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A Gathering of Heroes

(The Dark Border #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Y'gora is threatened...

Goblins, demons and worse spill over the Dark Border, attacking Rath Tintallain and the priceless treasure it holds. The Hasturs fear that the fall of Rath Tintallain will bring utter destruction, and summon a gathering of the greatest heroes—elves, dwarves, and mortal men—for desperate stand. And Istvan DiVega is called to join the fray, fighting sh
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 1987 by Ace Books
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Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
When PEZ writes a novel, he leaves nothing behind.
When I finish reading a novel by him I look back and I cannot think of one more thing that could have happened within the story.
This statement has never been so true as it was for this novel.

The setting in itself is nothing special and has probably been done too often since this was written.
Ultimately, we're looking at a defence/siege scenario of a fortress in a fantasy setting. The dwarven citadel city is being attacked by orcs and goblins, drag
Gilbert Stack
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantasy novel unlike any other. The plot revolves around a group of heroes called together to defend a critical fortress against an army made of evil creatures. The heroes are mostly from a highlands-style culture. Each is known for his great deeds, jealous of his reputation, and caught up in a web of politics that makes it very hard for the good guys to stay united to try and save the day.

The story is told from the point of view of an outsider—Istvan the Archer, perhaps the greatest
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Not really a continuation of the series, this book instead goes back in time about 10 years. Istvan DiVega is involved in events mentioned briefly in the previous books.
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Il mio 'comfort fantasy' di riferimento da quando, non ancora adolescente, lo comprai con la mancia dei nonni, divorandolo per la prima volta. In pochi libri succedono tante cose come in questo.

Assedio che fa impallidire Dros Delnoch, Le Termopili e tutti gli altri 5/5
Heroic fantasy old style 5/5
Scontri di spada 5/5
Ambientazione originale, space fantasy psionica cthulhiana ispirata a Tolkien 5/5
Copertina di Whelan 5/5
Nostalgia per i tempi andati 5/5
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Published in 1987. Back in around 1983-4 I read teo "Dark Border" novels by Zimmer: "The Lost Prince" and "King Chondos' Ride". This particular one is a third but not directly related to the first two. I had always wanted to read the third book but for one reason or another never got to it. Now I have some 29 years later. It is somewhere between a cross of Conan and Tolkien in nature. Plenty of goblins, werewolves, dragons, elves, dwarves magic and human heroes. The heroes seem to be a noisy bic ...more
Joseph Toth
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Joseph by: Walter H. Read III
Now I know this book is #3 of the trilogy but I have never read the previous two novels, because I couldn’t find them, so (to me) this was always a standalone story. Unlike some books you don’t need the previous stories to know what is going on it’s a straight forward action/adventure story with a vast cast and memorable settings. The story speeds by because you can’t put the book down, it’s that good!
Craig Halloran
Feb 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Well anytime I remember a story 20 years later it has to be decent, but it was still a little over the top.
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
one of the few books i like to read yearly.
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Paul Edwin Zimmer (1943 – 1997) was an American poet and author. He was also an accomplished swordsman and founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

He was the younger brother of Marion Zimmer Bradley.

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The Dark Border (4 books)
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