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Powerful heroic fantasy full of unforgettable characters.
on 16 March 2015
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.
+ Great plot.
+ Full of action.
+ Likeable well fleshed out characters.