Waylander by David Gemmell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Classic Gemmell, paving the way for almost all of the modern epic fantasy. Character-centered, barbarian-Conan-Warrior flavored, love-inspired war-aggrandizement.
The writing is clear and easy and more coherent than most. The thing that stands out most, to me, is how many subsequent epic fantasy authors owe their careers on Gemmell's back. His style casts a long, long shadow.
But above all, it's a great read. Blood and tragedy.
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