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About the Author
David Gemmell (1948-2006) was a bestselling British fantasy author. A former journalist and newspaper editor from west London, Gemmell published his debut novel, Legend, in 1984. The work quickly became a classic, and he went on to write over thirty novels. Receiving both commercial and critical acclaim, Gemmell's novels characteristically feature morally grey heroes, fast-paced action sequences and strong themes of honour, courage and redemption. He is widely regarded as one of the finest writers of heroic fantasy. Gemmell died of coronary artery disease while working on Fall of Kings in his home near Hastings in 2006. The novel was completed by his wife Stella Gemmell and published posthumously. Read more...
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- Kebra: "The Sathuli have a blessing which says: May all your dreams – but one – come true."
- Conalin: "Why is that a blessing? Would not a man be happier if all his dreams came true?"
- Kebra: "No, that would be awful. What would there be left to live for? Our dreams are what carry us forward. We journey from dream to dream."
- ―Kebra imparts some wisdom onto Conalin (Winter Warriors, ch.8)
Druss the Legend was a fierce Drenai warrior and hero who fought in many wars, wielding his enchanted battle-axe Snaga the Sender. His skill in battle earned him a fearsome reputation throughout the world, and he was known by many titles, including the Axeman, the Silver Slayer and Deathwalker. Read more...
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First published in 1984, Legend is David Gemmell's debut novel and the most famous work in his Drenai series. Legend – which was retitled Against the Horde for its initial US release – depicts the Siege of Dros Delnoch, in which Druss the Legend and a small group of Drenai defenders are vastly outnumbered by an invading Nadir army led by warlord Ulric. The novel was written during a time when Gemmell thought he was dying of cancer, and the plot is a reflection of this. Legend received critical acclaim and is considered a classic in the fantasy genre. Read more...