Review: Legends – Stories in Honour of David Gemmell

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I bought this anthology (also my first ever anthology read) because I love David Gemmell‘s work and I support the David Gemmell Awards. It also gave me some new writers to explore, and some insight into short stories and what a writer can do with them. The anthology consists of short stories by the following authors (some of whom I’ve read before):

  • Stan Nicholls
  • James Barclay
  • Gaie Sebold
  • Ian Whates
  • Storm Constantine
  • Tanith Lee
  • Jonathan Green
  • Joe Abercrombie
  • Juliet E McKenna
  • Anne Nicholls
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Jan Siegel
  • Sandra Unerman

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Review: Bloodstone by David Gemmell

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Bloodstone is the fifth and last book in the Stones of Power or Sipstrassi tales series by David Gemmell.

Plot:

Jon Shannow has been living a peaceful life as a preacher for twenty years now, but when his church is attacked and burned to the ground, a head wound makes him forget those twenty years and turn back into The Jerusalem Man. And that’s a good thing, because things are about to get even uglier than imagined. Continue reading

Review: The Last Guardian by David Gemmell

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The Last Guardian by David Gemmell is the fourth and penultimate book in the Stones of Power or Sipstrassi tales series.

Plot:

A gateway between past and future is opened through Atlantis and once again the worlds are in danger. It’s up to Jon Shannow to save his world from a danger that he doesn’t even know about, much less understands. Continue reading

Review: Wolf in Shadow by David Gemmell

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Wolf in Shadow is the third book in the Stones of Power or Sipstrassi tales series by David Gemmell, and was also called The Jerusalem Man – for reasons that are obvious when you actually read the book.

Plot:

Jon Shannow, The Jerusalem Man, is a wanderer and punisher of brigands. He searches for the fabled city of Jerusalem, as he lives in a world that is run by ruthlessness and bloodshed. A man of the Bible, he is named a danger to the Hellborn lord who calls himself Abbadon and wants to drown the world in blood. The Hellborn are hunting Shannow, but made one fatal mistake: they endangered the woman The Jerusalem man loved. Continue reading

Review: Last Sword of Power by David Gemmell

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Last Sword of Power is the second book in David Gemmell‘s Stones of Power or Sipstrassi tales series.

Plot:

Uther has grown up to become the Blood King of Britannia, assailed by enemies left and right, quelling rebellion and insurrections wherever he can. But the Goths have a new king now, named Wotan, whose powers are born from blood and sacrifice. And he wants it all. Continue reading

Review: Ghost King by David Gemmell

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Ghost King by David Gemmell is book one from the Stones of Power or Sipstrassi tales series. The first two books are a re-imagining of the Arthurian Legend I’ve come to know and love.

Plot:

When his father is killed, the young prince Thuro has to survive being hunted, learning to defend himself, while looking for his father’s sword in a different world than his own. He is up against the Witch Queen, whose quarrel with him goes back a very long time – into his grandfather’s past. Little did young Thuro know, his life was going to change forever when he changed his boy name into a man’s name. Uther Pendragon. Continue reading