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Summary

The Drenai King is dead - murdered by a ruthless assassin. Enemy troops swarm into Drenai lands. Their orders are simple - kill every man, woman and child. But there is hope.

Stalked by men who act like beasts and beasts that walk like men, the warrior Waylander must journey into the shadow-haunted lands of the Nadir to find the legendary Armour of Bronze. With this he can turn the tide. But can he be trusted? For he is Waylander the Slayer. The traitor who killed the King...

©2017 David Gemmell (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

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amazing. It's all I need to say.

it would seem i need to say more or it won't let me say anything. Well worth buying and will be a book I'll listen to a lot. I have read all of his work and now am really happy I can listen to them at work or when walking the dog or even just sitting. It's sad that he died to soon and we will never get a new work from an author I love above all others.

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Another Helping of Gorgeous Gemmell

I have pretty much gorged on three of these in the short time since Audible made them available. I think I've pretty much said all I can about them in general in my reviews of Legend and The King Beyond the Gate. In the 80s they were pure gold and even if fantasy has gained a level of sophistication since then they are still wonderful tales. Yes they have certain similarities but I think this is possibly the best of them. It's very direct and having read the above two it was fascinating to fill in some of the legends like the origin of The Thirty and how the legendary fortress of Dros Delnoch came about.

Most of all though they are just great fun. Waylander is an excellent character and there is a lot of clever action. Sean Barrett was born to read fantasy novels and he works hand in glove with Gemmell's text. In addition the afterwords written by David himself are fascinating little insights to the writing process. In this case it all sounds decidedly naive but for those of us that have grown up holding this author in real affection it's also a nice little window into the life that produced these great stories. And I might say naive but if it was then it was gloriously naive as the resulting tale of Waylander ably demonstrates . . .

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Trying an earlier fantasy series, not so succesful

Because I love George Martin's Song of Ice and Fire Series and enjoyed Tad Williams' Osten Ard series, I have been trying out a little more fantasy and came across this saga on an Audible offer. This first book was quite enjoyable and kept me entertained. I could certainly see where David Gremmell may have inspired later fantasy writers with the language and imagery used.

I've now listened to the first 3 books of the Drenai series and don't think I'll read more - they are likely to be pretty similar in formula and that formula isn't good enought to tempt me to hear more - better to try something different. Amazingly sexist by the way with just about every 'heroine' featured enjoying the back of her hero lover's hand!

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A book to make you forget everything around you

A book to make you forget everything around you and stay in your imagination when your not listening........simply put ive been Gemmell'ed

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It's A Cracker

The pace is set from the opening line and it doesn't stop. It has a great mix of fighting and fantasy and fantastical creatures and romance.

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One of my favourites

Terrific stuff, one of my favourite books . from my favourite Author the fantasy master writer David Gemmell… RIP

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Aaah the Nostalgia

Long ago, way before Grimdark was a sub genre. David Gemmell’s world weary heroes strode across the fantasy bookshelves and I loved them. Having read this when it was first published and now almost 40 years later I thought I would give it a listen. The fact Sean Barrett was the narrator sold it for me. And truth be told I really enjoyed it. I know there is an argument to be made about the role of the female characters but 16 year old me didn’t really care about that. I wanted action and adventure and this book gives you it in bucket loads. Now 53 yes I can see the male centric nature of the writing as most female characters are plot devices but this is the way of Gemmell’s fantasy world and didn’t bother me. My revisiting of the lands of the Drenai will continue.

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Hard Fantasy

First of all, a superb performance by Sean Barrett. No one captures the characters of David Gemmell’s worlds so perfectly.

As for the story itself? Excellent. Truly excellent. The characters feel true to life, despite their setting. The story keeps you engaged and thrilled throughout.

Not to be missed.

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A decent one

Fairly generic fantasy story. It was entertaining enough but wasn't my best read in the genre. The narrator was good.

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Not happy...

... now I have to listen to all the other books in the series (so entertaining). Well I don't really as this is a complete story. None of that find out what happens in book 2, 3, 4 that is so common now days.

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  • DAVID FUSCO
  • 01-11-17

the assassin

Another great book by Gemmell love waylander,'book moves well. Readed these years ago Against The Horde was my first,in the 80's now get to listen to them.Nice job Sean. wow!!!

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  • Dustin m.
  • 10-08-17

Awesome!!

First Gemmell book I ever read, hooked me for life. This audio version really brings Waylander to life. I'm getting ALL of the audio books of David Gemmell, his books are top notch.

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  • Randall
  • 27-10-18

Listening in Chronological Order

I read the Drenai books as they were coming out before Gemmell's death, so I've been a fan for a long while.
This is the 1st time that I have experienced them in chronological order.
Gemmell wrote some of my favorite fantasy fight scenes. If you like detailed descriptions of fights, then go with his books.
Yes, his books are typically a clear cut good vs. evil story in which the protagonist is usually the toughest of the tough, yet still has doubts. Even with this in mind, I love the character of Waylander the Slayer because, when you meet him, he is the last person who you expect to be a hero. He and everyone else in this book has doubts.
Sean Barrett does a wonderful job of bringing these characters to life. I look forward to listening to his next performance.
For an added treat, stick around for the Afterward in which Gemmell explained how his original attempt at this story was no good, and it took his accidental creation of what became the title character to make it work.

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  • George B
  • 01-10-17

A personal favourite

As with all of David Gemmell's books the characters in Waylander are colourful and fully fleshed out. The overriding plot is essentially straightforwards, but the Author is still able to work in some clever twists and turns. This is one audio book that I will listen too again in the future ... a credit well spent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-17

I have been waiting for these books!!!!!

I have read Gemmell books for years now over and over again. I even listened to the original CD's back in the day! These are EPIC novels that are so well done and timeless. The Drenai and the Reganti books are my favorite ones. I do plan to buy all my favorite books and have a lot to look forward to. Oh, I have collected most of his books in paper back over the years so there is no worries about buying these if you love EPIC Fighting/swords/monsters/honorable stories!

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  • Michael Prater
  • 07-08-21

David Gemmell and Sean Barrett are great match!

Everything about this audiobook is perfect! Once in a lifetime author and a narrator that does the work justice!

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  • Tony
  • 05-02-21

Masterful

David Gemmell is one of my all time favorites authors. Love, hate, good, evil, moral and immoral, its all there. On par with Sanderson and Jordan.....if not better. I read this series to my sons. They are grown but still love Mr Gemmell's stories.

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  • RobT
  • 01-01-21

simply great

Not much to say here. But this is a simply great story. The way things for through this book I was never bored, and did not find myself rolling my eyes at any point.

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  • Jellybean
  • 02-02-20

Finally, another fantasy narrator & series 2 love

Im a epic fantasy and audiobook addict but I can't seem to enjoy female narrators nor most American male readers, try as I might. Fortunately, Tim Gerard Reynolds, Simon Vance and Michael Kramer read a ton of fantasy sagas but Im down to slim pickens. i was delighted to stumble onto both the waylander series and Sean Barrett. i just finished brian lee durfees blackest heart which is amazing but about the goriest book ive every read. it is a nightmare yet i couldn't put it down. what do you read after a book like that??? well waylander was perfect! there is so much depth, intregue and magic- my favorite part of fantasy! i liked that as terrible as the characters were, they also haveb some good in them, often much to their own shagrin. i need that right now with our current state of the union. there was hopelessness but it wasn't angsty and infuriating! i never felt hatred because the good guys that while flawed and in pearel, had faith and that made me expect triumph. don't get me wrong, heroes will die, but none the less i found the story generally uplifting.
the narrator has such a conversational flare with dialogue and his voice is both soothing and authoritative. i loved listening to him! this is a wonderful book and I'm so glad their are many more to come! please forgive my typos and lack of capitalization. writing from my phone.

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  • J
  • 23-10-19

This is how I’d picture an origin story of The Hound on Game of Thrones

Let’s start with the few flaws...
I felt that there were too many character perspectives, especially people without a significant role in the story. This wasn’t horrible but at times I felt it disrupted the flow. This could’ve been fixed with more character development for such characters, likely making the story longer which wouldn’t have been a bad thing. Also, there were multiple visions/dreams characters would have of other characters that would not come to pass and there were never any indications as to why they weren’t real. Oh well.
Anyway, I loved the main character and the other main characters. I liked the conversations and the world. I would’ve liked to know more about the enemy and their motives but that’s ok. This was entertaining with just enough build-up/story development, dialogue, action, and violence to keep me excited without being excessive in any of those areas.
I recommend this to any fantasy-lover that likes a tough and rugged hero who kicks some you-know-what and handles getting his you-know-what kicked like a boss. Fantasy needs more heroes like Waylander.