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Winter Warriors (The Drenai Saga #8)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  4,639 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Winged demons gather, silent and unseen, above the city of Usa, their talons long and sharp. Their purpose is clear, as is the prophesy: Upon the deaths of the three kings, the demon riders of the Krayakin will become flesh, free to slake their thirst with human blood - and the stench of evil will cover the land.  

Two of the kings are already dead. For the prophesy to be f
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ebook, 352 pages
Published June 8th 2011 by Del Rey (first published April 7th 1997)
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KostasAt There are some hints about some things from the past, since it's chronologically second to last; but the story is pretty stand-alone and all the…moreThere are some hints about some things from the past, since it's chronologically second to last; but the story is pretty stand-alone and all the characters are new. I do believe though, that you would have enjoyed it more if you knew more of Gemmell's style. So, I recommend you should try again with Legend and then continue with the rest.(less)
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Amani Bryant
Aug 28, 2007 Amani Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first contemporary fantasy book I have read that deals heavily with demons without leaving me afraid of the dark. Incredibly well written prose, engaging (I could not put it down), dynamic characters, surprising plotline. This is the first I have read by him, but I'd wager that Gemmel is one of the best when it comes to contemporary fantasy.
KostasAt
Oct 03, 2016 KostasAt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
8.5/10

Winter Warriors is another stand-alone book in the Drenai saga, and it is, chronologically, the last one before 'The Damned' sub-series. It is set several decades after Quest for Lost Heroes but, I would say, it can easily stand on its own as Gemmell has made a very beautiful story, taking us into the future, in a world with great wizards, incredible demons and legendary heroes.

Long ago Emsharas, a Windborn sorcerer, banished his race and all the demons to the great Void. But it has been
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D.E.M. Emrys
Jul 18, 2012 D.E.M. Emrys rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two kings are dead – two parts of the prophecy have been fulfilled. The final part, the fate of the third king, rests in the hands of men. Men, who in their prime, stood before the tide of countless battles. But no man had ever stood before a demon.

A queen is hunted by the demons. Though men protect her, they are no longer of their prime. They are not silvered with age, but grey, worn and weary. Three men, heroes of their time. Nogusta the Swordsman, Kebra the Bowman, and Bison the brute.
The ch
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Max
Jul 07, 2011 Max rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Like the majority of David Gemmell's books, I originally read this one when I was a kid. It instantly became one of my favorite Gemmell books behind Legend, Waylander, and a few others. After re-reading this book, however, I have to wonder whether this book may have actually been his masterpiece.

Set a couple centuries past the time of Druss, 3 elderly soldiers are being dismissed from the army due to their age. Meanwhile, a demon is trying to open a gateway between the two worlds. The final step
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Winter Warriors (The Drenai Saga, #8), David Gemmell
Ian Banks
Feb 04, 2017 Ian Banks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure

Seriously, if you're after an introduction to the way Mr Gemmell writes you really couldn't go past this one: it's pretty much a textbook example of everything that's great about his writing with very few of the flaws you find in some of his other books. It has an exciting story, characters that make you feel complex emotions, some continuity porn (but not enough that you feel out of your depth) and he mixes his newer theme of friendship between comrades at arms despite background differences wi

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Dave van der Kuyp
I don't think there is another writer that can bring this amount of vivid adventure into one small book and make it just as epic as if it were a three-book series. Winter Warriors was a delight to read (for the second time). Each character only had so many pages for an introduction, but damn me straight to hell if it wasn't enough to make me believe in them.

For some reason I haven't quite figured out yet Gemmell had the talent of telling stories that would require three or more books from most
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Wolfdan
Apr 06, 2015 Wolfdan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pal
Que peut faire une bande de veillards quand leur monde est menacé par des démons ? Facile, sauver la reine et botter des culs.
On suit l'histoire de quelques soldats d'un régiment tout entier bon pour la retraite (de l'avis de tout le monde) qui doivent malheureusement sauver leur monde. Cela se fait dans le sang, avec un poil de philosophie, une touche appropriée d'humour et même un peu d'émotion.
A lire donc !!
Robert Chandler
May 18, 2010 Robert Chandler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this at the recommendation of a friend. This was my first Gemmell book and I really enjoyed it. Great stand alone fantasy novel. While the heroes are fairly archetypical I still found them to have depth and complexity. If you're looking for a good action fantasy read then this book is for you. Looking forward to reading more of Gemmell's work
J.M.
Aug 03, 2009 J.M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The best David Gemmell starter book you'll find. A quintessential standalone fantasy novel, and one of the best I've ever read.
Michael Everest
Two kings are dead – two parts of the prophecy have been fulfilled. The final part, the fate of the third king, rests in the hands of mere soldiers. Soldiers, who in their prime, stood before the tide of countless battles, facing down other soldiers in the mud, the shit, and the blood. But these soldiers have never stood before a demon.

A queen is hunted by the demons. Though soldiers protect her, they are no longer of their prime. They are not silvered with age, but grey, worn and weary. Three m
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Rob
Feb 09, 2017 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Classic Gemmell. A band of outcast heroes team up to do great things. All characters are immediately likable, Bison and Nogusta are my favorites. The enemy is all fantasy which kept me from going to a full 5 star rating. I prefer when it is nation again nation with some wizardry in the background instead of a focal point. But that's just me. Gemmel does go a little George RR Martin on us… but I won't provide a spoiler here.
Ian Walsh
Jan 12, 2017 Ian Walsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent . Ticks all the boxes for me. Would highly recommend. My third time reading !
BookMarc
Feb 23, 2011 BookMarc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that, my friends, is a book cover. I love great art on the cover of a novel and, in my mind, Winter Warriors certainly falls into that category. If being picky I would have the bird removed but as it has a significance in the story it's fine where it is.
Winter Warriors is the tale of three ageing warriors who are thrust to the forefront of a fight against demonic forces. Those forces, to be unleashed upon the world in all their evil fury, need the sacrificial blood of three kings. The first
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Angel 一匹狼
Gemmell was a good writer, and a great reader of souls. "Winter Warriors" is not his most well-rounded novel, but is a good yarn and shows all the traits that made him great.

The old warriors of Skanda's army are being sent home to Drenai. They still think they can fight, but the Emperor has decided a new era is beginning and for his news invasions he needs new blood. What he doesn't know is that demons are surrounding the city of Usa and that they have a clear purpose in mind. Three of the old w
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Alex
Mar 09, 2016 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first David Gemmell novel. A friend gave it to me as part of a cleaning out process at his house. Overall, I enjoyed it but I feel that I likely would have benefited from reading the previous books in chronological order. This is book 10 of the 11-book Drenai series, and there are allusions to past events on a semi-regular basis that I probably would have gotten more out of with the experience of the previous books.

As is, the main characters are all interesting, the action is enjoyab
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Dominic
Apr 20, 2013 Dominic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winter Warriors is a standalone epic fantasy from one of the greats of the genre. It forms part of David Gemmell’s collection of Drenai books, so those familiar with these works will recognise some of the lands and histories mentioned, but there’s absolutely no prior knowledge of the other books required in order to read and enjoy this one. Every so often it’s nice to be able to pick up a fantasy novel that’s not part of a trilogy (or more) but that still gives you a compelling story and charact ...more
Linda
Mar 03, 2012 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This isn't David Gemmell's best book. Perhaps it was a mistake to read this one without having read the preceding Drenai books.

First the good bits: Gemmell describes things well, and his prose is engaging and easy to read. His transitions from one setting to another are very good. I have to admit that I think that there are a few too many fantasy novels with demons in them. But I like the demons in this one (except that the demon characters suffer from the same problem as the human ones).

The pr
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David
Jul 24, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heroic-fantasy
One of the later entries in David Gemmell's Drenai series of novels (that started with Legend), set a few centuries(?) after the events of Legend (which - sort of - form a reference point for all his Drenai books).

Perhaps slightly more 'fantastical' (if I can use that word) in nature than his previous Drenai books, with a greater emphasis on magic(k) than I remember than before and with a larger role given to what are commonly known as mythological creatures: in this case, the Demon Riders of th
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Voyageurgalactique95
Univers 15/20
Intrigue : 15,5/20
Style :17/20
Personnages : 18/20
Note finale : 16/20

En dépit de plusieurs défauts témoignant que l’auteur voulait tenter quelque chose de plus avancé ou s’éloigner de sa recette, les guerriers de l’hiver reste malgré tout une aventure toujours émouvante dont les moments épiques sont puissants. Le trio de héros porte ce récit à bout de bras et le lecteur en ressort presque satisfait, si le rythme était là.
J’espère que ce défaut n’apparaîtra pas dans les romans suivan
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Joshua Simon
3.5 stars. Probably my least favorite book so far in the Drenai Saga, barely edging out Quest for Lost Heroes. There were some good moments, but overall I felt the plot never really came together and the ending was sort of flat for me.

I will say there were some great characters, as usual. However, not enough time was spent with them. For example, Antikas didn't come really get any depth until the very end so his development and importance felt rushed. Nogusta and Kebra were both solid character
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Andrea Bampi
Jul 21, 2012 Andrea Bampi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Undeservingly underrated, this eighth installment in the Drenai Series features a bunch of brand new heroes (and villains) and some slight but interesting adjustments to the classic Gemmell's thematics and is definitely worth reading. Don't expect anything revolutionary, anyway - it's still Gemmell, with all his blood-drenched epic fantasy, his worn-out tormented heroes, his not-so-manichean struggle between good and evil. Exactly what you should expect from him, with full satisfaction...
malrubius
Dec 03, 2016 malrubius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really not one of the best in this series. Writing lags, poorly edited. Trite plot. No Druss and no Waylander, but there some cool characters, especially Bison.
Nethound
Jun 15, 2007 Nethound rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
Probably my second favorite David Gemmell Book after Legend.

Winter Warriors follows the story of three heroes, well past their primes, that must lend their collective prowess to protecting the infant heir to the throne.

A very engaging story with some really good characters. It has much the same theme and feel as Legend, where heroes are shown as being flawed mortal men, and yet made larger than life by their refusal to give up.

Mike
Sep 26, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
My favourite Gemmell, though I'm a long way from having read his full bibliography. This book has much more magic than earlier books in the Drenai series, and I think it helps. The evil comes across as more malevolent and it increases tension when you realise just how over matched the heroes are. I mean, the heroes are always over matched in Gemmell novels, that's his modus operandi, but they are over matched on a personal level here, not just by pure numbers.
Mayank Agarwal
Normally would rate it a 3 but being my least favorite of Drenai Series yet gave it a 2.

Gemmell books are page turner as they are easy to read and the stories are always fast paced. This is no exception where it differs from other Drenai novels are their being much more magic focus and the missing of central awe inspiring figure. Also didn't like the ending with the demons. Felt it made the whole book loose it purpose.
David Fransen
Oct 27, 2016 David Fransen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites....Gemmell's books always turn inconsequential players into unlikely heroes. His characters are always colorful, even those who are painted black. Personalities are deep and well sculptured. And within the storylines are lessons for all readers to learn and perhaps use in everyday life situations. Gemmell never fails to satisfy.....Winter Warriors goes near the top of the list.
Jordan Maywood
Feb 19, 2014 Jordan Maywood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Iz
Mar 17, 2013 Iz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, the last chapter is the one that I am most looking forward to, because the whole story is answered and resolved in it. That is such a skill. I loved the characters - my favourite being Bison and Kebra....honor, and trust, love and integrity...it's all here. Gemmell is a force to be reckoned with.
Mahdi Mehrnegar
Sep 27, 2013 Mahdi Mehrnegar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gemmell
کتاب خوبی بود و جزو بهترین های این مجموعه. داستان و شخصیت ها جدید بودن و حال و هوای تازه ای داشت.
نمیدونم چرا گمل دوست نداره نسلی از قهرمان های کتابش باقی بمونه؟ هیچ کدوم از شخصیت های اصلی کتابها(تا این جلد 8 بچه ندارن!). خوبی کارهاش هم اینه که تا آخر داستان نمیدونی کی زنده میمونه و چه اتفاقی قراره بیافته. همچنان موضوع دفاع تم اصلی داستان هاست.
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David Andrew Gemmell was a bestselling British author of heroic fantasy. A former journalist and newspaper editor, Gemmell had his first work of fiction published in 1984. He went on to write over thirty novels. Best known for his debut, Legend, Gemmell's works display violence, yet also explores themes in honour, loyalty and redemption. With over one million copies sold, his work continues to sel ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Drenai Saga (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Legend (The Drenai Saga, #1)
  • The King Beyond the Gate (The Drenai Saga, #2)
  • Waylander (The Drenai Saga, #3)
  • Quest for Lost Heroes (The Drenai Saga, #4)
  • In the Realm of the Wolf (The Drenai Saga, #5)
  • The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend (The Drenai Saga, #6)
  • The Legend of Deathwalker (The Drenai Saga, #7)
  • Hero in the Shadows (The Drenai Saga, #9)
  • White Wolf (The Drenai Saga, #10)
  • The Swords of Night and Day (The Drenai Saga, #11)

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