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Dark Moon

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  2,203 ratings  ·  56 reviews
The peaceful Eldarin were the last of three ancient races.The mystical Oltor, healers and poets, had fallen before the dread power of the cruel and sadistic Daroth.Yet in one awesome night the invincible Daroth had vanished from the face of the earth.Gone were their cities, their armies, their terror.The Great Northern Desert was their only legacy.Not a trace remained for ...more
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Published December 2nd 2003 by Del Rey (first published 1996)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Dark Moon doesn’t pull any punches. It has sex and violence, both dished out unsparingly. The latter is of a pretty graphic nature more often than not. In short: It’s grim as hell. This is probably also what makes the novel work, since the characters are very, very believable for the most part, and before you know it you’ll find yourself caring about what happens to them, even though many of them have almost no redeeming qualities. It seems that Gemmell actually understood human nature better th ...more
It all starts with the power hungry Duke Sirano of Romark, who possesses the Eldarin Pearl. Looking for a sorcerous edge that will allow him to finally win the decade-long War of the Pearl, he tampers with the energies of the pearl and unknowingly unleashes the Daroth, an immortal race of creatures that see things only one way; the world belongs to them, and humanity has to go. No quarter. No prisoners. No mercy. Now the fate of humanity rests on the shoulders of a healer trained by another race ...more
Dark Moon is a stand-alone fantasy novel -- a rare thing, in my experience, and thus worth a read for that alone, I thought. It has a lot of fascinating ideas and characters in it: a warrior with two personalities; a warrior woman troubled by her abusive past; a harpist raised by a gentle and non-violent race, who gets pulled nonetheless into death and destruction. The world is surprisingly rich in history and detail, considering it's a one-shot, and without being overburdened with it, either. I ...more
David Gemmell is one of my favorite fantasy writers. So I was happy to find this book on a recent trip to England. This is a stand alone fantasy book, which is also a rare thing.

In this book an ancient evil race that was thought extinct returns and in good David Gemmell tradition results in lots of bloodshed, heroic deeds and sacrifices in the face of overwhelming odds.

This book is actually very formulaic and very predictable. There is only one moment in the whole book when I was surprised. Up
Mayank Agarwal
Another good book by David Gemmell, the characteristics of the three elder races is really different from what we normally get from fantasy fiction world and Gemmell does great job in incorporating them in the standard medieval human world.He builds up the story without rushing and is still able to maintain the pace -the book is a page turner.Really enjoyed the unique personality of Tarantio/Dace and the singer Duvodas but as the story progresses they takes a back seat. With the shift of focus o ...more
T.L. Barrett
I cannot overstate the immense respect I have for David Gemmell's writing. Dark Moon carried me away to a fantastic world of peril and romance and desperate hope. The promise of wonder I experienced reading the Jon Shannow series is fully realized in this stand-alone fantasy epic.

Because of the greed of a Duke, the Daroth, a uniquely horrific fantasy race, or pale immortal monsters have awoken. These immortals devour all they see, including the very spirit of the land. Swept up in the hasty defe
This is one of Gemmells' best 'stand alone' reads. When it comes to character description and depth there is only one master, and I have yet to find Gemmells' equal. I am so tempted to upgrade my 4 star review to 5 stars. And by the end of this review, I may do just that.

The dual characteristics and personalities of Tarantio (and Dace) are brilliantly done. Dace being the much deadlier swordsman than the more amiable Tarantio. And, this was a really good way to start the story. Build a really s
Dec 18, 2012 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Dark Moon is just "pack-jammed" (my wife's way to say it) with interesting characters, sex, violence, weaponry, tactics and potent but small doses of fantasy. All in a compact single volume. I would not have minded if he had expanded this story to a larger volume or even another book. The heroine is the general commanding the forces against an immortal race implacably devoted to destroying all humans. Several complex, interesting heroes in the story. Unique and enjoyable. 3.5 Stars. Would have l ...more
Paolo Zanella
Anche se questo è il primo romanzo di Gemmell che leggo, so bene che è un esperto del sottogenere chiamato Heroic Fantasy e su esso ha fondato le sue fortune letterarie. In Dark Moon dà un chiaro sfoggio della sua abilità: in poche pagine delinea un piccolo cast di interessanti protagonisti non bidimensionali e un discreto stuolo di comprimari. Quando necessario definisce con pochi tratti un'ambientazione perfettamente funzionale alla trama: non aggiunge neanche un dettaglio di troppo, evitando ...more
The excellent character in the form of Tarantio/Dace are what made me really like this book. Some familiar themes appear and if you have read Gemmell's other books you will spot them. However they don't detract from what is an excellent read with vibrant characters and plenty of action. As a standalone it does skim over some bits that could have been developed a lot more. I know some readers find Gemmell formulaic in his writing but in my opinion he was one of the best writers of heroic fantasy ...more
David Gemmell is one of my favorite authors. I love his characters and their sense of right and wrong. I have one or two of his books that I still haven't read and I'm not looking forward to finishing them as, RIP, he's no longer with us to continue his terrific storytelling.
Rob Thompson
I read Dark Moon for two reasons:

1. It is a stand-alone work with no follow-up books, and
2. I like the way Gemmell writes (or should I say wrote).

With Dark Moon he doesn't disappoint. He was one hell of a storyteller being able to develop characters that the reader cares about. He also placed them in situations which demanded to defeat their opponents they become more evil than them. Of course, sometimes his characters choose to use love, compassion, and self-sacrifice instead.

In Dark Moon the s
S.E. Lindberg
Drenai Series Remains Gemmell’s Best:
I was initially attracted to Dark Moon because I had already enjoyed much of Gemmell’s entertaining Drenai Series, which ostensibly is Sword & Sorcery (really 90% sword, 10% sorcery) and I wanted to see how he could handle more magic. Dark Moon promised to be that book.

The first portion was outstanding: a complex protagonist (Tarantio/Dace) emerges in a world with an apparently rich history of magic/creatures (three races of alien like humanoids: Daroth E
PHL - Patrick's Healthy Lifestyle
Another great Gemmell novel.

He has been called the finest writer of heroic fantasy (inside cover of Corgi paper back) but his books also often contain philosophical moments and gems of wisdom.

p325 “And doubt is a demon that can defeat an army.”
p335 “Therefore it could be argued that his own carelessness killed him.” This in reference to Karis sending a soldier off to die. This will make sense when read in context
p342 Two soldiers speaking: “I don’t feel like a hero” “You don’t have to feel lik
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in September 2000.

Dark Moon is not a particularly successful fantasy novel. It is set in a world originally inhabited by the extinct Oltor, who were exterminated after inviting the gentle Eldarin and ferocious Daroth to share their lands when their own worlds were threatened by catastrophe, continuing in their altruism to add humans to the list of intelligent species. For the moment, the Daroth are no more, having been imprisoned by the magic of the Eldarin,
c1996: FWFTB: warrior, mercenary, suspended, worlds, music. A typical heroic and stirring tale. The characters are great although I really would have appreciated a map. A quick read and highly recommended. Be warned though-there is not much humour or lightness in the book although there is optimism. "Life is a struggle, from the agonies of birth to the railing against death. Devour or be devoured. The law of the wild,"
I really like this book - it's a "typical fantasy" setting - complete with "elves" and "orcs" - but it's done in an interesting way, the characters are unique (how often do you have a protagonist with mutiple personalities?) and the stoey itself compelling. It provoked a lot of discussion on the book group - ranging from what makes a soul, as well as a form of deus ex machina - there always being the correct character in the correct place when the plot needs it - but is this because of the plot ...more
Carl-hartwig Dittmer
Probably the best book I have ever read. Definitely the best book I have read this year.

Fell madly in love with the characters, had me guessing and surprised right to the last page. Finishing the book left me with a sense of loss, like saying goodbye to an old friend knowing it will be some time till you meet again...
This was a good read. not great, just good. I liked some of the things that were going on. I feel alot of the more interesting aspects were glossed over and could have been a more compelling book if it were longer. The more I read of Gemmell the more I see a pattern of book length. Its too bad because some of his characters could use some more fleshing out. I wouldn’t mind spending more time getting to know his characters. So a possible great story turns into a good read. As with other Gemmell s ...more
Ah, David Gemmell, you do have a way of capturing my imagination. The last book I read just didn't interest me. Then I Picked up this one and I found what I typically find when reading Gemmell - I'm hooked and can't read it fast enough. Really enjoyed this read.
Stephen Mccullough
Great stand-alone from Gemmell. Great world and inhabitants completely different from the Drenai lands and peoples of which people are most familiar. the Daroth in particular stick with me now even years later. Enjoyable read for fans of darker, action packed fantasy.
VS Drakkan
Another book in my top list for sure.
I was introduced to this book under a strange and extraordinary circumstances by a character in real life that very much reminds me of a character you would find in Gemmell's novels.

Sadly, we are no longer in touch.

Suffice to say the trio of Dace, Duvodas, and the warrior woman Karis really help to weave a fantastic plot of stimulation and swordsmanship, sex and savagery, and the power of music and art as a healing mechanism for the world.

Tarantio, the ot
May 04, 2007 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
Shelves: fantasy
This is a rarity in the fantasy world -- a story being told in one book instead of a lengthy series of books (see: Terry Goodkind, or better yet, skip him). Even more rare is that the book is engaging and original, and I wished it were longer than it was (which I realize is a paradox, because I was also happy it was a stand-alone book).

Note that despite the fantasy setting, Gemmell does not use elves/dwarves/orcs or any other Tolkien-style characters.

This is the first book I've read by Gemmell,
I have been trying to read a wide variety of books. Though not one I would usually choose I won this one so gave it a try. I am glad that I did as I found it very interesting.
De la première à la dernière page l'auteur nous entraine dans une aventure avec des personnages attachants et tourmentés comme la belle générale Karis ou le mercenaire à la double personnalité Tarentio/Dace et Duvodas le joueur de harpe et magicien. Ils doivent faire face à l'invasion brutale des Daroths, une race guerrière impitoyable et réputé indestructible. À cet égard, Gemmell s'est surpassé en créant une société inhumaine tout à fait intéressante et originale. Ajoutez à cela une histoire p ...more
Three stars! Plus half a star for the oat biscuits :)
Even for David Gemmell this book is a turd. The "ending" feels like he got tired of writing and just stopped typing.
Lena Donan
3,5* Bola to radosť, bolo to sklamanie.
David Bablitz
I love this book. The first David Gemmell I read, but it does justice to the claims made about his skill as a writer, I believe. I loved the setting the plot, the way Gemmell introduces the main characters. I also love the many subplots that all intertwine within the whole main plot of the story. Tarantio is definitely one of the best characters I've ever seen. I love the idea of a dual personality. And so many unique characters. All in all a great novel! A stellar read! Highly recommend it to a ...more
Ancient race of destruction is brought back to life through the meddling of a foolhardy and evil wizard. It is left to a motley band of reluctant heroes to forge the defence of humanity. Not all of them expect to survive. Yup, it's a Gemmell all right. Pluck has to overcome doubt to save civilisation. Lots of gore and death and doomed romances in a rollicking ride to the finish. Not bad, but not up there with his best work (being Legend). Rated MA for strong violence, adult themes. 3/5
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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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