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Hero in the Shadows (The Drenai Saga #9)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  5,616 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
The ruined city of Kuan Hador reeks of dark mystery. Shunned by brigands and merchants alike, it is home to fearsome wild things and legends that freeze the blood--tales that speak of slavering white beasts, locked behind a powerful wall of spells, who possess an insatiable appetite for death. Millennia have passed since they were bound, and the spell of imprisonment has b ...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published October 3rd 2000 by Del Rey (first published 2000)
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D.E.M. Emrys
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The gate was locked under spell and sacrifice. Those gone were never to return.

The demons of Kuan Hador were banished from the world thousands of years ago. The mystic warriors the defeated the evil are lost to history and the grave. When Man is gone from life, Man does not return.

Now, mists of ice, and beasts of mist lurk in Kuan Hador. The ancient spells are fading.

Gone are the days of the demons, and gone are the Men that stood against them. Few stand against the gate. Kysumu the swordsma
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Sep 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
I have a confession to make. I read this book without first reading the first two Waylander novels. This is important, since I believe it might have affected my reading experience at least a little bit. See, by this book, Waylander is already an established character and the glimpses that are revealed concerning his past are fascinating. Fascinating and frustrating. There were times where I was more taken up with what had happened in The Gray Man's past than with the material at hand. I'll be su ...more
DemetraP
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So finally a book in this series had a happy ending. It was so good that I cried. Finally, one of the epic heroes gets a happy ending.

Waylander the Slayer finally beat the one enemy he could never defeat. The past.

Honestly, if you like epic fantasy this is a great series. You should read the books in order. But some books feature different characters. This is the 3rd book to feature Waylander the Slayer. Other books feature Druss the Legend. Other books focus on characters that don't appear aga
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Hero in the Shadows (The Drenai Saga, #9), David Gemmell
KostasAt
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
8.5/10

In the third and last book featuring the adventures of Waylander Gemmell brings this time a slightly different story than he had shown in the previous books of the Drenai series, in a story full with magic, monsters and political games; and also managing, through his enchanting writing, to bring the characters in an adventure of love, sacrifice and heroism like only a few other authors could have done.

The story continues 6 years after the end of the previous book with Waylander having begu
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Carmine
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In bilico fra le ombre

Stupisce notare che l'opera sia stata edita all'alba del ventunesimo secolo, forse un po' fuori tempo massimo se si considera il tipo di fantasy scritto da Gemmel.
"L'eroe nell'ombra" si aggrappa alla necessità di approfondire quel worldbuilding, fungente da ponte, fra la vicenda di Waylander e l'avvento di Druss: Kuan Hador, e la sua pletora demoniaca, ritrascina il lettore nella decade ottantiana fatta di eroi tormentati e nemici invincibili da sconfiggere.
E se il kitsch
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Imran Ali
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The final instalment in the Waylander Trilogy, and it doesn't disappoint. A fitting send off to one Gemmell's finest characters.
Rob
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The last book in the Waylander series within the Drenai Saga. Probably my least favorite of the 3, but still Gemmell, so still a great read. Waylander was mostly solo in this tale, with minimal help from a few friends, Keeva and Kysumu. However, Waylander has seemed to accept his fate as a hero who is not afraid to kill at any cost and can stand on his own against evil. The evil in Hero in the Shadows was not of the normal Drenai adversaries. A bit too much magic, which ultimately kept me from 5 ...more
Lyn* Nomad *Worlds await*
The epilogue, it's heartbreaking.
Angel 一匹狼
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Probably with the best ending in the "Drenai Tales" series and also one hell of a beginning, "Hero in the Shadows" is one of those books that grips your attention from the very first page and takes you to an unknown world full of wonders, death, fear, desire and unfulfilled dreams.

Our old friend Waylander is back, now retired and living the live as a rich merchant in the far away lands of Kydor. He is getting old, slow and needs a motivation in life. And Gemmell pretty soon gives him a motivatio
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Troy G
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A great end to a great man. The key to Gemmell's most iconic character is that he is unable to forgive himself. None of his great successes can ever make him feel better about his failures. His losses lead him to be empty inside. I always felt sure that Waylander was doomed to an eternity of dwelling on his mistakes. As Gemmell tells his final chapter I was stunned that such a fitting end was possible for such a conflicted man.

You should read this book. But in order to appreciate it, you will h
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Wolfdan
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waylander a encore prit de l'âge. Aspirant à vivre le reste de sa vie dans le calme et l'anonymat, il est désormait connu sous le nom de l'Homme Gris. Mais malheureusement, c'est bien une malédiction d'un autre monde qui s'annonce. Avec l'aide de Keeva, Kysumu, Yu Yu Liang et Ustarte il doit se dresser une dernière fois contre l'ombre qui gagne son univers. David Gemmel conclut en apothéose ce qu'il avait commencé.
Chip
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It's not his fault that he's an unstoppable killing machine." describes it to the core. My favorite of the Waylander books. Each and every enemy is eliminated in a consistent and satisfying manner, as all of the heros/heroines, likely and not, have their turn to shine. These three Waylander books have turned me on to heroic fantasy.
Joshua Simon
4.5 stars

Another strong Waylander book and one of the better of the Drenai Saga in that the ending was very satisfying.

Not much else to say at this point in the Drenai series as if you've made it to Book 9, you know what you're getting with Gemmell's writing. Good stuff as usual.
Elsa Diedericks
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another powerful character of Gemmel's I was privileged to share in while reading his epic adventure across three gripping books. I will miss the terribly conflicted Waylander. On to Druss and yet more adventures.
Ryan Curry
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm speechless. This book was the perfect way to finsih Waylanders story. Reminds me why I love David Gemmell so much
Amanda Trudgill
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There will always be vile men, just as there will always be men of kindness and compassion...


Following on from the demon story created in a previous Drenai novel, Winter Warriors, Hero in the Shadows once more plunges heroes against magic. Hero in the Shadows, published in 2000, is a novel by British fantasy writer David Gemmell. It is the final tale featuring Waylander, in the Drenai saga. Sequel to ‘Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf’, the novel gives a change of place and name to Waylande
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Mantas
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I always considered David Gemmell as my favourite Fantasy author. I loved Drenai Saga, enjoyed Jon Shannow adventures and liked pretty much everything written by the author. I don’t know how it happened but I haven’t read any Gemmell’s books for pretty much past decade believing that that I have already finished everything that is worth reading. Just recently I decided to check a few Drenai Saga books that I haven’t had a chance to read before and, to my surprise, one of these was about Waylande ...more
Geoff Battle
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waylander is without any doubt one of the most fascinating anti-heroes ever created. Previous books follow the path from his creation as an assassin and his journey to achieve redemption with expert character development from Gemmell. In the final volume Waylander is set to journey across the sea in a final attempt to be alone and contemplate life; for he is old now, grey and ready to receive the Source. Gemmell has other plans for Waylander. Following on from the demon story created in a previo ...more
Graham
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Raqual Humphries
Tissues. You will need lots of tissues. Thank you David Gemmel for another awesome book filled with characters to fall in love with.
Beau
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, wish the ending was better. A time paradox, really?

Waylander is a great character. I’d like to see more of Ustarte in coming books
Karl Melrose
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all his books, this one doesn't disappoint. It's light fantasy at its best, strong noble characters and enough of an insightful window into our own world for the characters to feel real.
Steve Howarth
Great stuff. Waylander is always worth a read and ideal fantasy comfort reading at it's best. Gemmell spoils his fans with good yarns and this is another solid addition, but a step off the characters initial adventure.
Michael Everest
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heroic-fantasy
The gate was locked under spell and sacrifice. Those gone were never to return.

The demons of Kuan Hador were banished from the world thousands of years ago. The mystic warriors the defeated them are lost to history and the grave.
But the ancient spells are fading. Now, mists of ice, and beasts of mist lurk in Kuan Hador.

Gone are the days of the demons, and gone are the Men that stood against them. Few stand against the gate. Kysumu the swordsman, of the line that defended the world in a distant e
...more
Vanessa
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The hero of Hero in the Shadows is the Grey Man—a man with a shady past, who now lives like a nobleman. He's a gruff, but kind man who's loyal to the people under his protection. He plans to get away from the petty life of living among the rich and the noble, but when he discovers that a gateway used to keep back the demons is failing, he has a change of plans.

Along with an interesting assortment of characters, including a quasi-priestess, a samurai, a samurai wannabe, a magician, and a young wo
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Rose Mael
Its a good ending for wayalander but i'm not so much into this book as its earlier series. In this book, Waylander/Grey Man doesn't really talk about Danyal just Tanya and his first family. His grieve for Danyal in Waylander II is so deep that he almost let the assassins killed him but in HITS he only mention her twice as if she doesn't meant so much to him. And what about Miriel and Angel...only being mentioned once.

and his final ending...in a different time line, changing his 'other' self dest
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Gareth Otton
Waylander is probably my favourite of all of Gemmell's heroes, and this book is (only marginally) my favouite of the Waylander books.

This novel picks up with a much older Waylander who is a long way from the Drenai and is now known only as the mysterious Grey Man. The monetary gains from his deadly talents have been invested well and now Waylander is an impossibly wealthy man. With that wealth he has reinvented himself, built a palace that employs many people, houses a well stocked and highly s
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Goldhawk
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Waylander trilogy has been an an amazing experience from the start to finish. The author does a great job building up the world and creating vibrant / unique characters. The internal struggle that the main protagonist goes through is realistic and intense; changes he goes through are subtle and done over the course of the three books.

The side-characters and protagonists are also all very interesting and have their own niche they fill in the book. The author also has a great sense of humor a
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Drenai Saga (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Legend (The Drenai Saga, #1)
  • The King Beyond the Gate (The Drenai Saga, #2)
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  • Quest for Lost Heroes (The Drenai Saga, #4)
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“My point is there will always be vile men, just as there will always be men of kindness and compassion... ...This world is a troubled, savage, place. It would, however, even be more ghastly if only evil men took time to master weapons." - Waylander from the book Hero in the Shadows by David Gemmell” 5 likes
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