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Great finale to the Drenai saga.
on 11 July 2015
The Swords of Night and Day is the last book in David Gemmell's Drenai series of books and sequel to his previous novel in the series White Wolf. (They were classed as a subseries known as The Damned book 1 & 2 originally). If you're new to David Gemmell I recommend reading them in the order they were written rather than how Amazon has them listed (Start with Legend) though they can be read in almost any order within reason.
The book's protagonist is once again Skilganon, a legendary Nashanite general and master swordsman. He is brought back to life hundreds of years after his death using forbidden technology in the hopes he can fufill a prophecy and stop a tyrant queen known as the Eternal. Skilganon is thrust into a world he does not recognise with everything and everyone he knew dead and gone. Thrown up against seemingly insurmountable odds in this strange land, his quest seems utterly hopeless but Skilganon never loses.
I thoroughly enjoyed the final chapter in the Drenai saga as I have pretty much every book in the series. The Swords of Night and Day isn't my favourite but has exactly what I come to expect from any heroic fantasy novel of Gemmells, epic fights (The combat is brutal mixing in duels, skirmishes as well as fights against half human half animal beasts), fantastic scenarios and above all well thought out and well written characters. The supporting cast gets great attention with their own pasts and personalities which accompany Skilganon's sense of not belonging in the world he is in.
This is a classic Gemmell book, it's just great. I recommend it highly.
+ Interesting plot change for the Drenai series.
+ Great cast of characters.
+ Epic fights.