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Winter Warriors (The Drenai Saga #8)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,155 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
The prophecy was clear. Upon the death of three kings the world will be plunged into chaos, and all the cast-out demons of history will return to bring blood and horror to the world.

Two of the kings are dead. The third, about to be born, is hunted by the Demon Riders of the Krayakin, Lords of the Undead.

All the terrifying forces of evil range against a pregnant queen at ba
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 2nd 1997 by Corgi (first published April 7th 1997)
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Amani Bryant
Sep 04, 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.
D.E.M. Emrys
Aug 06, 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
Dec 30, 2012 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
Apr 18, 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 !!
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
Angel Alfonso
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
Mar 18, 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
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
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
Sep 14, 2010 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.
Jan 17, 2015 Dominic rated it really liked it
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
Mar 19, 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
Apr 04, 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
Jordan Maywood
Feb 19, 2014 Jordan Maywood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Winter Warriors by David Gemmell

Jul 24, 2011 David rated it really liked it
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
Mar 23, 2014 Iceman9t9 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Toye Ogisi
Mar 10, 2015 Toye Ogisi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Josh Meares
This is not Gemmell's best book, but as always, Gemmell gives us aging, flawed heroes doing amazingly heroic things. Well-crafted.
Tom Wolfem
Jan 12, 2015 Tom Wolfem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not one of his best books, but loved it for what it is. Gemmell has a way of describing the plight of the underdog fighter and the heroic sacrifice in a way that just can't help but affect you. Expect to shed a man-tear or two.
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
Jul 24, 2015 Fost rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantasy with a huge heart.
Pits a really great enemy against a struggling team of ageing warriors.
Sep 02, 2015 DemetraP rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like this series but the author keeps killing off my favorite characters.
Jan 09, 2016 Roger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite in the series, intense and surprising
Rory (Nightwyrm)
May 19, 2014 Rory (Nightwyrm) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Yay! For the first time in seven books, finally an original story.
Paul Brown
Apr 22, 2015 Paul Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like these. Each book in the series has been good fun.
Iain Kaslar
Dec 02, 2014 Iain Kaslar rated it really liked it
Shelves: david-gemmell
like all his books a great read although the end could of been a little better
Mar 28, 2014 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.
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.

Mar 01, 2016 Noah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a new type of story from David Gemmell. I enjoyed it immensely. It had the same style and character development that I love about Gemmell, but was in a completely new type of story. An incredible page-turner.
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.
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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)
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