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Winter Warriors (Drenai Tales, Book 8) Mass Market Paperback – June 6, 2000
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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
-R. A. SALVATORE
Author of the DemonWars trilogy
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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great book, David Gemwell always been good in fantasyPublished 14 months ago by George E. Duffy Jr.
This is another of David Gemmell’s Drenai novels, first published in 1997. It is also an old favourite of mine despite being perhaps not one of his very best. Read morePublished 23 months ago by JPS
David Gemmel is simply the greatest heroic/fantasy writer who ever lived. End of story, end of review. No camparable author in this area. Feist may come close along with tolkienPublished on May 9, 2014 by Amazon Customer
It was awesome and exciting all the way through also there are a lot of Easter eggs and traces of waylander it was fun to think about it . Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Since first reading the astoundingly good Legend, I have been huge fan of anything written by David Gemmell. This book is again truly enjoyable read. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by ivan brewer
It's amazing how many times Gemmell can put together coherent, fun, and extremely exciting action stories. Thank goodness he's written so many because I want to read more.Published on August 29, 2013 by Fred Vinson