- 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: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 84 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sword in the Storm (The Rigante Series, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 30, 2001
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Fierce and proud, the Rigante dwell deep in the green mountain lands, worshiping the gods of air and water, and the spirits of the earth. Among them lives a warrior who bears the mark of fate. Born of the storm that slew his father, he is Connavar, and tales of his courage spread like wildfire.
The Seidh--a magical race as old as time--take note of the young warrior and cast a malignant shadow across his life. For soon a merciless army will cross the water, destroying forever the timeless rhythms of life among the Rigante.
Swearing to protect his people, Connavar embarks on a quest that will take him into the heart of the enemy. Along the way, he receives a gift: a sword as powerful and deadly as the Seidh who forged it. Thus he receives a name that will strike fear into the hearts of friend and foe alike--a name proclaiming a glorious and bitter destiny . . .
About the Author
David Gemmell was born in London, England, in the summer of 1948. Expelled from school at sixteen, he became a bouncer, working at nightclubs in Soho. Born with a silver tongue, Gemmell rarely needed to bounce customers, relying on his gift of gab to talk his way out of trouble. This talent eventually led to a job as freelancer for the London Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, and 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.
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As with every other Gemmell book I have read this book contains plenty of action. Gemmell is one of the best in the fantasy genre for describing a fight, either a sword fight or a fist fight.
The general plot of this book centers on a young barbarian of the Rigante people. The first book follows him as he grows up into a man who becomes famous first among his own people and then gradually others. It follows his trials, and there are many, as well as his successes. The major subplot of this book is the impending invasion by the people of Stone who are across the ocean. While this subplot does not get fully explored in this book it is quite obvious how it sets up for the second booking what the Rigante will face and the challenges that lay ahead for them.
Again, as with the other books I have read by Gemmell, he has once again created memorable characters. All the characters from Connavar, to Banouin are fantastic. Each character has flaws, they are not all powerful, never do wrong like some modern fantasy characters are. Gemmell's characters have a way of touching some part of the reader, each character serves a purpose as they take the reader through the story. I believe the true strength of Gemmell's books are the wonderful characters and this book follows that mold very well.
As I mentioned earlier, Gemmell is most known for the book Legend and the series that spawned. Fans of that book, and series, will most likely enjoy this as well. However, I feel it needs to be noted that readers should not go into this book expecting the same flow as the Drenai books. This book has a much more Celtic feel than his other books. It's a much more engaging read that requires more attention from the reader than the Drenai books. That's not to say the Drenai books are bad books, in fact I enjoy they quite a bit, it's just they are different than the Rigante books and people expecting the same may be slightly disappointed by that.
I would strongly urge any fantasy fan to give this book a shot. Certainly fans of Gemmell should read this without worrying about it. They will find many things they enjoy. This is certainly a worthwhile read, and I look forward to continuing the series.
As the first of the Rigante series it magnificently stands alone, much more so than the other books in this series.
Sword in the Storm is full of daring and heroics,violence, love , betrayal and a constant theme of protecting those you love.
Connavar, the main character, serves as a vehicle for the flawed hero almost to perfection. In this character Gemmell explores the flaw in all of us when faced by events to big for us to meet but cannot run away from......
Definitely a standard above his earlier works ....much deeper characters with a greater sense of realism ....and by far a plot that does not rely on mindless violence to carry it forward, though in true Gemmell style there is no shortage of battles and warfare.