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
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 be ...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
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
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
I have really enjoyed revisiting this book/series. I chose this series as part f my reading challenge for this year, and as a buddy read with one of my colleagues. Even though the first book in the series was released in 1984 (and the latest in 2000) the series has pretty much stood the test of time. It is a fantastic action adventure fantasy- with superb characters and brilliant world building, which brings the whole story/series to life.
I have fond memories of discovering this series an ...more
Read this is you are looking for garbage, but there are much better high fantasy authors out there, alive or dead. (I get that the author is dead, he's still a bad writer).
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
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
Winter Warriors follows the story of three heroes, well past their primes, that must lend their collective prowess to protecting the infant heir to the throne.
A very engaging story with some really good characters. It has much the same theme and feel as Legend, where heroes are shown as being flawed mortal men, and yet made larger than life by their refusal to give up.
I have been reading my through the series I started with rigante. I loved, especially midnight falcon. Then stared this drenai series. Dress obviously dominates most stories but this was probably my favourite in the series which surprised me as I thought it was going to be the worst.
Great characters(I like the flaws in hero's) great story and so well written. It managed to surprise me time and again throughout. Would highly recommend.
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
The story is based around 3 warriors past their prime; one trying to hold onto his youth, another coming to terms that he may not be the best at what he does anymore and the last just trying to be good, like he always has.
Despite getting older, weaker and slower, the world once more rests on their shoulders and they need to what they can to save it.
Gemmell is my favourite author, so I may be biased, but I'd give this 4. ...more
This time I listened to it on Audible.
Another great novel by my favorite author of all time. David Gemmell's characters leap off of the page. I loved listening to this novel. Shawn Baret is an amazing performer and his voice is perfect for this book and all the other Dreni novels.
Sadly this is the last Dreni novel and Gemmell's other novels have a different reader.
I had a little cry in this book.
The characters are so re ...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.
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