The Winter Warriors Paperback – 2 Oct 1997
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Winter Warriors is the eighth book in the Drenai Saga (not sure why it's listed as 10th here. Chronological perhaps?) Though a stand alone novel like most of this saga, reading the previous books is recommended otherwise references to characters, histories and other explanations about the world will be missed.
This book focuses largely on some old soldiers being forced to retire from the Drenai army. Nogusta, a swordsmaster with a magic talisman, Kebra, a master archer, and Bison a huge wrestler. They are heading home when news of treachery and demons reaches them, leading them to defend a young terrified pregnant queen from a chasing army, as well as demon swordsman with inhuman reflexes and strength.
The book is full of brilliant action scenes and fun set pieces throughout but like all Gemmell's work it's his characters that drew me in, not just the main protagonists but even the side characters have their strengths and weaknesses making them feel real, fleshed out.
To sum up if you've liked any of David Gemmell's previous books, you should definitely enjoy The Winter Warriors just as much.
+ Great plot.
+ Full of action.
+ Likeable well fleshed out characters.
One of the things I do enjoy about Gemmell is the way he constantly invents new faces, new worlds, instead of always rehashing the same things. And in this, he brings to life such a beautiful world and such convincing cast that you cannot help but be enthralled from beginning to end. Every character feels real, you can see them, you can feel them. This last instalment in the Drenai saga brings a great conclusion to the cycle, yet it can also be read completely independently. The events related here take place long after the rest of the saga, so much that the past is hardly relevant.
This is an epic novel, the story is very ambitious, and a times fairly moving. This is a powerful tale, and I'll not divulge any part of the plot, I just wanted to say that even if you've read other Gemmell novels and weren't all that impressed, you should not miss out on this one.
The story has strong characters with certain failings but it allows the flaws of the characters to be strengths instead of weaknesses. Its a great read and if you are just sitting down to enjoy a good book you will not be disappointed.
There's a great supporting cast, too, especially the priestess Ulmenetha, and the swordmaster Antikas Karios. The supernatural element is also quite scary, which I wasn't expecting at all, and leads to some very tense moments. The action sequences are generally short but masterfully handled, so that you can imagine them clearly. The world building is minimal, but Gemmell's descriptions on the landscapes are wonderful and concise.
That's the word that best describes his style, I think: concise. He doesn't waste words, and the result is that this story races along at a cracking pace, and at just over 400 pages it certainly doesn't overstay its welcome.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
If you like fantasy fiction and blood and guts then there is no writer that does it better. David Gemmell will undoubtedly be on the big screen some time in the future. Read morePublished 5 months ago by chunk
Great book with Gemmels usual twists and turns, action packed with plenty of sowed fights for the purists. His characters leap out at you, and immediately take form.Published 8 months ago by lance
Winter Warriors is a standalone epic fantasy from one of the greats of the genre. It forms part of David Gemmell’s collection of Drenai books, so those familiar with these works... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dominish