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Dark Moon Mass Market Paperback – December 2, 2003

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"'As a weaver of genuinely stirring heroic tales, it's hard to see anyone in the field to touch him'" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The peaceful Eldarin were the last of three ancient races. The mystical Oltor, healers and poets, had fallen before the dread power of the cruel and sadistic Daroth. Yet in one awesome night the invincible Daroth had vanished from the face of the earth. Gone were their cities, their armies, their terror. The Great Northern Desert was their only legacy. Not a trace remained for a thousand years...
The War of the Pearl had raged for seven years and the armies of the four Duchies were exhausted and weary of bloodshed. But the foremost of the Dukes, Sirano of Romark, possessed the Eldarin Pearl and was determined to unravel its secrets.
Then, on one unforgetable day, a dark moon rose above the Great Northern Desert, and a black tidal wave swept across the land. In moments the desert had vanished beneath lush fields and forests and a great city could be seen glittering in the morning sunlight.
From this city re-emerged the blood-hungry Daroth, powerful and immortal, immune to spear and sword. They had only one desire: to rid the world of humankind for ever.
Now the fate of the human race rests on the talents of three heroes: Karis, warrior-woman and strategist; Tarantio, the deadliest swordsman of the age; and Duvodas the Healer, who will learn a terrible truth.
A new world of myth and magic, love and heroism, from the bestselling author of "The Legend of Deathwalker.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (December 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780345458377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345458377
  • ASIN: 0345458370
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. Robinson on September 3, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Another great stand alone book. This Story tell us of a troubled warrior who has to live with the demon inside him (literally). this demon is his brother and is the greatest swordfighter in the world... A trait that comes in handy when an ancient race of monsters is set free. The monsters are huge, whith natural body plate armor and two hearts...very hard to kill and they have a ataste for human flesh. Fortuantly our Hero makes some interesting frinedsz and efforts are made to recall another lost race of healers and majics to banish the fearsom monsters...

All in all this is a wonderful book, and the type of thing i read and wonder why there are not movies made of Gemmells books. They move a great speeds and always have facinating characters... Buy this book if you like wonderful stand alone fantasy... and as a refreshing twist... not all the "good guys" will survive...
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I was initially attracted to Dark Moon because I had already enjoyed much of Gemmell's entertaining Drenai Series, which ostensibly is Sword & Sorcery (really 90% sword, 10% sorcery) and I wanted to see how he could handle more magic. Dark Moon promised to be that book.

The first portion was outstanding: a complex protagonist (Tarantio/Dace) emerges in a world with an apparently rich history of magic/creatures (three races of alien like humanoids: Daroth Eldarin Oltor). But the plot shifts away from Tarantio and never really capitalizes on the dynamics of the magical cultures. Sorcery quickly takes a back seat with the first protagonist.

Instead, the latter half is dedicated for explaining the intricate working of catapults and ballistae ... and instead of developing Tarantio's awesome background, we are introduced to a dozen other characters as they defend a city (sound like Legend?). In fact, the first 6 books of Drenai were published by the time Dark Moon emerged as a stand-alone book (~1996), but the similarities with Drenai were obvious: the Daroth might as well have been "Joinings" and the city of Corduin could have been "Dros Delnoch."

So more sorcery was presented, but it was delivered superficially. It did not seem like a new Gemmell experience; rather, Gemmell demonstrated the limits of his formulaic approach. Not bad, but not nothing spectacular either.
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"Dark Moon" is an entertaining piece that achieves all the best in its genre: magic, black sorcery, evil men, blood-thirst monsters and human heroes that with cunning and courage fight for the saving of mankind. Yet David Gemmel grasps the story in an intense way: petty, meaningless details give way to an ever-flowing course of action and battle, while always depicting the problematic thoughts and past of the main characters. There isn't a single meaningless page in this book - everything is incredibly connected to speed our way to the great final. From beginning to end the main character - the swordsman Taratio (and its demon-ego Dace) - drive us through battles and difficult choices in a great adventure against an ancient and forgotten evil!
25th of August of 1999
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I've read all of David Gemmell's books that are in paperback in the US, and I usually devour them about as quickly as they are printed. Dark Moon has been sitting on my bedside table for months. Mainly because I'm 2/3 through and just not interested in what comes next.
The main characters are a typical, Gemmell mix. The warrior, Tarantio, has a voice in his head, a personality known as Dace who takes over his body in tense situations and makes him the greatest fighter in the world. Hardly a novel concept (See Ran in Wheel of Time). The Bard, Duvodas, is the proverbial peace-loving magic-user character that appears in all his books. Karis is a rather unique turn on the tough, general who will lead the defense of the city against impossible odds. The twist here is she's a woman. The enemy is the evil, unstoppable Duroth, a race of beings from another dimension that live to destroy, feed, and move on in such a thoughtless manner, even the characters question if you can even call them `evil.' Sarino starts off as the "bad guy" evil wizard type, morphs into a pitiable wretch who removes himself from the story before the climax in an act that should have been redemptive but somehow isn't. Along the way we learn about a lost race of Eldarin, powerful and peaceloving, when faced by the conquering Duroth, they simply left. We know they will come back, somehow help our heroes and defeat the enemy. At least that's where the story is leading me, so far.
Gemmell is the master of setting up the "Weaker Heroes against Impossible Odds" scenario. This is what I love about him and his books. This one seems so impossible, you just know the way it works out will be so improbable as to border on the ridiculous.
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I enjoyed this book because it was typical Gemmel, but with something a little diffrent. Like in so many of his other books, such a Legend and King Beyond the Gate, Gemmel spends most of the book preparing and explaining a great war or siege. This is very much the same in Dark Moon. But the diffrence in this one is that the bad guys are not human. NO! He has created his own race of mighty creatures that are interesting and bring real colour to the action scenes. Another great factor of the book is one of the main characters, Tarantio. He will intrigue you, I promise!
A good read, but one I'm afraid that can wait until you've read some of his better books such as Winter Warriors.
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