Wolf in Shadow (Jon Shannow #1)
--R. A. Salvatore, New York Times Bestselling author
John Shannow, The Jerusalem Man, lived in a world that had toppled on its axis. Civilization had been replaced by ruthlessness and savagery. Relentless in his quest for peace, Shannow followed a path that led only to bloodshed and sorrow.
The title character is Jon Shannow, an Old Testament quoting gunfighter in a post-apocalypitic wasteland searching for Jerusalem, believing it to be paradise. Shannow's a wanderer, gunning down people who have it coming, never settling in one place. Never until he encounters widow Donna Taybard and her son, that is. Shannow saves Tayba ...more
First off I should declare myself as a card carrying long term fan of David Gemmell's work. I've read a dozen or so of his books and variously loved or very much liked them.
Technically I like all the components of this book. It's post apocalyptic, its gunslinger-y.
I'm not sure why the book didn't really work for me. Possibly it's having read Blood Song, Fool's Assassin, and The Name of the Wind back to back, setting me up for a book-hangover of epic proportions.
Many of my Goodreads friend ...more
The interesting post apocalypse/fantasy world,western feel makes this book a great read if you like stories like this.
If you like a good yarn in Heroic Fantasy or a Clint Eastwood like western but in post apocalypse world you will enjoy this book.
Primo volume di una Saga che si prospetta essere di ampio respiro temporale, che qui getta alcuni interessanti semi in maniera frettolosa, così come sono frettolosi (e ripetitivi) i continui duelli del protagonista, uomo dalla personalità indubbiamente forte ma che la penna di Gemmell ancora stenta a valorizzare.
Un'avventura postatomica in fase di incubazione e dal sapore western.
Fans, however, will quickly realise that it's business as usual for the author, with flawed heroes wandering through a dangerous countryside and facing insurmountable odds in their quests for justice. This time around, the action is mainly inspired ...more
John Shannow was always a little too Clint Eastwood cool for my tastes, brooding and mysterious. Not until the end of the series did I ever find out enough about him to really care deeply for him.
All the same, I enjoyed the books and odd settings, just wish the main character had been a little more engaging at times.
Slightly different and with a world that works as a result with plot and composition. Great stuff, but he has don ...more
I suppose I owe a debt of gratitude to David Gemmell. In my younger days, he was one of a few authors who pulled me into a world of fantasy stories not directly aimed at children. However, those other authors were David Eddings, Robert Jordan, and Terry Goodkind, and my feelings on their works has since moved to uncertainty, dislike, and hatred, respectively. So it's interesting to see how Gemmell holds up now, given th ...more
My Overall Enjoyment 4/5
I would be doing an injustice if I did not at least sing some praise for this excellent book.David Gemmell is one of my all time favorite authors so it's no surprise I love yet another of his books. This is book three in the Stones of Power series and book one in the John Shannow series but it can surely be read as a stand alone. The post-apocalyptic setting reminds me a bit of the Broken Empire setting Mark ...more
Mr Gemmell's first non-Drenai novel features Jon Shannow, the Jerusalem Man, a gunslinger in search of a lost city. He's a ridiculously popular character who has never really clicked with me: aside from a few differences, he could be Waylander from the previous novel. He's another tired loner with a troubled past looking for something that he knows he will never find.
In his introductory adventure he gets involved in repelling an invasion from a brutal nation that wants to feed souls to their Blo...more
:: blood guzzling magical meteors which make the user evil,
:: cannibals that roam the lands,
:: an army of Satan-worshipping fanatics called The Hellborn who terrorise folk, and
:: the almost immortal Guardians exist with psychic powers.
In amongst all this is the main protagonist Jon Shannow, The Jerusalem Man. Jon is a wandering Old Testament quoting gun ...more
I liked the main character Jon Shannow. Frankly I liked all the characters but Shannow was something you don't see any more. A Christian/religious person as the protagonist. It was only when I was reading this book that I noticed that every hero of any book I read now either doesn't believe in god like the Red Knight, or actively spurns him, like sandman slim. Usually I love that, ...more
Technically, “Wolf in Shadow” is the third book of the Stones of Power series, but it is the first to feature Shannow, and the first Gemmell book that I read.
Nearly 20 years on after first reading “Wolf in Shadow,” I still find Jon Shannow a fascinating and intriguing character. Part Clint Eastwood’s H ...more
Wolf in Shadow - the first in his Jon Shannow trilogy - is different. These novels are set post-apolacypse and are, in many respects, more of a western than a traditional fantasy story. Here, the main weapons used ...more
Then Gemmell decides he should write himself a western. When he builds his central character he turns back to the western tropes, and comes up with something that is far ...more
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