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Waylander (The Drenai Saga #3)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  10,306 ratings  ·  126 reviews
The mysterious man known as Waylander is venturing into hostile territory on a quest to save the kingdom of the Drenai. He is the only man who could possibly succeed, and so he is entrusted with the responsibility--despite the fact that he was the person who killed the King.
Paperback, 310 pages
Published September 27th 1995 by Del Rey Books (first published August 21st 1986)
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Terence
Dec 02, 2008 Terence rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terence by: Epic & pulp fantasy fans
Shelves: sf-fantasy
To be honest, I've read most of Gemmell's fantasy novels (most, if not all, of the Drenai tales and most of the Rigante series) but this was the first and favorite.

For a while, I devoured Gemmell's stuff but soon I felt like I was reading the same novel over and over (and over and over) again. Waylander remains my favorite because I like the eponymous main character and the sentimental romantic in me thought the ending was exactly what he deserved (I will refrain from spoiling it).

I'd recommend
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Dirk Grobbelaar
This book drew me in like few books do. It is David Gemmell, so expect some familiar ground, such as ambiguous characters and gratuitous violence. It’s pulpy and atmospheric, two traits I often find endearing in (dark) fantasy fiction. The novel is really dark and brooding, just like the titular character, and there are some uncompromisingly grim scenes. Like Legend, it’s a study of what it is that makes a man a “hero” (or an anti-hero, for that matter). We also get a glimpse into the conception ...more
Evgeny
This is the first book in the series - chronologically; it is listed in publication order here. By this time we all know the big picture: the Drenai lands are overrun by an unstoppable force, the last groups of Drenai army continue desperate struggle against overwhelming odds, the simple farmers become reluctant heroes, etc. The main character of the book is an infamous assassin who managed to piss off almost everybody and is hunted by seemingly almost every single person in the world. A very in ...more
D.E.M. Emrys
Can you put a price on redemption?

The King is dead, and thousands are set to follow him. Drenai land is swept into the tides of war. Enemy soldiers sweep across the country, butchering man, woman and babe. It is a dark time, and dark work is at play.

Can salvation be earned?

Dardalion is a man of the light, a dying light in the dark days. But, he must confront the evil, and to face it a man must walk the shadows.

Karnak is a hero, a beacon of hope in the night. He kindles fire in the hearts of
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Anthony Ryan
Redemption was always one of David Gemmell's most persistent themes, perhaps finding its most compelling expression in this tale of Dakeyras the Waylander, an apparently heartless assassin caught up in a brutal invasion of the Drenai homeland. Gemmell's depiction of war eschews any comfortable fantasy conventions to present something every bit as ugly as real-world conflict, complete with massacre and rape. However, it's the characterisation that really shines here; by being compelled to reconne ...more
Anders
“My enemies can soar into the night like invisible demons, conjure wolf creatures from hell, and read minds. On our side is a god that can lead a man to a ferry!”

Waylander is chronologically the first novel in the Drenai series. It starts with the king having been assassinated, and ruthless enemy troops swarming into Drenai lands, massacring the natives. This could mean the end for the Drenai.

Waylander walks these lands, a stone-hearted warrior, the assassin that killed the king. He is a man p
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Troy G
Waylander is a great story. It is a story that we have heard before, but never in this way. A man's wife and child are killed. He sets out for revenge. The plot of a 1,000 lesser books.

Waylander picks up where most of those books leave off. Waylander has had his revenge. Now what? What does a many do who is empty inside. A man that has spent years under the control of his most violent impulses. Does he seek redemption? Does he seek death? After fighting for so long, does he just give up?

This so
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Justin
To summarize waylander: a man turned assassin after his wife and child are murdered finds himself protecting the innocent. The theme of a novel is one following a simple question - what defines redemption? This man was an assassin, but now fights to save the country. Does he deserve redemption? It is left for each of us to decide on our own. However, as the story unfolds we watch as his actions soon change the actions of others, other former criminals, who are at first confused by his change of ...more
Grace
2.5/5 stars. It's a shame, but what I'm starting to suspect from David Gemmell novels is that if you've read one of his, you've read them all.
I mean you have the old weathered soldier who has lived a morally suspect life, has contemplated retirement, has the same realist "shit happens, but oh well" philosophy usually as a result of a violent, bloody past, with many regrets (and usually his wife and kids have been slaughtered in some kind of awful fashion) - But due to strange circumstance or "fa
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Jacob
This book is a great example of another theme in Gemmell's writing, that even low-life scoundrels are capable of redemption.

In addition to redemption, there are many more ideas discussed in this book, and part of what I like about it is that there aren't many clear-cut answers. You're free to think about the ideas and come up with your own answers, and to read into the discussions what you want. There are also the ideas of honor and commitment, reward and personal relationships. There are events
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Todd
I just started the series in publishing order and I found this one great. The struggle to create and justify the thirty. Although Gemmell's books tend to follow a pattern, I feel like it's a solid concept of a battle through the ages between evil and good. With this book being the start of it. This is a fun and quick read that I'm still amazed I put off reading Gemmell until now.
Mike (the Paladin)
In the first of 3 novels about him Gemmell introduces a "hero" (anti-hero?) who is one of my personal favorites No spoilers here read this book and be ready for an amazing journey into a world of danger, heroism, and detail.
Daniel66
Best book eva read. LOL

The book has a dark anti hero feeling about it and you find out that even the heroes have faults. There are marauding raiders and villains who attack Waylanders farm while he is away from home. These brigands end up killing his family and he vows revenge. During the story Dakeyras ends up being referred to as The Waylander, and The Slayer. After hunting down and extracting revenge on the men who killed his family, Waylander continues to work as an assassin. Waylander ends
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Joe
Okay - I am done with Gemmell - his heroes are all carbon cut-outs of each other - this is his fourth book that I have read, and I cannot do it anymore - characters that die but do not die - characters that die but kill in their death - women are all w****es (and I mean all) - men are okay with women being w****es - traitors that tell their detailed plans to strangers - people who know that there is a plot, and continue because they think that knowing will save them from death - strangers fall i ...more
Nikhilesh Sinha
Having grown tired of wading through large tomes of mangled ineptitude authored by writers such as Robert Jordan and Steven Erikson, it's a relief to read Gemmel. The plot is fairly straightforward, the characters are cardboard cut outs, but the style is engaging and there's enough happening to keep you reading.

As the size of the book (350 odd pages in fairly large type) should indicate, it's not really an immersive experience, with few details of the history and geography of the world. Aside f
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Laura Hughes
This is my first outing with David Gemmell, and I have to say I’m ashamed I waited this long to read his work. Gemmell is one of the legendary forerunners of modern fantasy, and has influenced many of my favourite authors, particularly those who write gritty ‘grimdark’ fantasy such as Joe Abercrombie. I expected big things from David Gemmell, and for the most part Waylander delivered them.

My first impression of Waylander was that there wasn’t much detail. Gemmell wasn’t telling me much about the
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Alexandre
Je viens de finir ce livre. On voit rapidement que ce roman fantastique a été écrit par un homme. Très violent, parfois dure mais réaliste dans son approche des situations de combat et de guerre. L'histoire est bien mené et on se prend au jeu rapidement. L'univers est cohérent, crédible et bien présenté. Pour les amateurs de fantastique, je vous le conseil.

Voici les détails au dos du livre: Le Roi de Drenaï a été assassiné. Une armée d’envahisseurs déferle sur le pays, avec pour mot d’ordre de
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Grimnir
This is one of the best books I have ever read, and read and re-read. Well written, compelling, a real page turner. David Gemmel has always been a brilliant author but Waylander is beyond doubt his best ever character.

Waylander is a man haunted by his past, the worlds greatest assassin, who took the wrong contract. He saves a priest by chance and for want of a better analogy becomes infected by his goodness. As they cross a war torn land defiled by insane evil invaders he struggles against his b
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Jen
Unlike my ambivalence to Tenaka Khan, I very much liked the eponymous Waylander (aka Dakeyras) as an imperfect hero (he's not quite the anti-hero, though he skirts that line nicely). Also, I enjoy the fact that I get to use "eponymous" in a review; happens far too rarely.

When I first started Waylander (Drenai Saga, #3), it took me a while before I realized that I was reading a prequel to the two books (#1, #2) that had come before. It introduces the warrior priests, the black cloaked baddies (wh
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Estibaliz79
Como de costumbre, el término medio: un tres y medio (3 1/2) que no sabía muy bien si representar con las cuatro o las tres estrellas. Las cuatro están bien, pero al final, como no es fácil dar con material para las cinco, parece que denotan una apreciación personal considerable, y tampoco llega a tanto la cosa.

Curioso que esta novela, que claramente es la tercera parte del Ciclo Drenai de Gemmel, tal y como se concibió, se presente por la editorial española como el libro uno del susodicho ciclo
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Benjamin Stones
Waylander is dead...well, on the inside anyway. Having lost his family he turns to a life of killing for the highest bidder and this is where the book begins. I love it...he's a cool cat, used to surviving on his own and, all of a sudden, finds himself having to help others. Once upon a time he was a loving father, so he feels torn between what he was and what he has become.
Waylander is a typical David Gemmell book with an anti-hero who is closed off to the world and who could probably slay enti
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Aerine
Er. I think I've read the exact same book, worded somewhat differently, three times! Here is the big premise. It's not a spoiler, because you've read the other two books!

Unwinnable battle against forces that desire to wipe out the civilization. Heroes arise: He who has never been defeated, the 30, and the rogue/rake who hooks up with the 1 woman brought up in the book. I forced myself to finish it, but I just can't stand reading the next 7 in the series when the first three were nearly identical
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Stamatia
Jun 08, 2009 Stamatia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves epic fantasy or even just historic fiction
Shelves: fantasy-keeper
I finished rereading this book yesterday almost 20 years after the first time. Gemmell still has the ability to suck me into his stories. He was the reason I fell in love with epic fantasy. His death a couple of years back really diminished us!!
Lou
Until quite recently finding a book I loved was like winning the lottery. I didn't use any social networking sites, or rely on book reviews to make my selections. I simply grabbed a book off a book shelf, read the synopsis on the back cover, and, if it sounded appealing, away I went. If I actually ended up enjoying the book, I would have felt I struck gold. Thus was the case with this book. This was the first Gemmell book I read, and I'm not quite sure how it even came into my possession all tho ...more
Joaquin Garza
Por lo general se suele clasificar esta novela (y en general toda la obra de Gemmell) como de Fantasía Épica. Sin embargo, para mí éste no es el género correcto, sino que debiera ser considerado 'Sword and Sorcery'. La diferencia entre ambos géneros viene principalmente por el enfoque de las batallas (catastróficas en la fantasía, personales en el sword and sorcery) y en la presencia o ausencia de no humanos con capacidad de raciocinio.

Waylander está más cerca de Conan el Bárbaro que del Señor d
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Danielle Rose-West
Waylander was my other favourite hero alongside Druss! This book is packed with unforgettable characters, action and adventure, with a touch of romance to make the whole thing perfect. Waylander is a hero, like Druss, that's larger than life. It has been years since I read this book and it still stays with me.
My favourite scene, that I've never forgotten is the scene where the heroine asks Waylander how he can put aside his emotions and fight the way he does when so much is riding on the outcom
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Francesco
Vote: 3,25
Class: L-B2 (FP)

I was positively impressed by the first book of the Drenai Saga (The Legend). Now I'm up to the third book (Waylander) and it seems to me that it lacks something, as for the previous books.
There are some character changes that go unexplained and is inexplicable because a "ruthless assassin" can't give up his life for the good of humanity without a lot of explanation.
This is some of what I'm trying to say:
«His thoughts swung to [him]. Why had the assassin thrown his life
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James Keenan
David Gemmell is an author that believes in certain themes, no matter which of his novels you pick up you will most likely find there to be a central character fighting the ravages of time, revenge will feature prominently, some kind of quest will take place and the main protaganist is likely to be morally ambiguous and in search of redemption. It is in Waylander that all of these aspects are brought together in the most successful manner.

Taken at face value this is an entertaining read, you won
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Spirit
Amazing series, at first I thought I wouldn't enjoy this book as much as I did but this book has what I like to call the snowball effect. It gets so much better as you read it the pages do not stop turning.

I'm a slow read and this book was 300 pages on my iPad, I finished reading it in about 2 days.

Characters:10 (waylander is a bad ass from the start, and his polar opposites and mirror versions are just as good as him.)
Emotion: 11 (I really love how the author tried to strike emotion with every
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Werehare
5/10

Storia abbastanza classica: c'è l'eroe che si imbarca in una missione per recuperare un artefatto antico e importantissimo (grazie al cielo questa volta NON magico), due fazioni in guerra di cui una viene presentata come crudele e sanguinosa, l'assedio alla fortezza, la tribù di barbari... Waylander non è il tipico Eroe Bello E Buono ma l'altrettanto tipico antieroe tormentato e solitario che si pente dei suoi trascorsi e decide di redimersi tramite la quest di cui sopra; la storia d'amore è
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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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