Morningstar Unknown Binding – 1 Jan 1998
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But how does the story fare? Well, it is superb. It seems to be looselybased on a Robin Hood type character, Jarek Mace, the Morningstar, and is(as usual for Gemmell novels) filled with a depth of character rarely seenelsewhere in the fantasy genre. The plot is fast moving and has the sortof confusion that the Shannow novels brought to the fore, and the newcreatures (to me at least, having not read Knights Of Dark Renown) wereintriguing. The plot is sorted out and explained in the last few chapters,although I have read that David Gemmell wished he could have ended to bookin a different and less-hurried way. Although I can, in hind-sight, seewhat he may mean by this, at the time, I just wanted to read itall.
One thing that is missing from the usual Gemmell winning-formulais the combat. Because the story is told from the viewpoint of Owen Odell,someone who is not a warrior, there isn't the usual focus on the fights. Idon't mean that there is no combat, but when it is described, Gemmellfocuses slightly less on the detail than usual.
Despite the slight feeling of strange-ness that the above variations giveto Morningstar, it is still, undoubtedly, an excellent read. It gave methat "I must finish this before I do anything else" feeling. I wouldalways recommend Legend and the Drenai Saga as the place to start readingGemmell, as that's where he started writing, but for those that want toread new Gemmell, you could do worse than read Morningstar.
Gemmell never disappoints his readers, and he will be sadly missed-probably the finest writer of heroic fantasy in his lifetime.
Morningstar is a bit of a strange one for me, and you do not have to look far to see where it's influences lie. It is almost as if he ripped out a few dozen pages from Lord of the Rings, King Arthur, Dracula & Robin Hood, put them in a bag, shook them up and made a new story out of the jumble. The book is written in the first person (I have been told that this is the only time Gemmell has used this) seen through the eyes of Owen Odell who is a sort of an apprentice Merlin type character. Through circumstance Odell is paired up with Jarek Mace and the adventures start.
Mace is not the typical hero of a novel that you would expect to encounter. He is a thief and thinks only of himself. However when he describes himself in a battle as the 'Morningstar' a legendary figure from history, both his life and Odell's start to take on a more serious note. Can the one time brigand become a hero and lead his people? Or will his selfish ways make sure that he saves his own neck first?
A really clever novel that has numerous twists and turns. Ok, so a lot of the plot may be 'borrowed' from other writers creations, but as the saying goes 'Imitation is the greatest form of flattery', and Gemmell has so skilfully created the world in which his characters live that the reader is soon absorbed into the storyline and eager to see what happens next. I won't go into the storyline as many other reviewers have already gone into this in some detail (some too much and really given away the ending).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read these years ago and gave them to our local library before moving to Cyprus. Want to read them again.Published 4 months ago by Jaycee
Another good book. Not as good as many others he has written but a good yarn all the same.Published 4 months ago by Ianw
If you like reluctant heroes, other great characters, fights, battles and a nasty wizard, then you can't go far wrong with thisPublished 12 months ago by Angus Watson
An unusual format for Mr Gemmell but still displays the master storytellers cunning and compelling gift for weaving a tale.Published 13 months ago by Tony
Some how not up to Gemmel standard. It didn't do it for me until near the end.Published 13 months ago by Tony P.