Another page-turner from the king of myths.
The Legend Of Deathwalker is part of David Gemmell's Drenai series and was first published in the U.K. in 1996.
The Nadir are dreaming of the Uniter, the Great One, who will bring the tribes together and end their brutal oppression at the hands of the Gothir. Talisman, a Nadir who attended a military academy in Gothir, is seeking the legendary eyes of Alchazzar, jewels of enormous power that will aide the Nadir in their search for the Uniter. Zhusai, a beautiful but tormented Chiatze mystic accompanies him on his long journey.
Garen-Tsen, a Chiatze who is the real power behind the Gothir throne wants the eyes of Alchazzar for himself as he believes they will lead him to glory. He sends the elite forces of Gothir against the Nadir, five thousand men against a handful of Nadir and one Drenai warrior.
The Legend of Deathwalker is an excellent novel, from start to finish it keeps you gripped as the destinies of the main characters unfold. Druss is a legend worthy of the name and time and time again overcomes unsurmountable odds to reach his goal. Talisman is an enigmatic warrior, mature beyond his young years.
"Who am I?" Pellin blinked back the sweat that trickled into his eyes.
"You are Druss the Legend," he answered.
"You stand by me, Pellin," said the old man grimly, "and we'll stop them together."
Suddenly the axeman grinned. "I don't tell many stories, laddie, and I hate it when they are interrupted. So when we've seen off this little sortie I'll stand you a goblet of Lentrian Red, and tell you the tale of the Gothir God-King and the Eyes of Alchazzar."
Pellin took a deep breath. "I'll stand with you, sir," he said.
The Legend of Deathwalker: Prologue
Gemmell is the king of the page-turner, his books are gripping from the beginning and immensly enjoyable. This novel is a fine addition to his already fine collection.
Review by Floresiensis
Harry from Belfast
The only problem that I had with this book was that it seemed a bit of a re-hash of Gemmell's earlier works and was perhaps done more for the revenue it could bring in than the value it would bring to the Drenai series and the reader.
7/10 from 2 reviews