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White Wolf (Drenai) Kindle Edition

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Length: 484 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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This new heroic fantasy in Gemmell's engrossing Drenai series takes place immediately before his first published novel, Legend (1984), but stands well on its own. Skilgannon, swordmaster and former general of Queen Jianna's army, walked away from the queen's service after his forces sacked a city with such savagery that his name is ever after followed by "the Damned." He's spent three trying years submitting to monastic discipline in hopes of understanding the places of man and evil in the world. His dreams are disturbed by a white wolf; his thoughts by memories of his dead wife and hopeless love for Queen Jianna. Now the surrounding town is torn by civil unrest and the monks debate fleeing: Skilgannon might have stayed with them but for the price on his head and the futility of his disguise as Brother Lantern. The abbot sends him to the capital, Mellicane, escorting an unworldly monk. In the woods outside town, they pick up the boy Rabalyn, whose troubles with a town bully ended with the torching of his aunt's house and the killing of the aunt and the bully; his ne'er-do-well parents are said to be in the capital. Thus begins a journey that will continue beyond Mellicane and draw in the author's most famous character, Druss the axeman. The plot seamlessly supports the predictable violence. Magic plays little part in everyday life, but when it affects the deeds of rulers and leaders, Gemmell describes it in a concrete, nuts-and-bolts way in welcome contrast to much airy-fairy fantasy.
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The prolific Gemmell returns to the violence-ridden world of the Drenai and his best-known character, wandering warrior Druss the Legend, and in opening this book, introduces another, even more Conanesque figure, Skilgannon--tattooed with a spider on his arm and a leopard on his chest, and haunted by dreams of a white wolf. The dreams and other circumstances don't improve Skilgannon's already hair-trigger temper, and on first meeting Druss, the two bristle at each other like tomcats. They face a common foe, however: the werebeasts known as Joinings, who endanger not only the two warriors but all Drenai. Under those circumstances, suspicion slowly turns to cooperation, and cooperation to a friendship that makes their partnership significant in Drenai's history as well as the pretext for a multitude of good battle scenes! Standing more or less independent of previous Druss novels, White Wolf is a good introduction to them and a typical, action-oriented Gemmell-brand fantasy. Roland Green
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  • File Size: 1133 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 034545832X
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (May 27, 2010)
  • Publication Date: May 27, 2010
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003O86FEU
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on May 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
White Wolf is the tenth novel in the Drenai Tales series. It features Druss the Legend at a later point in his life, five years after the death of his wife Rowena and ten years before Dos Delnoch, in a quest tale involving his old friend Orastes and his daughter as well as another warrior seeking relief from his guilt and sorrow.
In the chaos following the death of the Emperor Gorben at Skeln Pass, civil war racked Ventria and spread to Tantria. The Tantrian king has attacked Datia and Shakusan Ironmask, leader of the king's guardsmen, has sent Arbeiters out among the people to stir up anger against agents of the enemy, foreigners and the churchmen.
In this novel, Skilgannon the Damned has left the Witch Queen of Naashan, his lover, and is living as Brother Lantern in a community of monks. The Arbeiters have led the townsfolk in torturing and hanging foreigners and burning down their houses. Now they are arousing the people against the churchmen. A crowd has badly beat old Brother Layban and Brothers Lantern and Braygan have come to obtain healing herbs and potions from the Apothecary. There an Arbeiter strikes Brother Braygan and attacks Brother Lantern and thereby seriously hurts himself.
Brother Lantern can see that the monks are very much at risk of attack by the townsfolk, but the Elder Brother will not flee, for the monks' duty is to the flock even if it costs their lives. Brother Lantern stands against the mob and cannot refrain from resisting after the Elder Brother is attacked and wounded. After a few assailants are killed or maimed, the townsfolk cease their assault of the monastery. Brother Lantern now knows that he cannot remain a monk, for he is not willing to die for "scum".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott Masterton VINE VOICE on April 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
David Gemmell's new novel 'White Wolf' is a great read. Although marketed as a Druss novel, Druss is a secondary character in this morality play. Skilgannon is the real star of this novel; a deadly young warrior with a twisted past. As in all of the David Gemmell novels, Skilgannon is a damaged and in many ways morally corrupt individual reminiscent of the early Clint Eastwood, 'Man with No Name' characters.
As is all of Gemmell's work, the writing is sharp and the dialogue clean and clear. Gemmell's real gift however, lies in his utterly human, 3-dimensional characters. Interestingly, the author explains (via his characters dialogue) how a warrior must think in black and white terms; wrong and a right; good and evil. Gemmell's characters are none of those things. They are all wonderfully filled with shades of gray, just like all of us.
'White Wolf' and all of it's new characters are a wonderful addition to the continuing Drenai saga. I for one would like to see more of Skilgannon. Although complete in and of itself, this novel begs to be followed with more stories of Skilgannon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By book jock on May 30, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Honestly the best book I have read in the last four months.. Thats coming from and avg. of 6 books a month. Kudos to David Gemmell with this stuning novel of a warrior with a trubled past who has to face his undecided future and has to attempt the impossible to try to releive himself of some of his sins by bringing back one of the many who have suffered by his mear existence. The writing is fantastic with David Gemmell's fluid and visual battle writing skills and exiting turns at every chapter. Just a wonderful book......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Once he was a general of a great army, with much wealth and vast estates who waged war on the enemies of the women he loved, the woman who ants to take the throne of the Naashanites. He possessed the magical swords of Night and Day and no man could best him in battle but when he helped put Jianna on the throne, he realized her first love was power and so he left her. Jianna puts a price on his head and people believed Skilgannon was dammed because of the atrocities he committed while at war.
For two years he sought peace as a priest but the outside world found out him and forced him to flee. In the city of Mellicane, the legendary Joinings, men and beast magically melded into one, were on the loose and Skilgannon along with another hero, the legendary Druss warrior, repelled the attacks. They joined forces to rescue a little girl held hostage by Skilgannon's greatest enemy, a child greatly beloved by Druss. Both knew this may be their last battle but they are true heroes determined to rescue a child from a madman.
David Gemmell knows how to write a winning sword and sorcery tale starring a tortured hero (much like Elric of Melinbone) it is impossible to dislike him despite the atrocities he committed. The story line is fast-paced and rich in color with a villain reminiscent of Hannibal Lechter. Druss is a half-century in age and his time is passing yet he still has the power to instill fear into his enemies' hearts. WHITE WOLF is a stirring fantasy that will please fans of the genre.
Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "the_jefe" on April 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Of all of Gemmell's extraordinary world's none have been quite as captivating as the Drenai saga. The protagonists in these books allow us glimpses of the history making events that occur in this epic, themselves usually being a catalyst of some sort, but after reading nearly a dozen of the novels, I had only theories about how these glimpses and tatters truly fit together. From everyone's favorite anti-hero Dakyras to the epitome of a hero that is Druss we had but a fog with a few clear spots.
After reading White Wolf it was as if I had fog lights. The fog is still there but I can see my way through the history I have constructed and can see glimpses of what lies ahead. Gemmell brings us both new and familiar in this novel with druss recounting some of his history and skilgannon reliving his. At the same time David teases you with a girl carrying the Prince of Assassins crossbow and body parts of slain hero's being preserved which proved enough to make me salivate about the possibilities.
While perhaps not individually as awe in-spiring as Legend and Hero in the Shadows, it is a masterful piece that lends cohesion to this world that I so love. If that is not enough for you... our troubled protagonist fights with two katanas... how cool is that.
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