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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (2 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552142549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552142540
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'The best fantasy inspires genuine involvement. David Gemmell's novels do just that'" (Interzone)

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I first read all the Drenai books when I was a teenager. They were easy to read, exciting with brilliantly fleshed out characters that fired my imagination. I am now reading through them again in my thirties and that feeling is still there and while there are better stories, better realised worlds etc, few books can invoke the passion and amazingly crafted heroes that Gemmell did for me.

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.

Recommended.

+ Great plot.
+ Full of action.
+ Likeable well fleshed out characters.
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Ok, I've most of Gemmell's works, and while a lot of his novels are adequate ways to pass the time, not many of them would have a place on my list of all-time fantasy classics. But if I have to pick just one, this is it.

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.
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Its a stand alone story by David Gemmel, full of action with great heroes and greater villians. However Gemmel does follow key themes 'good' vs 'evil', 'duty'. 'age' and 'the importance of good people standing up to evil'.
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.
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I'm fast becoming a big Gemmell fan. I've yet to read a bad book by him. I think my favourite so far was Waylander, but this one may just top it, or at least push it very close. It's a brilliant, fast-moving, exciting adventure story, populated by some of the best characters I've come across in his books so far. The three main protagonists - Nogusta, Kebra and Bison - are beautifully realised; three ageing soldiers in a land suddenly plagued by a supernatural force intent on killing an unborn child because he is destined to become king. Each of the three is haunted by their past, and each has dreams for a future that does not involve war (well, maybe not Bison - he likes to fight). Their banter is full of humour, but Gemmell also shows their regrets and humility, and ponders on what makes a hero and why they would risk their lives for a cause that is not their own. There are some moments of genuine emotion, some lump-in-throat scenes, that Gemmell writes with wonderful simplicity.

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.
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Excellent read as usual from David Gemmell. Really brings his characters to life so that you care what happens to them and the action, as usual was rivoting. He creates a fantasy world that seems real.
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