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4.0 out of 5 stars White Wolf
For David Gemmell addicts – finally, a new book! White Wolf introduces a new character to the Drenai series named Skilgannon. Throughout the novel, Gemmell uses the quest for atonement to really create character. Skilgannon was a general for the Witch Queen (whom he loves) but left her service after his wife died (who loved him) and Jianna (the Witch Queen) ordered...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting start to series.
This is Gemmell’s latest book, set in the same universe as the Drenai in the timeline of Druss. The plot is one of possible redemption. For the main character has a dark history, and who could sit quite happily as the villain in other books. He is trying to atone for past misdeeds and this is the central premise. The writing is mature, and Gemmell is fleshing out...
Published on 5 April 2003 by Patrick Mullane


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4.0 out of 5 stars White Wolf, 18 April 2003
For David Gemmell addicts – finally, a new book! White Wolf introduces a new character to the Drenai series named Skilgannon. Throughout the novel, Gemmell uses the quest for atonement to really create character. Skilgannon was a general for the Witch Queen (whom he loves) but left her service after his wife died (who loved him) and Jianna (the Witch Queen) ordered him to slaughter the inhabitants of a city, earning him the title the Damned. Basically, after failing as a monk he goes looking for a special temple to resurrect his wife. On his way he ends up with Druss the Legend (naturally) who is looking for a friend of his who has disappeared. I don’t want to ruin the rest of the story so you will have to find out the rest on your own. Gemmell has a brilliant writing style, making reading his books terribly addictive. White Wolf is a book charged with excitement and humour – definitely a good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Damned good read, 12 April 2003
This book is yet another example of the brilliance that is David Gemmell. All characters well fleshed out, and a special old friend thrown in to round it off. Skilgannon, the main character, was a great man to be introduced to in this first book of the series. Of course though, my heart soared when Druss put in his appearance. Mr Gemmell has exceptional talent in that he can create his characters, their backgrounds, and their adventures so well that it makes reading these books feel like you are going home after a very long time away. Characters, such as the troubled Skilgannon,that are introduced are not strangers for long, and to meet up with old characters again is like meeting up with well loved old friends.
Skilgannon is a man troubled by his past but, realising he can do nothing to change it, is coming to terms with it, and is now beginning a journey to try and restore an important person to his life. Not an easy task when all he has to go on is rumour and myth. Druss is on the road to find a friend, and finds his friend is very much changed. The story that unfolds around these two people is as to be expected from it's creator. The characters are not empty two-dimensional incidentals wandering around in a book. These are virtually real people whom all David Gemmell fans would be honoured to meet, and will surely enjoy adventuring with in this latest novel.
So, Mr David Gemmell, I raise my glass of Lentrian Red to you and sit back to read White Wolf again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Novel of Druss The Legend, 1 April 2003
Skilgannon the Damned had vanished from the pages of history. No-one knew where he had gone, and the assassins sent by the Witch Queen could find no trace of his passing.
Three years later, as a mob intent on murder gathers outside a distant monastery, they are faced by a single unarmed priest. In a few terrifying seconds their world is changed for ever, and word spreads across the lands of the East..... Skilgannon is back.
Now he must travel across a perilous, demon-haunted realm seeking a mysterious temple and the ageless goddess who rules it. With assassins on his trail and an army of murderous foes ahead, the Damned sets off on a quest to bring the dead to life. But he does not travel alone.... The man beside him is Druss the Legend.
In a world torn by war, White Wolf is a page turning tale of love, betrayal and treachery, which examines the nature of heroism and friendship and the narrow line that divides good from evil, redemption from damnation.
This novel has everything a fan of heroic fantasy could desire :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Gemmell's best, 15 April 2003
in this the first book of the Damned David Gemmell gives us one of his finest creations in Skilgannon "the damned" A general famous for destroying an intire city , men women and children, has left his command in search of inner peace. HAVE I MENTIONED THAT THIS IS ALSO A DRUSS THE LEGEND STORY!!! Aye Druss is back Laddie, and is as fantastic as ever. the battles in this book are not main focus , but the development and relationships of the character are, and trust me it will blow you away. Tons of references to other Drenai Stories including a certain grey gentleman with a double bolted crossbow!
The best part by far of this tale is the amazing ending - I almost fell off my chair reading it. leaves you feeling so elated ,you'll read it again twice to make sure that the twist in the ending was what you think it is . Buy this today you will not be dissappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Gemmell, 6 July 2006
This review is from: White Wolf (Skilgannon the Damned 1) (Paperback)
I thought this is one of David Gemmells best novels. The main character is Skillgannon the Damned, a character that really captured my imagination.
Not only is it great heroic fantasy, but funny in parts. It also includes Druss the Legend, probably Gemmells best known character, and it is set ten years before 'Legend', Gemmell's first novel.
A very good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still Good, 3 Jun 2006
This review is from: White Wolf (Skilgannon the Damned 1) (Paperback)
Yes, Druss is back!. The book as a whole is good but does stick very much to the classic Gemmell formula. Not that there is anything wrong with that. The book is well and solidly written but nothing spectacular. Anyone who is a Gemmell fan will find this an enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book One of the Damned Good, 12 April 2003
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MR C D BRADFORD (Warborough, OXON United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
Gemmell's Drenai novels are always eagerly anticipated and tales starring Druss the Legend even more so. It's like Bob Hope entertaining the troops - you love him for who he is, even if his jokes have worn a little thin over the years.
"Who is Skilgannon?" was the question I was asking. Who could share equal billing with Druss? Skilgannon the Damned (that's Mr. The Damned to you) is instantly one of Gemmell's classic characters - a mass of confusions and adolescent guilt mixed with an enormous capacity for cutting edge ferocity. Temper this with Druss's indomitable code and big axe, leave in the oven for 20 mins, gas mark 4, and the result is a Drenai quest pie with all the trimmings.
Gemmell employs a flashback narrative through a large portion of this book, as Skillgannon's inner monologue talks us through incidents in his past that made him into the man he is. I have to admit to feeling that this was a heavy handed attempt to give the character a well rounded back story and bring depth to an anti hero who would otherwise be indistinguishable from a legion of his other creations such as Dace or Tenaka Khan. As it stands this groundwork will probably only be appreciated on a second reading.
What was so thrilling about this Gemmell novel above all others is the anticipation of bringing together two such obviously powerful heroes and unleashing them upon his world (which is mapped for the first time incidentally). It's like Batman and Superman all over again, except with less lycra.
Druss is a revelation as ever and I felt that this was far and away the most vibrant portrait of his most famous bearded protagonist. In the same way Jack Nicholson burned up the screen in Batman, Druss lights up the page so strongly the other characters suffer a little in comparison at times.
If there is a little weakness in the plot (disparate group comes together under the shadow of war, form troop, set out to perform various laudable but confusing acts of humanity coupled with extreme medieval violence) the set pieces are among the best he's done. The Joining attacks; Skilgannon vs the assassins; the climatic ending - there's plenty to get the heart racing and the chapters simply fly by. By the time you have reached the end it seems to arrive too quickly as the journey was so exhilarating.
As this seems to be the first in a new series of books, it would be churlish to expect a clear cut beginning, middle and an end. There's room for much more from the final chapter disclosures alone. Instead the book leaves you hungry for more adventures of the Damned. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book, even with two demonically possessed swords at my throat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just keeps getting better, 24 Jan 2004
This review is from: White Wolf (Damned) (Paperback)
At the moment this man can do no wrong. His books just keep getting better. Many other fantasy authors who continually set their books in the same place also seem to be incapable of changing their characters (No names mentioned!). Gemmel keeps introducing new characters and also filling us in on old friends aswell. He manages to interlink the characters stories and lives seemlessly and leaves us in no doubt that there is still more to come. This book is a fantastic addition to any Gemmel collection or for a first time reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Druss is Back!, 29 April 2003
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I have been a Gemmell fan since first reading Legend, the first book to contain the exploits of Druss the Legend,(for my money, one of the best fantasy heroes of all time) and was pleasantly surprised to see that Druss was back in this volume.
However, the story primarily focuses on the adventures of Skilgannon - a typical Gemmell hero - strong and skilful but flawed in very human ways, (think Clint Eastwood in any Spaghetti Western!) with Druss in an extended cameo appearance as one of several excellent supporting characters in a tale that explores Gemmell's usual themes - honour, love, guilt, betrayal and the triumph of compassion over cruelty.
As is so often the case with Gemmell's books, you are immediately drawn in by his intense and vivid prose style (particularly in fight scenes)and find it impossible to avoid empathising or identifying with his characters - they may be simply drawn, and occasionally cliched, but they have an immediacy that allows the reader to sum them up quickly (often resulting in surprises later on) and get on with enjoying the story.
It isn't a perfect book by any means, as Gemmell does tend to re-use ideas and themes in his books, but if you've read any of his other work and enjoyed it, you'll love this, and if you're also a fan of Druss, you'll REALLY enjoy the little teaser in the epilogue.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another gemmell gem!!, 9 Sep 2004
This review is from: White Wolf (Skilgannon the Damned 1) (Paperback)
Well Gemmell has done it again!
I found White Wolf a welcome return to the Drenai series. Gemmell has introduced another wonderful character with Skilgannon, and of course the additon of my old favourite Druss just made this book even better.
Being a Gemmell veteren i can understand why people slam his books for being to 'samey' but I find that if I dont read them one after the other and pad them out with other books then each one as enjoyable as the previous,(mostly anyway!)
But for me White Wolf was an amazing read that I just couldnt put down, like many of Gemmell's books. He is a fantastic story teller and is one of my all time favourite fantasy writers. For people who are just starting out reading David Gemmell books I recomend starting with Legend, by far his best ever book.
This was the book that started me down the rich, colourful and imaginative path that is fantasy reading.
White Wolf is a must read for any fantasy fan! A true Gem of the genre.
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