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Dark Moon Paperback – 7 Apr 1997
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"'As a weaver of genuinely stirring heroic tales, it's hard to see anyone in the field to touch him'"
Three new heroes in a stunning new heroic fantasy adventure by the author of The Legend of Deathwalker.See all Product description
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1. It is a stand-alone work with no follow-up books, and
2. I like the way Gemmell writes (or should I say wrote).
With Dark Moon he doesn't disappoint. He was one hell of a storyteller being able to develop characters that the reader cares about. He also placed them in situations which demanded to defeat their opponents they become more evil than them. Of course, sometimes his characters choose to use love, compassion, and self-sacrifice instead.
In Dark Moon the story is about the survival of the human race. Humans are stuck between one race (The Oltor) who are good and another who are completely evil (The Daroth). Gemmell plays with the usual evil versus good theme, suggesting that both must exist together. Also in the character of Tarantio we see the powerful extremes of good and evil as personified in one man.
I always got the feeling that redemption featured a lot in Gemmell‘s work. He explores this in Dark Moon in both the epic set piece battles and more quiet emotional sections too. These events all go toward influencing the characters, their decisions and their fates. You’ll find yourself caring about what happens to them, even though many of them have almost no redeeming qualities.
The story flows as well as, if not better, than most other fantasy stories read. The addition of wit and minor sub-plots also gives the reader a breather from the main action and presents a welcome diversion.
In summary, I can recommend this book primarily because David Gemmell was one of the finest fantasy adventure storytellers ever. No matter how familiar or stereotypical his villains, heroes, landscapes or worlds were they never fail to be adrenaline-charged, original and inventive. Dark Moon is not only excellent heroic fantasy but it is also a tribute to the genius and talent that was David Gemmell.
Gemmell never disappoints when it comes to thoughtful quotes. Here are some of my favourite from Dark Moon:
“Heroes are people who face down their fears. It is that simple. A child afraid of the dark who one day blows out the candle; a women terrified of the pain of childbirth who says, 'It is time to become a mother'. Heroism does not always live on the battlefield.”
“There's no shame in fear. But understand this - the coward is ruled by fear, while the hero rides it like a wild stallion.”
“The truth. Men will blind themselves with hot irons, rather than face it.”
“Men don't change. They just learn to disguise the lack of change.”
“Love is both wondrous and yet full of peril. Love is a gateway through which hatred - disguised and unrecognized - can pass.”
“Yours is a race whose imagination is limited to its own small appetites. Greed, lust, envy - these are the motivating forces of humankind. What redeems you is that in every man and woman there is a seed that can grow to encompass love, joy and compassion. But this seed is never allowed to prosper in fertile ground. It struggles for life among the rocks of your human soul.”
“How many hopes and dreams are trapped within these bones? How many wonders lie never to be discovered? This is what war is. Desolation, despair and loss. There are no victors.”
“Life is a struggle, from the agonies of birth to the railing against death. Devour or be devoured. The law of the wild.”
“Like light and shadow, love and hate were inseparable. One could not exist without the other.”
“No man should curse love. Ultimately, love is all there is.”
The three elder races were believed gone, but now one of them, a xenophobic warrior people has been reawakened. Standing between this enemy and the destruction of all mankind are three heroes; Karis, a warrior woman with a brilliant tactical mind, Duvodas, a pacifist and worker of magic and Tarantio, who harbours a demonic alter-ego named Dace.
The whole bloody thing to my mind! It's so easy to become bogged down in epic fantasy series' these days, so I was refreshed to find a stand-alone novel of such quality. Gemmell manages to describe the origins of the troubles, the war itself and the fates of the elder races whilst still maintaining the personal attatchment to the characters that is his trademark. For me, the book was truly made by the interaction of Tarantio and his dark side, Dace, as they both depend on one another for survival. Also, Karis was a nice change. She wasn't a cruel seductress but neither was she a love-struck moony-eye girly. A nice balance.
Because of being a single-volume, the book does sometimes brush over events instead of going into details, but I forgive it that fault.
Perfect for someone who want's to take a dip in a fantasy world without the danger of drowning.
It was also a nice change for the characters not to be fighting demons or evil sorcerers. I just couldn't put this book down and I read it in a few days.
I gave this book to my girlfriend who doesn't really like SF fantasy books but she thought that it was great and couldn't put it down either!
I'd rank this book as one of Gemmells best along with the Waylander books and the Druss chronicles.
Definitely worth buying!