I'm a big fan of Gemmell's work. This wasn't my favourite of his books but it has a lot to recommend it.
To me it had a rather Moorcockian flavour to it, with strange non-human races introduced (three of them) and plenty of 'classic' magi ...more
Humanity have vanquished the ancient race of the Eldarin and the Dukes that rule the four major city states in the region have been warring over possession of the last remaining magical artefact of that lost magical race. A pearl of great magic. The ambitious Duke Siriano is a sorcerer and while seeking to harness the power of the Pearl for his own ...more
Second stand-alone book that I read from Gemmell and, I have to say, that I found Dark Moon quite enjoyable and well written. Of course I wouldn’t put it along with his best books, but it has good action, beautiful characters, a touch of humor, which is a bit rare coming from Gemmell, and most important, an interesting story.
The Oltor, an ancient immortal race, leaved peacefully in the Four Duchies for many years until two other races, the Daroth and the Eldarin, came through other worlds so ...more
In this book an ancient evil race that was thought extinct returns and in good David Gemmell tradition results in lots of bloodshed, heroic deeds and sacrifices in the face of overwhelming odds.
This book is actually very formulaic and very predictable. There is only one moment in the whole book when I was surprised. Up ...more
You know when you finish a book and you really envy those who haven't read it yet because they can experience the joy for the first time?
Sure you can reread as many times as you want and it'll feel just as awesome, but you can't help but wish you were somehow able to read it again for the first time.
With Gemmell you kind of can. You can read one of his books, ...more
The dual characteristics and personalities of Tarantio (and Dace) are brilliantly done. Dace being the much deadlier swordsman than the more amiable Tarantio. And, this was a really good way to start the story. Build a really s ...more
Because of the greed of a Duke, the Daroth, a uniquely horrific fantasy race, or pale immortal monsters have awoken. These immortals devour all they see, including the very spirit of the land. Swept up in the hasty defe ...more
My favorite quote:
"Nothing in terms of the soul is irrevocable. ... Nothing is impossible - especially not in terms of the human soul. If that were true, every soldier would become evil and every priest would have healing hands."
1. It is a stand-alone work with no follow-up books, and
2. I like the way Gemmell writes (or should I say wrote).
With Dark Moon he doesn't disappoint. He was one hell of a storyteller being able to develop characters that the reader cares about. He also placed them in situations which demanded to defeat their opponents they become more evil than them. Of course, sometimes his characters choose to use love, compassion, and self-sacrifice instead.
In Dark Moon the s ...more
He has been called the finest writer of heroic fantasy (inside cover of Corgi paper back) but his books also often contain philosophical moments and gems of wisdom.
p325 “And doubt is a demon that can defeat an army.”
p335 “Therefore it could be argued that his own carelessness killed him.” This in reference to Karis sending a soldier off to die. This will make sense when read in context
p342 Two soldiers speaking: “I don’t feel like a hero” “You don’t have to feel lik ...more
Very tight and well-paced epic told over only one volume. It lacks bloat and tells its tale economically.
The characters are well-differentiated and have realistic motives and histories. Dace/ Tarantio start off as an intriguing pair but having their origin explained away as a result of childhood trauma feels a bit pat and (given the number of similar books written about the same time about multiple personalities and repressed memories) pandering to popular tastes. I did enjoy the possibility of...more
I was initially attracted to Dark Moon because I had already enjoyed much of Gemmell’s entertaining Drenai Series, which ostensibly is Sword & Sorcery (really 90% sword, 10% sorcery) and I wanted to see how he could handle more magic. Dark Moon promised to be that book.
The first portion was outstanding: a complex protagonist (Tarantio/Dace) emerges in a world with an apparently rich history of magic/creatures (three races of alien like humanoids: Daroth E ...more
Dark Moon is not a particularly successful fantasy novel. It is set in a world originally inhabited by the extinct Oltor, who were exterminated after inviting the gentle Eldarin and ferocious Daroth to share their lands when their own worlds were threatened by catastrophe, continuing in their altruism to add humans to the list of intelligent species. For the moment, the Daroth are no more, having been imprisoned by the magic of the Eldarin, ...more
Note that despite the fantasy setting, Gemmell does not use elves/dwarves/orcs or any other Tolkien-style characters.
This is the first book I've read by Gemmell, ...more
I was introduced to this book under a strange and extraordinary circumstances by a character in real life that very much reminds me of a character you would find in Gemmell's novels.
Sadly, we are no longer in touch.
Suffice to say the trio of Dace, Duvodas, and the warrior woman Karis really help to weave a fantastic plot of stimulation and swordsmanship, sex and savagery, and the power of music and art as a healing mechanism for the world.
Tarantio, the ot ...more