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Hero in the Shadows

(The Drenai Saga #9)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  6,187 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Thousands of years ago the city of Kuan Hador, a place steeped in evil, was defeated by a vast army of mystic warriors, the Enemy banished beyond the Gateway between Worlds. Spells of enormous power sealed the Gateway.

Now, in the Duchy of Kydor, two thousand miles from the lands of the Drenai, icy mists begin to form around the ruins of Kuan Hador. Awesome Beasts stalk the
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 5th 2000 by Corgi (first published 2000)
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Mayim de Vries
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
”This is a time for heroes…Even shadow warriors once touched by evil.”

Just when I was about to abandon the Drenai Saga, Mr Gemmell’s genius flares again. Just so you know, this fifth star is for the incomparable ditch-digger, Yu Yu Liang.

I was never particularly taken with Waylander the Slayer. In fact, if you check my reviews of the other novels in the Drenai Saga, you will notice that those featuring the nefarious assassin have been rated lower than others. Yet, this finale in the Waylander tr
Lyn* Nomad *Worlds await*
Hero In The Shadows is the finale of the Waylander trilogy. I started this book with a bittersweet pang. Waylander’s my favorite character from the David Gemmell books and I didn’t want his story to end.

Waylander had put his past behind and was now the Grey Man. It astonished me all he’d achieved. He was always a clever man, with that uncanny sixth sense of his. His life had never been easy, and even now when he’d left it all behind, fate wasn’t satisfied to leave him be.

He was forced back into
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In bilico fra le ombre

"In sogno ho rivisto Orien e mi ha confidato che non vive più nel rancore. L'uccisione di Niallad non ha più importanza."
"Questo, Ustarte, è più tremendo da sopportare. Non posso accettare il suo perdono."
"Perché sei tu che non vuoi perdonarti."

"Credi che agli alberi importi sapere che, secondo le leggi di Kydor, sono miei? O alle colline stesse, immerse nella luce del sole quando il mio primo antenato camminava sulla terra? Le stesse colline che saranno ancora coperte d'
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In the third and last book featuring the adventures of Waylander Gemmell brings this time a slightly different story than he had shown in the previous books of the Drenai series, in a story full with magic, monsters and political games; and also managing, through his enchanting writing, to bring the characters in an adventure of love, sacrifice and heroism like only a few other authors could have done.

The story continues 6 years after the end of the previous book with Waylander having begu
D.E.M. Emrys
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The gate was locked under spell and sacrifice. Those gone were never to return.

The demons of Kuan Hador were banished from the world thousands of years ago. The mystic warriors the defeated the evil are lost to history and the grave. When Man is gone from life, Man does not return.

Now, mists of ice, and beasts of mist lurk in Kuan Hador. The ancient spells are fading.

Gone are the days of the demons, and gone are the Men that stood against them. Few stand against the gate. Kysumu the swordsma
Dirk Grobbelaar
I have a confession to make. I read this book without first reading the first two Waylander novels. This is important, since I believe it might have affected my reading experience at least a little bit. See, by this book, Waylander is already an established character and the glimpses that are revealed concerning his past are fascinating. Fascinating and frustrating. There were times where I was more taken up with what had happened in The Gray Man's past than with the material at hand. I'll be su ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
So finally a book in this series had a happy ending. It was so good that I cried. Finally, one of the epic heroes gets a happy ending.

Waylander the Slayer finally beat the one enemy he could never defeat. The past.

Honestly, if you like epic fantasy this is a great series. You should read the books in order. But some books feature different characters. This is the 3rd book to feature Waylander the Slayer. Other books feature Druss the Legend. Other books focus on characters that don't appear aga
Ahmad Sharabiani
May 12, 2016 marked it as to-read
Hero in the Shadows (The Drenai Saga, #9), David Gemmell
Imran Ali
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The final instalment in the Waylander Trilogy, and it doesn't disappoint. A fitting send off to one Gemmell's finest characters.
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love the final Waylander book. The way this book concludes is just perfect.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The last book in the Waylander series within the Drenai Saga. Probably my least favorite of the 3, but still Gemmell, so still a great read. Waylander was mostly solo in this tale, with minimal help from a few friends, Keeva and Kysumu. However, Waylander has seemed to accept his fate as a hero who is not afraid to kill at any cost and can stand on his own against evil. The evil in Hero in the Shadows was not of the normal Drenai adversaries. A bit too much magic, which ultimately kept me from 5 ...more
Isaac Clarke
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, drenai-saga
მშვენიერი დასასრული ისეთი მრავალტანჯული კაცისთვის, როგორც გადამთიელი იყო

წინა ორ წიგნს მირჩევნია ბევრად, იმიტომ რომ ისტორია უფრო საინტერესოა, დაბერებული გადამთიელიც საკაიფო პერსონაჟი გახდა.

იუ იუ გამოდგა საოცარი პიროვნება, ლეგენდარული მიწისმთხრელი <3
Angel 一匹狼
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably with the best ending in the "Drenai Tales" series and also one hell of a beginning, "Hero in the Shadows" is one of those books that grips your attention from the very first page and takes you to an unknown world full of wonders, death, fear, desire and unfulfilled dreams.

Our old friend Waylander is back, now retired and living the live as a rich merchant in the far away lands of Kydor. He is getting old, slow and needs a motivation in life. And Gemmell pretty soon gives him a motivatio
Troy G
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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A great end to a great man. The key to Gemmell's most iconic character is that he is unable to forgive himself. None of his great successes can ever make him feel better about his failures. His losses lead him to be empty inside. I always felt sure that Waylander was doomed to an eternity of dwelling on his mistakes. As Gemmell tells his final chapter I was stunned that such a fitting end was possible for such a conflicted man.

You should read this book. But in order to appreciate it, you will h
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Waylander a encore prit de l'âge. Aspirant à vivre le reste de sa vie dans le calme et l'anonymat, il est désormait connu sous le nom de l'Homme Gris. Mais malheureusement, c'est bien une malédiction d'un autre monde qui s'annonce. Avec l'aide de Keeva, Kysumu, Yu Yu Liang et Ustarte il doit se dresser une dernière fois contre l'ombre qui gagne son univers. David Gemmel conclut en apothéose ce qu'il avait commencé.
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"It's not his fault that he's an unstoppable killing machine." describes it to the core. My favorite of the Waylander books. Each and every enemy is eliminated in a consistent and satisfying manner, as all of the heros/heroines, likely and not, have their turn to shine. These three Waylander books have turned me on to heroic fantasy.
Joshua Simon
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Another strong Waylander book and one of the better of the Drenai Saga in that the ending was very satisfying.

Not much else to say at this point in the Drenai series as if you've made it to Book 9, you know what you're getting with Gemmell's writing. Good stuff as usual.
Elsa Diedericks
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yet another powerful character of Gemmel's I was privileged to share in while reading his epic adventure across three gripping books. I will miss the terribly conflicted Waylander. On to Druss and yet more adventures.
Mike (the Paladin)
This complets Waylander's story and is a great read. For me a lot of insight into human actions and reactions can be drawn form Gemmell's works. Highly recommended.
Ryan Curry
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I'm speechless. This book was the perfect way to finsih Waylanders story. Reminds me why I love David Gemmell so much
Rob Thompson
There will always be vile men, just as there will always be men of kindness and compassion...

Following on from the demon story created in a previous Drenai novel, Winter Warriors, Hero in the Shadows once more plunges heroes against magic. Hero in the Shadows, published in 2000, is a novel by British fantasy writer David Gemmell. It is the final tale featuring Waylander, in the Drenai saga. Sequel to ‘Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf’, the novel gives a change of place and name to Waylande
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
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I always considered David Gemmell as my favourite Fantasy author. I loved Drenai Saga, enjoyed Jon Shannow adventures and liked pretty much everything written by the author. I don’t know how it happened but I haven’t read any Gemmell’s books for pretty much past decade believing that that I have already finished everything that is worth reading. Just recently I decided to check a few Drenai Saga books that I haven’t had a chance to read before and, to my surprise, one of these was about Waylande ...more
Geoff Battle
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waylander is without any doubt one of the most fascinating anti-heroes ever created. Previous books follow the path from his creation as an assassin and his journey to achieve redemption with expert character development from Gemmell. In the final volume Waylander is set to journey across the sea in a final attempt to be alone and contemplate life; for he is old now, grey and ready to receive the Source. Gemmell has other plans for Waylander. Following on from the demon story created in a previo ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a stand alone novel!

This book tells the tale of The Gray Man who has a past as Waylander, but aside from a small tinge of remnant guilt, that past really doesn’t play in here very much at all. This is the tale of Emshiras and Anharat trying to get back to the lands of the Drenai so as to mayhem once again.

Waylander aids those who will prevent the demonic invasion and save Drenai once again. On the way, he pays a past debt, calls in a big debt, finds a protege, and takes a lot of swims
Matteo Mazzoli
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5: Si torna sui passi di Waylander, insieme a Druss il personaggio più iconico del ciclo dei Drenai. Stanco del mondo e delle sue battaglie, si ritira sotto il nome del Grigio lontano da tutto ciò che lo ha tormentato, e continua a tormentarlo. Ma come sempre, gli eventi vanno a scovarlo, mettendolo di nuovo di fronte ad un'ultima dolorosissima prova. Un romanzo in cui rispetto agli altri, almeno nelle battute iniziali, ho faticato un po' ad entrarvi, salvo poi lasciarmi coinvolgere pienamente ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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christopher ecclestone

This book is a great end to the waylander saga. I'm gutted it's finished and no more will be written. Waylander is my all time favourite character. Brilliant book Mr Gemmell. Rip x
andrew moffat
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David gemmell

So far I have read six of his books each one surpassing expectations . A truly wonderful storyteller ,brilliant characters and exciting storylines . I would recommend to anyone who likes a good rollicking tale of heroes and villains . Going to read another now
Amarilli Settantatre
Sarà perché il Grigio ha un suo fascino amaro e malinconico, ma anche questo capitolo è stato emozionante, avventuroso. Finale pure struggente.

Ora siete convinti di dargli la caccia. È un’illusione.
È lui che dà la caccia a voi. Siete già morti.
Non desidero l’amicizia dei morti.
steve day
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Perhaps I expect too much from the author, because I loved Legend and the Troy series, but this book disappointed me a little. The last 50 pages seemed rushed and disjointed and didn’t match the rest of a still enjoyable book. Recommended just the same.
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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)
  • White Wolf (The Drenai Saga, #10)
  • The Swords of Night and Day (The Drenai Saga, #11)
“My point is there will always be vile men, just as there will always be men of kindness and compassion... ...This world is a troubled, savage, place. It would, however, even be more ghastly if only evil men took time to master weapons." - Waylander from the book Hero in the Shadows by David Gemmell” 5 likes
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