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David Gemmell
« on: August 24, 2014, 03:12:40 PM »
Hi all,

I am very interested in to getting into reading David Gemmell as have never actually read anything by him!  I was thinking of starting with the Rigante series?

All opinions would be much appreciated  ;D
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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2014, 11:19:14 PM »
I'd recommend the Drenai series. The opening tale in that sequence is Legend and, to my mind, it is the best thing Gemmell ever wrote, taking the city-under-siege story to its limits. It's a breathless tale. Other good stories in that series are the two Waylander books.

I'm less familiar with the Rigante books so can't comment on them. However, two non-series books - The Knights of Dark Renown and Dark Moon - are both excellent, too.

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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2014, 12:37:02 AM »
I second Legend. It's his debut and so so much fun. I also loved Morningstar which is a take on the Robin Hood myth.  Ask a mod to link you to the review that was on the main site a year or two back.
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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2014, 01:38:49 AM »
Legend and the first Waylander books are excellent places to start, and a good test to see if they are to your taste.

Legend, particularly - as Perfidious Albion said, it just really takes a look at a city under siege and runs with it.
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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2014, 05:16:53 AM »
As people have said, start with Legend. Waylander second and continue in publication order - can't go wrong then ;)
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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2014, 12:21:06 PM »
Cheers everyone much appreciated as well my TBR pile has just been expanded  ;D Legend it is then
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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2014, 01:28:11 PM »
Cheers everyone much appreciated as well my TBR pile has just been expanded  ;D Legend it is then

That's a fine choice - though The Sword In The Storm (1st in the Rigante series) is my favourite Gemmell book.

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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2014, 06:22:35 PM »
Start with the Rigante series, they are more polished and were written well into his writing career.  I started with Sword in the Storm and I believe they were the best books he wrote.

I have read 31 of his 32 and yet can't bring myself to read White knight Black Swan knowing it will be the last ever piece of writing I will ever read of his.
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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2014, 07:19:42 PM »
Wow, i may be adding several David Gemmell books to my ever expanding TBR pile  ;D
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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2014, 09:17:56 AM »
The Rigante books are my favourites, too (so far - I still have a few of the non-Drenai/Rigante books to read).  Sword in the Storm and Ravenheart are marvellous books.  You can't go wrong with Legend and Waylander, though  :)

I really liked his Troy trilogy, too.
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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2014, 10:59:09 AM »
Legend is a must read and for me Gemmell's finest work.

The Rigante series is also very good and the first two books for me are the stronger of the four.

Winter Warriors is an excellent stand alone book and the first Gemmell novel I ever read.

The Troy series which were his last novels are worth a read.

Offline DMHamilton

Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2014, 11:06:40 AM »
Knights of Dark Renown is probably my favourite of Gemmell's, although I'd go along with all the recommendations for Legend - it's excellent.

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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2014, 10:23:38 PM »
Oh, wow, how did I forget Winter Warriors? It's actually one of my favourite books - not just of Gemmell's, but in general. Definitely agreeing with the rec there.
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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2014, 11:44:15 PM »
Don't forget Morningstar! Review below.

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Re: David Gemmell
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2014, 01:28:09 AM »
Wow, i may be adding several David Gemmell books to my ever expanding TBR pile  ;D

My thoughts exactly! Clicked on because I've heard the name before and now looking forward to starting on Legend at some point.
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