Summary

A century has passed since the heroic defence of Dros Delnoch. But the people of the Drenai face a new terror: a mad emperor kept in power by two forces of unsurpassed evil. The Joinings are werebeasts of awesome power. The Dark Templars are warrior-priests whose fighting skills are without equal. Against them the Drenai face certain defeat. One man, an outsider hated by the Drenai for his Nadir blood and despised by the Nadir for his Drenai ancestry, sets out to bring down the emperor. He is one man against the armies of chaos.
He is Tenaka Khan - the Prince of Shadows.
©2011 David Gemmell (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 01-07-17

Of Might and Magic!

Gemmell's second tale of the Drenai, a people modelled loosely on Roman society. This is set a few generations on from "Legend" so while there are some excellent references and indeed cameos for those characters they are by the time of this one very much legendary. These books are like sagas, glorified episodes in history rather than any kind of contiguous series. There is once again a siege and again there is a cast of larger than life characters who excel at various marshal and magical disciplines to take Gemmell's grandiose stage. They are great fun and heroic deeds abound, heroes are made and broken and great evils are encountered. Characters go from first meeting to deeply in love faster than your average boy racer goes from nought to sixty. Magic comes in the form of a brand new version of The Thirty - white cloaked warrior priests dedicated to the cause. Of course they are matched by their own nemesis, The Templars, and as I don't do spoilers I won't tell you what colour their cloaks are but you can might just guess . . .

It's all a great cacophony of saga and legend. Gemmell allows his characters to strut their stuff across the lands of the Drenai and even infuses a bit more humour into proceedings in the process. It's all delivered by Sean Barrett with his usual aplomb and marches along with plenty of fighting and action in an almost Cornwellian style applied to the fantasy genre. You can guess of course that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It would be wrong in 2017 though to not sound at least a small note of caution for anyone who comes to these books afresh. This is 1980s fantasy, actually correction it's GREAT 1980s fantasy, among the very best. However, in the following decades numerous writers, many of them inspired by Gemmell have honed the craft and taken it to new levels of sophistication. This is John Wayne's True Grit rather than Tarantino's Django Unchained, it's The Great Escape more than it's Hacksaw Ridge. Everyone will have an opinion on which are better and personally I love them all but you won't find anything like the sophistication of a Sanderson or Rothfuss here. You will find a bloody good yarn though and for this reviewer that's what's most important.

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5 out of 5 stars
By MOIRA BUCHAN on 26-06-17

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Glad to see at last these books are being published as audiobooks. Sean Barrett is the perfect narrator for them!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matt Osborne on 10-05-18

Breath of fresh air

It's nice to come across a well-written book after running into hordes of mediocre ones. David Gemmell hits it out of the park. His reputation stands on its own, of course, but I'm here to support it anyway. This is super classic hero stuff. Giants among men who carve their destinies into the world with skill and determination. A world with hints that it may be more than it seems. Inevitability. Tragedy. It's all there. <3

Sean Barrett. His voice... his voice pretty much encapsulates how I want to sound when I reach my silver-haired wise years. Again, it's beautiful to hear a story told by a master when there are so many narrators around who just don't have enough skill. I kind of want him to be my grandfather. Is that weird? When you hear him, I bet it won't seem weird at all.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kimber on 09-10-17

this is a must read for anyone who loves fantasy!

the story is captivating from the first sentence to the last! the characters are so incredibly well developed that I found myself utterly devastated when they died or were hurt. the narrator makes this story to such an extant that I listened from beginning to end in one day! I literally couldn't put it down. this series is well worth the credit and , having used my 2 credits on books 2 & 3 for the month, I am going to buy book 4 because I can't wait 2 weeks for my next credit! I don't know how I missed this incredible author but I'm sure to read all his books now that I've found him!

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