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Archive for the 'Fantasy' Category

Review: Winter Warriors by David Gemmell

• February 5, 2017

Winter Warriors by David Gemmell My rating: 5 of 5 stars Seriously, if you’re after an introduction to the way Mr Gemmell writes you really couldn’t go past this one: it’s pretty much a textbook example of everything that’s great about his writing with very few of the flaws you find in some of his […]


Review: Dark Moon by David Gemmell

• January 29, 2017

Dark Moon by David Gemmell My rating: 4 of 5 stars 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 […]


Review: The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

• January 26, 2017

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley My rating: 4 of 5 stars Mostly enjoyable but the pace stumbles a little bit in lots of places and the beginning feels a little stilted compared to the rest of the book. You can argue that it fits with Harry’s character at that point but I don’t think […]


Review: The Legend Of Deathwalker by David Gemmell

• January 25, 2017

The Legend of Deathwalker by David Gemmell My rating: 4 of 5 stars Through a series of misadventures, Druss and Sieben find themselves taking part in a siege while a Nadir tribesman is searching for something to help his people unite under one banner. This is similar in theme to Quest For Lost Heroes – […]


Review: The Hawk Eternal by David Gemmell

• January 11, 2017

The Hawk Eternal: Second Book of “the Hawk Queen” by David Gemmell My rating: 3 of 5 stars Entertaining sequel to Ironhand’s Daughter with more timey-wimey shenanigans. Sigarni features as a very minor character in this one as it is set several generations prior to that book, using characters and settings mentioned fleetingly there. It […]


Review: Ironhand’s Daughter by David Gemmell

• January 7, 2017

Ironhand’s Daughter by David Gemmell My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a lesser-known book by Mr Gemmell, it seems, which is unfortunate because it is pretty good. It’s also the rare time that he has a female protagonist. I know it seems like tokenism these days but it was a pretty rare thing […]


Review: The First Chronicles Of Druss The Legend by David Gemmell

• January 3, 2017

The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend by David Gemmell My rating: 4 of 5 stars A return to form as we get a possibly unnecessary story about the life of Druss before the events of Legend. It does get a bit silly in places (the whole Snaga subplot and the pirate battle, for instance) […]


Review: Bloodstone by David Gemmell

• December 31, 2016

Bloodstone by David Gemmell My rating: 4 of 5 stars This would ordinarily be a 3-star review but I finished it in one session, so there. I liked the ending that Shannow got in The Last Guardian and this felt a little like the dead horse being flogged. However, it does have a great time-travel […]


Review: Waylander 2 by David Gemmell

• December 29, 2016

In the Realm of the Wolf by David Gemmell My rating: 3 of 5 stars A fairly ordinary entry into the canon, I’m afraid. It tells a good story but it lacks the depth and excitement of earlier chapters. Waylander does his thing, but you never feel that he’s in any kind of peril (because […]


Review: Morningstar by David Gemmell

• December 27, 2016

Morningstar by David Gemmell My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was one of my favourites back in the day so it gives me a bit of a pang to “only” give this 4 stars. I think that after the heights Mr Gemmell showed he was capable of in Lion Of Macedon I may have […]