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Winter Warriors (Drenai Tales, Book 8) Mass Market Paperback – June 6, 2000

4.7 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
Book 8 of 11 in the Drenai Saga Series

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David Gemmell has a talent for fantasy tales of heroism and villainy that feature characters who, while sympathetically flawed, are almost superhumanly good at what they do. Often these people are warriors: finely drawn, emotionally complex, and struggling with their individual human challenges against the backdrop of epic events.

The heroic figures here are three Drenai soldiers, Nogusta, Bison, and Kebra, whose services have been rejected by their king because they are no longer young. However, while these old friends might be a tad past their best, they are still very good indeed, and when they are called upon to protect the infant heir to the throne, the little prince could not be in better hands. In the midst of flight and eventual, desperate battle against the forces of the demon lord Anharat, they fight not only a human army and a band of demon riders bent on the heir's death but their own doubts about their ability and worth. Gemmell is particularly deft at describing fine gradations of the friendship between the three men, including the subtleties of liking, of loving, and of the different strengths that come with age. Winter Warriors is both a fast-paced fantasy adventure and a powerful story of living and dying well. --Luc Duplessis

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"David Gemmell tells a tale of very real adventure, the stuff of true epic fantasy."
-R. A. SALVATORE
   Author of the DemonWars trilogy
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Product Details

  • Series: Drenai Saga (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reissue edition (June 6, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345432304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345432308
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once again, David Gemmell leads us into the harsh yet fantastic world of the Drenai. The book is "Winter Warriors," and it showcases Gemmell's steadfast refusal to try to fix something that just isn't broken. If you're familiar with previous Drenai novels, the themes should be familiar - three old soldiers (a master swordsman with a tragic past, a bowman whose eyes are failing him, and a hulking brute with more heart than brains) find themselves embroiled in a quest to save Queen Axiana and her unborn son from the hordes of demons who seek them out. If the unborn king is sacrificed... yep, you guessed it, the world enters an age of unending darkness, and all mankind will suffer.
It's true, you could fault Gemmell's cast of characters for being too archetypical, and bearing more than a passing resemblance to previous characters in the Drenai series (compare Nogusta of "Winter Warriors" to Chareos in "Quest For Lost Heroes," or Bison to Beltzer in the aforementioned tome)... but be that as it may, each and every principle character in "Winter Warriors" is a living, breathing, flesh-and-blood human being, and few fantasy authors can achieve such a claim. Each man and woman behaves in a realistic, believable fashion, and comes out of the adventure dramatically changed by the experience. In an attempt to wow you with magical doo-dads, action set pieces, and enigmatic creatures, most fantasy authors forget to inject humanity into their work - but not David Gemmell. "Winter Warriors" is a deeply human story, no matter what demons or magical spells come into play. The action works because you genuinely care about the people fighting for their lives... and if you know David Gemmell, you know too that no hero is immortal.
I can find few faults in "Winter Warriors," to be quite honest.
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Gemmell has a gift - he writes stunningly good fantasy which is gritty and realistic. There is no airy-farie whiff about his work, and no long, over-complicated backstory either (such as in the Wheel of Time). Gemmell keeps the story going at a blinding pace.
The ancient Drenai empire, once besiged from all sides, has been saved by the armies of its warrior king, and now he has marched onward to glory. However, his newly-taken empire is full of strife and tretchery ... and dark sorcery.
A Demon King is attempting to return his people to the world, and destroy humanity. To do so, he only has to kill the unborn child of the warrior-king. That child's only defence is three old men, discarded by their lord: Nogusta the Swordsmen, Kebra the Bowman, and the slow but sure Bison. In their hands rests the fate of the world.
This is a tale of sheer brilliance. Each of the characters is clearly defined and explored throughout the book, and we care about all of them, even the Demon Lord. It's a great story, and Gemmell is a great writer. Well worth and look for any fantasy reader.
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I have read all of the Drenai novels written by David Gemmell and I can assuredly say that this is one of his best books set in this world. While the plot is somewhat similar in style to his QUEST FOR LOST HEROES, the execution shows that he has grown considerably as an author. It is a tightly plotted novel that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster and leave you wanting more. Add to this some of Gemmell's best dialogue in ages and you have a book worthy of space on your bookshelf. You will revel in the exploits of Kebra, Nogusta, Bison, as well as Antikas Karios and Dagorian as they attempt to stop a demon-lord from plunging the world into darkness. I can't recommend this book enough.
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David Gemmell was one of the best storytellers ever. All his books are fast paced, easy to read, very suspenseful and they leave you with a strong desire to read more of his books and adventures. He paints his characters and worlds full of color and makes you feel part of his stories. I have reread all his books many times and they never fail to thrill me and make me want to read them yet again.
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Gemmell's later books were more in depth as far as the characters are concerned, and this book is the most touching of the series. Less action and violence but far more characterization and closeness of the comrades in arms, both the men and the women and the children. A lot of development of the characters as well, even the bad guys. More magic in this one also.
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Well, after a recommendation from someone awhile ago I started reading the Drenai series. I started with Legend and read each book in proper order.
I absolutely devoured them, finishing them at a speed that I couldn't believe. Each book was outstanding as a whole. Occasionally in one or two of the novels I felt like I was going down a path that Mr. Gemmell had blazed before, yet there is always something fresh, and I'll tell you what it is; The characters.
I have had more lumps in the throat reading these novels than I can ever recall with any other author. Certainly, these books are heavily influenced by combat, but there really is so much more. I can relate to these (fictional) people, and perhaps that is the best compliment one can pay to an author.
So after feeling like I had read every major fantasy author of the past 30 or so years I came upon this series, and I am grateful.
Winter Warriors is my favorite thus far. Yes, I love Waylander and Druss, and actually a few of the other major chars in the series. But I just finished WW and I was sitting here at my desk practically sobbing at the end.
Mr. Gemmell has an interesting view of Father Time and the way he impacts humanity. In my view there is more than a little existentialism in his writings. As an aspiring writer, I cannot remember the last time I was this motivated and inspired by an author.
Thank you David Gemmell.
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