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The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend (The Drenai Saga #6)

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Armed only with his family's deadly heirloom, a powerful double-bladed axe called Snaga, Druss journeys through strange kingdoms to rescue his wife, battling savage monsters and descending into terrifying lands of black magic and demons.
Paperback, 334 pages
Published October 5th 1999 by Del Rey Books (first published 1993)
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The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. TolkienThe Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussThe Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienMagician by Raymond E. FeistLegend by David Gemmell
Best Heroic Fantasy
42nd out of 509 books — 703 voters
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An awesome story that was extremely well written...

What made it 'awesome'? Well; You create an outcast youth, outcast because of a butchering grandfather who killed without mercy and with a deadly axe named Snaga. And outcast because of his size and strength, where many viewed him as a bone-breaking thug, though Druss was never mean spirited, or a thug. He was quite introverted and prefered his own company to that of others who always saw just a thug. Then, he met Rowena, who saw the gentleness
Borrowed this book from my boyfriend, expecting a typical male book (not wanting to stereotype but...) I expected epic battles, blood, gore and men of honour. All of which I got. But I didn't expect to become so attached to Druss and Rowena. This book tugged at my heart strings and I spent the whole time I read this on the edge of my seat, hoping he would find her and all would be well.
This book lived up to my expectations and surpassed them greatly. The characters are enjoyable and easy to bec
It was an epic saga in the vien of the Greek Tragedy stories. It was a great heroic story thats not surprsing but it was so large in scope of Druss life,growth,struggles and in took only 300 odd pages. Thats a rare talent for this type of fantasy. The many great supporting characters was nice touch too.

One of the best Gemmell book easily. Only Legend and Wolf in Shadow can compete with it.
THE FIRST CHRONICLES OF DRUSS THE LEGEND saw author David Gemmell bringing back his his best loved character due to popular demand. It's conceived as a prequel to his first book, LEGEND, exploring the life of Druss and the events that made him a globally-known hero.

This is a light, straightforward novel that follows an action-focused narrative. The battle scenes in the book are almost non-stop, indeed this has the most action of any Gemmell novel I've read. Some of the tension is taken away in t
Troy G
The Drenai novels are all great. This is the least great of them. David Gemmell writes stories about men that are either past their prime, out of their time, or defective. The central problem with this book is the central character is a man in his prime, in his time with only mild defects. Future books will find Druss in those other scenarios, but in this one, he is a freakishly gifted young buck carving out his legend.

Druss is still wise in this book. It is hard for me to imagine a teenager or
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What do you get when you take a headstrong, angry, violent boy, add a dash of star-crossed lovers, a woman who calms him, a demon-possessed ax, some savages, a war in a foreign land, a womanizing poet, a man who loves the woman who calms the angry, violent boy, and a mystic who says that the man will live at least 46 more years? The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend (Drenai Saga, #6).

This novel is about Druss. Remember Druss? He's the dude with the ax that dies a good death in the rawly power
Jon Alette

David Gemmells uppföljare till Belägringen är förmodligen den bok som överraskat mig mest genom tiderna. Efter 250 sidor var jag övertygad om att min tid av ungdomsfantasy var över, att läsningen av denna bok var på sätt och vis bortkastad tid, spiken i kistan för Wahlströms böcker. Låt gå att det hade sin mysfaktor, att jag kunde uppskatta att läsa om enkla äventyr, stereotypiska karaktärer och främmande länder uppbyggda efter verkliga modeller. Men den språkliga simplicitet
Matt Jones
This is my favourite book ever! Druss the Legend is one of the most likeable and endearing characters in a book. If I had to take just one book to a desert island or had to recommend a book to a friend it would be this one. The characters are phenomenal, the story is simple but gripping from the first page to the last, the character development is spot on...I could go on all day. I dare anyone to read it and tell me they didn't like it!
Eugenia O'Neal
In this saga, women are mostly helpless and passed from man to man, depending on other men to rescue them or marry them while the black characters are depicted as mainly cannon (ok, arrow and axe) fodder. In fact, to anyone who's read the kinds of imperialistic boy's adventure stories churned out by British writers during the late 1800s, the scene with the Panthians would have seemed quite familiar.
Mike (the Paladin)
I'm always tempted to give Gemmell a five star rating. I try to reserve the 5 but DG is among the best action/adventure writers I've run across. When he passed we lost a great talent.
This is such a fun book. Well worth reading. I'm reading the the publishing order and it is great to see Gemmell's writing improving over time.
Marco Baier
This book is one of my all-time favorites, all the more so because it was actually so gripping I read it from start to finish in one day. And I am talking about a busy workday here. Started reading during my lunch and once I came home until I put it down at 4 in the morning.

I love Druss, his uncompromising world view and his adventures. There is a lot of blood and gore, but most memorable were the hardship he and his friends endured over the years. There are few books that satisfy my hunger for
Rob Thompson
The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend was a novel I picked up almost at random from a second hand bookshop, knowing nothing at all about the rest of the series which it is part of. It was only later that I found out that this was a prequel to the first book, Legend. The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend explores how the Druss became the hero he is. So not a bad place to begin then, I guesses?

The book is an easy read and is driven forward by the main protagonist going on a quest, interspers
How far would you go for love? Would you travel across distant lands? Would you destroy all barriers in your way? Or would you just believe that there's more fish in the sea and start over?
'The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend' is a prequel to the novel 'Legend' - the first book in the Drenai series - even though it's book number six in the Drenai series. It's the story of Druss who fails to stop the love of his life being kidnapped by slavers and thus starts his journey of heroism with his
Gemmell nous raconte ici la jeunesse de son héros le plus célèbre ainsi que le cheminement de sa légende. Soit du départ de son petit village jusqu’à la bataille de la passe de Skeln. Dans un style vif, précis et efficace où les points de vue, bien que celui de Druss soit majoritaire, divergent souvent ce qui nous permet de mieux connaître les personnages, Gemmell nous livre ici un très bon roman de fantasy. Les personnages y sont légions et même si la quête principale de Druss est de retrouver ...more
My Inner Shelf
Mouais…Je suis partie dans la lecture de ce livre vraiment pleine d’entrain. Espérant moults péripéries échevelées, personnages fouillés, et intrigue palpitante. Finalement, ça ne sort pas du shéma de base : un héros part à la recherche de sa bien-aimée, enlevée et vendue comme esclave. Comble du cliché, le fameux héros est une brute épaisse, un sanguin qu’il ne fait pas bon titiller, rendue tout de même presque sympathique par son amour inconditionnel pour sa femme. Sympathique ou pathétique, j ...more
A Gemmell book is like a rare steak; delicious, easy to get through and leaves you totally satisfied. Druss, however, seemed like a B-grade cut of meat. It has all the hallmarks of a good Gemmell story but it seemed to meander a bit and throw in so many episodes that the story started a get a little cluttered. I found myself asking "what hasn't Druss seen and done?" Fought raiders? Check! Pirates? Check! Giant fire bears? Check! Boxed in a ring? Check! Killed the ghost of his own grandfather? Ch ...more
I read this when it was first released and I thought it was weak but still a good love story and a flash point for when Druss became the gruff man close to death.

Ah, the ignorance of youth.

I am going to wrap this up in one word. "SOFTLY."

That's right, not only does everyone speak 'softly' or 'whisper', the tension and emotion that SHOULD be there is replaced by mailed in emotional telling, sterile direction, and adverbs out the yang. Granted, that last one might be a personal preference, but it
A truly entertaining read.

This is one of Gemmell's great books. Fast paced, with a character that seems like, well, a big dumb woodcutter turned hero. Gemmell's greatness has always been in having vivid characters that grow through the story, and that is the case here. Druss is such a simple character, that he has the chance to really grow through the story, and he meets up with a host of interesting characters along the way.

If you haven't read Gemmell before, then don't start with this book if
Jordan Maywood
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Travails & Travels of Druss


Further down the rabbit hole into the Drenai Saga I explore the origin story of the mighty Druss who both kicks ass as well as takes names. In this Book Bwednesday I discuss:

Chronicles of Druss the Legend by David Gemmel.

I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would-- while it's true that the title character here and many of the supporting cast are so badass they are kind of ridiculous, the narrator doesn't let them off the hook. For Druss, especially, this being so badass has its drawbacks, most of which are well-developed.

Other high points included the interesting and simmering political situation-- it feels like it's patterned on some real historical moment, it's so developed, but what do I know. There are
Mayank Agarwal
Druss was my favorite character in Drenai Saga- so was really looking forward to this But it was not up-to my expectation.

Cant really blame Gemmell- Its a difficult job to show a character who he has build up as a Legend. The story didn't have the Gemmell feel to it. Their was no continues flow to it, instead we see 4 major points in Druss's life. The book really started off well with mixture of Rowena(wife of Druss) and Druss's life. But midway we don't see much of her and start to see some la
What can I say? Gemmell is one of my favourite authors. I have read the Drenai Saga books when I was about 12 years old and they influenced me and my reading habits a lot. I have read all of Gemmell´s books (yes, every single one of them) and I wish I could go back in time and read them all for the first time again.
Actually, in case I ever have amnesia, I have given my parents a list of books that they have to make me read...guess what? Most of them are by David Gemmell. His early death made us
Benjamin Peck
This surprisingly good recommendation chronicles the early days of Druss from the book "Legend", Gemmell's first foray into the genre. Not epic fantasy, more in the Robert E. Howard vein, this character driven story oozes machismo. I find the descriptions of places and people to be succinct, unlike some prolific authors, yet Gemmell's words convey not only appearances. Often I would learn something about the object described without him even explaining it, simply because his knowledge of the pla ...more
Aug 30, 2013 Tammy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gemmell lovers
After loving David Gemmell's 'Legend', I thought this one would be another great read.
And it wasn't that it was terrible, because it really wasn't. It just wasn't what I had expected.
If I'm honest, I expected a full blown out love/rescue story. And okay, the rescue bit kinda was, the love - not so much.

I believed Pahtai's other love a whole lot more.

And towards the end I felt as if the story had continued after I felt that it should have ended. I don't know... I thought that was kind of weird
Andrea Bampi
Definitely a "must-read" for any Gemmell fan, especially for all the people who consider "Legend" a true masterpiece. Gemmell wrote this book with the obvious intent of satisfying all the fans demanding some more details about Druss' youth; and the book does its job. Unfortunately, when dealing with such an incredibly fascinating and inspiring character, it's really hard to meet everyboyd's expectations. Even for the author himself. That's the reason why "The First Chronicles" represents(IMHO) t ...more
C. A. Connell
Compared to Game of Thrones and other epic fantasy stories (which I also adored) this is snappy, fast and even 'raw'. The main character role models good critical thinking and empathy throughout. If you are hanging out for next Game of Thrones installment, I would highly recommend this as a quick fix.
After Druss is Dark Moon of the same author. I will vote for the best because Gemmell for me is the best.
"After every death there are guilts". That helped me. You travel with all of his books to new worlds. 17 more to read and close my selection.
Debby Allen
Maybe this is why I didn't have patience for Sapphique. Gemmell can write. Even on re-reading, it still works. That's what it all boils down to.
But there's more :-) It's all about how willing you are and how you understand things.
Bravery/coward, survivor/whore, legend/reality.
Druss and his father - he doesn't even see what's around Bress until Shadak points it out.
Sieben - is being a fop as much a disguise as looking like a beggar to cover Druss' back?
Gorben - actually, it's how fo
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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 (Drenai Saga, #1)
  • The King Beyond the Gate (Drenai Saga, #2)
  • Waylander (Drenai Saga, #3)
  • Quest for Lost Heroes (Drenai Saga, #4)
  • In the Realm of the Wolf (Drenai Saga, #5)
  • The Legend of Deathwalker (Drenai Saga, #7)
  • Winter Warriors (Drenai Saga, #8)
  • Hero in the Shadows (Drenai Saga, #9)
  • White Wolf (Drenai Saga, #10) (The Damned, #1)
  • The Swords of Night and Day (Drenai Saga, #11) (The Damned, #2)
Legend (Drenai Saga, #1) Waylander (Drenai Saga, #3) Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy, #1) The King Beyond the Gate (Drenai Saga, #2) White Wolf (Drenai Saga, #10) (The Damned, #1)

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