Bloodstone (Jon Shannow #3)
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Shannow settled down at the end of The Last Guardian. This story starts with him wounded, on the run, and stricken with partial amnesia. The villain of the story, at least in the beginning, is a mysterious religious leader called The Deacon. Shannow's quest takes him across dimensions and ties into the ending of The Last Guardian nicely. Amaziga and Sam Archer make appearances, as do Clem Steiner, Be ...more
If you like anything else by Gemmell you'll like this, if you like violence, epic fantasy, dark and angry good guys, time travel, and a mix of high tec ...more
This book has everything great about the other two volumes and more. It is the only book in the series that could no ...more
This would ordinarily be a 3-star review but I finished it in one session, so there. I liked the ending that Shannow got in The Last Guardian and this felt a little like the dead horse being flogged.
However, it does have a great time-travel plot and it's Mr Gemmell back on form with his philosophising about violence and means and ends. The ending is a bit of a doozy as well. The biggest problem is that it does rely very heavily - as did the other Jon Shannow books - on the reader swallowing any...more
Someone should bring the Jerusalem Man back (he's that interesting to s ...more
The novel sees Shannow's legacy leading to further evil as ruthless Chris ...more
Really enjoyed it and a great ending to a awesome series. The book started with a bang and ended with another.
The beginning is very unexpected as we see a very different Jon Shannow. He is old, having amnesia and has lived a polar opposite life for 20 years. His journey and wh ...more
Riddled with the themes readers of Gemmell will recognise - perhaps a little too readily - the familiarity doesn't detract from an enthralling story, something else fans of Gemmell will be familiar with. Bloodstone has complex heroes, sinister villains, the triumph of ageing warriors, rip roaring combat, and the masterful threading together of numerous story a ...more
Il ciclo delle Sipstrassi, dopo il calo Arturiano, riprende quota e si conclude degnamente: il sapore western torna ad impregnare il Mondo di porte parallele Gemmelliano, ridonando smalto e rinvigorendo un'ossatura narrativa accattivante nella sua semplicità.
Saga tra le meno incisive dell'autore da me lette, acerba, che comunque offre alcuni spiragli fantastici degni di essere letti.
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.
The final conclusion was pretty clever, but the author weebled-wobbled and fell down too many times getting there. SORELY LACKING
This is my favorite of the Shannow books.
RIP David Gemmell
Wild west meets sword and sorcery (sort of), it's a book that only he could have thought of, but it - and the entire series - are books anyone can love.