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David Gemmell
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Wolf in Shadow (Jon Shannow #1)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  2,669 ratings  ·  65 reviews
"Gemmell . . . keeps the mythic currents crackling."

--Publishers Weekly

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 Civilization had been replaced by ruthlessness and savagery.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.

Abaddon, the Lord of the Pit, sought to plunge mankind into a new

Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 15th 1987 by ORBIT (LITT) (first published 1987)
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Dan Schwent
Mar 19, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Dark Tower
I picked up The Jerusalem Man (aka Wolf in Shadow) because it was on one of those Amazon lists along with Stephen King's Dark Tower series. I was not disappointed.

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
Mark Lawrence

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
Anthony Ryan
Wolf in Shadow is David Gemmell's most effective exploration of the persistent western influence found in much of his work. This is the story of post-apocalyptic gunslinger Jon Shannow, dubbed the Jerusalem Man due to his obsessive quest for the now fabled biblical city where he imagines he will find peace after a lifetime of violence, Shannow ranges across a future earth where geological upheaval has reversed the position of the world's oceans. Shannow is a gun for hire isolated by his fearsome ...more
I remember reading this book when I was a teen after it was first released around 1987, and even back then I thought it was a good novel. Re-reading now nearly twenty years later and it still is good. Not so much traditional fantasy, more a combination of some different genresm such as old Westerns, Fantasy and dare I say a bit of Dennis Wheatly. Premise is this: Jon Shannow is the Jerusalem Man, a sort of Christian warrior in the form of a gunslinger travelling across a post-apocalyptic wastela ...more
T.L. Barrett
Perusing a used book store (one of my favorite places on Earth) I stumbled upon a series of books by David Gemmell. I had seen his name before, but as I do not have any personal friends that are fantasy readers I had no idea who he was. I purchased this first in the series about Jon Shannow, and I have to tell you, I experienced that magical euphoria you get when you discover a brilliant writer for the first time. Looking him up on wikipedia, I was downcast to learn he passed away while writing ...more
Jon Shannow is the hero of Wolf in Shadow. A larger than life,tragic hero which i couldnt help but feel so much in the darkness of his world.

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.
I was just talking about how much I connected and cared about all David Gemmel's characters and Jon Shannow is not an exception. I think he might be insane but so what he's awesome. Who cares about the book just read it for the Shannow. P.S. this is book three but one and two in this series hacve little to do with the storyline of three, four, and five. Start with this one it is the best.
David Gemmell comes up trumps again with WOLF IN SHADOW, the first of his Jon Shannow trilogy. These books are slightly set apart from the rest of his writing because they're post-apocalyptic science fiction efforts rather than straightforward fantasy.

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
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Wolf in Shadow does have a wolf but not a werewolf (see if you understand the difference). What it does have is a lot of complex world building, at intricate plot and a large cast of characters. Set in London where there is an underworld the characters get to travel from on time in history to another. There is also backstory for most of the characters. All of this makes for a very dense book. I had to pay attention or I often found myself lost. While I enjoyed the book it was not one that I coul ...more
Jun 15, 2007 Nethound rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
The John Shannow books were an interesting excursion. An odd post-apocalyptic/fantasy setting that had some very interesting ideas and cool story lines.

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.
Artem Gordon
Initially, I thought that I wouldn't enjoy this book very much, but I was very wrong. After the first few chapters this book became a page turner. Great story-line with a beautiful ending. This book contains a little bit of everything (action, adventure, love, wisdom, history, etc).
I hesitated a bit at reading the Jon Shannow books because they looked like they'd be in a more modern setting, and they are, with guns. However, I came to like the Shannow character as well as any of Gemmell's heroes and much enjoyed the whole set of Shannow books.
Fantastic post-apocalytic story of anachronism and magic starring a semi-crazed obsessive gunslinger who comes up against a lawyer-turned-Satanist ruler. Underlying it all is Gemmell's trademark philosophy of sacrifice, pacifism and not standing by.
such a cool main many possibilities. Not Gemmell's finest in my opinion. Jon Shannow is an awesome character, but this book dragged on and on. Boring. Too many themes to become a cohesive novel.
Fred Phillips
Though I love Druss the Legend, arguably Gemmell’s best known character, it was not Druss that hooked me on his work. That distinction falls to Jon Shannow, The Jerusalem Man, and “Wolf in Shadow.”

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
Jon Shannow's adventure is an echo of Roland Deschain's in many ways. I have to wonder if Gemmell wasn't inspired by King's Dark Tower saga when writing this tale of the Jerusalem Man's tale. That said it did not distract from his own story and character. I enjoyed the novel and would probably pick up the other two Jon Shannow books in this trilogy as I liked the dystopian western setting. Shannow is a tough character who is arguably narrow minded in his quest for the lost city, and does t have ...more
Mayank Agarwal
One of the best work by Gemmell and quite different from his other works as the action is based on guns and not swords. Was skeptical on how guns will play out in fantasy novel but it came out really well.
The setting being a post apocalypses word....ravaged, unexplored and dangerous. With the gunslinger and brigades around it fell's like a wild west novel. The combination of religion, magic and double destruction of world gives us a unique vivid setting. John Shannow the protagonist is one of th
Rob Thompson
Wolf in Shadow is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland that is the future Earth. Civilization is in tatters. In no particular order the story has:

:: 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
Fantasy pulp, really. Entertaining but riddled with Gemmell's usual problems.

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
Writing 4.5/5
Imagination 5/5
Plot 4.5/5
Setting 4.5/5
Characters 4/5

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
Troy G
My early ideas of heroism were heavily informed by the American Western and its descendants. I can tell that is true for David Gemmell as well. When you read his fantasy novels, you can often identify tropes that originated in the Western. It is the unique application of those tropes that often makes his characters so remarkable.

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
By and large, David Gemmell's novels fall squarely into what I would term as the standard fantasy trope - mostly set middle age(ish), and mostly concerned with the notion of redemption. Combat-wise, we're talking mainly swords, or other bladed weapons, with only the occassional firearm thrown in.

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 we
I just re-read this great book. Actually I have been on a bit of Gemmell re-readathon (If that isn't a word it should be). It was particularly rewarding to read "wolf in Shadows" straight after "The Lion of Macedon", "the dark prince" and his Arthurian books "ghost king" and ".last sword of power"; to follow the Sipstrassi trail. I love his characters, the dialog, the twists of his plots and the way he hints at events to come in the story. All his books are well researched. What a great idea to ...more
Brian Turner
A post-apocalypse fantasy/western hybrid from David Gemmell.
At the beginning, you feel it will be his usual "one man can make a difference, against unbeatable odds, pulling a group of peasants/farmers along to defend their home", but you quickly get disabused of that.

I feel this is one of his better books, taking elements from Last Sword of Power (a series about Arthur), and bringing them into a future where the world has tipped, flooding great chunks of it, and making the rest unrecognisable.

by Ax
Mondi e rimandi

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 lo penna di Gemmell ancora stenta a valorizzare.
Un'avventura postatomica in fase di incubazione e dal sapore western.
I really and truly wanted to like this book - I tried several times to care - the worse part is that the first 5 chapters end up like a mix up of ideas - it is like the author wanted the main character to care about something so he threw him into a situation and, even though this is a post-apocalyptic fantasy novel, the realism of the character traits is not believable - the place and time can change, but what makes for good books is humanity, ethics, morals, and believable actions or reactions ...more
Jeff Powers
Wolf in Shadow is a unique blend of epic fantasy, Western, and supernatural horror. David Gemmel delivers his typical tough as nails protagonists, but places his fantasy heroes in a post apocalyptic future of our own world. Connecting to many of his other novels, Gemmel weaves a story of pain and redemption. Though it lags a bit in the middle, the story eventually builds to a mighty showdown. But not the sort of end battle we have come to expect from high fantasy. It is certainly worth the read ...more
Chris Lidstone
Great pacing, great blend of different mythologies and genres all in one. About to start the next book in the series, hyped that I bought all three at the same time.
Andrew Jewell
This book was both amazing a sad. The lonely life of one of fantasies greatest heroes will grip you and never let go. The story of Jon Shannow will stay with me always.
Ange Waddington
One of the first books I read by David, amazing!! I love the way he tells his stories and keeps me interested with every page
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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

Jon Shannow (3 books)
  • The Last Guardian (Jon Shannow, #2)
  • Bloodstone (Jon Shannow, #3)
Legend (Drenai Saga, #1) Waylander (Drenai Saga, #3) Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy, #1) The King Beyond the Gate (Drenai Saga, #2) The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend (Drenai Saga, #6)

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