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Knights of Dark Renown

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  3,102 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
Once the legendary knights of the Gabala defended the nine duchies. Their hearts were beautiful; their armor was beyond compare. They were greater than princes, more than men.
But they were gone, disappeared through a demon-haunted gateway between worlds. Only one held back -- Manannan, whose every instinct told him to stay. Now he was the coward knight, and in torment.
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 24th 1993 by Del Rey (first published 1989)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Knights of Dark Renown, David Gemmell
The central character of this epic fantasy is a cowardly knight who once betrayed his fellows to the Essence of Evil and has now been left to see dark magic spread through the land. Alone against werebeasts and demons, he must find the friends he betrayed by riding through the Gates of Hell.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و دوم سپتامبر سال 1994 میلادی
عنوان: شوالیه های بدنام؛ نویسنده: دیوید گمل؛ مترجم: طاهره صدیقیان؛ تهران، تندیس، 1385؛ در 279 ص؛ شابک: 9645757991؛ و
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Rzakmt
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لذت خوندن این کتاب غیر قابل توصیفه،
نمیتونم بگم چقدر از تمام شدنش ناراحت شدم، این کتاب، کتابی بود که از همه نظر کامل و بی نقص بود،داستان ،شخصیتها و پایان بندی خیلی عالی کار شده بود،نمیخوام تا یه مدتی چیزی بخونم که در همون دنیای شوالیهها بمونم،
از دست ندید این کتاب رو چون در این صورت یه شاهکار از زیر دستتون در رفته،
حیف که ستارههای گودریدز فقط پنجتان،
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Gypsy
یه جاهایی بود که علامت زدم و خوشم اومده بود. ولی میخوام بیشتر به بن مایه ی اثر بپردازم. اگه تمثیل داستان نهادینه بشه، خیلی خیلی جای واکاوی داره. جریان رنگ ها به خصوص، و پیشگویی های جالب اولاتار و اوگدا و خود لامف هادا و دوپهلویی بودن و عدم مطلق گرایی شون.. خیلی جای تحلیل دارن. شخصیت ها همون قد بد بودن که خوب بودن. و بالعکس. و من این خاکستری بودنشونو خیلی دوست دارم. میشه مثلاً مانانان رو سرزنش کرد بخاطر اینکه اسیر آمبریا شد. ولی مگر ما هم کم اسیر وسوسه هامون میشیم؟ و بهترین قهرمان همین شخص بود؛ چ ...more
Reggie Kray
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's David Gemmell! Nuff said!
Abdollah zarei
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
عالی بود. بین کارای گمل خیلی دوستش داشتم. هرکی نخونده جزو بشدت ضرر کرده. بی نظیر بود
Mehrshad Zarei
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
خوندن این کتاب بهترین اتفاق ممکن بعد از یک ماه امتحان نفس گیر بود. D:

به نظرم روند داستان فوقلعاده بود و انقدر گیرا و زیبا بود که نمیتونستم ازش چشم بردارم.
کتاب با چند داستان شروع میشه که در ادامه این چند داستان به هم گره میخوره و ادامه پیدا میکنه که اینکار خیلی قوی انجام شده بود و مورد پسندم بود.

استفاده از جادو در این کتاب عالی بود که شبیهش و بهترش رو توی هیچ کتابی ندیدم...

و بهتر از همه شخصیت ها بودن که خیلی خوب میشد باهاشون ارتباط برقرار کرد، با دیالوگ هاشون و کارهایی که انجام میدادن شناخت تغریب
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Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

It's been six years since the legendary Knights of the Gabala rode through a gate to hell in order to fight the evil that threatened the realm. They haven't been heard from since. But they are desperately needed now because the King, once a noble man, has begun rounding up the nomad population in Holocaust style. People who oppose his actions are named traitors and the King's new henchmen are very strong and very .... undead. The king's new policies have a
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محمد فرد
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
شوالیه های بدنام.
کتابی که روی من به شدت تاثیر گذار بود و نه تنها فلسفه ی درونش من رو جذب کرد بلکه استادی نویسنده هم من رو به وجود آورد و توصیفاتش بسیار دلنشین و زیبا دیدم.

توی این کتاب ما با حقیقتی عجیب و عمیق روبرو می شیم، دشمنانی که هر دو نیتی خیر دارن. کسایی که هم رو می کشن به خاطر مصلحت و درست شدن جامعه و چه قدر این موضوع توی دنیای ما واقعیه و کسی بش توجه نداره.

چه قدر مطلق گرایی و خود حق پنداری زیاده که من به همه ی دوستان برای مواجه با واقعیت ها توصیه می کنم این کتاب رو بخونن و در مورد معنی ا
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Nikki
Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, vampires
It's always nice to read a one-shot fantasy: they can seem crowded with the need to build up a world and characters and a self-contained plotline, and this one certainly does, but it's refreshing to come across something fairly self-contained in this world of fantasy trilogies. It's a pageturner -- which I'm beginning to see is characteristic of Gemmell's work -- and though it has it's flaws, it's a lot of fun as well.

The main flaws are the sheer number of characters and the pacing, which starts
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Amin
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
" شیطان به ندرت با بوق و آتیش توی یک سرزمین رفت و امد میکنه . اگه این کار رو میکرد ، همه مردم ازش رو میگردوندن "
+ از اون دست کتاب هاست که پر از شخصیت های مختلف و زیاد و روایت های موازی بیشتر هست . من به شخصه از این سبک خوشم نمیاد ؛ نمیتونم شخصیت ها رو همزمان توی ذهنم حلاجی کنم وقاطی میکنم . ولی این کتاب فرق داشت . با وجود تعداد شخصیت های اصلی زیادش به هیچ وجه خسته کننده نبود . به نظر م چون روی شخصیت هر کاراکتر به اندازه کافی ، نه بیشتر و نه کمتر ، مانور داده بود . ویژگی های افراد توی ذهنم ته نشی
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Troy G
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I've returned to this book more than once. This book is about flawed people that are viewed in legend as flawless heroes. This story strongly opines that it is sometimes our weaknesses that make us strong. One man's claustrophobia saves him from losing his way, and allows him to guide others on the right path. If he were more perfect he would have fallen to the hubris that defiled his friends.

David Gemmell plays with destiny in a way that is hard not to admire. His characters often decry or try
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Dave Wagner
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Disappointing. The best thing about this book is the premise, which was dismally handled. It seems to me that the idea got too big - and Gemmell either got bored, or realized he wasn't doing the premise justice, or got sick of keeping so many characters moving forward, or something... in any case, it's obvious he reached a point and said, "screw it, I want this to be done" and rushed the ending, killing off some characters, forcing quick, decisive confrontations, tying up loose ends with dizzyin ...more
Anthony Lavisher
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If my friend Allan had not let me borrow his copy of Knights of Dark Renown, I would not have had the inspiration to become an author myself. I have a great deal of fondness for this book by my favourite (and sadly missed) author, David Gemmell.
If you have never read a David Gemmell novel, try this stand-alone book. it's a fabulous heroic tale that will have you racing for the end and leave you gasping for more.
Ian J.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I Really enjoyed reading this book and i recommend it to all lovers of fantasy.

This book has swiftly become one of my all time favorites. Also this is the first book that i have ever read by David Gemmel. Now i am wondering why i have never read more !!

"Only the good die young, the evil seem to live for ever" Iron Maiden
Steve
Aug 07, 2010 rated it liked it
I'm glad that I re-read this one. It was worthy of another read and actually more enlightening as to what I really made of it...

It's well written enough to be a page-turner (Hell, it's a Gemmell), but this time I got to wondering if Gemmell actually had a layout and book ideas before he began writing this one. He often did with his other books, maybe Legend aside.

The reason? Because with Gemmell's best works I really gained something from the story and the character depth. In this one? I couldn'
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Charlotte B.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Probablement l'un des plus sombres romans écrits par Gemmell, mais en contraste la lumière et l'héroïsme brillent de toutes leurs forces. C'est magnifique, intense et prenant, comme toutes les œuvres de ce génie.
Elvis
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great book. Classic Gemmell.

Stand-alone short fantasy novel but somehow gives you the feel of the world in which it is set. Very well told - and I expected no less from this author. Though I really enjoyed the book, I knock off one star because it seems to speed up towards the end. The "flow" or "sense of time" in the storyline accelerated quite obviously in the last couple of chapters.

Being a short book, Gemmell still took a big magic system and made it seem natural to the setting and somehow b
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Charles
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Most of the way through the book I was thinking 3 stars. It was good but a bit more slow and less colorful than most of Gemmell's other works. However, the end really came on strong so that raised it another star. Defintely worth reading.
Matt Knowles
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: botg
Extra credit for being a single volume fantasy story!
Elsa Diedericks
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would have given this five stars were it not for the fact that the story ended so abruptly. It seems that so many strong characters were written into one stand-alone title, each of them with untold stories, which could have filled many more books. Excellent read.
Phillip Akel
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
great book. rip david gemmell
Sean Odea
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quintessential fantasy.
Dustman
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dustman
For a book with little action it was a page turner from start to finish. A truly great read.
Ian Banks
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

This has long been a sentimental favouite of mine because it features villains who are redeemed, heroes who overcome their pasts, cowardice conquered, people taking a stand though it may cost them more than they are willing to pay and it has some cracking dialogue and scenes.

But it is a bit of a mess: not undisciplined or unfocused or lacking in structure, just a little half-arsed in the mix. I know that in this day and age we have come to expect a fully-formed history and setting in our seconda

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BookMarc
Sep 26, 2010 rated it liked it
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: I guess the publisher sees the author's name as the selling point of the book as it takes up almost a quarter of the front cover. The character on the cover, which turned out to be a sorcerer by the name of Ruad, reminded me of Tiny Tim and I couldn't help but wonder if he was tiptoeing through the tulips. The perspective of the artwork seemed a tad bit off to me as those knights on the horses appear too big and would be absolutely huge next to the sorcerer if the perspective ...more
Nicolas
Dans ce bouquin, on suit les aventures d différents personnages en lutte contre un roi devenu fou et désirant exterminer tous les impurs. Bien sûr, il y a de la magie, un ordre de chevalerie très élégant dans ses armures d’argent, des méchants très méchants et cruels, des bons sentiments (ah, non tiens, il n’y en a pas tant que ça), des bandits au grand coeur, de l’amour, de la folie, et des grands d’épée qui vous déchirent de l’épaule à l’estomac.
C’est court comme résumé, non ? Et pourtant, c’
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Finrod
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Piacevolissimo fantasy “corale” perché anche se da come inizia sembra che debba essere Manannan, il “Cavaliere Codardo” al centro del romanzo, in realtà ben presto compaiono altri personaggi che diventano a tutti gli effetti dei protagonisti senza che nessuno di loro prevalga veramente... questo da un lato rende il libro leggermente più difficile perché bisogna tenere a mente molti più nomi e vicende personali, ma d'altra parte è una prospettiva insolita e gradevole, specialmente in un romanzo f ...more
Simon Mcleish
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Originally published on my blog here& in August 2000.

David Gemmell's Celtic-flavoured fantasy is a variation on the common "band fighting the evil rulers" theme which goes back at least as far as the legends of Robin Hood. The regime of king Ahak, who began his reign with military conquest, has gradually become more unjust and tyrannical. Traditional champions of justice, defenders of the poor against the rich, the Knights of Gabala have disappeared, to be replaced by the cruel and evil Red
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Dorian
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is the first Gemmell book I've read. I picked it up as part of a 3 for £5 deal without many expectations or preconceptions. I was pleased it was a stand alone novel as I had no wish to embark on another long series. My overriding impression was that the novel felt more like a sketch of a much larger work than a complete novel. Maybe this is because I have become used to reading elongated stories where everything is fleshed out, sometimes unnecessarily so. Here, the fantasy world was a famil ...more
Fabio
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this standalone novel. With Gemmell I can't help but hang off the "wise character"'s words, whoever he happens to be in each specific novel, but here there is not a single, above-all hero to listen to.

There are, however, many men with their flaws and their virtues. And most say or do something that gives me that Gemmell feeling I yearn for, and still have even as I re-read his novels the third or fourth time over almost twenty years.

In any case, action is the usual Gemmell-good and the p
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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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