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The second audiobook of Skilgannon the Damned, from the acclaimed author of Legend.

Even in death, Skilgannon the Damned's name lives on. Now, as an ancient evil threatens to flood the Drenai heartlands in a tide of blood, he returns....

A thousand years after they fell in battle, two heroes - Druss and Skilgannon - are revered throughout the war-torn lands of the Drenai, where men and women live in abject fear of the dark sorceress known as the Eternal....

But what if the soul of one such hero could be called back from the void, his bones housed again in flesh? An ancient prophecy foretold that Skilgannon would return in his people's darkest hour. To most, this was a foolish hope. But not so to Landis Kan.

Having found Skilgannon's ancient tomb, he gathers up the bones and peforms the mystic ritual. But the reborn hero is an enigma: a young man whose warrior skills are blunted and whose memories are fragmented. This Skilgannon is a man out of time, marooned in a world as strange to him as a dream, remote from all he knew and loved.

Or nearly all. Before bringing back Skilgannon, Landis Kan had experimented upon other bone fragments found in the hero's tomb. That ritual resulted in a surly giant who possessed astounding strength but no memories. To Kan, he is a dangerous failure. To Skilgannon, this giant represents their last hope.

As ageless evil threatens to drown the Drenai lands in blood, two legendary heroes will once again lead the way to freedom.

Read by Sean Barrett.

©2004 David Gemmell (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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bloody brilliant

Sean Barrett adds his wonderful voice to a wonderful book. Gemmell is the master

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good stuff

a good tale, very well read. The characters are strong and the plot intetesring. one of Gemmel's best.

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end of a great saga

I loved it, it was the first of the the drenai books I had ever read way back in the day, and it was given a tremendous new life with this audio performance. After starting at the beginning of the saga I've finally gotten to the end, what a shame. If you've read the books you'll love it and if you haven't you're missing out.

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EPIC ENDING TO AN EPIC SAGA

Jesus fucking christ what I story, seriously after this I don't think I'll ever be the same, when the Hero got stabbed & started bleeding out, I was almost about to switch of in disgust 🤢 however the book was too good to ever do that 💯 AMAZING.

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Hero Reborn ....

... torn from the grey reunited with blades of night and day.

A thousand years later two heroes have returned for one final battle. A prophecy come to pass:

We live, we die … Death isn’t important, what counts is
how you live, Skilgannon.

Now all the strings have been pulled together this book ends on a good note with a little twist. I ended up loving Skilgannon almost as much as Waylander. Both men had their demons to fight; both were destined to find no peace until the very end. As Skilgannon said:

The Now, it is all there is. The past a memory, the future
a dream, the present a reality. All we can ever do is
live in the now and try to ensure our deeds are worthy.

As for Druss: Although a battle hardened soldier who could never settle down, even with the woman he loved and adored, he was truly pure of heart and his code in life left no question on this point:

Never violet a woman nor harm a child
Do not lie, cheat or steal; these things are for lesser men.
Protect the weak against the evil strong and never allow
thoughts of gain to lead you into the pursuit of evil.

Finally, Skilgannon put into words what the priests had overlooked in their quest to create the perfect magic and which caused their downfall as well as the corruption of their world. A lesson no-one should forget

You grieve because of a pure magic lost; that magic was corrupted by evil.
This is how evil thrives.
We find a herb that cures disease and someone will make a poison from it.
We forge iron to make a better plough and someone will make a sharper sword.
There can be no power that evil will not corrupt.

This has been a truly brilliant series and one which I am sad to leave. I have lain awake many a night just listening to book after book, which has only been enhanced by the accomplished narration of Sean Barrett.

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fantastic

a much loved tale of heroes and villains, and the gray in between. well illustrated by a great vocal actor

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Another fabulous book

I am completely addicted to th Dreanai seties. it has kept me entertsined for weeks. Sean Barrett is one if the best narratorsvi have heard.

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Amazing End to the Drenai Series

Amazing End to the Drenai Series
loved every second of it
really quite sad that its over

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Superb end

Superb end to the Drenai Series. Loved it. Great narrator who carried the story really well.

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Pure Gemmell

Without doubt one of the best books written and one of the best Audio books to listen to. In fact I'm going to start again.
Gemmelled again ....thank you

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  • 31-01-18

Excellent!

One of my favorite authors and one of my favorite narrators. Wonderful combination! I will definitely be listening to this again!

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