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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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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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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 great Drenai tale

Barrett’s performance doesn’t falter in the third instalment of Gemmell’s Drenai series.

For me, I’m yet to find a Drenai novel that tops Legend, but what has followed are solid stories in a similar theme. It says a lot that once I’m finished with one novel I download the next straight away. I can’t think of the last time I did that with a series. In fact, I’ve never done that with a series.

I just realised today that the publishing order is not the same as the chronological order of the Drenai timeline, so take that into account if such things bother you. You don’t need to read/ listen to them in any order however.

All in all, very pleased with this listen. It’s a series I’ll definitely re-listen to one day.

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  • bryan
  • teversal, nottinghamshire
  • 13-01-19

gemmel

brill story by a great writer looking forward to reading lots more on the dranie tails

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Good fantasy novel.

Going into this book I didn’t know what to expect. I noticed that Waylander was part of a larger series by the author so I was worried that I’d have to go through other books to get some context. Luckily this book works as a stand alone story so you don’t miss anything.

I didn’t get into the story at the start because the pacing felt off but the author does a good job at keeping you interested. As the story developed it got really good and everything got tied off well at the end. I definitely would consider reading the next book or more of the series.

The performance was good but at times I did have difficulty understanding who was saying what. Other than that it was clear and enjoyable. Would definitely recommend if you’re into fantasy adventure.

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My favorite of all time.

The best start to a story iv ever read or heard. This the book that got me hocked on reading and audible.

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Introduction of Waylander to the series.

Waylander is one of my favourite Gemmell characters, he shows the authors ability to develop characters with depth and duality.
This novel is well worth the time to listen.

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shown the way.

great story, well read and very engaging. would highly recommend as a highly superb listen.

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brilliant .

anti hero to rival Prince of thieves . Which is AWESOME but makes u root for a absolute MONSTER. Waylander is just an absolute total BA.T..RD . I WANT MORE . luckily there is .waylander two and hero in the shadows to go and they ARE EVEN BETTER .

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3 books in

OK 3 book's in now & I'm getting used to his writing etc. I am on to book 4 now, see how we go?
Oh yeah, another good book a bit more twisty winding but I do enjoy his writing.

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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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  • George Bradshaw
  • 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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  • 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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  • Lauren
  • 01-08-18

Gemmel never disappoints

a great story that has been narrated well, you won't be disappointed by this book.

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  • Chris
  • 14-07-18

Finally in audiobook

My favourite fantasy series and narrated incredibly well... I can't wait to hear the rest

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  • TheToal
  • 22-04-18

can't ever get enough of the drenai

great story, the narration is superb, a real joy to listen to. already downloaded the next book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-18

Exceptional!!!

I love this book! One of my all time favorites for sure. The Sean Barrett did an awesome job as always. 👍👍👍

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  • Allen G. Bagby
  • 12-12-17

Unforgettable

If you could sum up Waylander in three words, what would they be?

Quite possibly the beginning of one the best trilogies in fantasy fiction. Waylander! What mystique. I had read this a while back and when I saw it pop up on audible and downloaded it immediately and was glad for it. I was reminded just awesome Gemmell crafted the character Waylander. "I was a lamb playing in a green field and then the wolves came..." WOW!

What other book might you compare Waylander to and why?

Other books by Gemmell has similar themes but this was the best in my opinion.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to say.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Needs to be a movie. A well-done movie.