|Submitted by Anonymous |
(Oct 21, 2006)
If youíve read David Gemmellís previous works, youíll like White Wolf, the first novel of The Damned. There are two main qualities that make this book outstanding. First, book has valuable morals that may be applied to life. Second, the novel has interesting characters Ė each with different personalities, each with their own disturbing past, and each with their own conflict.
The story starts with an angry mob attacking a monastery. Unfortunately for them, one of the priests was the former legendary general and swords master, Olek Skilganon. Unable to contain his violent nature, he kills several of the people. Because of this, the abbot asks him to leave the monastery. In this scene, Gemmell asks his readers, for what purpose do people hate each other? Why do they kill? The authorís answer, conveyed through the actions of Skilganon, is that humans canít help themselves Ė it is within their nature to mass exterminate. Another scene is when riders massacre helpless refugees. Skilganon, without hesitation, intervenes. Why? Here, Gemmell teaches his readers that sometimes, no matter the odds, the righteous course of action must be done.
There are two protagonists in the story. First, there is Olek Skilganon. He was a former general and an extraordinarily gifted swordsman. As a general, in order to quell a revolt, he was ordered to kill every man, woman, and child in a city. For this, he became known as The Damned. Tiring of his duty, he leaves the army, his country, and the woman he loves. Indeed, Gemmell has made Skilganon a very interesting character. Using flashbacks, Gemmell shows his readers the early part of Skilganonís life. Second, there is Druss. Appearing in prequels, he plays a secondary role. In the story, his aim is to free his friendís child. But why would he travel hundreds of miles, risking his life, just to free a child. Again, the philosophy remains. No matte the odds, the righteous course of action must be carried out. Gemmell says through his characters, ďProbability cannot explain morality.Ē
Even if Gemmellís books are a bit repetitive, they are still a fascinating read. I enjoyed this book just as much as the rest and I will do my utmost to read all his books. This book was absurdly awesome and I recommend it to all high school students and adults. Perhaps it is even Gemmellís greatest work of times.