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The Swords of Night and Day, by David Gemmell


Although this is the last book of the Drenai series (none of which I’ve read) – it’s a perfectly fine read on its own. One really has to thank David Gemmell for keeping his series books more or less independent.

This fantasy tale revolves around the resurrection of two legendary millennia-old heroes to fight the evils of the day. A very nicely woven plot with political intricacy, very little magic (which I like) and amazing duel and war descriptions. Even though he writes a full story in an individual book, Gemmell always makes his stories seem reasonably significant and impactful.

Because this story is told partly from the point of view of a thousand year old hero, the book manages to create a relatively new perspective on the whole business of what good and evil mean, and what it really means to “destroy” evil. If I go on, I’ll be revealing the plot, so let me stop here.

Safe enough to say that he’s definitely a fantasy writer with a difference, and you’ll really enjoy the book if you like reading fantasy.

Rating: 4/5

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  1. AC wrote:

    Dude – you are missing a lot of the background. Read White Wolf :)

    Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

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  1. the brook » Echoes of the Great Song, by David Gemmell on Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    […] A great strength of Gemmell evident in this book is the wonderful characters he builds. There is of course the noble hero who, although very well built up, is not the most interesting. A hallmark of Gemmell I’ve seen is a character whom at first instinct one would describe as evil – except that by the end of the book, you no longer think of him that way, and find that the character actually has some charm. All the three books I’ve read have had a character like this – Viruk in this book, Decado in The Swords of Night and Day, and Dace in Dark Moon. […]

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