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The usual quality of David Gemmell, need I say more?
on 29 November 2017
Of all the Drenai books, this one is the least memorable. That isn't a comment on the quality of this novel, because as you can see from the star rating of this review, it is excellent. It just means that becaus of this fact, I am always pleasantly surprised to be sucked into this story.
The forgettable flaw, if I can indeed call it that, lies in the fact that this novel falls short of the larger than life memorable characters from his other novels. There's no Druss, no Tenaka Khan (at least as a protagonist), and no Waylander. Whilst the characters are all solid, believable, and in their own right characters that you want to read about, their names are forgotten to me until I pick up this book yet again and read through it once more.
However, as I said, I am not sure I can even call that a flaw. Just because names are forgettable does not mean that the story is. This is an excellently written tale detaialing a simple quest for a group of hereoes whose best days are behind them and a boy who is innocent enough to try the impossible.
As always the true strength of David Gemmell's work likes in the complexities of his characters and the harsh and honest look at what it really means to be a hero.
Also, as usual, the common flaw in David Gemmell's stories pops up; the romances elements. Actually, no, it's unfair to call that a flaw because Gemmell writes in a way that creates a genuine amount of attachment and depth of feeling for me as a reader that I root for these romances to succeed. Where I find criticism is in how quickly his characters fall in love. It is a slight flaw from an otherwise near flawless writer, but one I felt worth mentioning.
Overall, another 5-star outing for this incredible series.