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Summary

The Drenai King is dead - murdered by a ruthless assassin. Enemy troops swarm into Drenai lands. Their orders are simple - kill every man, woman and child. But there is hope.

Stalked by men who act like beasts and beasts that walk like men, the warrior Waylander must journey into the shadow-haunted lands of the Nadir to find the legendary Armour of Bronze. With this he can turn the tide. But can he be trusted? For he is Waylander the Slayer. The traitor who killed the King...

©2017 David Gemmell (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

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amazing. It's all I need to say.

it would seem i need to say more or it won't let me say anything. Well worth buying and will be a book I'll listen to a lot. I have read all of his work and now am really happy I can listen to them at work or when walking the dog or even just sitting. It's sad that he died to soon and we will never get a new work from an author I love above all others.

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Trying an earlier fantasy series, not so succesful

Because I love George Martin's Song of Ice and Fire Series and enjoyed Tad Williams' Osten Ard series, I have been trying out a little more fantasy and came across this saga on an Audible offer. This first book was quite enjoyable and kept me entertained. I could certainly see where David Gremmell may have inspired later fantasy writers with the language and imagery used.

I've now listened to the first 3 books of the Drenai series and don't think I'll read more - they are likely to be pretty similar in formula and that formula isn't good enought to tempt me to hear more - better to try something different. Amazingly sexist by the way with just about every 'heroine' featured enjoying the back of her hero lover's hand!

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Another Helping of Gorgeous Gemmell

I have pretty much gorged on three of these in the short time since Audible made them available. I think I've pretty much said all I can about them in general in my reviews of Legend and The King Beyond the Gate. In the 80s they were pure gold and even if fantasy has gained a level of sophistication since then they are still wonderful tales. Yes they have certain similarities but I think this is possibly the best of them. It's very direct and having read the above two it was fascinating to fill in some of the legends like the origin of The Thirty and how the legendary fortress of Dros Delnoch came about.

Most of all though they are just great fun. Waylander is an excellent character and there is a lot of clever action. Sean Barrett was born to read fantasy novels and he works hand in glove with Gemmell's text. In addition the afterwords written by David himself are fascinating little insights to the writing process. In this case it all sounds decidedly naive but for those of us that have grown up holding this author in real affection it's also a nice little window into the life that produced these great stories. And I might say naive but if it was then it was gloriously naive as the resulting tale of Waylander ably demonstrates . . .

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A book to make you forget everything around you

A book to make you forget everything around you and stay in your imagination when your not listening........simply put ive been Gemmell'ed

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  • 19-06-22

Top class

Up there with the best fantasy books of all time.

David Gemmells Drenai series is a classic that stands the test of time.

The narration is absolutely perfect for the story.

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wonderful story

I really enjoyed this book and have already started book 2
I came across legend a few years back when it wasn't on audio and recently discovered the whole series, such great characters and a really interesting afterword from the author too rip Mr Gemmel

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I'm a complete fan of David Gemmell's, well presented format looking forward to book 2 his books always grip you in the first few line they never disappoint

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loved it

The narrator is fantastic and having not read the books for about 10 years it was a perfect blast from the past. Gemmell was an awesome writer and the stories very much still stand up

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good

I liked this book and will buy the next in the waylander series to see how it goes.
it may not be as amazing as Joe Abercrombie's stuff it's still a good substitute I think

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Great Start to The Drenai Series.

Great Start.

I've read these books befor but never listened to the audiobooks.

Would highly recommend befor listening to Legend.

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  • Dustin m.
  • 10-08-17

Awesome!!

First Gemmell book I ever read, hooked me for life. This audio version really brings Waylander to life. I'm getting ALL of the audio books of David Gemmell, his books are top notch.

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  • Randall
  • 27-10-18

Listening in Chronological Order

I read the Drenai books as they were coming out before Gemmell's death, so I've been a fan for a long while.
This is the 1st time that I have experienced them in chronological order.
Gemmell wrote some of my favorite fantasy fight scenes. If you like detailed descriptions of fights, then go with his books.
Yes, his books are typically a clear cut good vs. evil story in which the protagonist is usually the toughest of the tough, yet still has doubts. Even with this in mind, I love the character of Waylander the Slayer because, when you meet him, he is the last person who you expect to be a hero. He and everyone else in this book has doubts.
Sean Barrett does a wonderful job of bringing these characters to life. I look forward to listening to his next performance.
For an added treat, stick around for the Afterward in which Gemmell explained how his original attempt at this story was no good, and it took his accidental creation of what became the title character to make it work.

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  • DAVID FUSCO
  • 01-11-17

the assassin

Another great book by Gemmell love waylander,'book moves well. Readed these years ago Against The Horde was my first,in the 80's now get to listen to them.Nice job Sean. wow!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-17

I have been waiting for these books!!!!!

I have read Gemmell books for years now over and over again. I even listened to the original CD's back in the day! These are EPIC novels that are so well done and timeless. The Drenai and the Reganti books are my favorite ones. I do plan to buy all my favorite books and have a lot to look forward to. Oh, I have collected most of his books in paper back over the years so there is no worries about buying these if you love EPIC Fighting/swords/monsters/honorable stories!

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  • Little Fox
  • 04-11-21

Excellent story read excellently

I read this book about 20 years ago. I really enjoyed it then and many of the scenes replayed in my mind as I listened to the audio book as if though I just read them last month. The characters in the Drenai Saga are likable, even some of the unsavory ones...

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  • Michael Prater
  • 07-08-21

David Gemmell and Sean Barrett are great match!

Everything about this audiobook is perfect! Once in a lifetime author and a narrator that does the work justice!

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  • George B
  • 01-10-17

A personal favourite

As with all of David Gemmell's books the characters in Waylander are colourful and fully fleshed out. The overriding plot is essentially straightforwards, but the Author is still able to work in some clever twists and turns. This is one audio book that I will listen too again in the future ... a credit well spent.

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  • Aileen M.
  • 08-05-22

Loved it!

Depth of characters, battle, good vs evil a little love. The best narration I’ve heard in some time.

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  • JetstormNation
  • 22-12-21

More great stuff by Gemmell

If you like his other books you’ll most likely enjoy this one. The main character is heroic and independent, like a Clint Eastwood character. There’s plenty of fast-paced fight scenes. And there is a happy ending.

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  • North40
  • 15-11-21

timeless stories

I've probably listened to the entire book 10x at least. Never grows old or stale. Exciting story, memorable characters. If Gemmell was still alive would beg him to resurrect Waylander somehow to continue his adventures. Brilliant read by Barrett. So many voices and maintains the drama and suspense.