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Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece fighting and winning againstorty thousand Tatars Now the Poles are crazy altogether as they have their own list of last stands The New Job Security featuring things like the Battle of Wizna in 1939 when between 350 and 720 Poles defended aortified line The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) for three days against than 40000 Germans Battles like these easily become legendsDavid Gemmel gives us the legend of Dross Delnoch a strong keep with six walls defended by ten thousands men of whom most are untrained volunteers about to withstand an attack of the greatest army ever assembled a horde that within twenty years had built an empire stretching across a dozen lands andive score cities And now as they march on Dross the greatest The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis fortress ever built is waitingor the largest army in the world What a clash of giants The ingredients The Jumbee for a new legendOnly things are not going great in theortress There are six walls and a town to defend while the To Helvetica and Back force is less than a third of theull complement and the discipline is rotten because morale is low and Simple Art of Greatness fear is rife The defenders need a miracle or the Dross willall And Dross Delnoch needs heroes Badly Think of the men here as a rusty weapon which needs a warrior s Where the Heart Waits firm hand It needs to be sharpened honed prepared It s useless else Contrary to your expectations the book doesn t start in the city preparingor a siege The book opens with a coward running away rom battle one Regank the Wanderer man of uncertain character and only sporadic courage In act the actual A Burglar's Guide to the City fighting starts only halfway through the book and even though the novel is not long there is not one word wasted A great reminder to many contemporary writers that epic does not automatically euate with 600 pages That you can have 350 pagesilled with action to the brimSo how does Gemmel manage to achieve it Firstly he creates a compelling set of characters And I would say the Legend is one of those novels that do not really have a main protagonist Surely invincible Druss Captain of the Axe wielding Snaga meaning the Sender the greatest warrior of the age is one of the book s main pillars but you d be very mistaken to think that the book is about him Others are eually important in the Legend The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth from Rek a hero by necessity to Bowman a robber outlaw with principlesrom Virae earl s daughter to deadly Caessa whose love is as lethal as her arrows American Apocalypse: The Great Fire and the Myth of Chicago from Orrin the incompetent gan of theortress and Hogun the grim legion general to rank and ile soldiers whom we meet learn their back stories and accompany in battle There is inally the Temple of Thirty warrior priests Stories for a Romantic Heart: Over One Hundred Treasures to Touch Your Soul for whom the incoming battle is the culmination of thirteen years of training They are weapon masters who seek the perfect death to counterpoint the perfect life whose bodies are the living weapons and mindsight as powerfully but whose spirits adhere to extreme pacifism I am sure that all readers interested in Eastern spirituality Spain in Mind fillind the albino Serbitar one of the most The Inheritance: Part 1 fascinating characters inantasy Druss is every man who has refused to uit to surrender when life offered no hope to stand aside when the alternative was to die He is a man *who has shown other men there is no such thing as *has shown other men there is no such thing as defeat Secondly what Gemmel shows is that there is to battle than hacking and at the incoming enemy He builds the tension surrounding the incoming class even before the The Curious World Of Christmas fighting starts he shows the reader that victory is not merely the uestion of military might That there is tactic and organisation to be considered the supply lines the orderlies hospitals and stretcher bearers And above all he emphasises the role of spirit He shows the whole dynamic of the battle so beautifully captured and symbolised in how each of the walls is named Firstly Eldibar which means exultationollowed by Musif the wall of despair and Kania the wall of renewed hope The ourth wall is named Sumitos the wall of desperation while Valteri wall ive is the wall of serenity and The Best Canadian Animal Stories finally Geddon is the wall of death You willollow the defenders through these walls and through their own battles that each has to wage Because there is not one battle but many Gemmel paints dozens of tiny pictures of deeds of individual heroism passed unseen but also shows how low a human spirit can sink during wartime with treachery cowardice and denial Finally while you will ind the motif of good orces with all the odds pitched against them ighting the incoming evil in other heroic antasy books including those penned by Gemmel himself I think that the Legend is mature because it is nuanced The main theme is not the clash of light against the dark good against the evil Ulric of the Nadir is not a primitive brute but an enemy worthy of respect The Legend invites us to ponder about the human nature the mysteries of human soul that propel us to The Commemerative fightor lost causes and refuse to yield even if giving up seems to be the most reasonable course of action Even if the only thing we can offer is our meaningless and unnecessary death Regarding my rating I approach this book in a very similar manner to the Dragonlance Chronicles There is a lot of nostalgia actor involved The Legend gets the benefit of being a classic and so I ignore the things that under normal circumstances would bring the inal verdict down by two stars view spoilermainly Ulric s purple eyes and the act that what dies doesn t stay dead hide spoiler This was a masterclass in pulpy old school antasy with all that entails both good and bad The characters were airly 1 dimensional The World Building Wasn T world building wasn t uniue or inventive and the plot was airly strai I never read any David Gemmell until I was already published And even then he The Summer House first came to my attention after someone e mailed me saying something along the lines of I m glad someone like you is here to carry on Gemmell s tradition now that he s dead After I got aew e m Originally reviewed at Bookwrai. E the grizzled old warrior keeps company with snow leopards and awaits his old enemy deathThe ortress is Dros DelnochIt is the only route by which an enemy can pass through the mountains Protected.
David Gemmell · 3 charactersA Legend Book Legend The Drenai Saga 1 David GemmellLegend published in 1984 is the irst and most The Yankee Club famous novel of Britishantasy writer David Gemmell It established him as a major antasy novelist and created the character of Druss who would appear in several subseuent books It was also the irst novel in The Drenai saga The Drenai Empire is under threat The tribal Nadir people have been united The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day for theirst time by the great warleader Ulric who has Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design forged a massive empire in the North The Drenai leader Abalayn is trying to negotiate new treaties with Ulric but war is brewing and an over 500000 strong Nadir army marches on theortress of Dros Delnoch gateway to the Drenai heartlands Dros Delnoch is the greatest The Magic Cake Shop fortress in the world a narrow pass guarded by six high walls and a great keep but under Abalayn its complement of defenders has been reduced to less than 10000 men under the leadership of an unfit General Theate of the Drenai hinges on the defence of Dros Delnoch If the ortress can hold the Nadir horde or three months the Drenai general Magnus Woundweaver might be able to gather and train a Drenai army However given the odds no one truly believes that Delnoch can be held 2009 1388 482 9789648944518 20 444 A buddy read with the Fantasy Buddy Reads Group because we love the EpicsAnd even though it barely reached 350 pages this gem is a true Epic It was written in the 80 s and has some of the marks of its time which coming rom me is a complement of course being a product of the generation which came to age at that time I ind it interesting that the books I love most are always somehow connected with war The authors do a great job painting the Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability fear loss and horror with their words and despite creating heroes who are shaped by the war experiences the books are never pro war That is not to say they are anti war either However they usually promote honor as well as uestion the reasonsor why humanity inds so many reasons to engage in this awful violent and mostly permanent solution to problems which could be dealt with in many other peaceful ways Never violate a woman nor harm a child Do not lie cheat or steal These things are or lesser men Protect the weak against the evil strong And never allow thoughts of gain to lead you into the pursuit of evil Never back away American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series from an enemy Eitheright or surrender It is not enough to say I will not be evil Evil must be The Mother Zone fought wherever it isound The Iron Code Beautiful words but how many could say they were able to The Void follow them None of us are perfect and the best we can do is to try our best One of those who has always tried his best and had some success with it is the now aging Druss Captain of the Axe the one called The Legend He is a warrior of renown the legends told of him and the songs sang have lit the sparkor glory in many of children and young people s lives Many have The Poke Cookbook: The Freshest Way to Eat Fish followed in hisootsteps because of listening to his adventures and taken up the sword or axe in pale imitation of him Most of them have ound death and no songs have been written in their honor but people tend to think of the heroes and their deeds as separate rom the pain and ugliness by which they are defined Only a The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War fool loves war said Calvar or a man who has never seen it The trouble is that the survivorsorget about the horrors and remember only the battle lust They pass on that memory and
men hunger Sicilian Lives for it Druss called upon to inspire the soldiers andight another last impossible to win battle charged with holding the Dros Delnoch pass until the Nadir Horde are repelled or every last soldier is dead Our reluctant hero takes on the task seeking a date with his own Death We also have the Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art funny charming and very cowardly Rek who would love to spend his lifear away Alice Oliver from any military conflict eating drinking and keepingemale company He has a staggering The Protestant Temperament fear of combat and sees this as his biggestailure However staggering That's So '90s Pop!: A Fill-In Activity Book fear of combat and sees this as his biggestailure However and a woman contrive to take him to the middle of the biggest battle of recent times and he has to make some hard choices By nature of definition only the coward is capable of the highest heroism A cynic by experience a romantic by inclination and now a hero by necessity The story is about the human condition when The Radiant Child faced with the hardest times they could possiblyace It is about what makes humans human and the The Best American Crime Writing fears we all live with despite of the way others perceive us I was very moved by some parts others made me think of why some of us when gone trough something rough chose to take the path of light or darkness are able to pick themselves up or wallow in depressionor the rest of their lives It also made me think of how us the regular The Nadir army heads The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data for Dros Delnoch a keep guarding a mountain pass Druss the Legend comes out of retirementor one last battle But even with Rek the baresark and the earl of Delnoch s daughter help Druss and eleven thousand men stand up against an advancing army many times their sizeI *ll be honest with you My brother pushed this on me *be honest with you My brother pushed this on me a year ago and I wasn t in a hurry to read it I ve read a ew David Gemmell books before and it takes a special book to get me to read Tolkien esue antasy I ve never Tempting Eden found Gemmell s writing to be particularly goodWhile I don tind Gemmell s writing to be good he sure knows WHAT to write The story of Druss whipping the men into shape and the comradery that developes among the men is very moving In Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, fact I choked back a couple man tears near the end Druss s commentary on what it means to be a man is inspiringDruss is like a combination of Conan the Barbarian and Clint Eastwood s characterrom Gran Turino You know and he knows that his last hurrah has come Druss knows his value as a Legend to the other soldiers at Dros Delnoch Talking to Dragons far outweighs his substantial prowess as a warriorThe other characters are well done as well Ulric leader of the Nadir is a multi dimensional character It would have been easy to have him be a malevolent tyrant but he s acutallyairly likeable Rek Orrin and the others also grow into their roles as the story progressesI have a lot to say but I don t want to give anything away To sum up this is the ultimate Three Times the Love fantasy bookor men and the women who appriciate them Go out and get it The uality of a book is generally judged by the words in it in addition to the story It s not just what you say how you say it also matters If not a complete counter example Legend is a book where the rule loses its effect Legend is certainly not the best. The legend is DrussThe stories of his life are told everywhere Instead of the wealth and ame he could have claimed he chose a mountain lair; high in the lonely country bordering on the clouds Ther. .OTHER MEN HUNGER FOR IT DRUSS
ThsDavid Gemmell might not have invented action adventure antasy but he refined it polished it up and presented his updated version Against the HordeLegend in 1984 to a reading audience who loved every minute of it Luckily I was one of those readers back in the 1980s this book instantly becoming one of my The Bride of Willow Creek favoriteantasy stories GREAT INVESTMENT, THE for years to come But when I re read it aew weeks ago I have to admit being concerned it would not live up to my memories my ear that all the years since its release having muted the pulse pounding adrenaline rush and relegated another classic antasy into a The Lively Art of Writing fallenavorite But thankfully my ears were unfounded Legend still as good as everHere the Nadir hordes Think Mongols have been united under the charismatic intelligent and ruthless Ulric who determines it is time or his people to conuer their settled neighbors the Drenai Standing in the way of this unstoppable barbarian orce is the undermanned mountain ortress of Dros Delnoch which should be impenetrable IF defended by an adeuate The Glass Ocean force And that is exactly what the Drenai are lacking as theortress is undermanned unprepared and without adeuate commanders to inspire the troops to hold until a relief orce can arriveEnter Druss the Legend he who is also known as the Captain of the Ax the Axman Deathwalker and the Silver Slayer This earsome warrior might be past his prime but he is determined to answer his kingdom s desperate call to hold Dros Delnoch until the Nadir are turned back or every warrior lies dead beneath their swords This hero determined to inally ind a death worthy of his legendJoining Druss upon the battlements of Dros Delnoch are a diverse cast of characters Rek the Baresarker and his beloved Virae come there to The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness fight Serbitar and the mythical order he is part of arrive to aid in the last stand of the Drenai people Ordinary men stand side by side with rich commanders and wanted outlaws All these diverse individuals inspired by Druss himself to stand upor what they believe in sacrifice themselves in order to keep what they cherish safe The Leadership Gap from harm and lay down their lives die before they betray that which they hold dearWhenever I describe this book to ariend who is thinking of reading it I say Legend is the Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) fantasy euivalent of the Alamo where men sacrificed their livesor a cause And in David Gemmell s tale of sacrifice each of the warriors portrayed Serenity Role Playing Game from Druss down to the lowest soldier upon the walls knows their mission is a suicidal one Theirorces no match Save the Cupcake! for the Nadir horde Reinforcements not able to reach them in time Death the only real outcome of their bravery But even knowing this these brave men and women refuse to lay down their arms and surrender to the inevitable They come togetherind peace within themselves lock strong arms with one another and stand as a human walls between the world they love and those who would seek to destroy itDamn I get teary just typing all that Honestly I do No matter his limitation as a writer because I know some readers Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop, find his writing simplistic in many ways Gemmell uses his stereotypical cast of characters to maximum effect their words and deeds inspirational moving and sorrowful Vile peopleinding redemption Cowards exhibiting courage Lawless individuals displaying extreme honor Each heroic death cutting like a stab wound to the heart The inal stand of Druss as emotional charged and awe inspiring as any in literature Legend might not Have Been Groundbreaking Or Innovative been groundbreaking or innovative it was published much less now It doesn t try to subvert tropes It doesn t attempt to present an ultra realistic story It doesn t overwhelm with its exuisite prose What is does is tell an action packed antasy tale of a desperate last stand of a civilization by individuals caught up in events The tale of these people s plight awe inspiring and emotionally charged In other words Legend is a masterpiece of heroic antasy one which rightly deserves its ame even today An awesome BR with Lovely *PINKY AND MY FELLOW CATMAN TWO *and my The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev fellow Catman two Cat holics Get rid of your doubts Yesterday is dead Past mistakes are like smoke in the breeze What counts is tomorrow I love epicantasy 3 Fantasy books rarely let me down and The Legend sure didn t Opening such a book I look or a promise rom the author I want to dive into the rich picturesue world intriguing narrative and of course gripping characters with true to life personalities and of course with names I have difficulties to pronounce D That s what I seek or in my antasy reads Did I get this in this book Not uite but I can say or sure that it s an outstanding readCharacters As is typical in many antasy series there is a big cast of characters I liked them all starting with Druss a true hero a legend brave strong old and tired but determined to die with his axe Snaga in his hand view spoilerVirae hide spoiler The Drenai Empire good guys is threatened by barbarian horde The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School from Nadir not so good guys where a leader emerged who managed to unite almost all the tribes and wants to conuer his neighbors The neighbors are not prepared they have small army and not enough competent commanders Theirst ortress which happened to be in the way of barbarian contest is Dros Delnoch if I understood correctly this is the only ortress capable of delaying the conuest of the Empire If it The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School falls the rest will shortlyollow So on one hand we have hordes of barbarians with decent commanders on the other hand a very small army consisting mostly of new recruits whose task is to delay the conuerors until the reinforcements arrive hopefully The last hope of The Cutting Room: A Novel of Suspense fortress defenders is Druss the Legend He is an old and I do mean old warrior who defied the odds his whole life and was never defeated think Cohen the Barbarianrom Terry Pratchett So it is up to him to raise the moral and organize the defenders This is airly generic antasy with some very minor magic The only reason I gave this book 3 stars is Druss himself he is a very interesting character who really makes you wish he kept defying the odds against him If I discount Druss the book is *worth 2 stars The romance between Rek and Virae other main characters is so badly written * 2 stars The romance between Rek and Virae other main characters is so badly written saw better in porn movies Speaking of Rek he undergoes completely unexplainable transformation rom a coward to the bravest man in the Empire almost overnight The epilog eels orced and not what I consider a good or even logical ending I am not sure I want to read the next book in series Can somebody inspire me to do this. By six outer walls it was the stronghold of the Drenai empire Now it is the last battleground or all else has allen before the Nadir hordesAnd the only hope rests on the skills of that one old .