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A different start but still great
on 13 August 2015
I have read a lot of Gemmell. Only one have I felt slightly disappointed, with the first of the Damned books. Sword in the Storm the first of the Rigante books, why did I wait so long to read this one! I find Gemmell is a goood choice when stuck for something to read. Nothing taking your fancy, just finished an epic size series or need a break from one. Great after just finishing a bad book.
The characters are developed increadibly well as always. Connavar the lead character is a tormented soul and you hope he just ends happy. Does that happen? Not quite. He is a damaged character, he makes bad choices, he is not a great person but you like him. He is so single minded that he makes mistakes with everything else around him.
My next favourite character was his brother "can't remember his name now." The impact of everything that occurs to Connavar on him is done wonderfully as he turns into a jealous and bitter man.
This book is slightly different to Gemmells others as the character is developed from a young age growing up, were usually they are already adults. This was done masterfully and I would advise everyone to read this book if they are a fantasy fan.
My favourite Gemmell book you should read is Knights of Dark Renown, a stand alone but brillant.