- 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)
The Last Guardian (Jon Shannow Novel) Paperback – 19 Apr 1990
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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)
The second book in David Gemmell's classic series of Jon Shannow novels.See all Product Description
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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.
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...
Bloodstone was really fun, a great installation in the series, definitely recommend it
The story was still as riveting all the way through to the last line.
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Another cracking yarn. Great read from one of the best writers around.Published 28 days ago by Ianw