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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (10 Dec. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857237889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857237887
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.2 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,680 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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Has pace, conviction and gritty resolute vitality...The result is a book that will be enjoyed by Tolkien fans (TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT)

The mood that Gemmell weaves is compelling... this powerful, harsh fantasy examnines our assumptions about good, evil and the nature of quests... immense (Locus)

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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By minervathene on 17 Nov. 2006
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I like David Gemmell's books for telling a story without any unnecessary waffle. This is no different: in 300-odd pages tells a tale that would have taken three 1000-page epics from another author! There are clear moments when I was aware of 'missing' psychological explorations and deep musings on the whys and wherefores of the characters' thoughts and feelings - aware, but not desperately sad to miss them!

The story itself brought to mind elements of Mad Max, with a hefty dollop of Stephen King's Dark Tower series. Jon Shannow is a gunslinger; he's chasing his Jerusalem rather than a Dark Tower, but still the same broad themes.

Shannow lives several hundred years in our future, when Armageddon has reset civilisation to that of about 1850s America. Think pioneers and horses, outlaws and guns. Shannow himself is on a self-imposed quest, to find some meaning to life. He's a 'man of the book', bringing justice to brigands and quoting bible passages (strictly old testament!) as he blows holes in them. But can even he stand up to a 300-year-old man who has mastered the sipstrassi bloodstones, rock fragments imbuing the holder with magical powers?

As I said, it's quite a pared down story, cramming in action without pausing for too much reflection. Which makes a nice change, really! And despite being one of three Jerusalem Man books, Wolf In Shadow stands alone quite nicely, finishing with a surprisingly satisfactory rounding off.

Recommend to those who like this genre, for a light but suitably engrossing read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By p.new on 30 Dec. 1999
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I have just re-read this book for perhaps the dozenth time. Every time I read and reread Gemmell's work I enoy them immensely. In this book Gemmell conjurs the dark figure of The Jerusalem Man, a character that could have stepped straight out of a western. This being the author of the Drenai tales you know there's going to be more to it than that. The armies of the devil, ancient immortal pseudo-scientists, and magic are all expertly woven into a post apocalyptic tale of dazzling scope. As with any of David's richly portrayed novels, the chracters are realistic and convincing, engaging and captivating. It's easy to see how the clamour for more Shannow novels led to the writing of "Bloodstone". I can't wait for Mr. Gemmells next work "Hero in the Shadows", out in March 2000. Happy new Millennium David!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bridgey on 23 Oct. 2013
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After reading all the Stephen King 'Dark Tower' books, I found a copy of Wolf in Shadow and the setting sounded very similar so I thought I would give it a try.

We follow Jon Shannow as he travels the land in search of Jerusalem (hence his nickname Jerusalem Man). A master with the gun, Jon is feared and admired in equal parts. The setting is placed several hundred years into the future. The earth has suffered a cataclysmic event and people are starting rebuild the towns and cities. What we find is a world that resembles the wild west American Era. However things are not always as they seem, especially with the introduction of the Sipstrassi Stones. These are seemingly all powerful but used at a cost. Can Shannow, armed with his Bible and Pistols overcome the evil that surrounds him? Or will the marauding gangs stop him dead.

This is the first book I have read by the author but immediately went out and bought the other two books of the trilogy. I particularly loved the way that Gemmell allows to feel Shannow's emotions, the way he sees things in black and white, good and evil. The magic v religion theme that runs through the book keeps the reader guessing at what will happen next. With plenty of action the pages fly by.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 Sept. 2014
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this was the first book i read and of course shannow the first literary character i came across, that was twenty years ago and thanks to this book and its great author i cant be without a book now , i have read many great works of fiction come across great characters but to me no book is better no character greater ,shannow is the the lone warrior in the wasteland, in a world after disaster that has reverted back to the times of the old west many men have no morals and a dark army awaits ,shannow known by repute as the jerusalem man is the quiet soldier he has manners wisdom faith and true courage , he is a deadly warrior with great skills some say passed down to him from an ancient race of warriors that he belongs called rolynd, but shannow is no harm to anyone who does not try to harm him or the innocent like he says himself only the ungodly need fear me, i have read some stupid comments that shannow is dark wreckless shannow is the light and the wisdom of whole trilogy he just will not sit on his hands while the bullies prosper a great great character, i was ninteen when i read wolf in shadow and in prison for getting into one fist fight to many shannow taught me to be better man im 39 now im married with four kids and have not been back to prison i will always look up to and be inspired by jon shannow . god bless david gemmell sleep well my friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toby Parkes on 16 Jan. 2014
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This was a fantastic read with some really interesting concepts of a world hit by disaster and a return to ancient ways of life but with modern weapons. Gemmell doesn't write a book that's not worth reading and this book doesn't disappoint.
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