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The Last Guardian (Jon Shannow Novel) Paperback – 19 Apr 1990

4.8 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (19 April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857235827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857235821
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Has pace, conviction and gritty resolute vitality...The result is a book that will be enjoyed by Tolkien fans (TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT)

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The second book in David Gemmell's classic series of Jon Shannow novels.

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Jon Shannow is back in the second part of the Jerusalem Man trilogy.

This book takes off roughly 2 years after the previous novel ended. We now find Shannow still working towards his goal of locating Jerusalem. His guns continue to blaze and as usual he feared and admired by people in equal measure.

As with the previous novel the Siptrassi stones play a major part of the plot. With whoever holds one gaining magical powers. We meet humans who are turning into wild beasts, hunters and a variety of different races. Can Shannow find his beloved city? And what significance does the God's Sword in the Sky have?

Gemmel uses his creations to successfully introduce many different themes, all of which have featured prominently in our own Earths History. Strongly running through the novel the reader can expect to find examples of slavery, racism and how man treats the environment. Something that I normally hate in a book is when the author introduces time paradoxes and alternative dimensions, but here they are written so well that they blend into the main story excellently.

My only criticism of the book would be that, in my opinion, you would need to read the first in the series to fully appreciate past events.

Can't wait for the third.
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I just thought I would say a few words to balance out the fact that there is only one review for this excellent and, in my opinion, best of all the Gemmell books. Next to Waylander, Jon Shannow is my favourite of all Gemmell's characters and this, his secound adventure, is by far his greatest. Wolf in Shadow was good, but always seemed a bit uneven, a bit strung out without any tight plotting. Bloodstone was easily the worst of the three, Gemmell resorting way too heavily on his love of multi-dimensions almost to the point of farce. But this book is bang on, with not only excitement and mystery, but some genuine moments of heartbreaking humanity. The ending is perfect and should have been left as the true ending to the Shannow saga. In my opinion, Gemmell's books have all followed the law of diminshing returns since this, the pinacle of his talent.
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I have read all of Gemmells books. In my opinion, Gemmell's ability to make you visualise the worlds he creates are astounding. He has been lauded for many characters in his books (Druss particularly) but I would have to say that Jon Shannow is definitely on a pinnacle for me, and this book continues the Dark World of the jerusalem Man in epic fashion!!

The biblical references that Gemmell adapts for the books are incredible and you cannot help being drawn further in with each line. The more you read, the more Gemmell tightens his grip on your senses. Time paradoxes, Magic, Sacrifice, Love, Loss - this series has the lot. And I would have to say if you asked me to pick a favourite book in the series this is the one. Keep your pistols primed and loaded...Jerusalem may be over the next rise...
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This is a book about the Jerasulem Man, a man who rides across the blasted landscape of Earth dealing justice in the Old Testament style of a tooth for a tooth an eye for an eye. Jon Shannow is a haunted man looking for Jerasulem where he hopes to receive the answers hes souls calls out for and the rest that he so badly needs. As he wanders the world in search for the fabled city he assists those in need of his special abilities only to be shunned and asked to move on when he has completed the task and saved the day. This is a first rate story that moves at a cracking pace.
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The Jon Shannow novels offer a fascinating insight into human nature and the consequences of religion. This trilogy is a fairly simple read but has some deep concepts which keep you captivated. A brilliant book and well worth a read.
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If you enjoyed The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings or any other fantasy type novels, then you simply must give David Gemmell a chance. He wrote many books, based around particular 'worlds' which make up a series. Sadly he died a few years ago so these excellent books won't be supplemented in the future. I firmly believe him to be the very best fantasy author of recent times and strongly urge you to give him a try. He links accepted historical information and moulds it into fiction in such a way that it is very believable and draws you into that world. You really won't be dissapointed.
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I Love pretty much every single one of Gemmell's books, they really seem to immerse you in the story.
Bloodstone was really fun, a great installation in the series, definitely recommend it
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After reading the first two novels in the Shannow series i was not let down.
The story was still as riveting all the way through to the last line.
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