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Hero in the Shadows (The Drenai Saga #9)

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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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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
Jan 25, 2017 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
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In bilico fra le ombre

Stupisce notare che l'opera sia stata edita all'alba del ventunesimo secolo, forse un po' fuori tempo massimo se si considera il tipo di fantasy scritto da Gemmel.
"L'eroe nell'ombra" si aggrappa alla necessità di approfondire quel worldbuilding, fungente da ponte, fra la vicenda di Waylander e l'avvento di Druss: Kuan Hador, e la sua pletora demoniaca, ritrascina il lettore nella decade ottantiana fatta di eroi tormentati e nemici invincibili da sconfiggere.
E se il kitsch
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.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
Shelves: reviewed
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.
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
Amanda Trudgill
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Raqual Humphries
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tissues. You will need lots of tissues. Thank you David Gemmel for another awesome book filled with characters to fall in love with.
Karl Melrose
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like all his books, this one doesn't disappoint. It's light fantasy at its best, strong noble characters and enough of an insightful window into our own world for the characters to feel real.
Steve Howarth
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great stuff. Waylander is always worth a read and ideal fantasy comfort reading at it's best. Gemmell spoils his fans with good yarns and this is another solid addition, but a step off the characters initial adventure.
Michael Everest
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: heroic-fantasy
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 them are lost to history and the grave.
But the ancient spells are fading. Now, mists of ice, and beasts of mist lurk in Kuan Hador.

Gone are the days of the demons, and gone are the Men that stood against them. Few stand against the gate. Kysumu the swordsman, of the line that defended the world in a distant e
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
The hero of Hero in the Shadows is the Grey Man—a man with a shady past, who now lives like a nobleman. He's a gruff, but kind man who's loyal to the people under his protection. He plans to get away from the petty life of living among the rich and the noble, but when he discovers that a gateway used to keep back the demons is failing, he has a change of plans.

Along with an interesting assortment of characters, including a quasi-priestess, a samurai, a samurai wannabe, a magician, and a young wo
Rose Mael
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Its a good ending for wayalander but i'm not so much into this book as its earlier series. In this book, Waylander/Grey Man doesn't really talk about Danyal just Tanya and his first family. His grieve for Danyal in Waylander II is so deep that he almost let the assassins killed him but in HITS he only mention her twice as if she doesn't meant so much to him. And what about Miriel and Angel...only being mentioned once.

and his final a different time line, changing his 'other' self dest
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Waylander trilogy has been an an amazing experience from the start to finish. The author does a great job building up the world and creating vibrant / unique characters. The internal struggle that the main protagonist goes through is realistic and intense; changes he goes through are subtle and done over the course of the three books.

The side-characters and protagonists are also all very interesting and have their own niche they fill in the book. The author also has a great sense of humor a
Michael Henebry
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Gemmell is a master at taking people with dark and tortured pasts and turning them into heroes. This book does just that. You should hold off on this one if you have not read the first two, though. In this one, Waylander is older (but still just as deadly) and still trying to live a peaceful life. Otherworldly forces have different plans which pit him against magic, sorcery, demons, and an ancient type of warrior which melds men and animals into killing machines. They are to be no match fo ...more
Mayank Agarwal
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
For one to truly enjoy the book read the other two Waylender books(This book being a trilogy based on same guy but not events)

Best book among the Waylander Trilogy and the most complete one in Drenai Saga till now

Felt it being a bit different from other Gemmell book as the narration is more mature and better explained(It being 16 year since his first Drenai book). It was like a summery of all the Drenai novels as it had the mixture of all the central theme from his previous books - assassin , wa
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
If Glen Cook (The Black Company) is the best writer of low fantasy, then David Gemmell is his opposite number of high fantasy books. Gemmell captures the heroic spirit of his characters, with ease. They seem simple, but are actually larger than l ife. Hero in Shadows is the tale of an aging Drenai hero, who has retired and wishes nothing more than to be left in peace. But when an evil foe comes forth to shatter the Grayman's quiet, he rises to the challege.

Gemmell gives the reader heroic deeds,
Tom Jones
“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."

To quickly sum up the story. A mysterious man known as the Grey Man, has moved to a foreign land, where he hopes to put his past sinful life behind him, but with treachery, greed and the supernatural starting to appear in his land, he must become the heartless ki
"Si ce dernier tome se lit avec plaisir, comme tout Gemmell qui se respecte; l'intrigue est cependant plus faible que les autres. Une petite déception, en voyant que l'auteur nous fait le coup des mondes parallèles qui s'ouvrent entre eux, thème o combien classique. Petite déception aussi en lisant la fin, plutôt prévisible. C'est dommage car c'est toujours un excellent Gemmell et Waylander cet homme sombre, mystérieux mais ô combien attachant est toujours un personnage extraordinaire! Le meille ...more
Derek Vice
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, action
A great conclusion to the Waylander saga. The climax is not Gemmel's best but the story is fun (7/10). The characters are interesting with the usual mix of the tortured souls, angry lusty men and women with weapons (6/10). Another piece of genre defining heroic fantasy that shows how this genre should be done (8/10). As usual Gemmell's style is easy and fluid but nothing extraordinary (7/10). Overall another good addition to the Drenai series (7/10 ).
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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
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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 Drenai Saga, #5)
  • 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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