Sword in the Storm (Rigante, #1)
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Sword in the Storm (The Rigante #1)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  4,134 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Born in the storm that doomed his father, Connavar grows to manhood among the mist-covered mountains of Caer Druagh, where the Rigante tribe dwell in harmony with the land and its gods.





But beyond the border, across the water, an evil force is gathering strength, an unstoppable force that will change the world beyond all recognition.





Haunted by malevolent spirits and hunted...more
Paperback, 477 pages
Published June 3rd 1999 by Corgi Books (first published 1998)
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Steve


Probably my favourite (yes I can spell, I'm English *laughing*) Gemmell. In fact, definately in my top 3 reads of all time. Gemmell's ability to draw an intense and gripping story through the ability to make his character's 'human' was the best I've ever come across. All his heroes had their flaws or weaknesses, with most of his villains having a side that showed them as 'not too far removed from most' or 'even holding some great skill beyond ours'.

I don't rate 'all' of Gemmell's books (though...more
Cheryl
Gemmell may be a great storyteller, but there are parts of the story that I didn't care for. Way too many pages that I had to skip over due to sexual content. Let's just say, "Too much information!!!!"
David Dalglish
At what point do you condemn a hero?

This seems to be the overall theme in Sword in the Storm, the third novel I've read by David Gemmell. The first was Legend, the other one of the Troy series. In all three, we have legendary warriors, towering men who can stand at the center of a battle and survive through sheer skill and will. Yet of the three main heroes, Sword in the Storm seems to have the most failings, not in just his character, but in the way he is told.

In Legend, we have Druss. He's old...more
Gordon Doherty
If I ever forget what good storytelling is, then I can safely turn to David Gemmell for a sterling reminder.


Sword in the Storm exhibits all the traits that made me love his style (have read Troy series, Lion of Macedon series, Stones of Power series) and in particular the very real-feeling portrayal of Connovar, the flawed hero. Every character has a touch of this, no archetypal villains or infallible good guys in this story, and the people of the Roman/Kelt-like world only become tainted as go...more
Lucinda
An epic tale of undying love, heroic courage and ultimate sacrifice that is breathtakingly beautiful and uniquely imaginative.

David Gemmell is one of Britain’s greatest storytellers whose inspired imaginative ideas and clever creativity merge together strong themes within a fantasy setting that is astonishing. Whether you are an avid reader of the fantasy genre or simply someone who delights in powerful, affecting prose this author whose accomplished ability and remarkable depth of meaning (tha...more
Steve
In a terrible storm that doomed his father, the young babe Connavar was born. His father died running from battle, and he vowed never to be a coward, never to betray his friends. He grows in strength and skill, but is also impulsive and quick to anger. But this must be tempered if he can save his people from the terrible armies that one day will attack the tribes of the Rigante.[return][return]This is a damn fine fantasy book. Unlike most in the heroic fantasy sub-genre, this book is set at the...more
Matt
This book definitely deserved the five star rating I have given it. Gemmell really knows how to enchant the reader and bring them into the story. It's been awhile since I've gotten that "magical" feeling of being swept away from reality and stepping foot into a new realm.

Gemmell also does a really good job of portraying human emotions. All too often, I scratch my head when reading a book thinking to myself that some characters do the most ridiculous things for absolutely no reason. Well with Ge...more
Rodolfo
Gemmell has a way of writing about heroes that brings new life into the genre for me. I love how he seems to pack so much into so few pages. By 2 3rds of the book I am wondering how so much has happened already. Not a page wasted. His characters come off the page and into the story and leave a lasting impression, even after they have died. and many of his heroes will die.

He makes courage and honor something real to me. His characters are terribly flawed and their actions have consequences, usua...more
Daniel
Well-written. I liked the main character and thought his motivations and experiences were compelling. I liked the culture and the interesting fantasy world; stayed up till 3 am reading.

However, I have two beefs with the book. The first was that several scenes had way more detail about sexual encounters than I wanted. I was able to skip over these for the most part, and I was prepared to forgive the author since the book was so well done in other ways.

Unfortunately, near the end, the main charact...more
Paul
I was loaned the Ravenheart series by a good friend and read it during a summer camping trip to a state forest; one of those trips that the extended family goes on and spends a week at a 4 campsites with tents and picnic tables. I was surprised that I'd never heard of Gemmell at the time, but really loved his storytelling! For the past 4 years, I bring the four Rigante books (Ravenheart, Midnight Falcon, Stormrider and Sword in the Storm) with me for this annual trip and have a great time reread...more
VS Drakkan
I loved this book so much I started writing a screen play for it, and even got about half way through before I had to shelf it.

I was in university at the time, but I will return to the time where I will pick up this tale of the man who inherits the sword in the storm. The young boy born of a lightning storm like Nikola Tesla, who will grow to become a great King.

This is book 1 of 4, and starts an amazing saga of family, fortune, fable, and fantasy amidst a myriad of fantastic characters with b...more
Riki Strydom
I don't know how to begin this review as I was very disappointed. A man character should have a flaw or two to keep him interesting, but this one has way too many! A couple of times a passage of time took place and the reader was not informed then you have to work out how long during the conversations.

All you know is a war is coming and only one person thinks to prepare. There was no real story to build up to and once the big war took place it was finished so quickly the reader barely noticed....more
Dolphe
This beautifully crafted fantasy tale is a true example of David Gemmell at his finest. I know ... I know .. I am running the risk of entering the realm of uber geekdom, but in our current political and social atmosphere which promote lies as truth, scandal as honor and bigotry as acceptable; how could I not find respite in tales where men live by their word, where honor is something done not said and where the greater good extends beyond your own back yard?
Cass
This series is my favourite. Especially the first book.
T.L. Barrett
This is the fifth book I've read of David Gemmell, and in case you haven't guessed, I'm hooked. He is by far the most consistently enjoyable fantasy writer I've ever read.

Sword in the Storm is about Connovar, a young man growing up in a fantasy version of Scotland among his fellow Rigante (Scottish Celts). He is faced with a destiny to defend his people from the coming of the Stone people (Romans) and fight off the Sea Raiders (Norse?). The Seidhe, ancient Fey spirits have taken a shine to him,...more
Bikalp Timalsina
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Gnuvolante
Connavar teme che suo padre sia morto da codardo ed è per questo che egli vota la sua vita al coraggio e alla sua gente, nella volontà di non fuggire di fronte al pericolo. Egli cresce in fretta, le vicissitudini della vita gli portano via il sorriso adolescente per fare spazio alle rughe della maturità: Spada nella Tempesta diventa Spada del Demonio, ma ciò non gli impedisce di fronteggiare la battaglia finale al fianco della sua gente, che farà cerchio attorno a lui.

Anche quelli che lo circond...more
Gav451
As ever David Gemmell knows how to weave a tale. This is a wondrous book which starts at a run and hardly ever lets up. The characters are never perfect and while some are brave and strong and heroic there are always human doubts and frailties interwoven into the tale so that it never becomes too easy for them.

I have a real soft spot for Gemmell books, its a shame he died so young as it was clear he still had a lot of tales to tell and I for one would have continued to buy and read them. It los...more
Lindsey Duncan
Following the adventures of Connavar from childhood to hero, this is an intense book sternly loyal to the archetypes of sword and sorcery. For those who are fans of the style, it is atmospheric and immersive, a skillful take on those underlying tropes. The dark mystery of magic, the evils of civilization, the glories of battle ... it's exactly as old-school sword and sorcery should be. There is nothing new here, but it's homage rather than derivation.

... mostly. There are a few spots, particular...more
Mrs. S
This is the first book that I have read by David Gemmell.

I love SF fantasy and was looking for a new author. The story involves Connavar who is the "Sword in the Storm." When he was a baby, his father is killed while running away in battle and he is lovingly raised by his stepfather, Ruathain and his mother. After learning of his father's "cowardly" act, he develops a need to prove that he is not coward and finds himself in many situations that test him. His life is influenced periodically by t...more
Trayana
В съзнанието ми Дейвид Гемел обитава същата равнина като Гай Гавриел Кай. И двамата са създатели на светове близки до нашия, но съдържащи зрънце магия. Точно толкова, колкото да създаде мистична атмосфера без да се стига до там, че развитието на сюжета да зависи от магически битки. Но и при двамата писатели, запомням не магията или големите събития, а дишащите, истински герои – със своите добри и лоши качества, радости и страхове, правилни и погрешни решения.

Sword in the Storm, която изчетох за...more
Kym
I fully plan on reading more of this author's work. Not sure how I haven't gotten around to his books before. I love the world building, the culture (an alternate history of the Romans and Celts, Goths, Visigoths and Vikings, just renamed) and the character building. I read so much fantasy that I get jaded to the "young man becomes hero with magical sword" but this book (while it does follow that trope) is more mature than most. I appreciate that the characters are multi-dimensional and flawed....more
Woelf Dietrich
This book pushed all my emotional buttons and reminded me how much I missed reading heroic fantasy. I want to finish this series. You get invested in the characters, their heartaches, challenges, and joys, and then there's the feel-good satisfaction well timed revenge brings, along with the consequences. There are always consequences. The action, battle strategies, and weapons are all well described. The magic system makes sense and is both familiar and strange. The plot is good and character de...more
Ann
This was the first book that I have ever read by this author, and I must say that I really enjoyed it. However, it did have it's dry spots during the first 200 pages. After that, it really started to pick up. The only reason why I gave this book for stars is because I felt that the character had no personality. He was either angry or sad or miserable or somewhat happy. I did like the fact that he was human. With the real human emotions. I also enjoyed the idea that he wasn't your perfect hero in...more
Michael Slabbert
This book and the Rigante Series has to be one of my all time favourites. I just re-read it for the first time, 5 years after first reading it and it brought back many fond memories. Gemmel is fantastic and telling a story, and creates truly great characters who you come to be emotionally invested in, even though they have their flaws. His description of the world the book is set in is also fantastic, really helping one to become lost in the book.
The only reason this didn't get 5 stars is I felt...more
Ed C
After reading a one-off Novel by Gemmell and loving it, I was ready for a series, and the Rigante Series did not dissapoint. Each book of the four can be read as an indervidual story, or they can be read in pairs (1+2, 3+4), or as one. I bought the four, not knowing this, but before I knew it I'd gotten through the series as if it were one long story, and it is. It is truely an engrossing saga told through the ages with a rich tapestry of characters born into parody of our world some 2000 years...more
Anastacia
This is perhaps one of my all time favourite novels. I reread this novel several times over the course of a year; every year since 1999 when I first purchased it.

Gemmel has created a rich world, both plausible and beautiful and every bit as brutal in equal measures.

I have always been fascinated with the King Arthur myth and this was a very fresh take on one of the most well known stories in the world. If you are someone who likes history, fantasy and just plain good story telling, you should che...more
Jenn
It's been a couple of years since I read this series but I remember being surprised by the emotions that I felt during the reading. It is a big story filled with hard emotions about survival, tragedy and triumph. I was really kinda blown away! I got the impression that this series was written more for men than women, but I found myself completely involved and committed. Really a great read.

Also after reading this series I got another couple of Mr. Gemmel's books to try out. I haven't read them y...more
Flint
This is the fourth entry book I've read from Gemmell and he never disappoints. His fantasy stories are typically very epic and action packed with great lead characters, who are exceptionally good at killing with swords and daggers. The tales themselves are often grim and humorless though, but not in a nihilistic way like alot of popular fantasy books today. There are always bright moments of love and heroism, which is at the center of any David Gemmell story. I look forward to the sequel, "Midni...more
Debby Allen
Just re0read and upped my review to 4 stars. Gemmell doesn't suffer from bloat - as his stories get bigger and more intricate, he remains foremost a storyteller and doesn't let his books get away from him (see King and Koontz). And he doesn't drop into romanticism (the bodies busting type, see Jamie in Outlander). But he is a romantic - his heroes are flawed but strive, some characters are noble who haven't figured it out yet, and others never quite get there. There's magic in the mountains, and...more
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