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Sword in the Storm by David Gemmell
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Jan 08, 12

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Read in May, 2001

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 end of the Bronze age, and the beginning of the Iron Age. There is a lot more realism in this book than in many other books like it, more so than Gemmell s Drenai series. There is no black and white, only differing shades of grey, and the gritty undertones make it all the more enjoyable. The story is well told, following the hero and main character Connavar throughout. While not epic, the story is gripping, and the characters are enjoyable, if not quite having the characterisation of David Eddings or Raymond Feist. In recent years little fantasy has caught my interest, but David Gemmell s certainly got my attention, and I will be reading his other books in due course, including the second book in the Rigante series, sequel to Sword in the Storm.
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