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  • Series: Rigante (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 439 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (January 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345432347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345432346
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Gemmell is several rungs above the good - right into the fabulous'" -- Anne McCaffrey "'The best fantasy inspires genuine involvement. David Gemmell's novels do just that'" Interzone --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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'One of the central entertainers of the genre.' - Encyclopaedia of Fantasy

'The best fantasy inspires genuine involvement. David Gemmell's novels do just that.' - Interzone

'David Gemmell is the magic behind the warlords and warriors. The drive behind the danger and darkness and the mind behind the most amazing adventures ever imagined.' - Northern Lights

'Forget other-world fantasies where good fights evil, light faces dark. in David Gemmell's stories there are infinite shades of grey." - SFX Magazine

'When it comes to heroic fantasy, nobody does it better than David Gemmell.' - The Dark Side --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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David Gemmell was born in London, England, in the summer of 1948. Expelled from school at sixteen, he became a bouncer, working nightclubs in Soho. Born with a silver tongue, Gemmell rarely needed to bounce customers, relying instead on his gift of gab to talk his way out of trouble. This talent eventually led him to jobs as a freelancer for the London Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror, and the Daily Express. His first novel, Legend, was published in 1984 and has remained in print ever since. He became a full-time writer in 1986. His books consistently top the London Times bestseller list.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A. Carey on November 23, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read Gemmell's first book, 'Legend', when it was originally published in 1984. It's remains the only book I've ever read three times. From then on, every six months, for the next ten years, I bought every new book he released the week it was published.
When I moved to America from England, I stopped reading Gemmell's work. His books weren't readily available here and the new ones weren't even being published. By the time Gemmell started to become popular in the U.S., I'd lost the habit of reading him.
So it happened that I was looking for an easy read at the airport, after my flight was delayed. There on the shelf of Waldenbooks was a new novel by Gemmell - Sword in the Storm: Book 1 of the Rigante. Well, I was too tired to start reading it that day, but when I finally read it I was hooked. It's been a while since I read a book cover to cover in two days.
The experience reminded me why I always loved reading David Gemmell's work. He's not the most inventive writer I've read and he isn't exactly challenging. Many of his plots are recycled from previous outings and his dialog doesn't always work. What Gemmell offers is good old-fashioned story telling. I think his talent really resides in the fact that Gemmell loves his characters. For him they really seem to exist and so by extension, they exist for the reader too.
Writing has been described as mind-reading, the author putting his thoughts in the readers' heads. Gemmell does this par excellence. Rarely does he miss an emotional beat when telling his stories.
Even when Gemmell's being his most manipulative, I'm a willing sucker for his literary hucksterism. He's just a good, solid writer who seems to care about what he's writing about. I'm always sad to finish one of his books.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mike Galer on December 13, 1999
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`Sword in the Storm' is described as the `Book one in the Rigante series' - how many times have we heard that? Oh, no not another trilogy (however we do not yet known how many books will appear in this sequence yet). Gemmell normally avoids this, most of this books are `stand alone' or sequels to earlier works. The exception to this is `Ironhand's Daughter', which was marketed in the UK as the `1st Book of the Hawk Queen' though only one other volume has appeared (The Hawk Eternal'). Actually it's rather good, well up to Gemmell's best. In terms of his other works, better than `Waylander II: in the Realm of the Wolf' and `Echoes of the Great Song' and on a par with the excellent `Dark Moon' and `Winter Warriors'. Fans will not be disappointed and new reader will enjoy Gemmell's rich glorious style. The main characters are typically Gemmell: passionate, resourceful and proud. Full of revenge and destiny, envy and greed. Gemmell's plots often revolve around simple passions and motivations. Not one dimensional, but just driven by basic human nature. This fits with Gemmell's often Bronze-age feel to his fantasy. His other characters are mixed and believable. Although `Stone' is clearly late Republican Rome and the `Rigante' probably Celts, this does not matter as it's handed well. But I did see an echo with the `Outland' i.e. Roman Legions of `Ironhand's Daughter' with Gemmell's new world of Rigante. And that's my one criticism of Gemmell, `Ironhand's Daughter' was written only 3 or 4 years before the new Rigante series, but already we have a repetition of themes - he does seem to do this fairly often. This is of course just his style, and fans come to expect certain things of a writer. He would argue that basic human emotions such as revenge and lust for glory have driven great men and women throughout history and his characters are no different. I look forward, as always, to the next volume by this great British writer.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Martin on March 29, 2000
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I came across Gemmell while trying to search down another author named James Silke (Death Dealer novels). Although Silke has written nothing else than those primal books I read years ago, I've found that Gemmell has stepped in to fill that void for me. Sometimes I feel that Gemmell's works lack the structure of the most lauded prose authors, but he more than makes up for it in pure characterization and his embodiment of a rousing, dynamic, fantasy yarn. His tales are a seamless amalgam of Tolkienesque high fantasy and Howardesque sword and sorcery. READ as much GEMMELL as possible. You'll be happier for it. In fact, my only TRUE complaint is that I can't seem to put a thumb on what SEQUENCE to read my Gemmell novels! Other Gemmellites agree on this one? :-)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brad Smith on March 30, 2001
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This was on my wish list for a long time, as it only just became available in America recently. I'm not disappointed.
Basically, the novel follows the preordained rise to greatness of Conn, the titular "Sword in the Storm". He is noticed by the Seidh, a group of dangerous near-deities, who help him in times of trouble. He leaves the lands of his native tribe and visits the mainland, serving as a scout in the armies of Stone, an all-conquering empire. He comes back to strengthen his people for the coming onslaught, which is set up at the end of this book.
"Okay, but what's it like?"
Pretty darn good, actually. I like Gemmell's way of focusing on the thoughts of minor characters as well as major ones, giving us a different perspective. It is, of course, liberally drawn from European history; Conn's people are quite obviously Celtic, and the Stone are, of course, Rome.
One of the more interesting things I noticed was how Mr. Gemmell uses fate. The liberal knowledge of geasa is one manifestation, and the other is the Seidh's interest in Conn. As I mentioned, he is preordained for greatness...though I really suspect it's more of a "preordained to keep the Seidh alive for a little while longer" kind of thing, given that the Seidh are usually quite selfish in their faeishness (come on, you rearrange Seidh to get Sidhe...), and the epilogue seems to support this. Of course, I'll know more come the sequel, in May.
I highly recommend this novel.
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