White Wolf Paperback
The start of a gripping new series in the tradition of The Drenai Tales Skilgannon the Damned had vanished from the pages of history.
Following the terrible triumph at Perapolis, the General had taken the legendary Swords of Night and Day and ridden from the lands of Naashan.
No-one knew where he had gone, and the assassins sent by the Witch Queen could find no trace of his passing.
Three years later, as a mob intent on murder gathers outside a distant monastery, they are faced by a single unarmed priest.
In a few terrifying seconds their world is changed for ever, and word spreads across the lands of the East.
Skilgannon is back. Now he must travel across a perilous, demon-haunted realm seeking a mysterious temple, and the ageless goddess who rules it.
With assassins on his trail, and an army of murderous foes ahead, the Damned sets off on a quest to bring the dead to life.
But he does not travel alone. The man beside him is Druss the Legend. In a world torn by war, White Wolf is a page-turning tale of love, betrayal and treachery, which examines the nature of heroism and friendship and the narrow lines that divide good from evil, redemption from damnation.
David A. Gemmell's first novel, Legend, was first published in 1984 and went on to become a classic.
His most recent Drenai and Rigante novels are available as Corgi paperbacks; all are Sunday Times bestsellers.
Widely regarded as the finest writer of heroic fantasy, David Gemmell lived in Sussex until his tragic death in July 2006.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 592 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/04/2004
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780552146777
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Review by BeezerMN
White Wolf by David Gemmell is yet another book in the Drenai Tales. While this is billed as another book about Druss the Legend, however, the reader will quickly realize that while this book may have Druss in it a new character steals the show. This character is known as Skilgannon and became a favorite of mine from the first scene. For readers who are thinking of reading this book, I would strongly suggest going back and starting where this saga first started, that would be the novel simply titled Legend (Drenai Tales, Book 1). It's a great book and adds so much to this story in the long run. With that said, this book is a stand alone novel and previous books don't need to be read first, but if you want the full effect of the story and what Mr. Gemmell intended. The plot of this book, at least on the immediate surface, is rather simplistic and linear. That being the need to rescue a child who is in the clutches of an evil omnipotent `bad guy'. It's a rather clichéd plot line, but Mr. Gemmell writes it in such a way that it seems new and fresh. The beauty of this book this book, and Mr. Gemmell's work as a whole, is how he weaves the numerous sub-plots into the novel. At times, the sub-plots, are written so well that they seem to be the main story arc. There are really numerous sub-plots in this book; there is one involving two brothers, there is one involving a past love interest of Skilgannon, there is also one involving finding a temple that has been lost (or hidden) for ages - all of this while still carrying on the main story. I have read at least 13 books penned by Mr. Gemmell, and I think this may be the strongest plot of any of his books, save the first two Rigante books, yet. I think most fans of the fantasy genre will enjoy this book. No matter how good a plot is, the characters are what ultimately readers will identify with. This novel has no shortage of great characters. Characters such as Druss, Skilgannon, to the more minor characters. The draw I had to the characters in this book is several things. They all have shades of grey, they are not all good, all powerful, in nature. Also, they have flaws, they are not perfect. They don't have all the answers, and one thing I like the most, is there are not those `ah ha' moments where the characters finally realize what needs to happen and what they need to do. Mr. Gemmell has a real knack for bringing the human element to his characters. He mixes in pieces of the characters back stories just enough to flesh them out, without it being an information dumb and detract from the characters. Mr. Gemmell's prose and flow of his writing really fits well with what I enjoy reading. He is descriptive in his writing just enough so the reader can begin to imagine the scene but not enough to where he tells the reader exactly what the scene looks like. That is one thing I enjoy about his writing, I am still able to visualize things how I want. His writing has a flow to it that I think will allow most readers to forget time and realize they have knocked off 100 (or more) pages at a time. Overall, aside from the first two Rigante books, this is the best Gemmell book I have read thus far. He has come a long way in his writing. I will be sure to continue reading this saga. This is a novel, and a series really, that I would not hesitate to recommend to most fantasy fans. Gemmell has a way with writing stories that I think will touch many a reader. This book was truly a joy to read. The only minor criticism I have with this book is there are a couple fight scenes where Mr. Gemmell repeats things. While not wholly `bad' it does, at times, become redundant. It's not a huge deal and certainly does not taint the story at all, but it's something I noticed. As I mentioned above, this is one of the best Gemmell books I have read. It ranks up there as one of my personal favorites in the fantasy genre as well. If you are even remotely considering this book, or series, do yourself a favor and check them out. You never know what you will find. For those that don't know, Mr. Gemmell passed away in November, 2006. He will truly be missed by the fantasy community.
Review by kale.dyer
As before though with this novel Gemmel's ability to write a decent character comes out.They are not always the one dimensional characters that you would expect. Also, I think that Gemmel is a very enjoyable read.
Review by SonicQuack
Readers of previous Drenai tales will love this entry, for it takes characters and history from each novel and creates an "best-of" story. It features a party like no other, each member drawing on strands from previous novels, even though this is a standalone entry in to the Drenai mythos (another Damned novel follows). At first the introduction of Druss to the party feels like a cash-cow approach, but Gemmell utilised Druss to draw out the complexity of his new character, Skilgannon, a renegade soldier who wishes to turn his back on the past, yet is emotionally tied to it. It's a complex, and initially wordy story, with fleshed out characters and plot twists and events that create a real page-turner. Enjoyable until the end, White Wolf is a quality fantasy read.
Review by AHS-Wolfy
It's been a while since I've read a book by David Gemmell but not much has changed in the meantime in the lands in and around Drenai. Warrior with a past (Skilgannon) joins priesthood seeking redemption and inner peace. Realises he has to confront his demons head-on so once again picks up his swords and goes on a quest to try and find them.Skilgannon is joined on his journey by an old favourite in Druss the Legend so you know things are going to get bloody and brutal. The characters are well drawn and the use of flashbacks explain how Skilgannon went from being the son of a hero to one of the most infamous men around.It was good to revisit Drenai once again with a decent story but one without too many surprises.