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Sword in the Storm (The Rigante #1)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  5,765 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Fierce and proud, the Rigante dwell deep in the green mountain lands, worshiping the gods of air and water, and the spirits of the earth.Among them lives a warrior who bears the mark of fate. Born of the storm that slew his father, he is Connavar, and tales of his courage spread like wildfire.

The Seidh--a magical race as old as time--take note of the young warrior and cas
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 30th 2001 by Del Rey (first published 1998)
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Probably my favourite (yes I can spell, I'm English *laughing*) Gemmell. In fact, definately in my top 3 reads of all time. Gemmell's ability to draw an intense and gripping story through the ability to make his character's 'human' was the best I've ever come across. All his heroes had their flaws or weaknesses, with most of his villains having a side that showed them as 'not too far removed from most' or 'even holding some great skill beyond ours'.

I don't rate 'all' of Gemmell's books (though
David Dalglish
At what point do you condemn a hero?

This seems to be the overall theme in Sword in the Storm, the third novel I've read by David Gemmell. The first was Legend, the other one of the Troy series. In all three, we have legendary warriors, towering men who can stand at the center of a battle and survive through sheer skill and will. Yet of the three main heroes, Sword in the Storm seems to have the most failings, not in just his character, but in the way he is told.

In Legend, we have Druss. He's old
Gemmell may be a great storyteller, but there are parts of the story that I didn't care for. Way too many pages that I had to skip over due to sexual content. Let's just say, "Too much information!!!!"
4 Stars may be a little generous but how can I reduce it when I found myself shouting at the characters..."No! Don't do it!!" just before they committed an act that will have terrible consequences? Most books don't get you so involved with the players. An excellent story but a very flawed hero figure.
An epic tale of undying love, heroic courage and ultimate sacrifice that is breathtakingly beautiful and uniquely imaginative.

David Gemmell is one of Britain’s greatest storytellers whose inspired imaginative ideas and clever creativity merge together strong themes within a fantasy setting that is astonishing. Whether you are an avid reader of the fantasy genre or simply someone who delights in powerful, affecting prose this author whose accomplished ability and remarkable depth of meaning (tha
Gordon Doherty
If I ever forget what good storytelling is, then I can safely turn to David Gemmell for a sterling reminder.

Sword in the Storm exhibits all the traits that made me love his style (have read Troy series, Lion of Macedon series, Stones of Power series) and in particular the very real-feeling portrayal of Connovar, the flawed hero. Every character has a touch of this, no archetypal villains or infallible good guys in this story, and the people of the Roman/Kelt-like world only become tainted as go


This was a good story. It spans many years so there are jumps in time which keeps things from bogging down. The writing is good but very simple, there wasn't a lot of complexity to the technical aspect of the writing but the story was still well thought out and fully developed. Connavar, the MC, is an interesting character. He's a good guy with heroic and honorable tendencies and yet he does some awful deeds. He struggles with who he is and what he needs to do. Again, good st
In a terrible storm that doomed his father, the young babe Connavar was born. His father died running from battle, and he vowed never to be a coward, never to betray his friends. He grows in strength and skill, but is also impulsive and quick to anger. But this must be tempered if he can save his people from the terrible armies that one day will attack the tribes of the Rigante.[return][return]This is a damn fine fantasy book. Unlike most in the heroic fantasy sub-genre, this book is set at the ...more
This book definitely deserved the five star rating I have given it. Gemmell really knows how to enchant the reader and bring them into the story. It's been awhile since I've gotten that "magical" feeling of being swept away from reality and stepping foot into a new realm.

Gemmell also does a really good job of portraying human emotions. All too often, I scratch my head when reading a book thinking to myself that some characters do the most ridiculous things for absolutely no reason. Well with Ge
Gemmell has a way of writing about heroes that brings new life into the genre for me. I love how he seems to pack so much into so few pages. By 2 3rds of the book I am wondering how so much has happened already. Not a page wasted. His characters come off the page and into the story and leave a lasting impression, even after they have died. and many of his heroes will die.

He makes courage and honor something real to me. His characters are terribly flawed and their actions have consequences, usua
Well-written. I liked the main character and thought his motivations and experiences were compelling. I liked the culture and the interesting fantasy world; stayed up till 3 am reading.

However, I have two beefs with the book. The first was that several scenes had way more detail about sexual encounters than I wanted. I was able to skip over these for the most part, and I was prepared to forgive the author since the book was so well done in other ways.

Unfortunately, near the end, the main charact
I was loaned the Ravenheart series by a good friend and read it during a summer camping trip to a state forest; one of those trips that the extended family goes on and spends a week at a 4 campsites with tents and picnic tables. I was surprised that I'd never heard of Gemmell at the time, but really loved his storytelling! For the past 4 years, I bring the four Rigante books (Ravenheart, Midnight Falcon, Stormrider and Sword in the Storm) with me for this annual trip and have a great time reread ...more
VS Drakkan
I loved this book so much I started writing a screen play for it, and even got about half way through before I had to shelf it.

I was in university at the time, but I will return to the time where I will pick up this tale of the man who inherits the sword in the storm. The young boy born of a lightning storm like Nikola Tesla, who will grow to become a great King.

This is book 1 of 4, and starts an amazing saga of family, fortune, fable, and fantasy amidst a myriad of fantastic characters with b
I really enjoyed this. Conn is a great warrior hero - very brave, and a genius, but not without his flaws. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Riki Strydom
I don't know how to begin this review as I was very disappointed. A man character should have a flaw or two to keep him interesting, but this one has way too many! A couple of times a passage of time took place and the reader was not informed then you have to work out how long during the conversations.

All you know is a war is coming and only one person thinks to prepare. There was no real story to build up to and once the big war took place it was finished so quickly the reader barely noticed.
Eoghann Irving
David Gemmell has been writing popular fantasy books for years now and anyone who has read any of his previous works will have a rough idea what to expect from this one. In this first book of the “Rigante” series we follow the childhood of Connavar, a member of one of the Rigante clans. As he grows to adulthood he shows considerable natural talents and certain mystical beings take an unusual level of interest in him.

There is nothing really new in this book. It features many of Gemmells favorite
This beautifully crafted fantasy tale is a true example of David Gemmell at his finest. I know ... I know .. I am running the risk of entering the realm of uber geekdom, but in our current political and social atmosphere which promote lies as truth, scandal as honor and bigotry as acceptable; how could I not find respite in tales where men live by their word, where honor is something done not said and where the greater good extends beyond your own back yard?
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Ahh the Rigante! A noble and strong race of warriors connected to the earth through gods and magic. Frigging great series The Rigante series. Spanning generations and will be readable for that long.
John G. Engedal
Sword in the Storm presents a kind of montage of moments in the life of a legend. Some were a bit rushed, and some very beautiful, especially anything to do with the strange Seidh and the characters of Three Streams, while the ones dealing with preparing for war and the wars themselves went by too fast to create any real tension, because I was just waiting for characters do die or survive based on prophecies and hints from earlier in the book.

Still, most of the story was great, and recommended
Silvya Mazerolle
Considering how many fantasy epics and stories I've read, I am surprised David Gammell is a new author for me. And ever so thankful. I enjoyed this book of a hero with definite character flaws. The writer gave Connavar a heroic soul with all the possible errors of judgement and regrets we all have. He lives with his terrible mistakes and can still be loveable for us to read. Gammell's world reminds me of Roman times and the conquest of Britania. How inevitable war can be orchestrated and whole w ...more
Mayank Agarwal
Great Read, in fact it's my favorite Gemmell book yet( having read his Drenai Saga). His writing has improved over time and it's shows here.

As always with most of Gemmels book we have the flawed hero, this time around he took time in developing his character. So the readers actually get to know him and he feels realistic. A big plus is introducing the cultures similar to our ancient time - Romans, Celts, Gauls ad Norse. Loved the way witches/gods play part and how the prophecies play out. As al
This series is my favourite. Especially the first book.
Mauro Padovani
A masterpiece!
I would have given this book four or five stars, but for the fact that the author completely dropped the story halfway through the book. Now I understand writing about different generations in a book and I've read many a novel that has, but Gemmell leaves the story of his main character, Connaver, unresolved! Then he just switches the main character to the son. It's a cop-out! The reader is engaged in the story of the main character and then bam, sorry ma'am, you're cut off. Lame. Gemmell just d ...more
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Combattendo Orsi

Il romanzo utilizza la magia legata alla Natura e non come mero strumento effettistico, e questo mi è piaciuto. L'ambientazione è spartana e ha un suo fascino. I personaggi sono sicuramente solidi, mantenendo una carica umana non indifferente, e non rischiano di cadere in atteggiamenti banali. In buona sostanza: ha le carte in regola per piacere, ma non mi ha conquistato, non ne ho sentito il respiro generale ed è mancato, a mio avviso, l'intreccio giusto per affezionarsi alla so
T.L. Barrett
This is the fifth book I've read of David Gemmell, and in case you haven't guessed, I'm hooked. He is by far the most consistently enjoyable fantasy writer I've ever read.

Sword in the Storm is about Connovar, a young man growing up in a fantasy version of Scotland among his fellow Rigante (Scottish Celts). He is faced with a destiny to defend his people from the coming of the Stone people (Romans) and fight off the Sea Raiders (Norse?). The Seidhe, ancient Fey spirits have taken a shine to him,
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Connavar teme che suo padre sia morto da codardo ed è per questo che egli vota la sua vita al coraggio e alla sua gente, nella volontà di non fuggire di fronte al pericolo. Egli cresce in fretta, le vicissitudini della vita gli portano via il sorriso adolescente per fare spazio alle rughe della maturità: Spada nella Tempesta diventa Spada del Demonio, ma ciò non gli impedisce di fronteggiare la battaglia finale al fianco della sua gente, che farà cerchio attorno a lui.

Anche quelli che lo circond
As ever David Gemmell knows how to weave a tale. This is a wondrous book which starts at a run and hardly ever lets up. The characters are never perfect and while some are brave and strong and heroic there are always human doubts and frailties interwoven into the tale so that it never becomes too easy for them.

I have a real soft spot for Gemmell books, its a shame he died so young as it was clear he still had a lot of tales to tell and I for one would have continued to buy and read them. It los
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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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The Rigante (4 books)
  • Midnight Falcon (The Rigante, #2)
  • Ravenheart (The Rigante, #3)
  • Stormrider (The Rigante, #4)
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