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Legend by David Gemmell
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Jun 21, 2009

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Legend tells the tale of Druss, an axe-wielding, muscle bound man who follows his lost love over several continents.

Although he has prodigious fighting skills and a giant, menacing axe, it is not these weapons which thrust him into legendary status. It is his uncanny ability to detect weakness and attack mercilessly which becomes his claim to glory. He verbalizes this notion once in the book to a fellow soldier, that there is no defense against a man who is unafraid to lose.

So although the plot remains constant (he is looking for his lost love) the story tends to revolve around the central theme of heroics: never back down from a challenge, follow what is good and just in your heart, always strike with full intent, etc.

It's pretty entertaining, if repetitive (he goes around axing people over and over). The only real drama occurs in later novels, when we revisit Druss to see him constantly pulled back to war.

Although he searched the world for his lost love and finally found her, he cannot remain settled. He constantly finds himself in battle over and over, and now we see that there is more to him than just a simple code of honor. He was built for war, built for killing, and his wife provided the only solace he could find in the world.

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