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Updated on October 20, 2009

In 1984, British author David Gemmell brought forth a new fantasy world, the world of the Drenai. He gave birth to hero's like Waylander, the Earl of Bronze, Tenaka Khan, Regnak, and of course Druss the Legend.

Legend is the story of two men, Regnak and Druss, who both find themselves fighting a war on multiple sides. Regnak, an ex-officer who resigned his commission when he saw the war coming, finds himself once more embroiled in battle against the Nadir. His battle is made all the harder by his own inner turmoil, his feelings that he will fold and run. But there's more to Regnak than he believes.

Druss is a soldier. Always has been, always will be, even in retirement. The strongest axeman in the legion, when word comes that the Nadir are marching, united for the first time, Druss takes up his ax once more to fight. But time affects us all, from the least to the greatest, and Druss can't help but wonder if he has the strength to make it through one more fight. If the choice is between dying in battle and dying old, Druss knows how he wants to go, and he knows there's more than one type of power.

On the surface, this is a war story. It's about how people react when their homes and lives are threatened and what they do when pushed to the corner. But Gemmell, in all his stories, also captures the inner battles that rage in men, how we first have to fight our inner fears before we can face the outer ones. And while the stories may not be the most soul-searching, but the message is there, and so well incorporated into the story it makes it a fun read. If you like the rousing action adventure genre, a bit of heroic fantasy, from the view of age rather than youth, this is a great book.


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    • Dark knight rides profile imageAUTHOR

      Dark knight rides 

      9 years ago from Denver

      It is. I know he'd been fighting cancer in 1976, when he actually started writing Legend, but I understand he died of coronary artery disease, just before his 58th birthday. It is terrible.

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      Simon Cook 

      9 years ago from NJ, USA

      I just looked up David Gemmell - didn't realize he passed away three years ago - so sad - so young!

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      Simon Cook 

      9 years ago from NJ, USA

      Wow this takes me back - I read this book when it first came out - from what I remember it's bascially about defending a castle? Now I want to go back and dig out all my old David Gemmel books - they truly are classic fantasy! Thanks for the memories and the insights into David Gemmel's writing!


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