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Waylander (A Drenai Novel) [Paperback]

David Gemmell
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21 Aug 1986 A Drenai Novel

The Drenai King is dead - murdered by a ruthless assassin. Enemy troops swarm into Drenai lands. Their orders are simple - kill every man, woman and child.

But there is hope.

Stalked by men who act like beasts and beasts that walk like men, the warrior Waylander must journey into the shadow-haunted lands of the Nadir to find the legendary Armour of Bronze. With this he can turn the tide. But can he be trusted? For he is Waylander the Slayer.

The traitor who killed the King...

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Reprint edition (21 Aug 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857236211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857236217
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Published in 1984, David A. Gemmell's first novel, Legend, has become a classic. His most recent Drenai and Rigante books are all published as Bantam Press hardcovers and Corgi paperbacks. All of his novels are Sunday Times bestsellers. Now widely regarded as one of the finest writers of heroic fantasy, David Gemmell lived in East Sussex until his death in July 2006.

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Several rungs above the good right 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.

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Britain's king of the heroic fantasy continues his classic, bestselling Drenai saga.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gemmell's best novel ever! 26 Jun 2000
By A Customer
This is the first ever Gemmell book I read(I found it in my dads bookcase) and read it in 2 days. It is simply superb and a novel for others to aspire to. The plot is brilliant ,dark and fascinating, the characters are much more subtle than your everyday heroes and heroines. This book shows that heroes don't always ride white stallions and carry magic swords, a modern day classic. David Gemmell the king of fantasy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waylander - the one that started me off 21 Jan 2008
By Juno
Waylander is my favourite David Gemmell character ever, head and shoulders above the rest. A good man turned bad, or a bad man turned good? Read all three and then decide.

A classic, not to be missed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Druss or a Connavar but good nonetheless 23 Jan 2003
He is the Waylander, a man of mystery and a dark past, on a path to redemption. Standard heroic fantasy you might think but this is David Gemmell don't forget and he tells a story in the same fashion that made the original Star Wars films so great. He writes with real depth to his characters, where everyone is a product of their own pasts. There is some good in the villians and bad in the heroes and this is what makes nearly all of Gemmell's works at best brilliant and at worst entertaining. The Waylander moves somewhere between the two as the main hero lacks the brutish innocence of Druss or the hard charisma of Connavar, two of his greatest characters. If you have, like myself, read Druss first, then this is a great book. If you are new to Gemmell then start with the excellent LEGEND and then pick this up. These tales really take me back to my childhood favorites Conan and Michael Moorcock's Elric. Good book with a good story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waylander 9 Mar 2011
As always David Gemmell gets inside the characters and whether you love them or hate them, you can be sure that by the end of the book, your hanging on their every emotion and word.
Excellent read,
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more to it that than a story. 5 Mar 2006
This is the first book i ever read (other than kid's books) 5 years later and i'v now come back to Gemmell's books. Although i'd agree with earlier reviews that it is not his best work i have to say that it has more to it than just the story. At first i thought he was saying how strongly and easily good and evil can change each other. Now i think he was asking 'what is good and evil?' eg, Waylander kills people but noone that doesnt deserve it, is he still evil? And Dardalion helps the helpless, but fights in the war and kill, is still good?
All i can say is read this book, and think long and hard about what its saying (and enjoy the story!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Waylander is a smashing piece of work, and is top novel (in my view) in the Drenai saga. I enjoyed the way Dakeyras is totally unlike your average hero with golden blonde hair and shining white armour, and i actually prefered it to the sequal, Waylander 2. In short, Waylander is a breath of fresh air from your run of the mill fantasy.It's the best thing since sliced bread.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 13 July 2000
By A Customer
David Gemmel shows off his talent in this book. The book is a non stop read, once it is up it does't go down. I got in trouble many times at school for not paying attention in lessons. This book is an action packed book, U SHOULD READ IT!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! 19 July 2005
By A Customer
I'm gradually working my way through all of Gemmell's books; I love this author! Waylander is wonderful, full of passion, drama, emotion, humour, etc. I love the way Gemmell develops his charactors - as ever - mourning their loss as I complete each book. In Waylander, Kai's story (Kai is a brief, but important charactor) had me sobbing! I'm hoping that he'll materialise again in Waylander 11 , because I desperately need him to find love and acceptance :)
I'm not sure if Waylander is an ideal first Gemmell to read, but I can't praise Gemmell's work highly enough! I've loved every one of his books so far!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gemmell at his best.
Gripping from start to finish. you find yourself within the story,fighting the battles with them, wanting the heroes to triumph. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shane Geddes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I love David Gemmell books, this was an addition to kindle collection to complement my collection. Read many times and still enjoy.
Published 5 months ago by Mark Wharton
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Waylander' by David Gemmell
This is my first outing with David Gemmell, and I have to say I'm ashamed I waited this long to read his work. Read more
Published 7 months ago by L M Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Woahlander
Thrilling story from start to finish. Shame about some of the typos in the kindle edition, but that seems to be a running theme in the Gemmell books. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars fourth time reading it!
I could read this over and over! All of the drenai books are first class quality! Although Druss is my favourite!
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The best British fantasy writer
The late David Gemmell was a master of this form of novel. His central characters are often bleak and flawed, but imbued with honour and are essentially good. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Peter W.Weston
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing
Larger than life characters . Laugh out loud scenes. You want a few pints with these guys very addictive enjoy
Published 12 months ago by darren knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing books and speedy delivery
I love this book - and the rest of the trilogy - delighted to add them to my collection.

David Gemmell brings a fantasy world of spirits and excitement to a land where... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Miss A J Alden
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner that will have you glued for hours
Waylander is the ultimate in David Gemmell's often covered theme of redemption. The assassin known as Waylander had done many things to darken his soul and was teetering on... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Justin Guiney
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Arrived very fast, and happy as I made a mistake trying to buy before and accidentally ordered it in French! Would recommend.
Published 15 months ago by L. Mcseveney
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