- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (15 Sept. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099261413
- ISBN-13: 978-0099261414
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.3 x 11 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,569,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The First Chronicles Of Druss The Legend Paperback – 15 Sep 1994
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Gemmell's great reading - the action never lets up. He's several rungs above the good rigt into the fabulous! Anne McCaffrey Has pace, conviction and gritty resolute vitality...The result is a book that will be enjoyed by Tolkien fans TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT David Gemmell manages to take a familiar, generic scenario and infuse it with meaning...it's a thoughtful genre fantasy, a bit chewier than most, and quite, quite tasty LOCUS --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Britain's king of heroic fantasy continues his classic, bestselling Drenai saga --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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I was originally unsure about whether to read the Drenai books as I've never been a huge fan of heroic fantasy - however given just how much I enjoyed the Troy books and the wonderful writing style of David Genmmell I decided to try them. I am so pleased that I did and I have now read nearly all of Gemmell's books and urge anyone considering the books to do it, you will not be disappointed.
All of the books are great and can be read as stand alone books or in order. The characters are wonderfully bought to life, there's love, romance, humour, twists & turns, betrayal, revenge, heroes, villains, sorcery, savagery, battles, emotional roller coasters and noble deeds and you will simply fall into the world the Gemmell creates for you. These books deserve to be read and its a an absolute tragedy that Gemmell is no longer with us.
This is the 'origin' of the character of Druss The Legend.
The story starts with him as a young farmer and takes us through to the battle of Skeln Pass some 30 years later.
What happens in between is a real 'boys own' adventure as
Druss sets off to rescus his missus when she's captured by slavers.
I gave the book to my 13 year old son when I'd finished and he devoured it in a couple of days.
Demons, monsters,witches and wizards they're all there. Real nasty bad guys including pirates, slavers, evil emperors, mad princes etc etc.
The characters are well told. The good guys are all likeable and you will have your favourite..whether or not that character survives is a lottery.
It's the end that ultimately steals the show as the Battle of Skeln Pass is told and various characters fates are explained.
It's just a great book, easy to read, fast paced with great characters and dialogues.The fights are well described and you wouldn't want to cross Druss!
As the title suggests the book follows the protagonist Druss as a young man following his exploits, building him as a hero, the hero, Legend portrays him to be. This book is absolutely action packed with brutal combat, be it armed or unarmed but there is real character, occasional sadness and emotion as Druss travels the world for years trying to find his kidnapped wife, never giving up against all odds.
On the journey Druss learns a lot about himself, makes many friends, fights in wars, fist fight arenas, among other things. Chronicles of Druss rarely stops throwing new characters and situations at Druss yet the book seems to travel at a steady pace, never rushing to get where it needs to be.
This was one of the books that really fueled my imagination and enjoyment of the fantasy genre as a teenager, even re-reading it years later I still found it hard to put down. A very worthy prequel to Druss's heroism and character.
+ Fantastic action scenes.
+ Which are balanced with tender moments of love and friendship.
+ Fits perfectly into the Drenai series with Legend.
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Fantastic book loved it from start to finish. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good fantasy novel.Published 1 month ago by J A DANIEL
David Gemmel is one of my favorite writers on heroic fantasy and this book doesn't disappoint, I've always bought his books in charity shops or car boot sales but this means I've... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Again Gemmell produces a fantastic book. I've lost count the number of times I have read this, but awesome!!!! Why it's not a movie yet I don't know........Published 2 months ago by bulletproofspartan
A fantastic read for all fantasy readers who like hero's, and villians getting slain. Couldn't put it down.Published 4 months ago by gary medcalf