Last Sword of Power Paperback
Part of the Sipstrassi: Stones of Power series
The soul of Uther Pendragon is chained in hell. The sword of power is lost in swirling chaos. The realm is under threat from barbarian hordes - led by an Undead god from the vaults of pre-history. And a new Dark Age is dawning over Roman Britain. Then comes a man called Revelation, seeking a child born of a demon...Seeking the legendary Lord of the Lance...Seeking the sword to save the realm.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 18/05/1989
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781857237979
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Review by Bridgey
Last Sword of Power - David Gemmell ****I was first introduced to Gemmell last year through the Jerusalem man books, really enjoyed them and decided to try and read a few more of his novels. I dug into his catalogue and found that the Jerusalem books were written as a part of a larger series of books that primarily dealt with Sipstrassi stones – a powerful stone that has the ability to grant the person who holds it unimaginable power. Last sword of power is the sequel to The Ghost king, and although set a number years in the future we still find a number of the same characters with in the pages. This is one of those books where reading the series in order, although not totally necessary, would really help understand the plot as much of the action relates to previous events.Gemmell has mixed his own brand of fantasy with both real life events and various ancient myths from a number of different sources. We find Arthurian legend side by side with Greek gods, Roman history intertwined with Gemmells own creations. The plot, as regular readers would expect, isn’t all that straight forward. There is a fairly large cast of characters for a book of just over 300 pages, and just to make things even more confusing a number of these have more than one name. But the gist of the novel is that the world is in turmoil, an evil ‘God’ is wreaking havoc on the earth and the only King who is able to stop him has had his soul trapped in Hell. It leaves a fairly motley bunch of characters to try and save the day by battling the enemy, traversing great distances and, more often than not, facing up to their own hidden demons.Expect plenty of action, lots of fantastical characters and enough magic to keep even Gandalf happy. I really enjoyed the book, but there were just a few things that stopped me giving it a full 5 stars. The characters names really got on my nerves, especially when the same person may have up to 3 or 4 names. While this in itself gets me a little confused, the main issue was that many of the names were so similar. Quite often I would find myself skimming back a few pages to try and find who was who (it didn’t help that I put it down for a few days either). The only other flaw I found, and it isn’t anything major, was that much of the plot just seemed to rely on convenience or was just explained away with the alternate dimension get out clause. As I said, this wasn’t anything that took anything away from the plot too much, but it was noticeable. Well worth a read if you are a fan of heroic fantasy, but probably not the place I would start as an introduction to Gemmell.