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Waylander (Drenai Book 3) by [Gemmell, David]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
Book 3 of 6 in Drenai (6 Book Series)
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Several rungs above the good right into the fabulous Anne McCaffrey Has pace, conviction and gritty resolute vitality...The result is a book that will be enjoyed by Tolkien fans TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT David Gemmell manages to take a familiar, generic scenario and infuse it with meaning...it's a thoughtful genre fantasy, a bit chewier than most, and quite, quite tasty LOCUS

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Several rungs above the good right into the fabulous Anne McCaffrey Has pace, conviction and gritty resolute vitality...The result is a book that will be enjoyed by Tolkien fans TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT David Gemmell manages to take a familiar, generic scenario and infuse it with meaning...it's a thoughtful genre fantasy, a bit chewier than most, and quite, quite tasty LOCUS

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1064 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QOII2C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the first ever Gemmell book I read(I found it in my dads bookcase) and read it in 2 days. It is simply superb and a novel for others to aspire to. The plot is brilliant ,dark and fascinating, the characters are much more subtle than your everyday heroes and heroines. This book shows that heroes don't always ride white stallions and carry magic swords, a modern day classic. David Gemmell the king of fantasy.
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This book is the third in Gemmell's Drenai series although a prequel timeline wise to the first two books showing the founding of the Thirty (a group of warrior priests), as well as introducing heroes mentioned previously in drenai history, Karnak one eye and Egel, the first Earl of Bronze.

The main focus of this book however is on a man with the taken name Waylander, an assassin for hire who ends up in a bizzare set of circumstances leading to him being dragged iinto a quest to redeem himself and help the Drenai people, his people, win a war agaisnt the invading Vagrians who are raping, burning and pillaging across his homeland. This is the first good deed Waylander has done in over 20 years and in a way is a story about redemption.

Waylander is full of standard Gemmell sequences (by no means a bad thing), stand out yet flawed characters, last stand sieges and tension filled combat. If there is any flaw it's in the slightly awkward and unbelievable romance but it's easily overlooked by the great pacing and overall quality of everything else. If you've read previous titles from Gemmell then you'll know his excellent heroic fantasy style and love Waylander, one of his best characters.

+ Waylander is a great anti hero.
+ Gemmell is great with action scenes and character.
+ Interesting plot.
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He is the Waylander, a man of mystery and a dark past, on a path to redemption. Standard heroic fantasy you might think but this is David Gemmell don't forget and he tells a story in the same fashion that made the original Star Wars films so great. He writes with real depth to his characters, where everyone is a product of their own pasts. There is some good in the villians and bad in the heroes and this is what makes nearly all of Gemmell's works at best brilliant and at worst entertaining. The Waylander moves somewhere between the two as the main hero lacks the brutish innocence of Druss or the hard charisma of Connavar, two of his greatest characters. If you have, like myself, read Druss first, then this is a great book. If you are new to Gemmell then start with the excellent LEGEND and then pick this up. These tales really take me back to my childhood favorites Conan and Michael Moorcock's Elric. Good book with a good story.
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This is the first book i ever read (other than kid's books) 5 years later and i'v now come back to Gemmell's books. Although i'd agree with earlier reviews that it is not his best work i have to say that it has more to it than just the story. At first i thought he was saying how strongly and easily good and evil can change each other. Now i think he was asking 'what is good and evil?' eg, Waylander kills people but noone that doesnt deserve it, is he still evil? And Dardalion helps the helpless, but fights in the war and kill, is still good?
All i can say is read this book, and think long and hard about what its saying (and enjoy the story!)
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The third book of the Drenai Saga reads just as well as any standalone fantasy book that is available today. It takes a while for a Drenai newbie to pick up and absorb what the book is all about, but once you do, you are guaranteed a truly great read.

It turns out that the man who goes by the name of WAYLANDER is actually an assassin and has sold his soul for gold many a time to destroy the lives of the rich, the poor and the powerful. The father of one of Waylander’s early victims appears at the book’s 20 percent mark, and offers him a quest that will potentially lead to his own death (or his own salvation) - the pursuit of a legendary piece of armour that has the strength - both physical and spiritual - to turn the fate of a war in the blink of an eye. Of course our hero accepts the challenge and the reader can't wait to find out how it all turns out.

Along the way, the reader (and Waylander) meets and befriends all sorts of characters. Waylander has the ability to alter the destiny of both the living and the dead and so it is not surprising early on (in the book’s opening chapter, in fact), that he saves the life of a priest, only for the priest to become highly adept at killing in his own fashion. A life saved, but has a soul been lost in the process?

The book is also about a world at war. Lives are lost - both the guilty and that of the innocent - at an alarming rate - and the reader may well find their reactions to each death mirror those of the characters in the book.

David Gemmell has been a hugely popular fantasy writer for decades. In my younger years I recall reading them all without the patience, skill, experience and concentration levels I have now.
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