Knights Of Dark Renown Paperback – 16 Nov 1989
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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)
Probably the finest living writer of heroic fantasy' TIME OUTSee all Product Description
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This was typical of Gemmell: the set-up sounds so cliched, so familiar, and yet - in the telling - it is anything but. He was the master of heroic fantasy, and he doesn't get nearly enough credit, as far as I'm concerned. His greatest strength was always in his ability to create vivid, memorable characters, and this book contains some of the best I have yet come across.
Knights of Dark Renown is a stand alone novel, its whole story contained within its 400 pages. The pacing is almost immaculate, with hardly a word or scene wasted. This is one of his earlier novels, yet it is easy to see the progression he had made in terms of his style from, say, Legend, already a classic of the genre. The dialogue, especially, is more natural. Ubadai, in particular, has some very funny and memorable lines.
The other thing with Gemmell was that he had no hesitation in killing off his best characters so long as - and this is crucial, in my opinion - they were true to themselves. None of his characters die without meaning and, consequently, emotion.Read more ›
Knights of Dark Renown has a great cast of characters, always one of David Gemmell's strong points. He builds them up so well, their qualities, both good and bad to flesh them out. It has great pacing with a lot of excellent action scenes. Duels? Got them. Magic beasts? Got them too. If I had to pick a flaw, the main plot isn't especially interesting, yet the individual scenes in it are excellent, often surprising, and stand out along with the cast well above everything else.
Much like most of Gemmell's work I highly recommend giving this a read. It's just a great heroic fantasy novel.
+ Great cast of characters.
+ Excellent pacing.
+ Individual scenes are fantastic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
David Gemmel was the best writer of heroic fantasy books. A good book, good story line, good characters. Well worth reading.Published 19 days ago by Azrael
After finishing the Drenai and Rigante series I was looking for more books of the same ilk and went for this novel. As usual, Gemmell did not disappoint. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James
A reliably formulaic Gemmell production. All the usual supporting characters, albeit with different names, familiar story line, different ending. Non the worse for all of it.Published 2 months ago by Malcolm Peden
Read these years ago and gave them to our local library before moving to Cyprus. Want to read them again.Published 5 months ago by Jaycee
Excellent book..David Gemmel will always be the king of fantasy writing.
The characters are beautifully described heroic and flawed at the same time.
Another cracking yarn. Great read from one of the best writers around.Published 7 months ago by Ianw