Knights of Dark Renown

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He and the Prince Bishop have never exactly been friends, and Gill left the capital in disgrace five years ago. So why him? And, more importantly, how is there a dragon to fight when the beasts were hunted to extinction centuries ago by the ancient Chevaliers of the Silver Circle? You can't change your fate - so throw yourself into battle, because you'll either win or wake up drinking mead in the halls of your ancestors. That's what Finn's tribe believe.

But when their settlement is massacred by a hostile tribe and Finn and several friends, companions, and rivals make their escape across a brutal, unfamiliar landscape, Finn will fight harder than he's ever fought in his life. He wants to live - even if he lives only long enough to tell Thyri Treelegs how he feels about her. Despite his youth, Declan Idrys knows of the evils of the world.

He knows of the bastards and brigands who plague the King's lands, of the monsters skulking in the wooded depths of the realm. Together with his companion, Ryn - a beast of rather peculiar talent - he has spent the last decade of his life beneath the bloody banners of a half-dozen mercenary guilds, hunting precisely such festering wickedness within the borders of Viridian. The Knights of the Gabala were legendary protectors of the Nine Duchies - until they disappeared through a demon-haunted gateway between worlds.

Manannan, the Coward Knight, held back. Now he lives in torment. Yet war is coming to the Duchies - and with it Manannan's chance for redemption. But to regain his honour and save his land, he will have to confront his deepest fear. He must ride through the gateway and seek out his lost companions in the unknown world beyond. And the secret he will learn there will tear his soul apart. Great one off story. Wish it left the characters more room to grow in the after.

Classic none the less. Great book. Really bad Really really bad, you sure David Gemmell wrote this? He had to start somewhere I suppose.

Give this one a miss, save your credit. I enjoy all of David Gemmells books especially this one. I highly recommend this book as it is one of my favorites. The narrator did justice to a great story. David Gemmel is one of my favorite authors and I thoroughly enjoyed the Audible version. Don't Mus it! Gemmell would return many times to the themes and elements in Knights of Dark Renown.

A child of power finding his destiny. A story teller turning villains into heroes.

A simple man becoming a legend. Women to walk the mountains with.

Gemmell would eventually polish and greatly refine the mythology of his shared multi-verse, but we would continue to hear the legends of the Knights or possibly their alternate selves through the Drenai saga. Highly recommended. So, in the interests of transparency I did read this book years ago and liked it enough that I still have the original paperback on my bookshelf. I went into this with some excitement as I haven't read it for a number of years and was expecting as one does in these situations that it would be like putting on an old coat or pair of shoes that fit perfectly.

Well it seems the old coat is now too tight and the shoes have worn thin. I have long since come to terms with the fact that the much missed Mr Gemmell's writing style was not Tolkien-esk but was faced paced and the characters, even though they where sometimes very similar to ones in his other books were always entertaining.

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My issue with this rendition unfortunately is with the narration. The narrator seems to be unprepared for the words he is saying, in one passage that I actually had to rewind to make sure I'd heard it correctly the narrator pronounces the word sword with the w intact, as SIR WARD. The characters switch and change accents, sometimes northern sometimes upperclass and more than one changes whilst in the middle of a conversation. I almost returned this audiobook but decided to soldier on, more out of respect for Mr Gemmell than anything else. There are other books available by the same author and Sean Barrett is excellent reading LEGAND, give those a try perhaps before this particular offering.

I'm a long time fan of Gemmell's work but really struggled with the style of narration on this audiobook. Jarringly pronounced names and changeable accents for the same characters.

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One moment a cockney street urchin the next a well-spoken noble. Subjects Fantasy fiction. Talking books. Once, the Knights of the Gabala, legendary defenders of truth and right, would have defeated them, but they went on a quest to combat evil six years ago and have never returned. So, it is left to the ordinary people to fight as best they may, including a runaway slave, a saga poet, and a disgraced knight. The future looks bleak for them all and then they discover what they are really facing.

Credits Read by Christohper Kay.

Performer Narrated by Christohper Kay. Notes Unabridged. Clipper Audio: C View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Set up My libraries How do I set up "My libraries"? Open to the public Audio book English Camden Council. There are also two duels that prove totally pivotal to the plot, yet they're over very quickly - these probably should have been beefed up a bit to justify the importance placed on them or because of the importance placed on them.

Speculiction Review of Knights of Dark Renown by David Gemmell

Verdict: Knights of Dark Renown is the best of Gemmell's standalone novels, a potent mix of magic, battles and individual journeys of discovery against a backdrop of madness and disorder. With Gemmell's masterly grasp of characterisation, pleasing exploration of themes and plenty of action, Knights of Dark Renown is a hugely enjoyable, meaningful read - and yet another reminder as if we needed one of the gap that Gemmell's death left in the genre.

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