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Morningstar Unknown Binding – 1 Jan 1998

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (1 Jan. 1998)
  • ISBN-10: 1857237854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857237856
  • ASIN: B002JIYPY8
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,307,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The usual David Gemmell flair and expression create in Morningstar a fantastic read. It is set in the same world as Knights of Dark Renown and recreates the land vividly. Heroes that are not as pure white as they might be give you more of a link to the characters and their otivation. Read it in a couple of hours and didn't want to put it down. It keeps you gripped in the way of almost al his books and he deserves more recognition than he has received thus far. If you want to have a gripping read that makes you feel a little wistful for even the unpleasant, bloody and vicious times of boradswords and blades, then pick this up and read it agian and again. Then go and buy the rest of the Gemmell's and do the same.
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Why interesting? Well, this book is written in the first person, somethingwhich I have never experienced Gemmell doing before. The Prologue is evenwritten in first person and the present tense, which is always a difficulttask, and will likely annoy some readers.
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.
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Jarek Mace's anti hero shines through as possibly one of the greatest literary characters of Heroic Fantasy writing. With his side kick and story teller Owen Odell we are treated to an ethical argument of epic proportions between the two main characters. DG's excellent opening chapter takes hold as you suddenly find yourself drifting into the realm of the Angostin. Only after the books powerful and charismatic conclusion do we realise the full moral implications of the tale. I have read this book several times and it continues to fill me with wonder.
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David Gemmell doing what he did best...a flawed hero with dodgy stuff in his background. Gemmell's heros are never whiter than white, which makes them all the more interesting. They tend to be, like Waylander, men who have done terrible things and are trying to atone, or like Morningstar, men trying to live up to the mytholological hero figure which they never were.

Gemmell never disappoints his readers, and he will be sadly missed-probably the finest writer of heroic fantasy in his lifetime.
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I chose this book as I've read other books by this author ,although I kept thinking of Robin Hood as I read it it went along at a cracking pace and I found it difficult to put down ,as I'm reading on my Kindle I'll download more by David Gemmell. drill
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My 4th book by Gemmell. I was first introduced to him by way of the Shannow trilogy. I loved these so thought I would try a stand alone novel so see if his other works were as good.

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).
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