Legend

Legend

eBook - 2003 | 1st Ballentine Books ed.
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Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2003], c1984.
Edition: 1st Ballentine Books ed.
ISBN: 9780307797490
030779749X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (345 p.)
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jsdb
Apr 28, 2017

I borrowed this book as a bit of escapism, and it fit the bill perfectly. The storyline, while thin and arbitrary, was exciting, and the final battle was well worth the build-up. All the characters were the same (a sassy tongue and a troubled past), but their appearances and habits were unique enough to avoid any confusion. This is hardly a Classic, but it was exactly what I was looking for.

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ssaradd
Apr 14, 2017

I love this book. The story was gripping and well paced, the world was well built with its own stories and history, and most of the characters were well rounded. My favorite thing about this novel was that the Nadir were not presented as evil or necessarily bad, just desperate people who needed the Drenai lands to continue living. I would recommend this novel for anybody who thinks they do not like fantasy.

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animal74
Jan 03, 2013

Fittingly, as it is the first book David Gemmell published (1984), this is the tale that got me hooked on Gemmell's Drenai Saga and led me to read all 11 books in the series and grow to love the larger-than-life and yet down to earth heroes he created. While obviously not his best-written work (as it was his first), nor is it first chronologically in the Saga, it sets the foundation for the other 10 books. Legend is heroic fantasy at its most profound state and Druss is a legend for the ages.

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lscottl
Nov 16, 2010

I don't like sci-fi or sci-fan books. But this is well written and has a good enough story line.

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mikekam1234
Mar 28, 2010

A good read though I have to say that I was expecting a bit more considering David Farland has such high praise for Gemmell. Lots of action, gore, some snappy and humorous dialogue but a little disjointed and jerky (things just happen out of nowhere continuously...it's almost write fantasy by number - i.e. cue mental magic attack now - phew, they survived - cue oh-oh, there's a traitor in the midst - phew they survived because it just so happens...etc.). So while its a good debut - it's nowhere near a RuneLords (David Farland) or Dawnthief (James Barclay)

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davidharvie
Apr 09, 2008

The Nadir hordes have risen and threaten the Drenai Empire. All that stands between the fall of the empire is the mighty fortress of Dros Delnoch. Druss the Legend, Captain of the Axe, known as Deathwalker to the Nadir, now an old man, comes out of retirement for one last battle, so that all might not be lost.

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davidharvie
Apr 09, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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davidharvie
Apr 20, 2008

You do not wish to hear the words of your death, Regnak the Wanderer, son of Argas, and so I will withhold them. You are a man of uncertain character and only a sporadic courage. You are a thief and a dreamer and your destiny will both haunt and hunt you. You will run to avoid it, yet your steps will carry you towards it.

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