is always a difficulttask, and will likely annoy some readers.
But how does the story fare? Well, it is superb. It seems to be looselybased on a Robin Hood type character, Jarek Mace, the Morningstar, and is(as usual for Gemmell novels) filled with a depth of character rarely seenelsewhere in the fantasy genre. The plot is fast moving and has the sortof confusion that the Shannow novels brought to the fore, and the newcreatures (to me at least, having not read Knights Of Dark Renown) wereintriguing. The plot is sorted out and explained in the last few chapters,although I have read that David Gemmell wished he could have ended to bookin a different and less-hurried way. Although I can, in hind-sight, seewhat he may mean by this, at the time, I just wanted to read itall.
One thing that is missing from the usual Gemmell winning-formulais the combat. Because the story is told from the viewpoint of Owen Odell,someone who is not a warrior, there isn't the usual focus on the fights. Idon't mean that there is no combat, but when it is described, Gemmellfocuses slightly less on the detail than usual.
Despite the slight feeling of strange-ness that the above variations giveto Morningstar, it is still, undoubtedly, an excellent read. It gave methat "I must finish this before I do anything else" feeling. I wouldalways recommend Legend and the Drenai Saga as the place to start readingGemmell, as that's where he started writing, but for those that want toread new Gemmell, you could do worse than read Morningstar.