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Waylander by David Gemmell
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May 16, 2012

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David Gemmell is an author that believes in certain themes, no matter which of his novels you pick up you will most likely find there to be a central character fighting the ravages of time, revenge will feature prominently, some kind of quest will take place and the main protaganist is likely to be morally ambiguous and in search of redemption. It is in Waylander that all of these aspects are brought together in the most successful manner.

Taken at face value this is an entertaining read, you won't be surprised by the outcome - there are no twists and turns to struggle along behind. There is only one issue that I have with it in fact and that is simple.

The main character is supposed to be a morally bankrupt assassin, wandering the world killing for money but the reader is never shown this. The first introduction is of him rescuing a priest and from then he progresses to saving abused women, orphaned children and finally the nation. His actions fail to match his backstory and in simple terms we are told one thing but shown another.

That niggle aside Waylander is an entertaining read and as it is set chronologically first in the Drenai novels makes a good starting point to the series.

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LazerWraith I'm partway through the book...and it seems like Waylander's character makes more sense than you say. Cutting lose the priest while rescuing his horse was a whim (maybe the Source convinced him?) but that character breaking. If have been alone for so long, you might be interested in a guy who doesn't seem that scared of you.

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