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White Wolf (The Drenai Saga #10)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  6,996 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
The start of a gripping new series in the tradition of The Drenai Tales

Skilgannon the Damned had vanished from the pages of history. Following the terrible triumph at Perapolis, the General had taken the legendary Swords of Night and Day and ridden from the lands of Naashan. No-one knew where he had gone, and the assassins sent by the Witch Queen could find no trace of his
Paperback, 592 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Corgi (first published 2003)
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Reggie Kray
Sep 30, 2016 Reggie Kray rated it it was amazing
This master of heroic fantasy is actually changing my perspective in many aspects of my life. Seriously.....
Ahmad Sharabiani
May 12, 2016 Ahmad Sharabiani marked it as to-read
White Wolf (The Drenai Saga, #10), David Gemmell
Oct 11, 2015 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writing 4/5
Imagination 3.5/5
Plot 4/5
Setting 3.5/5
Characters 4/5
Grimdark 5/5

My Overall Enjoyment 5/5

Once again, I would like to sing the praises of David Gemmell. This book, the tenth in his Drenai series, is possibly my favorite or at least tied with 2 others in the series,Waylander and [book:Legend|618177. The main character, Skilgannon, is a young priest and former general on the run from the Witch Queen. He is responsible for horrible atrocities in the past in the name of the Witch Queen, who
Oct 08, 2016 KostasAt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In White Wolf, the first book featuring Skilgannon the Damned, Gemmell marks a big change in the Drenai saga, as he takes us 5 years after The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend in a darker story full with wars, love, machinations and lots of betrayals.

For many years Skilgannon fought in wars to save the one he loved most, bringing death and destruction to her enemies. For many years he was a renowned General in Naashan, until the Witch Queen betrayed him and all that was left behind wa
Oct 31, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it
Amongst the action, and the depth of characters in Gemmells' work, there are underlying themes. There is the moral theme; showing that people are not wholly good or bad, and the strength it takes to stand by your beliefs, and your comrades. There's also the theme of redemption; can someone who has committed vile acts ever make up for what they have done? And, more importantly, will it stop them from trying.

Skilgannon, named The Damned for the atrocities committed by his men when he was their ge
Paul Convery
Apr 20, 2013 Paul Convery rated it really liked it
White Wolf was a book I struggled with for some time. It started out with the introduction of Skilgannon the Damned who looked to be another very interesting and well written David Gemmell character, but then I felt like it got bogged down in for almost a third of the book with very little progress in the overall plot and characters who just didn't encourage me to keep reading. Getting over that bump in the road was well worth it though, with the introduction of Druss into the story along with s ...more
Troy G
Dec 19, 2010 Troy G rated it really liked it
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Skilgannon is perhaps the least flawed of David Gemmel's Heroes. He is corrupted by those around him, and guilty about serving evil men. But he is smart, capable, charismatic, respectable, and able to fit in with nobles and kings. He isn't responsible for any of his flaws, they were all inflicted on him by outside forces.

The plotting of this book is as good as any of the other Drenai Tales. In some ways it closes the gap of some of the mythology hinted at throughout the series. But, Skilgannon
Oct 18, 2015 Base rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 16, 2015 Wolfdan rated it it was amazing
Skilgannon est un homme hanté par son passé. Lui, l'un des plus puissants guerriers est aussi celui qui a la tête d'armées a perpétré le massacre de civils dans la soif de conquêtes de sa Reine. Mais même maintenant alors qu'il est devenu prêtre, le passé se rappelle à lui. Il n'a alors d'autre choix que de d'assumer ce qu'il est.
Dans ce livre on retrouve avec plaisir une certaine Légende et on suit cette quête vers la rédemption avec plaisir. Du tout beau Gemmel.
Sep 07, 2015 DemetraP rated it liked it
Druss is one of my favorite characters so it was great to see him again.

Skilgannon the Damned was really great, except when it came to the 2 women in his past. One is the love of his life, but she doesn't love him enough, she loves power more. The other is his wife, who knows she is playing 2nd best. Those parts of the book really irritated me.

But Skilgannon is badass and awesome with swords.

Great book, but you'll be lost if you haven't read this series in order.
Sep 24, 2010 Filipa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I became a Druss fan with this book but it Olek that captured my attention. And it was also this book that got me into David Gammell books. There is a slightly feeling the book is on a run, specially towards the end, but I still love it nevertheless!
Jul 17, 2008 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This would be a good one to read before reading "The Swords of Night and Day." It's also very good.
Jun 15, 2007 Nethound rated it liked it
Recommends it for: yes
Yet another Gemmell hero, Skilgannon. Brooding, haunted, more dangerous than any man alive, etc. Nothing terribly original, but a nice addition to the Drenai saga. Once again, good for those that like sword and sorcery with an emphasis on the sword.
Steven Holmes
Oct 28, 2016 Steven Holmes rated it really liked it
Good pace, great characters, you just have to love a David Gemmell book
Jul 13, 2012 Ruth rated it it was ok
Shelves: spec-fic
C2003. FWFTB: war, temple, goddess, travel, legend. Deciding to give Mr Gemmel another go, I decided on this particular book. I get so annoyed when the blurb is so, well, - I don’t know how to describe it. As an example, the blurb says “But he does not travel alone. The man beside him is Druss the Legend.” This only happens in Chapter 10. I think Mr Gemmel lost his true calling of an educator. I learnt how to horseride, sword fight and even some basic astronomy. I did find it a bit strange thoug ...more
Nov 12, 2012 Dimitris rated it it was amazing
First of all in order to clarify it, the cover is a bit misleading. This is NOT a Druss the Legend novel. It is a Skilgannon novel.
This is not a flaw in the book however, as Druss appears later in the book and although he is a "supporting" character he really shines. This time not so much as a fighter, but as a personality. For me this is Druss's best depiction as both a fighter and a human.
Skilgannon is the protagonist and really is a very interesting characters.
The book of course follows some
Mayank Agarwal
Jun 18, 2014 Mayank Agarwal rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
Really enjoyed it. Typical David Gemmel book - page turner .This one had a good plot and a awesome ending(specially for those following his Drenai series)

This is one of his more complete book and better written book among the Drenai Saga. We have the usual anti hero in Skilgannon and of course Druss the Legend is in for the adventure.The magic and the sword fighting is perfectly balanced and the reintroduction of characters from the Waylander novels add to the charm.

David Gemmell's hero Skilgan
Apr 19, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing
This is standard fantasy fare, but written brilliantly and with characters you instantly want to know.

Skilgannon the Damned flees his past life, leaving behind atrocious deeds and the woman he loves and hates. He disappears into the priesthood, forsaking his magical swords and attenpting to live in peace. But when the monastry is attacked by thugs and he alone defends it, word soon spreads that Skilgannon is back. Leaving the scene, he travels on to escape those who would kill him, at first acc
Derek Vice
Nov 22, 2016 Derek Vice rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, action
I'm reading the Drenai series in chronological order. The maturing in this novel really stands out from some of the others that preceded it. The cast is bigger than some of the other novels and the horror of humanity is more pronounced. Many of the important characters from earlier periods make some appearance, but there are new and special ones as well. The complexity of the relationships is more developed and creates greater tension than some of the other novels. However, at its core it is ano ...more
Apr 20, 2016 Xiep rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ufffff quin descobriment el Cicle Drenai.... El millor que he llegit de fantasia èpica sens dubte... Los dominios del lobo és el segon volum del Cicle Drenai, on els 3 primers llibres giren al voltant de Waylander. Realment és un personatge impressionant en un món aparentment molt complex. El pobre sempre s'embolicat amb les trames polítiques i bèliques que capgiraran el destí de Drenai. Tot i que sense voler-ho. Ell es mou per la venjança purament personal, però els seus actes influiran de form ...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
Yet another in a long line of books in the Drenai Tales, I'm finding these books to be rather uniform. In some sense, it's hard to tell one from another. They're all about extraordinary warriors, usually flawed men looking for some sort of redemption. This one is no different, and I mean that in every sense of the word. It really is no different from any of those that came before.

I believe only one more book was written in this series before Gemmell's death, and I'll undoubtedly read it, but I'm
Sep 28, 2013 Ilona rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I've always enjoyed David's Drenai books and this one was no exception, even though it is a reread. It has one of the least flawed of his heroes, who still ends up doing stuff for evil people, until he tries to hide away from everyone. Naturally that isn't going to last or we wouldn't end up with this really charismatic guy giving us action a plenty. I especially loved that one of my favourite heroes, Druss, was given plenty of page space as his fighting companion. I recommended this to those wh ...more
Keith Fearns
Mar 22, 2013 Keith Fearns marked it as to-read
so the best in fantasy ever seriously Olek or Skilgannom the Damned will be remember as eras die hes a living art and David Gemmell is an heck of a page turner im not a huge fan of Druss boyo but i know David immensely created the world with him in mind and i wouldnt have it any other way kinda like R.A.'s Drizzts man i like his Luthien or Crimson Shadow better so all in all the little character are my favorites usely and they arebt written about alot.
May 11, 2012 Ricardo rated it it was amazing
I've read this book in Portuguese and in no place it said it was the 10th book of a saga. I've always seen it as a one-book story.
So having no background on the previous Drenai Saga books all I can say is that this book is extremely well written and has a beautiful and touching story. One of the best fantasy books I have ever read.
marc santini
Oct 29, 2015 marc santini rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
What can i say about this book bar read it if you haven't, if you have you already know.
This book combines some of Gemmell's greatest characters and for me its right up there with the best of his stories.
The only real question that one needs answer with this book is do you want the swords or the axe.
Joshua Simon
4.5 stars

Great characters, great action, memorable moments....everything you expect from Gemmell.

Skilgannon ended up being a much better character than I thought he'd turn out. My little quibbles are the pacing seemed a little uneven in spots and some of the plotting appeared forced.

Regardless, Gemmell is one of the best at this style of fantasy.
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Jan 05, 2017 Zahed rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for fantasy novels and when it comes to Heroic Fantasy there is no better than David Gemmell

Re-read a few of his books recently and it's just as good as I remember it when I had read them all those years back

Olek Skilgannon is my favorite of all Gemmels characters - I feel so cheated that he only appeared in 2 novels.
Cathy (cathepsut)
Feb 10, 2013 Cathy (cathepsut) rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2004
Pretty good as heroic fantasy goes. Lots of sword fights, a little romance, some humour - I laughed a couple of times, but I thought the heroes were a bit too cool and one-dimensional.

I started to loose interest about half way through and had to stay with it - if I had put it down for more than a day, I probably would not have bothered to finish it.
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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)
  • Winter Warriors (The Drenai Saga, #8)
  • Hero in the Shadows (The Drenai Saga, #9)
  • The Swords of Night and Day (The Drenai Saga, #11)

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