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No surprises here.
on 31 January 2003
If you've ever read any of David Gemmell's work before, then you will not be surprised by anything in this novel. The characters are painstakingly and colourfully developed and the storyline is full of his usual mix of bloodshed, injustice and the downtrodden underdogs rising against corrupt and powerful oppressors. I'll say one thing for Gemmell's work - it's consistent! He works to a successful formula, and for the most part his fans will not be disappointed.
My only criticism of this book is that although it is undoubtedly, as is claimed, a Novel of the Rigante, he has skipped so much time from the first two books of the series to this one that the storyline has lost the pace and excitement that he had developed with Connovar and Bane. Yes, the new characters are arguably as good, likeable and powerful, but he has to develop the whole social system again from scratch and so by the end of the 500 odd pages, the story was really only beginning to gather the impetus that he had achieved with the first two books. Although this is the third book of the series, it reads as though it is the first and that in itself made it slightly disappointing.
Gemmell at his best is undoubtedly a five star author, but Ravenheart wouldn't be my recommendation as his best work. It is simply more Gemmell - and that, although good, is a bit of a shame.