|Submitted by Luke Price |
(May 04, 2010)
This novel is a masterpiece, and in my opinion, one of Gemmell's best. It's the classic young-man-chasing-his-lost-love story wrapped in satisfyingly gory battles and an overarching depiction of how war changes a man. The main characters are certainly not cookie-cutter, but they are of recognizable archetypes. Druss is the brawler hero, a hulking man with violent passion and a never-quit attitude; Sieben is the womanizing best friend, a man who charms women with his eloquent words; Shadak is the wise mentor, and so on and so forth. It is hard to create a story that has not been told in some shape or form, and indeed The First Chronicles Of Druss The Legend feels familiar. But few have told it quite so well as David Gemmell, with a humble but efficient writing style that perfectly delivers his own version.