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of the waythe way perceive I was very moved by some parts others made me think of why some of s when gone trough something rough chose to take the path of light or darkness are able to pick themselves James Still up or wallow in depression for the rest of their lives It also made me think of hows the regular folks have to live with the conseuences of the whims and changing moods of our leaders who are not afraid to put our lives in danger while ick to condemn any possible slight against their ego But it has be thus since the beginning of times I guess nothing really changes even in our Fantasy And what is a man He is someone who rises when life has knocked him down He is someone who And what is a man He is someone who rises when life has knocked him down He is someone who his fist to heaven when a storm has ruined his crop and then plants again And again A man remains nbroken by the savage twists of fateThat man may never win But when he sees himself reflected he can be proud of what he sees For low he may be in the present scheme of things peasant serf or dispossessed But he is Native Son unconuerable I will highly recommend this book and wish you enjoy the ride I wish you all Happy Reading and many Wonderful Books to come Originally reviewed at BookwraithsDavid Gemmell might not have invented action adventure fantasy but he refined it polished itp and presented his The White Paternoster, And Other Stories updated version Against the HordeLegend in 1984 to a reading audience who loved every minute of it Luckily I was one of those readers back in the 1980s this book instantly becoming one of my favorite fantasy stories for years to come But when I re read it a few weeks ago I have to admit being concerned it would not livep to my memories my fear that all the years since its release having muted the pulse pounding adrenaline rush and relegated another classic fantasy into a fallen favorite But thankfully my fears were Laid unfounded Legend still as good as everHere the Nadir hordes Think Mongols have beennited The World Rushed in under the charismatic intelligent and ruthless Ulric who determines it is time for his people to conuer their settled neighbors the Drenai Standing in the way of thisnstoppable barbarian force is the Essential Business Networking undermanned mountain fortress of Dros Delnoch which should be impenetrable IF defended by an adeuate force And that is exactly what the Drenai are lacking as the fortress isndermanned He Taught Me to Hope (Darcy and the Young Knights Quest unprepared and without adeuate commanders to inspire the troops to holdntil a relief force can arriveEnter Druss the Legend he who is also known as the Captain of the Ax the Axman Deathwalker and the Silver Slayer This fearsome warrior might be past his prime but he is determined to answer his kingdom s desperate call to hold Dros Delnoch Knights of the Hill Country until the Nadir are turned back or every warrior lies dead beneath their swords This hero determined to finally find a death worthy of his legendJoining Drusspon the battlements of Dros Delnoch are a diverse cast of characters Rek the Baresarker and his beloved Virae come there to fight Serbitar and the mythical order he is part of arrive to aid in the last stand of the Drenai people Ordinary men stand side by side with rich commanders and wanted outlaws All these diverse individuals inspired by Druss himself to stand A House Built out of Stone up for what they believe in sacrifice themselves in order to keep what they cherish safe from harm and lay down their lives die before they betray that which they hold dearWhenever I describe this book to a friend who is thinking of reading it I say Legend is the fantasy euivalent of the Alamo where men sacrificed their lives for a cause And in David Gemmell s tale of sacrifice each of the warriors portrayed from Druss down to the lowest soldierpon the walls knows their mission is a suicidal one Their forces no match for the Nadir horde Reinforcements not able to reach them in time Death the only real outcome of their bravery But even knowing this these brave men and women refuse to lay down their arms and surrender to the inevitable They come together find peace within themselves lock strong arms with one another and stand as a human walls between the world they love and those who would seek to destroy itDamn I get teary just typing all that Honestly I do No matter his limitation as a writer because I know some readers find his writing simplistic in many ways Gemmell Alma Mater uses his stereotypical cast of characters to maximum effect their words and deeds inspirational moving and sorrowful Vile people finding redemption Cowards exhibiting courage Lawless individuals displaying extreme honor Each heroic death cutting like a stab wound to the heart The final stand of Druss as emotional charged and awe inspiring as any in literature Legend might not have been groundbreaking or innovative when it was published much less now It doesn t try to subvert tropes It doesn t attempt to present anltra realistic story It doesn t overwhelm with its exuisite prose What is does is tell an action packed fantasy tale of a desperate last stand of a civilization by individuals caught p in events The tale of these people s plight awe inspiring and emotionally charged In other words Legend is a masterpiece of hero. E the grizzled old warrior keeps company with snow leopards and awaits his old enemy deathThe fortress is Dros DelnochIt is the only route by which an enemy can pass through the mountains Protected.
review Legend author David GemmellThe Drenai Empire good guys is threatened by barbarian horde from Nadir not so good guys where a leader emerged who managed to nite almost all the tribes and wants to conuer his neighbors The neighbors are not prepared they have small army and not enough competent commanders The first fortress which happened to be in the way of barbarian contest is Dros Delnoch if I No Gentleman for Georgina (The Notorious Flynns, understood correctly this is the only fortress capable of delaying the conuest of the Empire If it falls the rest will shortly follow So on one hand we have hordes of barbarians with decent commanders on the other hand a very small army consisting mostly of new recruits whose task is to delay the conuerorsntil the reinforcements arrive hopefully The last hope of fortress defenders is Druss the Legend He is an old and I do mean old warrior who defied the odds his whole life and was never defeated think Cohen the Barbarian from Terry Pratchett So it is Thin Blue Smoke up to him to raise the moral and organize the defenders This is fairly generic fantasy with some very minor magic The only reason I gave this book 3 stars is Druss himself he is a very interesting character who really makes you wish he kept defying the odds against him If I discount Druss the book is worth 2 stars The romance between Rek and Virae other main characters is so badly written I saw better in porn movies Speaking of Rek hendergoes completely nexplainable transformation from a coward to the bravest man in the Empire almost overnight The epilog feels forced and not what I consider a good or even logical ending I am not sure I want to read the next book in series Can somebody inspire me to do this This was a masterclass in pulpy old school fantasy with all that entails both good and bad The characters were fairly 1 dimensional the world building wasn t particularly niue or inventive and the plot was fairly straight forward For most books these would be criticisms and yet for this one it s almost praise Gemmell seems entirely happy with this formula and he executes it very w 444 A buddy read with the Fantasy Buddy Reads Group because we love the EpicsAnd even though it barely reached 350 pages this gem is a true Epic It was written in the 80 s and has some of the marks of its time which coming from me is a complement of course being a product of the generation which came to age at that time I find it interesting that the books I love most are always somehow connected with war The authors do a great job painting the fear loss and horror with their words and despite creating heroes who are shaped by the war experiences the books are never pro war That is not to say they are anti war either However they sually promote honor as well as
UESTION THE REASONS FOR WHY HUMANITY FINDS SO MANYthe reasons for why humanity finds so many to engage in this awful violent and mostly permanent solution to problems which could be dealt with in many other peaceful ways Never violate a woman nor harm a child Do not lie cheat or steal These things are for lesser men Protect the weak against the evil strong And never allow thoughts of gain to lead you into the pursuit of evil Never back away from an enemy Either fight or surrender It is not enough to say I will not be evil Evil must be fought wherever it is found The Iron Code Beautiful words but how many could say they were able to follow them None of s are perfect and the best we can do is to try our best One of those who has always tried his best and had some success with it is the now aging Druss Captain of the Axe the one called The Legend He is a warrior of renown the legends told of him and the songs sang have lit the spark for glory in many of children and
young people s lives Many have followed in his footsteps because of listening to his adventurespeople s lives Many have followed in his footsteps because of listening to his adventures taken The Vanished (Roswell High, up the sword or axe in pale imitation of him Most of them have found death and no songs have been written in their honor but people tend to think of the heroes and their deeds as separate from the pain andgliness by which they are defined Only a fool loves war said Calvar or a man who has never seen it The trouble is that the survivors forget about the horrors and remember only the battle lust They pass on that memory and other men hunger for it Druss is called 120 Jobs That Wont Chain You to Your Desk upon to inspire the soldiers and fight another last impossible to win battle charged with holding the Dros Delnoch passntil the Nadir Horde are repelled or every last soldier is dead Our reluctant hero takes on the task seeking a date with his own Death We also have the funny charming and very cowardly Rek who would love to spend his life far away from any military conflict eating drinking and keeping female company He has a staggering fear of combat and sees this as his biggest failure However circumstances and a woman contrive to take him To The Middle Of the middle of biggest battle of recent times and he has to make some hard choices By nature of definition only the coward is capable of the highest heroism A cynic by experience a romantic by inclination and now a hero by necessity The story is about the human condition when faced with the hardest times they could possibly face It is about what makes hu. The legend is DrussThe stories of his life are told everywhere Instead of the wealth and fame he could have claimed he chose a mountain lair; high in the lonely country bordering on the clouds Ther. Ic fantasy one which rightly deserves its fame even today The Taken by the Pterodactyl (Dinosaur Erotica) uality of a book is generally judged by the words in it in addition to the story It s not just what you say how you say it also matters If not a complete counter example Legend is a book where the rule loses its effect Legend is certainly not the best written book ever but it is most definitely one of the best books ever written David Gemmell never finished school since he was expelled at the age of sixteen and thenrefined writing is apparent throughout the book He struggled to tell his story but he had a hell of a story to tell What the book lacks in sophistication of wordsmithing it than makes The Four Faces of God up for with the raw power of the story Allow a thought experiment for the moment Strip away all the decoration in a typical book all the character actioninteraction that exists for flavor all the worldbuilding all the prose exposition and clever tropes What are we left with Usually very little Usually a basic plot that we re lucky to even partially connect with It might even be an intelligent story or an imaginative one But it sltimately weak skeletal and insignificant in almost every way It might even be non existent Luckily our world has been gifted with a book like Legend where we can prove such a thought experiment wrong Strip away the decoration and frosting from Legend cut it down to its most basic elements and we are still left with a book worthy of the test of time In the Iliad Achilles was given a choice by the gods To live a short glorious heroic life that will end violently but be remembered or to live a long healthy life and eventually suffer the fading effect of time pon his name We all know what choice Achilles made and Achilles is remembered as one of the greatest heroes ever to come from the ranks of humanity In his own way Druss the main character in Legend faced the same choice Fade into old age and senility or face down your death with defiance at the cost of a shorter lifespan Yet Achilles is not the only hero who is remembered through the ages In fact the greatest hero of the Iliad is Hector Where Achilles is remembered for the glory of his life Hector is heroic for the manner of his death Knowing with absolute certainty that to face Achilles in a duel means death he accepts the challenge anyway Not to be suicidal but to die in the manner he tried to live What makes a man or woman great or heroic What does it mean to die a good death For that matter what does it mean to even live a life worth living Overcoming great obstacles and succeeding is not compelling enough Fighting failing and dying knowing that your name will be remembered isn t even heroic enough The true hero is the one who fights against that which he knows he cannot possibly defeat Not for the remembrance of his name or the glory of his cause but for himself Humans often die
for one another A mother takes a gang member s bullet to save her child a man onone another A mother takes a gang member s bullet to save her child a man on support wants the plug pulled so his heart can be transplanted to save another or a soldier dives pon a grenade to save his suad mates What makes one case heroic than the next What if nobody was around to recognize such sacrifice If the mother knows with certainty that jumping to Take The Bullet Will Still Not Save The Child From the bullet will still not save the child from yet does it anyway is it still heroic or foolish If nobody is to witness that mother s sacrifice should it affect her decision to commit it If nobody pulls the man s life support plug for him but in a rare act of clarity he manages to pull it himself while he is alone in his hospital room does it detract from the glory or worthiness of his death If the foxhole of soldiers becomes surrounded by an insurmountable enemy and if the soldier knows without a doubt that diving A Faithful Church Member upon the grenade will not save his friends from the battle Should he do it anyway No one will know he did such a thing No medal will be given nor monument raised to his name What makes a death a good death And what makes a life worth living The characters of Legend are the characters withins all Fear doubt and futility are all present but so too are the traits which make Nude Women Photography (Sexy Photo Book) UNCENSORED us greater than the sum of our parts Honor courage duty and yes even love are all necessary components for a heroic tale of such resonance David Gemmell wrote Legend as he was waiting to find out whether or not he was going to die from cancer and it is his attempt at dealing with mortality What does it mean to die well or live well What does it mean to be a man Is love even worth the effort if it is destined to last only a brief moment and end in pain Socrates said thenexamined life is not worth living but perhaps the nexamined death is not worth dying either All life leads to death but perhaps all death should be embraced with the joys of life Very few books have had an impact comparable to Legend and as I said for all it s technical flaws it is one of the finest novels ever written Gemmell s fears are my fears His hopes my hopes Legend was his first and greatest book and its very existence makes the world a fuller place and humanity wealthier RIP Mr Gemmell you ve earned it. By six outer walls it was the stronghold of the Drenai empire Now it is the last battleground for all else has fallen before the Nadir hordesAnd the only hope rests on the skills of that one old