!DOWNLOAD BOOK ♫ Waylander ☹ All Of Waylander S Instincts Had Screamed At Him To Spurn The Contract From Kaem The Cruel, The Killer Of Nations But He Had Ignored Them He Had Made His Kill And Even As He Went To Collect His Gold, He Knew That He Had Been BetrayedNow The Dark Brotherhood And The Hounds Of Chaos Were Hunting Him, Even As Kaem S Armies Waged War On The Drenai Lands, Intent On Killing Every Man, Woman, And Child The Drenai Soldiers Were Doomed To Ultimate Defeat, And Chaos Would Soon Reign Then A Strange Old Man Told Waylander That The Only Way To Turn The Tide Of Battle Would Be For Waylander Himself To Retrieve The Legendary Armor Of Bronze From Its Hiding Place Deep Within A Shadow Haunted Land He Would Be Hunted He Was Certain To Fail But He Must Try, The Old Man Commanded Commanded In The Name Of His Son, The King, Who Had Been Slain By An Assassin Waylander Was The Most Unlikely Of Heroes For He Was A Traitor, The Slayer Who Had Killed The King
This is pre Legend chronologically We get to see how a couple of major items in Legend came to be the forgotten sacrifices that fueled them The main characters were rather complex many weren t particularly nice, even if they were supposed to be good guys It s not surprising that the main character was an antihero, but there is another heroic figure, a Drenai general, that is even better in many ways Some of the supporting characters were far sympathetic, pulled along by horrifying events just as the reader is It s a very tough book to put down the end is an amazing crescendo of violent, nasty threads weaving together into a satisfying tapestry.I am not sure how I feel about the epilogue, though It s a short chapter that sums up what happened afterward, sometimes years in the future On the one hand, I loved it It was satisfying on many levels On the other hand, it could have made a book or two Still, in keeping with Gemmell s terse style, it made sense.I see at least one other reviewer compared it obliquely to Karl Edward Wagner s Kane books which are some of my favorites It s a good comparison for the dark, gritty atmosphere The main characters aren t of Kane s stature, but that makes it better in some ways realistic for lack of a better term gripping I KNOW that Kane is going get through whatever horrible situation he s in, but that s not true of Gemmell s characters He kills maims them often enough to keep me guessing.I think this book could be read first, so far It wouldn t spoil anything might make Legend even better. This book drew me in like few books do It is David Gemmell, so expect some familiar ground, such as ambiguous characters and gratuitous violence It s pulpy and atmospheric, two traits I often find endearing in dark fantasy fiction The novel is really dark and brooding, just like the titular character, and there are some uncompromisingly grim scenes Like Legend, it s a study of what it is that makes a man a hero or an anti hero, for that matter We also get a glimpse into the conception and building of Dros Delnoch, the fortress that features so prominently in Legend, which I thought was neat The novel has a surprisingly philosophical bent The theme of redemption is present, as one would expect, although it manifests in unexpected forms Other recurring themes are prejudice, friendship, sacrifice and the meaning of faith It s all tied together.Gemmell also understood that sometimes less is , and this is quite true here The plot is actually kind of sparse, but it works well since the plot is arguably not the driving force behind this story What is it that makes Waylander Dakeyras tick That is the question the book concerns itself with The locations of the book were really great, ranging from besieged fortresses to windy steppes, giving the story an epic, sprawling feel, despite the fact that it isn t a very long novel As I have already mentioned, it is a violent story and there is plentiful action, all of it masterfully written.And you just have to love the dialogueWhy are you always so unpleasant, Waylander Because I choose to be In that case, I don t suppose you have many friends I don t have any friends I really enjoyed it Perhaps in part due to timing I read it on the back of Karl Edward Wagner s Dark Crusade, and I was really just itching for some dark, violent and fairly uncomplicated fantasy Or perhaps it was because of the Shapeshifters But there it is I think I ll add this to my favourites shelf now. This is the first book in the series chronologically it is listed in publication order here By this time we all know the big picture the Drenai lands are overrun by an unstoppable force, the last groups of Drenai army continue desperate struggle against overwhelming odds, the simple farmers become reluctant heroes, etc The main character of the book is an infamous assassin who managed to piss off almost everybody and is hunted by seemingly almost every single person in the world A very insignificant event he helped a tortured monk while recovering his stolen horse set events in motion which gave him a chance to redeem himself by recovering a great relic for battered Drednai army The main idea of the book is about redemption I think it is slightly overplayed as a lot of bad people start doing good deeds without any visible motivation In the end deux ex machina is used yet again cheapening otherwise very powerful last pages The character of Waylander himself is interesting, but I really wish the book would start earlier when he was still an assassin for hire we only see his evil deeds in his flashbacks 3.5 stars for a good book with some minor annoyances mentioned above which prevented me from rounding it up to 4. Final rating 4.5 5 starsI have read first two books in the series starting with publishing order, and i have to admit i was a bit confused at the world in this one because i didn t understand that it happens before Legend The king beyond the gate until i figured it out by certain hints I thought all books happen years and years in the future, but this book proved me wrong Overall, this would be a first book in the series if started chronologically But I wouldn t recommend starting out with this one better to start out with publishing order it will be much easier to catch the hints and terms Anyway, this series is great because most of these books are stand alone despite characters appearing sometimes in other books What I also loved was the fact that this book was about how the organization of the view spoiler Thirty, which were a fraternity of warrior monks, hide spoiler Shame on me Vec vise od deset godina citam epsku fantastiku i ovo je prvi put da citam Gemela.Skitalac mi se jako svideo zbog nekoliko stvari Pre svega jer je knjiga kratka zaboravila sam da knjige epske fantastike zapravo mogu da stanu u moju torbu Radnja je predvidiva ali je na momente i jako uzbudljiva.ASAP se vracam herojskoj fantastici.Abercrombie here I come Esiste la redenzione Straziante permettere al mondo di spazzare via aspettative e sogni ancora pi triste, forse, diventare parte di quel mondo nella disperata speranza di non dimenticare il passato e inseguire una giustizia sempre pi fittizia e vuota.Qui l onore ed il perdono non possono trovare spazio e gli ideali pronunciati tempo addietro hanno il sapore di cenere, un ricordo sempre pi lontano dopo ogni quadrella scoccata. Waylander f k a Dakeyras , an apparently heartless assassin, saves a peace loving Source priest Dardalion , who is being tortured by some ruffians Each seems to benefit from the influence of the other as Waylander saves a women and her young charges, rediscovering his humanity along the way whereas Dardalion decides to take up the battle Together, they help thwart the plans of Kaem to permanently rid the lands of the Drenai forever Waylander then embarks on a hopeless mission to retrieve a symbolic set of bronze armor to help rally the Drenai The book does not shy away from depicting the horrors of war and man at his worst and best. Another excellent story written by the master of fantasy Modern fantasy owes a lot to David Gemmell, with many of today s fantasy stars citing Gemmell as a major inspiration And Waylander is a fantastic story which is compact less than 400 pages but nevertheless brimming with emotion.Mini synopsisWaylander lone wolf, assassin and general kick ass saves a priest almost by accident which sets of a chain of world changing events Waylander is set on an impossible mission and elsewhere, a major battle ensues The story focuses on Waylander mostly but it does flick between his quest and the battle This book is set before Legend the first book published in the Drennai series , and Waylander s actions are felt within Druss s story For anyone new to Gemmell I d very much recommend reading Legend first as it s one of the best if not THE best fantasy books ever Format ebook and audiobookPages 384 roughly 11 hours of audio plus some additional facts about how Gemmell came up with the idea which didn t appear in the ebook Dumbass movie exec pitch Think Legend, but with a crossbow and a legendary quest instead.WritingGemmell s writing is superior In fact, I wish authors would take note of Gemmell s ability to cram such emotion, action and intrigue into so few words In the hands of a lesser author, this book could easily have been 700 800 pages His ability to clearly set up the conflict within the book, the mood of the characters and the dangers they face in very few sentences is impressive ExampleHalf the world would pay to spit on your grave Gemmell skips the need to go over and over the deeds committed by Waylander in the past to over explain why people would find him despicable Instead he uses fuelled sentences such as the above to paint a clear picture CharactersWaylander is the central character A sort of anti hero with an interesting past all I can say without spoiling anything He is a man who all have come to fear but a surprising, and mistaken, act of kindness changes the world forever which is felt through future books in the series The journey that Waylander goes through, not just physically, is fantastic to read and not only leaves you in awe of his brutal past and abilities, there are also moments of kindness that tug at the heart stringsDeath is being drawn to you from every side You are trapped at the centre of a web of fate and the spiders are closing in Dardalion, the priest who Waylander meets at the start, also goes through an interesting story arc There are other side characters that keep the story going too Whilst these characters are not around for very long, Gemmell still manages to make them memorable Also, his descriptions of characters help paint an instant picture His mouth was lipless, his teeth like tombstones.ThemesDoes one heroic or great deed make up for a lifetime of sin Is it too late to change your path and become a goodguy even if you ve made horrible decisions in your past These are the recurring questions that run throughout this book and whilst simple, it is very powerful and is an interesting question to ponder It s also very thought provoking on other levels There are various interactions about spirituality and mortality Notable issuesJust one issue really and it had nothing to do with the story, which btw I wouldn t change The ebook version had multiple errors within it which threw me out of the story a couple of times Other than that it was flawless, concise and awesome Final thoughtI m saddened that I never read any Gemmell books before he passed away and I can see why he is still a big influence to current fantasy writers This book, and the other two in the series I ve read so far, are perfect for reading in between big sagas For instance, I ve just finished Brandon Sanderson s Oathbringer Whilst that book was also five stars, it was a mammoth 1,244 pages Waylander, at 384 pages packs a punch and is every bit as satisfyingWhen a fool sees himself as he is, then he is a fool no longer and when a wise man learns of his own wisdom, then he becomes a fool Feverish pacing and imminent victory Gemmell s never disappoints Waylander iniquitous journey to reclaiming his individuality brings a contemplative look at one s life with a humanistic touch Respect and dislike are felt equally.