Two of the kings are already dead. For the prophesy to be f ...more
“Winter Warriors” is the last part of the Drenai Saga proper chronologically set several decades after the events set in the Quest for Lost Heroes, but you can read it as an independent novel without any difficulties in understanding the content. It might be that the series fatigue is finally catching up with me, but when reading I even thought that if I did not know the other volumes, my rating would be higher. Alas, as this is the eigh ...more
"Mi piacerebbe raccontarti, caro Dagorian, di tutti i miei sogni di redenzione; del perché io sia qui a perdere la vita per persone che neanche conosco."
Il vero pericolo per gli eroi riecheggia perpetuamente nel doloroso passato: accettare una corrosiva consapevolezza di sé e scenderci a patti senza soccombere.
Non esistono eroi perché la perfezione è materia di ballate e leggende da narrare attorno al fuoco; ed è in questa realistica incompiutezza che affiora la belle ...more
Winter Warriors is another stand-alone book in the Drenai saga, and it is, chronologically, the last one before 'The Damned' sub-series. It is set several decades after Quest for Lost Heroes but, I would say, it can easily stand on its own as Gemmell has made a very beautiful story, taking us into the future, in a world with great wizards, incredible demons and legendary heroes.
Long ago Emsharas, a Windborn sorcerer, banished his race and all the demons to the great Void. But it has been ...more
A queen is hunted by the demons. Though men protect her, they are no longer of their prime. They are not silvered with age, but grey, worn and weary. Three men, heroes of their time. Nogusta the Swordsman, Kebra the Bowman, and Bison the brute.
The ch ...more
Set a couple centuries past the time of Druss, 3 elderly soldiers are being dismissed from the army due to their age. Meanwhile, a demon is trying to open a gateway between the two worlds. The final step ...more
Focused on themes of fatherhood, bec ...more
For some reason I haven't quite figured out yet Gemmell had the talent of telling stories that would require three or more books from most ...more
Lo spadaccino fece un profondo inchino. "Un giorno volerà di nuovo da noi" disse alla bambina, "quando ne avremo più bisogno."
Long ago Emsharas, a Windborn sorcerer, banished his race and all the demons to the great Void. But it has been prophesied that when three kings die the long banished demons will once again return to this world. Now, with the Em ...more
Some familiar beats, like heroes whose personal lives you may not be fond of, young folks learning that the legends they emulate and revere are both less and more than they believed, and incredible skill at arms from people who should be past it by no ...more
Seriously, if you're after an introduction to the way Mr Gemmell writes you really couldn't go past this one: it's pretty much a textbook example of everything that's great about his writing with very few of the flaws you find in some of his other books. It has an exciting story, characters that make you feel complex emotions, some continuity porn (but not enough that you feel out of your depth) and he mixes his newer theme of friendship between comrades at arms despite background differences wi...more
I actually really like the characters in this book. The storyline is secondary and it's enjoyable, but the diversity of characters and their reasons for finding themselves amongst the minority of those that would stand against evil is why I liked this book so much. Nogusta is fantastic but Kebra is by far my favourite with his quiet ways and wise words. I didn't feel much for Axiana, there unfortunately wasn't much to love there but the Winter Warriors more than made up ...more
On suit l'histoire de quelques soldats d'un régiment tout entier bon pour la retraite (de l'avis de tout le monde) qui doivent malheureusement sauver leur monde. Cela se fait dans le sang, avec un poil de philosophie, une touche appropriée d'humour et même un peu d'émotion.
A lire donc !!
It is an epic tale that remains surprisingly grounded, considering the antagonists are demons from another plane of existence, struggling to return to the physical realm.
In this book, Gemmell's portrayal of all the characters is excellent, though I especially enjoy the interactions between the younger characters and the three central older members of the cast, who have not only wisdom to pass on but things to learn.
Three old soldiers find themselves on a final and self-appointed mission to not only save a queen and her newborn son from a demon bent on their sacrifice, but also the world of humanity. Bloodied and harried to a long abandoned city they discover unexpected allies and there they make a final stand in the face of impossible odds.
A bittersweet albeit satisfying ending. A thoroughly enjoyable read and nothing less th ...more
In a way this book ends the normal timeline, as the next book takes a very big leap forward in time. It truly has a sense of finality when you come towards the end of the book and makes you wonder what could come next...but if you read Dune and paid attention to a certain ending of a previous book in this saga, you can guess what comes next.
Enjoyed it. Moving on to his next work. He was truly a gifted writer.