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Waylander II: In The Realm of the Wolf Paperback – 7 Oct 1993


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New e. edition (7 Oct. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099892502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099892502
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580,807 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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'Set aside an otherwise free afternoon before you read Waylander II, because once you start you will not want to stop' STARBURST '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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Britain's king of heroic fantasy continues his classic, bestselling Drenai saga. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
Waylander is by far Gemmels best character. In the first book he is a ruthless assassin, who after unwittingly plunging his country into war, begins to doubt his morals.
In the sequel he is a father and has settled down to lead a quiet life in the hills. But echoes of his past return to haunt him.
This book sets a fast pace, incorperating a doomed journey, the defense of a homeland, and target that simple must be assassinated - no matter what the cost.
The action is gripping and well timed, yet even if this book had not one action scene in it, it would still be a classic because of the superb cast of characters. Not only has Gemmel made several stunning characterisations, but he makes their personalities clash so you are always interested in what they have to say to one another.
YOU CAN'T CALL YOURSELF A FANTASY LOVER UNTIL YOU
INVEST IN A COPY OF THIS BOOK.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FallenGrace TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2014
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This is probably my favorite book by David Gemmell after his debut Legend. The fifth book in the Drenai series (though second book chronologically up to this point) focuses as you would expect from the title once again on Waylander, an infamous, though retired assassin. When trained killers hired from the guild track him down in his remote mountain home he begins a journey to find out exactly who hired them and why.

My favorite part of this book isn't actually Waylander, nor is it the action or the battles but the relationship between him and his adopted daughter, and also his dog. It's the little touches between the action with some of the side characters that I remember most fondly and which give Waylander a greater depth and humanity to his character.

That being said the action is nothing to shy away from either, it's both brutal as well as imaginitive really making Waylander out to be the ultimate assassin and bad ass.

For people reading through the series it's a must, for newcomers both Waylander books can be read seperately though references to the overall Drenai series would be missed. I recommend them regardless.

(Kindle edition has weird typos, often with 1 replacing speech marks. I believe it's down to the way they were scanned in digital format and never proof read. Still easily readable and not that common but an annoyance anyway.)

+ Waylander is a great character.
+ Some lovely touches with secondary characters.
+ Action and pacing is fantastic.

- Some kindle typos here and there.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SonicQuack VINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
Set ten years after the original Waylander, this tale is best read in sequence of the Drenai novels to best understand the history of the warring nations. That said, Waylander II is a self-contained novel, and delivers in all aspects. What starts off looking like a straightforward assassination of our (anti)hero soon spirals in to an epic tale, packed full of love, deceit, magic, sieges and sharp, well written characters, with outstanding dialogue. Gemmell has created another masterpiece with Waylander II, and should definitely be amongst the collection of all fantasy readers. It's inspiring, clever, bold and an unrelenting page turner.
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This book makes an immediate contrast with it’s prequel, in that Waylander appears as a mortal enemy to the man whose life he saved at the beginning to book one. Yes, that’s right. The priest, Dardalion. Of course, with a Drenai novel (or any David Gemmell book for that matter!) absolutely NOTHING is what it seems so I will leave that particular conversational thread to unwind itself, and move on.

The book simply reeks atmosphere. It opens with an intriguing prologue where the reader is introduced to a character interestingly called “Angel” who is an old acquaintance of Waylander and moves on to the isolated mountaintop retreat that Dakeyras and his daughter call home. But not for much longer. With a 10,000 gold currency placed on his head, Dakeyras is fully able to see the wood for the trees, even though his daughter Muriel has not woken up to see fate staring her (or her father) in the face. By the start of chapter four, Angel has been employed by Waylander to train his daughter so that she can defend herself against potential assassins and Dakeyras has set himself a bundle of side quests including information gathering, friend (and enemy) collections, and of course, maximising the entertainment factor for the reader.

I am loving this book. The plot is more complex than book one and the antagonism between characters that used to be friends adds a huge amount of fun and interest to the reading experience. The world building is excellent and of course since this is book five, you would expect to have a certain degree of pre-existing civilisation already embedded in your consciousness. And it is.

David Gemmell is a wonder. The Drenai saga books are (pun intended) legendary and are destined to be regarded as all time classics. Pick them up now, read them, saviour them, and pass them on to your kids.

Hugely recommended from me and fully deserving of a five star ranking.

BFN Greggorio!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar. 2000
Format: Paperback
A brilliant book. Everything Waylander 1 was and more. I nearly failed a Chemistry mock A-Level because I started reading this book 5 minutes before the exam, but it was worth it. Waylander has got to be one of the best written characters in the science fiction and fantasy genre.
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