Ghost King (Stones of Power #1)
All hope lay with young Thuro--i ...more
عنوان: مجموعه سنگهای قدرت کتاب اول : شبح شاه ؛ نویسنده: دیوید گمل؛ تهران، کتابسرای تندیس؛ 1386؛ در 319 ص؛ شابک: 9789648944327؛
ساکسون ها، آنجل ها، جوت ها، و اعضای قبیله ی بریگانت همدست میشوند تا بریتانیا را نابود کنند، در مقابل آنها پسری ضعیف ایستاده و جنگجوئی پیر، یادم مانده در جایی از کتاب نوشته بود: انسان مجموعه ی حوادثی ست که برایش اتفاق میافتد
However, they still beat the majority of Fantasy published today, so ...more
An alternate take on Arthurian legend, the Ghost King is a coming of age story. Gemmell deftly blends sword and sorcery with a touch of historical fiction. (The character development is a little sudden, but I think can be attributable to: 1) Ge ...more
David Gemmell's writing is not going to shatter your world, it is functional and definitely engrossing, but nothing more t ...more
By now I've ...more
Then, the book went wrong when it became too adulty. I don't mind a little murder, even war, but adultery in books is unecessary.
The massive massacres of so many was irksome, though fit. I like how Goroien defeated herself. I liked reading about the young characters and didn't appreciate them suddenly turning around and acting li ...more
Despite that, I'll keep reading as I hear the series picks up as you go along. Besides, I enjoyed the Drenai Saga too much not to give Gemmell the benefit of the doubt.
As with many other books of this sort, there's a real "missing" legion on hand to help Arthur to power, back when it was written in 1988 this may have been a more original idea.
Overall it's a well written book with some interesting takes on the legend.
This is probably the weakest of Mr Gemmell's novels so far. Here's why (IMNSHO):
A): The setting is a mess: like SO many authors in the 70s and 80s, Gemmell gave us a revision/ reinterpretation of the Arthur myth. Like so many authors he based it partly on the sources and history available at the time. Unlike so many other authors he put in a hell of a lot of his own ideas and shifted stuff around so that it fit his story a bit better. So we have a vaguely anglo-saxon setting, some real shifts f...more
We make a brief introduction.
Also today I am talking about a novel by David Gemmell. You'll probably be tired of reading articles on this one author, but unfortunately I can not do anything, I am fond of his narrative style, and you'll have to endure in spite of this and other post dedicated to it. I'm sorry, but the heart can not control.
We come to the book.
The author in this novel takes up the Breton Cycle, radically changing the events related to it and ...more
The thing about being a Gemmell fan is the joy of knowing what to expect. Most of the author's books are written to a specific formula. There will be rampaging, unstoppable armies ravaging a rural landscape. On their side will be witches and wizards ...more
Gemmell has some recurring aspects in his books, that although they repeat in most books, he manages to make you like them each time. Redemption, sacrifice, war, loss make Gemmell's characters flawed but interesting. Ghost King did not have any such character. The ...more
Questo terzo capitolo (cronologico) delle Sipstrassi è una sterzata violenta di personaggi, ambientazione e trama, fatta eccezione per la presenza delle Pietre e per il "fine", l'eterna lotta contro il Male.
Operazione destabilizzante per il lettore — con conseguente frantumazione di pathos nella continuità della Saga —, ma che si può interpretare come uno di quei salti spazio/tempo immaginifici che hanno sostenuto e alimentato i precedenti volumi.
Qui Gemmell prende la materia ...more
This novel, basically, re-tells the Arthurian legend, focusing more on Uther Pendragon and how he came to be who he is, with the Siptrassi stones from Wolf in Shadow providing the magic aften associated with the legend.
The result is a pleasant and diverting enough read, but not one o ...more
There were glimpses of brilliance in the plot, only if they were focused upon it would have been much better read.
As with other David Gemmell books, you start reading and you are immediately drawn to the story and the characters. It's basically a retold of the Britannia and Arthurian legends with a very different spin.
I felt the book was well achieved even if it looked like some parts were not developed enough (the book could be bigger), or were a bit disconnected from the story.
All in all an awesome book.