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Dark Moon Mass Market Paperback – December 2, 2003
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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...
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.
25th of August of 1999
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.Read more ›
A good read, but one I'm afraid that can wait until you've read some of his better books such as Winter Warriors.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of action, great plot and story line, touching finish. Love the characters. Would Highly recommend to anyone that loves fantasy fiction.Published 11 months ago by George Wealth
This is another stand-alone volume of heroic fantasy by the late David Gemmell, and it has long been another old favourite of mine. Read morePublished on August 24, 2014 by JPS
Dark Moon is a fantastic story that I couldn't put down. It has everything from magic to heros with twists thrown in to keep you reading until the end.Published on July 5, 2014 by Emma
It amazes me that this is a standalone fantasy novel. Multiple fully-fleshed out main characters, an epic story of survival against a race hellbent on destruction, huge battle... Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by Matthew Kuhlen
Because it's not overly long and its a stand alone book, not to mention that its a great read. Gemmell has an amazing imagination. He will suck you into this book. Read morePublished on May 29, 2011 by James Montgomery
Really liked the book, but the formatting for the kindle could have been better. There was a wide left-margin like a bad conversion from epub, and the sections within the chapters... Read morePublished on December 20, 2010 by Cybele Wong
It's not one of David Gemmell's best books, but if you like epic fantasy with great characters, this is an excellent read. Read morePublished on April 20, 2010 by Poisoned Blade
David Gemmell of late lamented memory always had a talent for sword and sorcery fiction he was one of the very best. Read morePublished on January 27, 2009 by General Pete