Dark Moon, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


The peaceful Eldarin were the last of three ancient races.

The mystical Oltor, healers and poets, had fallen before the dread power of the cruel and sadistic Daroth.

Yet in one awesome night the invincible Daroth had vanished from the face of the earth.

Gone were their cities, their armies, their terror. The Great Northern Desert was their only legacy. Not a trace remained for a thousand years...The War of the Pearl had raged for seven years and the armies of the four Duchies were exhausted and weary of bloodshed.

But the foremost of the Dukes, Sirano of Romark, possessed the Eldarin Pearl and was determined to unravel its secrets.

Then on one unforgettable day a dark mon rose above the Great Northern Desert, and a black tidal wave swept across the land.

In moments the desert had vanished beneath lush fields and forests and a great city could be seen glittering in the morning sunlight.

From this city re-emerged the blood-hungry Daroth, powerful and immortal, immune to spear and sword.

They had only one desire: to rid the world of humankind for ever. Now the fate of the human race rests on the talents of three heroes: Karis, warrior-woman and strategist; Tarantio, the deadliest swordsman of the age; and Duvodas the Healer, who will learn a terrible truth.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780552142533

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No one can accuse Gemmell of being a good writer. His dialogue is clunky, his turns of phrase trite, his descriptions dull, and his cod-philosophising groan-inducing. Yet more often than not, a Gemmell novel turns out to be more than the sum of its parts and that is certainly the case here. His characters are painted in broad brush strokes but are vivid and interesting. And while he often plays with the same ideas and themes (the nature of heroism, courage, love etc.), and familiar narrative elements (a damaged hero, doomed love, an epic siege) he is able to put them together in ways that seem fresh and engaging. Overall this is a fine heroic fantasy novel.

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The difference between Gemmell at his best and Gemmell at his worst is quite a large one, so I`m glad to say that this, imo, is one of his best.Writers of heroic fantasy like Gemmell are an easy target for negative critics, and it is trues he `likes his bread buttered both sides` (as we say round here) - on the one hand he flirts with pacifism, on the other hand, both he and his readers do enjoy a good battle.The basic formula is pretty simple - take a bit of mythology, a bit of military history, throw in a bit of cod psychology, and you`ve got the recipe for `a good Gemmell`.Critics can snerr (critics do), but not me , I can consume this stuff by the bucket-load.

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There's a huge amount of content squeezed in to the singular tome of Dark Moon. Other authors would have stretched this out in to a trilogy, however in Gemmell's deft hands an epic struggle for a survival is tidily contained between two covers. Every character has their own arc, ranging from the anti-hero with two souls, the Ice Queen tactician, the bard with a link to a dead race and the malevolent enemy with no fear. This wild range of characters should create disbelief yet the stampeding story offers no time to consider the implausibility of it all. The endgame, the Gemmell standard, is fresh and inventive. Gemmell remains one of the masters of fantasy fiction and Dark Moon is a very good example of his talent.

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