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White Wolf

(The Drenai Saga #10)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  8,292 ratings  ·  123 reviews
The start of a gripping new series in the tradition of The Drenai Tales

Skilgannon the Damned had vanished from the pages of history. Following the terrible triumph at Perapolis, the General had taken the legendary Swords of Night and Day and ridden from the lands of Naashan. No-one knew where he had gone, and the assassins sent by the Witch Queen could find no trace of his
Paperback, 589 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Corgi (first published 2003)
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گرگ سفید نوشته ی دیوید گمل مانند بسیاری از کتاب دیگر از این نویسنده فقید جز آثار شاهکارِ فانتزی است که اطمینان میدهم ارزش آن را دارد تا حداقل هر سال یکبار آن را بخوانیم.
داستان به طور خاص حول محوریت فرمانده ی جنگی ملکه ی سرزمین خیالی ناشان است. اسکیل گانون که ژنرال جنگی و معشوقه ی سابق ملکه جیاناست پس از کشتار دسته جمعی در شهر پیراپولیس از خدمت کناره گیری می کند...
اسکیل گانون صاحب شمشیر های شیطانی روز و شب است و مدام در طول داستان رویایی را می بیند که در آن یک گرگ سفید حضور دارد. او هربار می خواه
Mayim de Vries
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
”We are what we are my son. And wolves is what we are.”

At this point in the Drenai Saga, Waylander the Slayer is dead and so are other minor heroes. Time for a new figure to enter the fray. Meet Olek Skilgannon, a Nashaanite swordmaster.

What can I say, Mr Gemmell? This just didn’t work for me. Not at all. After the initial chapters it was obvious that Skilgannon the Damned is simply Waylander 2.0, a deadly warrior with a tragic past and a deceased wife, seeking redemption that is just beyond re
Mehrshad Zarei
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, حماسی
اسکیل گانون گفت:«سالها قبل میشناختمش. و درسته، اون موقع ازش خوشم میاومد. عجیبه که ببینی مردی مثل اون از هیولایی مثل بورانیوس پیروی میکنه»
آنگاه آستارت خندید و گفت:«شما انسانها باعث تفریح من هستین. وقتی کسی شروره لازم میدونین به اون هیئت شیطانی ببخشین. تو میگی بورانیوس هیولاست. نه، اولیک، اون فقط یک انسانه که خودشو تسلیم شیاطین طبیعتش کرده. همهی شما ظرفیت نهانی برای شر بودن دارین، همین طور برای خیر. تمامش به انگیزهای ربط داره که رو شما تأثیر میذاره. سربازهایی که تو به پیراپولیس بردی، قصابی کردن، د
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saghe-fantasy
Nessuna fuga da Persepolis

La violenza come atto d'amore e l'amore come atto di violenza.
Niente è peggio del tentativo di conciliare il proprio egoismo con una responsabilità morale sempre più ingombrante e scomoda; forse lo stesso esercizio della giustificazione diventa più autodistruttivo del gesto che macchia la propria reputazione.
Il perdono è la via più lunga, scomoda e dolorosa; ma concedere una seconda possibilità è, forse, l'unico percorso possibile per cambiare.

Senza voler risultare ec
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book tells the story of Skilgannon as he tries to resurrect the woman who loves him, the woman he loves tries to kill him, all the while he sleeps around with the woman who hates him, just because he can. Oh, and there are whores... lots of them.

This is the first Gemmell book I read, and damn it was boring. If it wasn't for the fact that I read this together with my fiancé, I may have given up on it. The writing itself is quite good, but the way the story was told really didn't work for me.
Reggie Kray
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This master of heroic fantasy is actually changing my perspective in many aspects of my life. Seriously.....
Ahmad Sharabiani
May 12, 2016 marked it as to-read
White Wolf (The Drenai Saga, #10), David Gemmell
Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Amongst the action, and the depth of characters in Gemmells' work, there are underlying themes. There is the moral theme; showing that people are not wholly good or bad, and the strength it takes to stand by your beliefs, and your comrades. There's also the theme of redemption; can someone who has committed vile acts ever make up for what they have done? And, more importantly, will it stop them from trying.

Skilgannon, named The Damned for the atrocities committed by his men when he was their ge
Paul Convery
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
White Wolf was a book I struggled with for some time. It started out with the introduction of Skilgannon the Damned who looked to be another very interesting and well written David Gemmell character, but then I felt like it got bogged down in for almost a third of the book with very little progress in the overall plot and characters who just didn't encourage me to keep reading. Getting over that bump in the road was well worth it though, with the introduction of Druss into the story along with s ...more
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writing 4/5
Imagination 3.5/5
Plot 4/5
Setting 3.5/5
Characters 4/5
Grimdark 5/5

My Overall Enjoyment 5/5

Once again, I would like to sing the praises of David Gemmell. This book, the tenth in his Drenai series, is possibly my favorite or at least tied with 2 others in the series,Waylander and [book:Legend|618177. The main character, Skilgannon, is a young priest and former general on the run from the Witch Queen. He is responsible for horrible atrocities in the past in the name of the Witch Queen, who
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leggere di Skilgannon, il Dannato, e di Druss, la Leggenda, il Capitano dell'Ascia, è come leggere di lampi e fulmini: sono tanto differenti tra loro, ma anche molto simili. Meglio, molto meglio, di altri.
Tiberiu Pana
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I thought the previously chronological book in the Drenai saga (The legend of Deathwalker) was the best in the series...I was wrong.

Hard to review this one without spoiling it, so I'll only say that you'll recognize some old characters in this book. It introduces a new main character though, Olek Skilgannon from Naashan, but just like it happened with Druss in previous books, it feels like there is no main character...characters just take turns in the spotlight.

The dialogue between the warrior c
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Complex interwoven doppelganger tales of Druss and Skilgannon get a little confusing at times, but this is another fun read. Skilgannon the Damned is a great new character. As always, the relationships that Gemmell creates between characters makes this a standout read.
Kerr Cuhulain
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
This is one of my two favorite Gemmell books, the other being The Swords of Night and Day. Skilgannon is one of my favorite Gemmell characters, as is Druss, who is also in this book. Excellent read.
Barry Mulvany
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book many times, Skilgannon is one of my favourite Gemmell characters. I think David Gemmell pretty much defined the modern heroic fantasy novel. There are a lot of similarities in his books and this is no exception. He have a warrior who has a dark past. And the main character really does have a dark past. We first meet Skilgannon as he's been living as a monk for the past few years, trying to atone and make peace with that aforementioned past. Unfortunately the past doesn't stay ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Not my favorite Drenai novel so far...
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In White Wolf, the first book featuring Skilgannon the Damned, Gemmell marks a big change in the Drenai saga, as he takes us 5 years after The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend in a darker story full with wars, love, machinations and lots of betrayals.

For many years Skilgannon fought in wars to save the one he loved most, bringing death and destruction to her enemies. For many years he was a renowned General in Naashan, until the Witch Queen betrayed him and all that was left behind wa
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heroic-fantasy

In short: this is the book that if I didn't already know (and like) Gemmell's work, would have been the one to convince me to read more by him. Ranks up with Legendas one of Gemmells best works.

A bit more: While the cover of the version I read has the words 'A Novel of Druss the Legend' along the top, just above the author's name, I actually feel that this would be better described as 'A novel [u]with[/u] Druss the Legend' (see the difference?), as the latter implies that Skilgannon, on his own,
Troy G
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Skilgannon is perhaps the least flawed of David Gemmel's Heroes. He is corrupted by those around him, and guilty about serving evil men. But he is smart, capable, charismatic, respectable, and able to fit in with nobles and kings. He isn't responsible for any of his flaws, they were all inflicted on him by outside forces.

The plotting of this book is as good as any of the other Drenai Tales. In some ways it closes the gap of some of the mythology hinted at throughout the series. But, Skilgannon
Brett Haines
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two of the greatest heroes in fantasy fiction come together in a story bold enough to contain both characters a masterpiece from the master.
Richard Barnes
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
As one expects from David Gemmell - this is stonking good, heroic fantasy.

To be honest, this could be a review for any of his books - strong, three-dimensional characters and all-action storylines. Through it all he weaves themes of good vs evil (and all of the grey areas in between), guilt and redemption, courage and cowardice.

Where this book slightly slips (in my opinion) is that it has a feel of Gemmell's greatest hits about it. Skilgannon is a worthy and suitably guilt-ridden hero, but he's
Geoff Battle
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Readers of previous Drenai tales will love this entry, for it takes characters and history from each novel and creates an "best-of" story. It features a party like no other, each member drawing on strands from previous novels, even though this is a standalone entry in to the Drenai mythos (another Damned novel follows). At first the introduction of Druss to the party feels like a cash-cow approach, but Gemmell utilised Druss to draw out the complexity of his new character, Skilgannon, a renegade ...more
Derek Vice
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action, fantasy
I'm reading the Drenai series in chronological order. The maturing in this novel really stands out from some of the others that preceded it. The cast is bigger than some of the other novels and the horror of humanity is more pronounced. Many of the important characters from earlier periods make some appearance, but there are new and special ones as well. The complexity of the relationships is more developed and creates greater tension than some of the other novels. However, at its core it is ano ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Skilgannon est un homme hanté par son passé. Lui, l'un des plus puissants guerriers est aussi celui qui a la tête d'armées a perpétré le massacre de civils dans la soif de conquêtes de sa Reine. Mais même maintenant alors qu'il est devenu prêtre, le passé se rappelle à lui. Il n'a alors d'autre choix que de d'assumer ce qu'il est.
Dans ce livre on retrouve avec plaisir une certaine Légende et on suit cette quête vers la rédemption avec plaisir. Du tout beau Gemmel.
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Druss is one of my favorite characters so it was great to see him again.

Skilgannon the Damned was really great, except when it came to the 2 women in his past. One is the love of his life, but she doesn't love him enough, she loves power more. The other is his wife, who knows she is playing 2nd best. Those parts of the book really irritated me.

But Skilgannon is badass and awesome with swords.

Great book, but you'll be lost if you haven't read this series in order.
Kaushik Sriram
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Terrific book for even non-fans of historical/fantasy fiction. Druss is surely one of the best print heroes created while Skilgannon joins him to create a terrific cast of heroes. Druss is visibly creaking, but still hurtles into action with alacrity, supported by the whirling blades of Skilgannon. Interesting supporting cast, and builds up to the crescendo of the final chronological book, Legend.
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I became a Druss fan with this book but it Olek that captured my attention. And it was also this book that got me into David Gammell books. There is a slightly feeling the book is on a run, specially towards the end, but I still love it nevertheless!
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This would be a good one to read before reading "The Swords of Night and Day." It's also very good.
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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

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)
  • Waylander (The Drenai Saga #3)
  • Quest for Lost Heroes (The Drenai Saga, #4)
  • In the Realm of the Wolf
  • The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend (The Drenai Saga, #6)
  • The Legend of Deathwalker (The Drenai Saga, #7)
  • Winter Warriors (The Drenai Saga, #8)
  • Hero in the Shadows (The Drenai Saga, #9)
  • The Swords of Night and Day (The Drenai Saga, #11)
“Never violate a woman, nor harm a child. Do not lie, cheat or steal. These things are for lesser men. Protect the weak against the evil strong. And never allow thoughts of gain to lead you into the persuit of evil.” 79 likes
“True. The one certainty about riding, Braygan, is that - at some time - you will fall off. It is a fact. Another fact you might like to consider, in your life of perpetual terror, is that you will die. We are all going to die, some of us young, some of us old, some of us in our sleep, some of us screaming in agony. We cannot stop it, we can only delay it.” 14 likes
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