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Preview — Wolf in Shadow by David Gemmell
Wolf in Shadow (Jon Shannow #1)
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 Civilization had been replaced by ruthlessness and savagery.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...more
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
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
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
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 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.
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
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 ...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
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
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 ...more
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.
The post-apocalyptic setting isn't bad, even if not terribly original. But the conflict between cosmic forces of demons and the like is too much, it's way over-the-top. Shannow would have looked be ...more