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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.
All i can say is read this book, and think long and hard about what its saying (and enjoy the story!)
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of Gemmells stand out novels. I stayed up all night to finish it.Published 1 month ago by Ben Preston-Marriott
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
Waylander, published in 1986, is a heroic fantasy novel by British fantasy writer David Gemmell. It is the first of three Waylander stories, although chronologically the earliest. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SirChutney