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I Cannot Keep Alive Those I Love

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Reviewed: 23-09-20

After surviving the first book, Dakeyras has a chance at the happiness that has always eluded him since the slaughter of his first wife and son. He has found Danyal and the girls, and in an effort to put his past life behind him, he takes them far away. But, fate is a cruel master and his happiness is short lived. Soon he has to travel far as Zhu Chao of the Gothir is bringing the tribes together to destroy the Wolfsheadi. But they are a warrior people and will not be defeated easily as their battle song shouts to all: “Nadir are We: Youth born; Axe Wielders; Victors Still". David Gemmell’s books are never short on heroes or action but, sadly, there is always a price to pay and, in this case, it was his pebble in the moonlight.

The Ghosts Yet To Be

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Reviewed: 23-09-20

This is a time of heroes, albeit it ageing ones. It is a story of friendship, brotherhood, honour and, above all, love. It is also a book of sadness for those who will not make it to the end.

No One Pays for Lambs

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Reviewed: 23-09-20

I loved this book, Waylander and I loved that, after all of the sadness he had suffered, he finally found happiness and the family he so longed for, although there was a moment when he almost didn’t make it. This is truly an absorbing series which I am so glad to have found … eventually!

They Chose to Dance

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Reviewed: 23-09-20

All those who choose to dance with Tanaka Khan pay the ultimate price, and there are many. I actually think that both Tanaka and Waylander are not that far apart in character. Both are men of honour in their own way. Both are loyal. Both are determined and both will ensure they do whatever it takes to achieve the goals they set themselves. Family is everything for them and woe betide any who try to threaten their safety.

My Name is Death

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Reviewed: 18-09-20

“The Earl and The Legend will be together at the wall and men shall dream and men shall die, but shall the Fortress fall?” It has taken me a long time to discover David Gemmell books, but it has been worth the wait. This is a book that does not show its age and is one of courage, endurance, love and loss; a book well worth purchasing.

Their Fate is Sealed

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Reviewed: 18-09-20

The Half Marked are joined; the key is complete; a lock is opened; their fate is sealed.

Three are Dead, Five Will Follow

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Reviewed: 08-09-20

Although enjoying this fantasy so far, I do wonder about the male “heroes” in fantasy as, with the last few books I have listened to, they all seem to think with parts of their anatomy other than their brain and, therefore, come across as being quite weak. Moving on, I have the feeling that Bane may not be the good Fated that he was designed to be, but time will tell. Rhea is showing herself to be a rather nasty queen. Annise is hard to like, but no-one is perfect! I am looking forward to book 3

The Fall of All Things

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Reviewed: 08-09-20

This last book, for me, was the best of the series. It brought everything together, but it was also very sad in many ways. The one storyline I did not particularly warm to was that of Annise and Tarin. I found it repetitive and concentrated too much on the couple, which caused me to fast forward. However, I loved Gareth for his sensitive nature; Gwen for her loyalty; Christoff Metz for his naivety and steadfastness; Mona for her innocence; Shanti for her strength. But above all, my favourite character has to be Siri for sheer spirit and endurance. This will be one I will listen to again as it was a powerful series, made all the more enjoyable by the narration of Derek Perkins, who will be added to my list of preferred narrators.

Like Father, Like Son

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Reviewed: 27-08-20

If you get the world and character building right, then you’re more than half way there and this series had both. Moving forward 18 years, this book follows Jayden, Gewey’s son, who I have to admit not taking a liking to at all. That said, I enjoyed the book immensely. However, I did not find this book wrapped up the Chronicles at all, if anything it left the ending wide open, but I do not see another book coming, so I am not sure where it leaves us!

None shall pass by as we stand guard

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Reviewed: 12-08-20

‘Our solemn duty is to protect the borders of the realms of men from those enemies that would seek our destruction. The wilderness shall be our homestead. The sun and stars our only hearth. We will sacrifice everything, even our lives in defence of the kingdom and to the death of those who would do us harm. We are the watchers in the woods; the arrows in the darkness; None shall pass by while we stand guard’. And that is what they did, with tragic consequences. Heartbreaking. My only adverse comment would be that I could not take to Zara. I found her very arrogant. I am unsure whether this could be due to the narration of this character, but I could not warm to her at all. That said, I would thoroughly recommend this series to anyone who loves fantasy; just beware it will tear your heart out.

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