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Ravenheart (The Rigante #3)

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Eight hundred years have passed since King Connavar of the Rigante and his bastard son, Bane, defeated the invading army of Stone. Now the Rigante have lost the freedom and culture so many gave their lives to preserve. Only one woman remains who follows the ancient ways–the Wyrd of Wishing Tree Wood–and she alone knows the nature of the evil soon to be unleashed. But the W ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 26th 2002 by Del Rey (first published 2001)
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‘Ravenheart is ostensibly the third book of the Rigante saga (The Sword in the Storm, Midnight Falcon, Ravenheart, Stormrider), although given the way the history is woven throughout the books, Ravenheart could easily be read on its own merits.

As someone who is a craven fan of David Gemmell in all his humours, I cannot explain the glorious thrill of reading a book where he gets every aspect right – the pace, the detail, the characters, every thread of plot – and still takes every opportunity to
Anthony Ryan
The third instalment in Gemmell's Rigante series propels the setting forward 800 years, a time that roughly parallels the English Civil War period. The Rigante have been reduced to a marginalised highland clan under the boot-heel of zealously religious southern invaders. As the embers of rebellion begin to smoulder, Orphan Kaelin Ring grows to manhood under the tutelage of his surrogate father Jaim Grymauch. This book marked something of a departure for Gemmell with its restricted setting and a ...more
I've read at least some of the writings from the major and minor fantasy writers and while I know Gemmell's writing style may not be the most polished, he is still my favorite author in this genre. While some things can be repetitive in some of his books, it never seems to get old. Also, I have to admit that while I'm not really a crier when it comes to books, especially ones that were written with the intent to make the reader cry, some sections of Gemmell's books (especially Ravenheart) just c ...more
I've read this book more than 5 times over the years already. Though I hadn't read it for a year and required some Gemmell inspiration for a chapter in one of my own books.

If you're looking for inspiration, look to the best.

There are four novels in the Rigante series. Each is a book within itself, requiring no need to get the next if you don't wish to. But Sword In The Storm (Rigante #1) and Midnight Falcon (Rigante #2) do follow on. It's the same with Ravenheart (Rigante #3) and Stormrider (Ri
It is a rare thing to find oneself emotionally attached to the characters on the printed page. We enjoy them, certainly. They entertain us or amuse us or frighten us, but seldom do they truly move us. David Gemmell’s characters in this installment of the Rigante saga did generate that emotional response in me. I am fully aware it is fantasy which the author presented here, but isn’t it a sad fact that the notions of honor and truth and loyalty are labeled fantasy while the notions of greed and b ...more
It seems to be a recurring theme in my life that I find the middle book in a series and cannot find the earlier ones. However, in the case of this particular book (apparently it begins 800 years after the last book), it didn't really matter, because it does sort of stand on it's own feet enough for it not to matter that I have no knowledge of the back-story.

The Rigante seem to be based on the Irish (correction, not the Scots as I previously thought) of the 17th or 18th centuries, and the Varlish
‘Ravenheart’ is the third book in the Rigante series although each book can be read as a standalone novel and doesn’t have to be read in conjunction with the others. Although no official date is given as the setting for the novel it is widely accepted that the peoples at the beginning of the Rigante series are written to reflect the Roman and Celtic cultures and then progress from thereon in through time. This third novel, ‘Ravenheart’, is set 800 years after the original Roman/Celtic battles of ...more
this is my favourite book out of the rigante series and quite possibly my favourite book by gemmell. the protagonist is so gutsy and without fear. he attacks problems head on and with full force and is all around a pretty strong, capable guy. i enjoyed reading about him. something about how the story is told gives it this epic feel. i’m not too sure how to describe it, but i guess that the story has always existed and will always exist. i don’t like how sometimes he substitutes swear words for ...more
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
Book 3 (of 4) in the Rigante series, moving the events on some centuries after those of "Sword in the Storm" and "Midnight Falcon".

I think it's generally accepted that the Rigante are Gemmell's equivalent of the Scots, and that this book and its subsequent sequel are his interpretation of the wars fought by the Scottish Highlanders against the invading English (whereas the earlier two books were more like their wars against Rome).

As in most of his works, the novel deals with the notions of red
While this work of fantasy continues the story of the Rigante, it is obvious that author David Gemmell must've had ideas for other stories between book # 2 and book # 3. Sadly, we'll probably never see them.

This book takes place hundreds of years after book 2. We are given hints and brief tidbits about what happened after book 2 and before this title. But hundreds of years have passed and the continuity between the first two books is broken, though referred to. In fact, this book and probably i
Sep 29, 2010 Matt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own-it
Where is the 6 stars button? My God, Gemmell really knew how to write. This was the third in the Rigante series and by far my favorite so far.

Gemmell really knows how to pull you into a story and really feel for the characters. I don't want to spoil anything but I was pretty choked up at the end of the book. And that does not happen often.

What's nice about the Rigante books is that they can each stand on their own. If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it!
Another great book in this series. Ravenheart is a little less epic than the books of Connovar and Bane, but it does a wonderful job at displaying the next stages of intolerance and discrimination after the epic battles hundreds of years earlier. Many great and interesting characters were introduced in this book including Maev Ring who is an intelligent and formidable woman. Her nephew Kaelin Ring and Jaim Graymauch are stand outs. We are also teased with the storyline of the Moidart and his son ...more
Mayank Agarwal
Enjoyed it but could have been much better it being a David Gemmell book. A very different Gemmell book.It differs from his other works as the timeline for the period is modern and we have guns where before there were only swords. At the start of the book this was a double disappointment as i was expecting more sword and melee style fighting based on Bane (the previous protagonist in the Rignate book.
As the story progressed i started enjoying the setting and plot - 17th/18th Century Scotland bei
This is a great book with a big heart. A native and conquered race, the Rigante, who bear quite a resemblance to Scottish Celts, must deal with being ruled by the conquerors, the Varlish (Britons?). Whilst following a few main characters this book looks at how the conquered people are segregated and have punitive laws forced upon them.
The main story follows a young Rigante named Kaelin Ring as he avenges the rape and death of a friend and becomes a man. He must learn to live amongst his own folk
Iain Kaslar
easily one of his best books. I found it hard to put down. well worth the read if u like any of his other books at all. although part of the rigante series it does not directly follow from the previous book like I was hoping but is set several centuries later. again it follows on where the main character is rigante clans man living in the Highlands and his fight for honor as he sees it against an u just ruling invader.
A long episode of the Rigante Saga many hundreds of years after Midnight Falcon introduces new characters following the same classic Gemmell archetypes. The Rigante are a now conquered people but several incidents over the course of the novel respark their greatness. The main characters: Kaelin Ring, Jace, Kara, Maeve and especially Jaim are beautifully and deeply characterized and their trials pull us into the plot of what it might be like living under enemy occupation. This is another great Ge ...more
by Ax

Questo terzo capitolo della saga dei Rigante, con qualche segno di cedimento strutturale qui e là e prevedibili (improbabili) situazioni Deus Ex Machina, resta una lettura avvincente con personaggi magnetici, in cui l'elemento fantasy è ancora una volta infinitesimale ma rappresentativo di un legame Uomo-Terra su cui riflettere.
Edizione con svariati errori di punteggiatura e altri refusi.
Emotional, riveting, powerful, and epic!! These are just a few words to describe how phenomenal this book actually is!! By far, this is the best book in the entire series!! This book describes a powerful racism of two people! This book describes an epic struggle between two races of people that is born of hatred, and ignorance and how one man's self sacrifice brings that crashing down into compassion, love, and understanding!! By far, this is one of my favorite books in this entire series!! Has ...more
Troy G
Much of this book is classic David Gemmell. Reminiscent of books like Legend and Waylander. The action is good, the world is interesting. The plot is well paced and classic Gemmell.

My main problem with this book is raised expectations. I expect Gemmell characters to be memorable. I expect his worlds to be well defined and relatable. The characters are fine, and the world is fine, but they aren't great.

If another author had written this book, I would have praised it greatly, but because of my ex
Ed C
The third in the series, or the start of it's own mini-series, the pace of Rigante seies does not let up here. 800 years or so on, in a setting not unlike our own world, now more akin to 4/500 year ago, a new set of characters enter a vastly new world where all you had known from the start of the series is gone, history re-rewitten by the conquerors of the Rigante people and their lands. And yet still, the essence of story, and the world, remain as the adventure continues in an age of civil war ...more
Yet another Home Run by David Gemmell.
This is the story of Kaelin Ring and Jaim Grymauch, two members of the Rigante tribe. The Varlish have conquered them and their people have few rights, few privilages and fewer luxuries. But through a number of acts, both of them find that they become heroes to both their people and their Varlish overlords.

I am a late comer to Gemmell's books and I did enjoy this one, although I prefer a little more magic with my fantasy! An emotional ending, but good too. I'll definitly be tracking down the seq
Gemmell's characters are deeply flawed, but all the more beloved for it. I had lumps in my throat several times throughout the course of this novel. Like the two books preceding this in the Rigante series, Ravenheart is beautiful for the human dimensions--the full spectrum of human motivations, griefs, and triumphs are on display. If you like rich characterization with your heroic tales, instead of unicorns and rainbow-generated magic, check out this series. BTW, each book stands alone quite sol ...more
I'm not a huge fan of Gemmell deciding to skip so many years and introduce gun powder into this series but after I read it, I have to admit that he did a very good job. The only reason this book gets 4 stars and not five is because the first two books in the series are so much better it wouldn't be fair to give this one the same rating. Not his best book, but still stellar compared to most other writers in the genre. Gemmell is a win no matter what he wrote.
Feb 13, 2008 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
Recommended to Eric by: Bob Egan
Shelves: fantasy
This book is the third in the series of Rigante novels, but I read it without reading the first two. It was not an issue, as the first two books take place 800 years before this one. The sequel "Stormrider", however, is a direct sequel, so know that not all the action is tied up in the conclusion of "Ravenheart".

This is the third novel of Gemmell's that I have read (after "Dark Moon" and "Legend"), and he is quickly becoming my new favorite fantasy author.
The Rigante series is a slight departure from the Drenai series. The Rigante are kind of an alternate reality version of the Celtic Tribes, and these stories tell some interesting stories in that setting.

The heroes are perhaps a little less larger than life, and magic less prevalent in these books than the Drenai books, but the same kind of deep characters and tough as nails warriors fill the pages. Good sword and sorcery with emphasis on the sword.
Whilst the writing certainly isn't the finest you'll ever see, the characters are definitely up there with the best. School teacher Alterith Shaddler, who transforms himself from petty minded pedant into a crusader for the people, is an unlikely but utterly convincing hero. In a book packed to the rafters with musclebound warriors, his attempts to fight the system with intelligence and knowledge make a refreshing change.
Colin Lamont
This book, (the third of the series apparently?) was the only Gemmell book I've read, and it was sick. The characters are real believable, and awesome. I picked it up expecting a crappy breezy summer fantasy, and was completely off guard by my emotional reaction to this good good book. I was like, holy crap am I *crying*? While reading a book with a friggin' barbarian with an eyepatch on the cover? Hells yeah.
James Jefferies
If you haven't read this book you don't know what great fantasy writing is.
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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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The Rigante (4 books)
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