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Even in death, Skilgannon the Damned's name lives on. Now, as an ancient evil threatens to flood the Drenai heartlands in a tide of blood, he returns... A thousand years after they fell in battle, two heroes - Druss and Skilgannon - are revered throughout the war-torn lands of the Dernai, where men and women live in abject fear of the dark sorceress known as the Eternal... B Even in death, Skilgannon the Damned's name lives on. Now, as an ancient evil threatens to flood the Drenai heartlands in a tide of blood, he returns... A thousand years after they fell in battle, two heroes - Druss and Skilgannon - are revered throughout the war-torn lands of the Dernai, where men and women live in abject fear of the dark sorceress known as the Eternal... But what if the soul of one such hero could be called back from the void, his bones housed again in flesh? An ancient prophecy foretold that Skilgannon would return in his people's darkest hour. To most, this was a foolish hope. But not so to Landis Kan. Having found Skilgannon's ancient tomb, he gathers up the bones and peforms the mystic ritual. But the reborn hero is an enigma: a young man whose warrior skills are blunted and whose memories are fragmented. This Skilgannon is a man out of time, Marooned in a world as strange to him as a dream, remote from all he knew and loved. Or nearly all. Before bringing back Skilgannon, Landis Kan had experimented upon other bone fragments found in the hero's tomb. That ritual resulted in a surly giant who possessed astounding strength but no memories. To Kan, he is a dangerous failure. To Skilgannon, this giant represents their last hope. As ageless evil threatens to drown the Drenai lands in blood, two legendary heroes will once again lead the way to freedom.


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Even in death, Skilgannon the Damned's name lives on. Now, as an ancient evil threatens to flood the Drenai heartlands in a tide of blood, he returns... A thousand years after they fell in battle, two heroes - Druss and Skilgannon - are revered throughout the war-torn lands of the Dernai, where men and women live in abject fear of the dark sorceress known as the Eternal... B Even in death, Skilgannon the Damned's name lives on. Now, as an ancient evil threatens to flood the Drenai heartlands in a tide of blood, he returns... A thousand years after they fell in battle, two heroes - Druss and Skilgannon - are revered throughout the war-torn lands of the Dernai, where men and women live in abject fear of the dark sorceress known as the Eternal... But what if the soul of one such hero could be called back from the void, his bones housed again in flesh? An ancient prophecy foretold that Skilgannon would return in his people's darkest hour. To most, this was a foolish hope. But not so to Landis Kan. Having found Skilgannon's ancient tomb, he gathers up the bones and peforms the mystic ritual. But the reborn hero is an enigma: a young man whose warrior skills are blunted and whose memories are fragmented. This Skilgannon is a man out of time, Marooned in a world as strange to him as a dream, remote from all he knew and loved. Or nearly all. Before bringing back Skilgannon, Landis Kan had experimented upon other bone fragments found in the hero's tomb. That ritual resulted in a surly giant who possessed astounding strength but no memories. To Kan, he is a dangerous failure. To Skilgannon, this giant represents their last hope. As ageless evil threatens to drown the Drenai lands in blood, two legendary heroes will once again lead the way to freedom.

30 review for The Swords of Night and Day

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Swords of Night and Day (The Drenai Saga #11), David Gemmell The Swords of Night and Day is a fantasy novel by David Gemmell, as well as a pair of legendary swords within the book. They also appear in Gemmell's book White Wolf. The book is set 1000 years following the death of Olek Skilgannon. Both swords are mirror polished and extremely sharp, both having been enchanted by the Old Woman. The Sword of Day is golden in colour while the Sword of Night is silver. Intended as inferior copies of The Swords of Night and Day (The Drenai Saga #11), David Gemmell The Swords of Night and Day is a fantasy novel by David Gemmell, as well as a pair of legendary swords within the book. They also appear in Gemmell's book White Wolf. The book is set 1000 years following the death of Olek Skilgannon. Both swords are mirror polished and extremely sharp, both having been enchanted by the Old Woman. The Sword of Day is golden in colour while the Sword of Night is silver. Intended as inferior copies of the legendary Swords of Blood and Fire, they had become infamous in the hands of Skilgannon. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هفدهم ماه ژوئن سال 2014 میلادی عنوان: شمشیرهای روز و شب: کتاب یازدهم از سری درنای؛ نویسنده: دیوید گمل؛ مترجم: طاهره صدیقیان؛ تهران، کتابهای تندیس؛ 1392؛ در 608 ص؛ شابک: 9786001820922؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی - سده 21 م هزار سال پس از سقوط در جنگ، دو قهرمان: «دراس»، و «اسکیل گانون»، در سرزمین‌هاى جنگ‌زده‌ ى «درناى»، مقدس شمرده مى‌شوند، جایىکه زنان و مردان تحت ظلم و ستم ساحره‌ا ى به نام «جاویدان» قرار دارند. اما اگر روح چنین قهرمانانى دوباره به جسم بازگردند چه؟ در یک پیشگویى باستانى گفته شده است که «اسکیل گانون» در سیاهترین ساعت زندگانى مردمانش دوباره باز مى‌گردد. هنگامیکه اهریمن بزرگ قصد دارد سرزمین‌هاى «درناى» را به خاک و خون بکشاند، دو قهرمان اسطوره‌ اى یک‌بار دیگر راه را به سوى آزادى مردمان مى‌گشایند. ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ned Lud

    Emotionally drained. Phefuckinomenal! I believe a nap is in order.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael Pang

    This book, as with the series as a whole, is just good, solid, entertaining fantasy. It is not very often you can have an eleven book series and hit solidly on every book, Gemmell does it with this series and this book fits right in.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mayim de Vries

    ”Not man or beast will prevent us. Because we are Drenai. The Last of the Drenai. And we will not fail.” For me, the ultimate book in the Drenai Saga is a failed attempt to revive the Legend. I finished the series with a pang of regret and a wish to un-read both this novel and its predecessor. I am a firm believer in a principle that what dies should stay dead not only because I hate zombies and other undead creatures, but mainly because it is bad for the plot. The main problem with the Swords of ”Not man or beast will prevent us. Because we are Drenai. The Last of the Drenai. And we will not fail.” For me, the ultimate book in the Drenai Saga is a failed attempt to revive the Legend. I finished the series with a pang of regret and a wish to un-read both this novel and its predecessor. I am a firm believer in a principle that what dies should stay dead not only because I hate zombies and other undead creatures, but mainly because it is bad for the plot. The main problem with the Swords of Night and Day is that it rests entirely on dead people and tries to resuscitate dead stories. It means that heroes known from other books, long dead, are reborn in new bodies to have new adventures and fight new battles that somehow allude to the events that have already transpired. I don’t know what you call it, but I call it cheating. Swords of Night and Day sports a full cast known from the previous instalment, and while you can start here without knowing the White Wolf, reading both gives you a full view on plots absurdity, mainly because it follows the same arc but takes it onto a new level of sheer idiocy. The remake means that you will find slight alteration when it comes to power configuration and new secondary and tertiary protagonists while the main story concerns long-dead heroes who take on new living forms, sometimes permanently, sometimes when necessary (especially galling when it comes to Druss, who just appears and then disappears at a whim without any regards to any laws governing the universe). And while I understand that Druss was a special character for Mr Gemmell and that it was difficult for the author to part ways with this figure and I can absolve this to some extent, I really, really couldn’t stand the Eternal (view spoiler)[it takes about one sentence to glean that she is Jianna (hide spoiler)] . Ever so special, beautiful and cunning, and the apex of every man’s desires. In short, so unreal as to make everything that happens around her nearly perfunctory. Having a character like that as one of the main protagonists is akin to making a gravity the main heroine - you just know that everybody is going to fall for her which renders everything both predictable and pointless. Repetitions from the Legend do not involve merely bringing Druss in or retelling of what happened in that novel, but also inserting similar sequences of events and setups (magic weapons, last stands against an overwhelming foe, uplifting speeches, valiant sacrifices, miraculous rescues, etc.). I also didn’t like the very Lawrence and Abercrombie-like (although Mr Gemmell was first so they are the copycats, I guess) merger of technology and magic not because I don’t find the idea unappealing (to the contrary) but because it doesn’t fit with the overall ethos the Drenai universe. A sad, bad ending to one of the most unique series in heroic fantasy. While I still believe that every self-respecting lover of this genre must know the Drenai Saga, I’d recommend finishing the series with the Hero in the Shadows and skipping the last two books altogether. This will allow you to avoid a bad aftertaste in your mouth and retain Mr Gemmell in high regard. --- Also in The Drenai Saga: 1. Legend ★★★★★ 2. The King Beyond the Gate ★★☆☆☆ 3. Waylander ★★★☆☆ 4. Quest for Lost Heroes ★★★★☆ 5. In the Realm of the Wolf ★★★☆☆ 6. The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend ★★★★☆ 7. The Legend of Deathwalker ★★★★☆ 8. Winter Warriors ★★★☆☆ 9. Hero in the Shadows ★★★★★ 10. White Wolf ★★☆☆☆

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This was not my first David Gemmell book - I already knew I loved this author for his vivid descriptions, intensely real characters and wonderfully action-packed and emotionally brilliant stories. However, when I read it I had not read the previous books about Druss the Legend or Skilgannon the Damned. At this point in time I have read ALL of them, and though I recommend them all, the Swords of Night and Day is still my favorite Gemmell book and probably one of my favorite books of all time. It This was not my first David Gemmell book - I already knew I loved this author for his vivid descriptions, intensely real characters and wonderfully action-packed and emotionally brilliant stories. However, when I read it I had not read the previous books about Druss the Legend or Skilgannon the Damned. At this point in time I have read ALL of them, and though I recommend them all, the Swords of Night and Day is still my favorite Gemmell book and probably one of my favorite books of all time. It deals with complex and serious issues in a skilful, graceful way. All the characters are strong, interesting and build naturally. Gemmell is the master of heroic fantasy, able to make heros, dark heros and villains with ease. I don't think you need the other books to love this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    3.5 rounding down. This continues, and completes, Skulgannon's story line. I'm glad I read it but it felt overlong at times. I enjoyed seeing the stereotypes shattered. 3.5 rounding down. This continues, and completes, Skulgannon's story line. I'm glad I read it but it felt overlong at times. I enjoyed seeing the stereotypes shattered.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kostas

    7.5/10 The Swords of Night and Day is the second book featuring Skillgannon the Damned and the last one in the Drenai saga. In this book Gemmell takes us a thousand years after White Wolf , in a very different world filled with hybrid monsters and immortal humans, and in a story of love, friendship and sacrifice. A thousand years have passed since Skilgannon died, a thousand years he was lost in the Void fighting monsters and demons; but now, he’s been given a second chance to try and find the 7.5/10 The Swords of Night and Day is the second book featuring Skillgannon the Damned and the last one in the Drenai saga. In this book Gemmell takes us a thousand years after White Wolf , in a very different world filled with hybrid monsters and immortal humans, and in a story of love, friendship and sacrifice. A thousand years have passed since Skilgannon died, a thousand years he was lost in the Void fighting monsters and demons; but now, he’s been given a second chance to try and find the redemption that he seeks. Only that the world he has returned is very different from the one he knew, as humanity struggles to survive for centuries under the reign of the immortal Eternal, the worst enemy they have ever faced, and her hybrid monsters. But it has been prophesied that when a great hero returns the reign of the Eternal will come to an end. This fate will fall in the hands of Skilgannon and with the help of Harad the Axeman, though not yet a legend, they will have to try and find a way to destroy her and her magic. Only that their adventures will not be easy as on the way Skilgannon will discover something that he didn’t expect he would ever saw again, and will make their task even more difficult. I have to say the story didn’t hold me as much as in White Wolf because it felt somewhat similar, and maybe a little with some stuff from Legend too; although I loved Stavut and his pack. On the other hand though Gemmell’s writing is, once again, quite good, as he manages to combine the new characters to the story pretty well and also make a nice and strong finale. Of course in the epilogue he leaves again some hints about the future of the protagonists, especially with the last part, but that unfortunately we will never discover it. Overall, I wouldn’t say the book was one of Gemmell’s best but it the last one in a long series and if you have read the rest you certainly can’t miss this one because this is the end of a legacy, the end of a Legend. Ελληνική κριτική: (view spoiler)[Δεύτερο βιβλίο με τον Skilgannon τον Καταραμένο αλλά και τελευταίο συνολικά στην σειρά των Drenai. Σε αυτό το βιβλίο ο Gemmell μας πηγαίνει χίλια χρόνια μετά το White Wolf, σε ένα κόσμο πολύ διαφορετικό γεμάτο υβριδικά τέρατα και αθάνατους ανθρώπους, και σε μια ιστορία αγάπης, φιλίας και θυσίας. Χίλια χρόνια έχουν περάσει από τότε που πέθανε ο Skilgannon, χίλια χρόνια ήταν χαμένος στο μεγάλο Κενό πολεμώντας δαίμονες και τέρατα, τώρα όμως του δίνετε μια δεύτερη ευκαιρία για να βρει την εξιλέωση που αναζητά. Μόνο που ο κόσμος που θα επιστρέψει είναι πολύ διαφορετικός από αυτόν που γνώριζε καθώς η ανθρωπότητα εδώ και πολλούς αιώνες υποφέρει κάτω από την εξουσία της αθάνατης Eternal, του χειρότερου εχθρού που έχουν αντιμετωπίσει ποτέ, αλλά και των υβριδικών τεράτων της. Όμως είχε προφητευτεί ότι όταν επιστρέψει ένας μεγάλος ήρωας η εξουσία της θα έρθει στο τέλος της. Αυτή η αποστολή θα πέσει στα χέρια του Skilgannon που με την βοήθεια του Harad του πελεκομάχου, αν και δεν είναι ακόμα θρύλος, θα πρέπει να βρουν ένα τρόπο για καταστρέψουν την ίδια αλλά και την μαγεία της. Μόνο που οι περιπέτειες τους δεν θα είναι εύκολες καθώς στην πορεία ο Skilgannon θα ανακαλύψει κάτι που δεν περίμενε ότι θα ξανάβλεπε ποτέ και θα κάνει την αποστολή τους ακόμα πιο δύσκολη. Η ιστορία σε αυτό πρέπει να πω δεν μου άρεσε τόσο πολύ καθώς θυμίζει αρκετά το White Wolf, και ίσως ακόμα λίγο και το Legend σε μερικά πράγματα. Από την άλλη η γραφή του Gemmell είναι αρκετά καλή, καταφέρνοντας να συνδυάσει αρκετά ωραία τους νέους χαρακτήρες αλλά και να κάνει ένα δυνατό φινάλε. Βέβαια στον επίλογο αφήνει και πάλι κάποιες υπόνοιες για το μέλλον των πρωταγωνιστών, ειδικά στο τελευταίο κομμάτι, αλλά αυτό δυστυχώς δεν θα το ανακαλύψουμε ποτέ. Γενικά δεν θα το έλεγα από τα χειρότερα του αλλά είναι το τελευταίο σε αυτή την μεγάλη σειρά οπότε αν φτάσετε ως εδώ μην το αφήσετε στην άκρη γιατί εδώ είναι το τέλος ενός θρύλου. (hide spoiler)]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    As with pretty much everything that David Gemmell ever wrote, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would recommend anyone who hasn't read his books to give him a try, you won't be disappointed. Start with his most famous, 'Legend' from the Drenai series, you will quickly become engrossed. Hail the mighty, DRUSS the Legend!! As with pretty much everything that David Gemmell ever wrote, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would recommend anyone who hasn't read his books to give him a try, you won't be disappointed. Start with his most famous, 'Legend' from the Drenai series, you will quickly become engrossed. Hail the mighty, DRUSS the Legend!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This was a typical Gemmell book (which is a good thing), and it was nice seeing several favorite characters one more time. That said, I thought the previous book was a more satisfying ending to the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    This is one of the best books, period, that I've read in the last three years. I think it would be very helpful, however, to have read some of the earlier works in this series. That will make you really have a feel for the characters. This is one of the best books, period, that I've read in the last three years. I think it would be very helpful, however, to have read some of the earlier works in this series. That will make you really have a feel for the characters.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Baron Rothschild

    I couldnt finnish the book because I was helping out someone and I left my bag of alcohol for him to drink, so the inbred nazi cops could pick it up and turn it in...Those are loyal to the queen would have handed it in.... JAR

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    4 Stars I have really enjoyed revisiting this book/series. I chose this series as part f my reading challenge for this year, and as a buddy read with one of my colleagues. Even though the first book in the series was released in 1984 (and the latest in 2000) the series has pretty much stood the test of time. It is a fantastic action adventure fantasy- with superb characters and brilliant world building, which brings the whole story/series to life. I have fond memories of discovering this series an 4 Stars I have really enjoyed revisiting this book/series. I chose this series as part f my reading challenge for this year, and as a buddy read with one of my colleagues. Even though the first book in the series was released in 1984 (and the latest in 2000) the series has pretty much stood the test of time. It is a fantastic action adventure fantasy- with superb characters and brilliant world building, which brings the whole story/series to life. I have fond memories of discovering this series and excitedly awaiting each new instalment. My reading buddy hadn’t read the series before, but has also enjoyed discovering David Gemmell’s work/s.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Peter Fox

    This is definitely one for the fans. It's basically a rehashing of previous ideas, tropes and characters. Most of the main characters are reincarnated versions of previous heroes. The plot is interchangeable with anything else he has written. Joinings, evil enemy hugely outnumbering the small army of the goodies, a defensive battle at a choke point, a baddy coming good. It's well written, but it felt like the bottom of the inspiration barrel was being well and truly scraped. This is definitely one for the fans. It's basically a rehashing of previous ideas, tropes and characters. Most of the main characters are reincarnated versions of previous heroes. The plot is interchangeable with anything else he has written. Joinings, evil enemy hugely outnumbering the small army of the goodies, a defensive battle at a choke point, a baddy coming good. It's well written, but it felt like the bottom of the inspiration barrel was being well and truly scraped.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    4.5 stars The novel is good. It's just that I didn't warm towards Skilgannon and Jiana. I still haven't moved on with the 10th novel, and maybe that's why. 4.5 stars The novel is good. It's just that I didn't warm towards Skilgannon and Jiana. I still haven't moved on with the 10th novel, and maybe that's why.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rik

    An interesting story, really about Skillgannons' redemption more than anything else. I loved the ending. An interesting story, really about Skillgannons' redemption more than anything else. I loved the ending.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Harwood

    Love reading these older novels every now and then - this is absolutely wonderful, with action, reborn evil and reborn good to rid the world of it, but beware the twists, and don't forget the world is shades of grey, not black and white! A great book by a fantasy master! Love reading these older novels every now and then - this is absolutely wonderful, with action, reborn evil and reborn good to rid the world of it, but beware the twists, and don't forget the world is shades of grey, not black and white! A great book by a fantasy master!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mark Farbus

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Finished my re-reading of the drennai series. I have enjoyed all the books but none have quite earned that fifth star. As a stand alone book this does not either. So why have I given it 5 stars? If you asked me before I re-read it I would not have listed it among my favourite books or even rated it over other gemmell novels. However having just read all the books back to back, this novel just wrapped it all up. Yes, it shamelessly draws from all the other books and the plot twists are as predict Finished my re-reading of the drennai series. I have enjoyed all the books but none have quite earned that fifth star. As a stand alone book this does not either. So why have I given it 5 stars? If you asked me before I re-read it I would not have listed it among my favourite books or even rated it over other gemmell novels. However having just read all the books back to back, this novel just wrapped it all up. Yes, it shamelessly draws from all the other books and the plot twists are as predictable as Druss using Laddie in every other sentence but it made me laugh, it made me cry and it engaged me completely. What more can you ask from a sword and sorcery sci-fantasy novel that does not take itself too seriously?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Steven Bragg

    Though the antagonist has a reasonably filled-out and conflicted character, pretty much everyone else was thinly realized. The plot does move along moderately well, but interspersing platitudes into the dialog slowed down the pacing. Overall, this book would have been better if about 50 pages had been chopped out of it and a few characters had been dropped. I was getting impatient to finish the book when there were still 100 pages left to read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    Another winner. Gemmell weaves a story with action and character that I really care about. Is he a writer of "men's" books? Maybe, but give the books a try for yourself. I think they'll appeal to a wide audiance. Another winner. Gemmell weaves a story with action and character that I really care about. Is he a writer of "men's" books? Maybe, but give the books a try for yourself. I think they'll appeal to a wide audiance.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barry Mulvany

    Another great entry in the Drenai saga and the second and final part of Skilgannon's story. Unfortunately we will never know if Gemmell had planned more stories for him due to his untimely death but what we have are some of his best. This could be read as a standalone, it would give away some spoilers for the previous book but honestly not too much. It's set 1000 years after the first one. How this is possible is explained in the book, 'magic' but not really. Skillgannon wakes in a world that he Another great entry in the Drenai saga and the second and final part of Skilgannon's story. Unfortunately we will never know if Gemmell had planned more stories for him due to his untimely death but what we have are some of his best. This could be read as a standalone, it would give away some spoilers for the previous book but honestly not too much. It's set 1000 years after the first one. How this is possible is explained in the book, 'magic' but not really. Skillgannon wakes in a world that he feels completely disconnected to and is told is vastly different to one he last knew. It is ruled by somebody called the 'The Eternal' who has battled and created her empire over the last 500 years. Soon however Skilgannon realises it's not really that different after all and is soon swept up in the events of the day. Like a lot of Gemmell books there are ruminations on the futility of war and whether it is worth making a stand, doing what's right, as all things wither and fade. There is death, betrayal and moments of hope. Character's die, even lots of POV's and things never quite work out as you think. There are great fight scenes, battles and character interactions. As I have mentioned before, I think Gemmell is the epitome of heroic fantasy (with a dark twist) and if you like that sort of thing and haven't read him, rectify that immediately.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tiberiu Pana

    It's over! The Drenai Saga is over for me after delaying as much as I could to read them all. Reading them in chronological order made sense to me and I still stick by my decision. Having a hint of what would happen in this book (from the ending of one of the previous books) I expected the best. That probably wasn't the best mindset to read this. Not much is happening in more than half of this book and it's quite a shame, as I knew many of the characters and would have appreciated more action. Non It's over! The Drenai Saga is over for me after delaying as much as I could to read them all. Reading them in chronological order made sense to me and I still stick by my decision. Having a hint of what would happen in this book (from the ending of one of the previous books) I expected the best. That probably wasn't the best mindset to read this. Not much is happening in more than half of this book and it's quite a shame, as I knew many of the characters and would have appreciated more action. Nonetheless, when the mark hits around 60-65% in this book, the action picks up the pace and then you just can't put the book down. You have to know how it ends. ...and the ending! Mr Gemmell did a wonderful twist at the end and I can say that after reading the last sentences, I moved my rating from 3 stars to 4. Alas that's a wrap on this Saga. Time to move on, although I'm not expecting many authors to surpass David Gemmell in storytelling. He was a true genius of the heroic fantasy genre.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Geoff Battle

    After a cheese-fuelled night of bizarre Drenai dreams, Gemmell started to pen the wildest soap opera possible, featuring one of his iconic heroes, Skilgannon. At first the story seems a bit 'out there', however Gemmell's flair and ingenuity create a page-turner with an epic story. All the usual trademarks are present; with emotive scenarios, depth of character, well crafted action sequences, great wordplay and narrative, betrayal, love and death. It's great reading, although pushes the suspensio After a cheese-fuelled night of bizarre Drenai dreams, Gemmell started to pen the wildest soap opera possible, featuring one of his iconic heroes, Skilgannon. At first the story seems a bit 'out there', however Gemmell's flair and ingenuity create a page-turner with an epic story. All the usual trademarks are present; with emotive scenarios, depth of character, well crafted action sequences, great wordplay and narrative, betrayal, love and death. It's great reading, although pushes the suspension of disbelief a little. Recommended indeed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    The last novel in the Drenai series. I am sad. Vintage Gemmell storyline and action as he brings back Skilgannon, Jianna, and a variant of Druss the legend. I do agree with another reader who suggests that book 10 should have been the final novel. It was slightly better and Gemmell concocted some serious fantasy to bring back from the dead some of our favorite cast of characters here in book 11. So 4 stars. But Gemmell bringing them back from the dead (or more appropriately the "void") is still The last novel in the Drenai series. I am sad. Vintage Gemmell storyline and action as he brings back Skilgannon, Jianna, and a variant of Druss the legend. I do agree with another reader who suggests that book 10 should have been the final novel. It was slightly better and Gemmell concocted some serious fantasy to bring back from the dead some of our favorite cast of characters here in book 11. So 4 stars. But Gemmell bringing them back from the dead (or more appropriately the "void") is still better than 95% of other fantasy originals.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Herbert

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read the first couple of books in the series- really enjoying “Legend” with all it’s flaws. This is the last book in the Drenai series given Gemmell’s demise. It also reads like the intended last book. Gemmell pulls the reader along and this made a good holiday read. The second half of the book is pretty predictable and aims to please fans of the series. Druss makes his appearance, some folks die (good guys and bad) and the hero rides off in the sunset. Not as bad as some reviews suggested an I read the first couple of books in the series- really enjoying “Legend” with all it’s flaws. This is the last book in the Drenai series given Gemmell’s demise. It also reads like the intended last book. Gemmell pulls the reader along and this made a good holiday read. The second half of the book is pretty predictable and aims to please fans of the series. Druss makes his appearance, some folks die (good guys and bad) and the hero rides off in the sunset. Not as bad as some reviews suggested and consistent with the rest of the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    S. D. Howarth

    An enjoyable tale with two of his strongest characters united in another doomed situation. Compared to the earlier book I felt that the story in this one wasn't as strong. Perhaps combining the two and keeping the fans happy limited where he could take them (opinion)? In no way is it a bad book, but during an epic and sadly shortened career he has wrote better, but he ended this one well which is what the character deserved. Well worth a punt and adding to anyone's bookcase. An enjoyable tale with two of his strongest characters united in another doomed situation. Compared to the earlier book I felt that the story in this one wasn't as strong. Perhaps combining the two and keeping the fans happy limited where he could take them (opinion)? In no way is it a bad book, but during an epic and sadly shortened career he has wrote better, but he ended this one well which is what the character deserved. Well worth a punt and adding to anyone's bookcase.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Price

    I believe this is the final work of The Drenai Saga. It ends well and through a confluence of events ties together multiple themes and eventualities from his preceding books. It presents a clean conclusion and unlike some other series, the is little ambiguity in the conclusion. I enjoyed reading the series and my minor quibbles with the style or story line have little bearing in my overall appreciation of the gift that David Gemmell gave to me through his writing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Finn

    I can't do this series justice in my review, all I can do is urge any fan of fantasy novels to read them. I wish they weren't over, but this book was absolutely right as an ending. The best of characters, telling us their pragmatic life philosophy concerning a world which, at a deep level, mirrors our own. I can't do this series justice in my review, all I can do is urge any fan of fantasy novels to read them. I wish they weren't over, but this book was absolutely right as an ending. The best of characters, telling us their pragmatic life philosophy concerning a world which, at a deep level, mirrors our own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Rodgers

    David Gemmell I gave the star rating for this book because the author writes the type of stories that I love. I am 74 and he takes me back to the time of my youth when we played cowboy or knights, with a bit of magic and romantic heroes thrown in. The time just before Syria took over. David had the skill to put down on paper what we meant mortal could only dream off.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tim Kelley

    David Gemmell created three of my favorite characters in The Drenai Saga. The Swords of Night and Day wrapped up the series and brought closure to two of these characters, but I'll always read anything written about either even if it was about them battling Alzheimer's in their 80's. David Gemmell created three of my favorite characters in The Drenai Saga. The Swords of Night and Day wrapped up the series and brought closure to two of these characters, but I'll always read anything written about either even if it was about them battling Alzheimer's in their 80's.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Phil Higgins

    Great writer sorely missed I have been reading his books since the first one Great book if you like heroic fantasy there I is not a better writer than David Gemmell a loss to us all

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