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David Andrew Gemmell was a British author of heroic fantasy, best known for his debut novel, Legend. A former journalist and. Buy The Sword in the Storm (Rigante) Reissue by David Gemmell (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on. Just wondering if anyone can help me i just finished reading my first David Gemmell book (Sword in the Storm), i enjoyed it so much i read the.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Sword in temmell Storm by David Gemmell. Fierce and proud, the Rigante dwell deep in the green mountain lands, worshiping the gods of air and water, and the spirits of the earth.

Among them lives a warrior who bears the mark of fate. Born of the storm that slew his father, he is Connavar, and tales of his courage spread like wildfire. The Seidh–a magical race as old as time–take note of the young warrior and c Fierce and proud, the Rigante dwell deep in the green mountain lands, worshiping the gods of air and water, and the spirits of the earth.

The Seidh–a magical race as old as time–take note of the young warrior and cast a malignant shadow across his life. For soon a merciless army will cross the water, destroying forever the timeless gemmrll of life among the Rigante.

Swearing to protect his people, Connavar embarks on a quest that will take him into the heart of the enemy. Along the way, he receives a gift: Thus he receives a name that will strike fear into the hearts of friend and foe alike–a name proclaiming a glorious and bitter destiny. Paperbackpages. Published January 30th by Del Rey first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Sword in the Stormplease sign up.

Do i need to read the Drenai saga to read this?

egmmell Are the series connected? Michael Pejin Not at all, this book can be read without reading any other David Gemmell books and is a wonderful introduction to gfmmell writing style if you haven’t …more Not at all, this book can be read without reading any other David Gemmell books and is a wonderful introduction to his writing style if you haven’t read any of his works at all.

Definitely make sure you read Midnight Falcon after it too. Rgiante 1 question about Sword in the Storm…. Lists with This Book. Jun 28, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: Fairly typical fantasy world, but far better done than most. The characters were really well done. As much as I like them, they can make some really bad decisions, but they’re very davis bad decisions. That is the best part.


This isn’t just a simple story, yet it reads like one. I’m not sure how he manages to do that, but I’m hooked. I p Fairly typical fantasy world, but far better done than most. I probably had an iZombie season finale?!!! Yeah, it’s that good. It ended well, too. Xavid plenty more story available, but it wasn’t a cliff hanger. The next book picks up 20 years later, too. Aug 07, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: In fact, definately in my top 3 reads of all time.

Gemmell’s ability to draw an intense and gripping story through the ability to make his character’s ‘human’ was the best I’ve ever come across. All his heroes had their flaws or weaknesses, rigatne most of his villains having a side that showed them as ‘not too far removed from most’ or ‘even holding some great skill beyond ours’.

Sword in the Storm

I don’t rate ‘all’ of Gemmell’s books though I’ve read them allbut I do rate most of them highly. They have the ability to take you into another world, another dimension, that we know is not too far removed from our riganhe dreams and experiences, challenges and feelings.

What did I learn from this book? Similiar to what I learned from many of his best works, that beautiful thing called ‘hope’. You ride the waves and struggles of his heroes, their choices, consequences and angst.

You learn that his characters, although fictional, are based on human nature and that within us all is the ability to choose the right choice, do the right thing, and find strengths that we didn’t believe we had. While Connavar makes a split decision to risk his life to save his crippled friend and you ask yourself ‘would I do that?

His tales are immense, but it’s the depth of his characters that I have never found an equal to.

Rigante series

Notice I didn’t spoil the story for you by giving away the plot? This is one of many books that I have read numerous times over the years that bloody good.

View all 11 comments. It’s not a bad book, but there’s nothing really gripping about the story and I’m riante of reading mediocre and unoriginal fantasy. Rgiante 21, David Dalglish rated it really liked it. At what point do you condemn a hero? This seems to be the overall theme in Sword in the Storm, the third novel I’ve read by David Gemmell.

The first was Legend, the other one of the Troy series. In all three, we have legendary warriors, towering men who can stand at the center of a battle and survive through sheer skill and will. Yet of the three main heroes, Dsvid in the Storm seems to have the most failings, not in just his character, but in the way he is rigahte. In Legend, we have Druss. He’s old At what point do you condemn a hero?


He’s old, tired, and grumpy. Yet despite that, we see a legendary warrior still mourning his wife. Facing impossible odds, he refuses savid give in, and that strength aids the many around him until they triumph.

Favid is almost perfect. He acts calm and rational when he needs to, and he can roar and bellow when he needs to. In Troy, we have Helikaon. Again, skilled fighter, revered by many, superb wealth, handsome, and able to turn an impossible battle.

Except we also see him perform incredibly harsh actions. In this, though, he seems almost at peace about them. The world is dark and unafraid, and they will understand only the violence he delivers to them. Sure he gets a little close to crossing the line, but nothing like Connavar. Nothing like Sword in the Storm. Connavar slaughters innocent women and children. He cheats on his wife. Gemmrll often swears revenge, easily gives in to hate, and is sorely lacking the self-control of either Helikaon or Druss.

The Rigante Series by David Gemmell

But the problem is It just doesn’t feel quite right yet. What do I mean by “perfect” Gemmell hero? He’s got the looks, the brains, the charisma, and the fighting skill. Basically, cross Napoleon with Conan the Barbarian. As a child, he struggles to help his parents, he saves a fawn with no thought to the injuries he’ll take himself, befriends a cripple solely to be kind to him, and he commits self-less act after self-less act.

The problem is when anything “personal” happens to Connavar. See, when dealing with warfare, politics, diplomacy, it doesn’t matter. Gsmmell react perfectly, keep his head, show mercy, etc. However, the second something happens to a friend, he loses it. He’ll storm off with vows of vengeance. He’ll give in to red fury and slaughter whole villages. The lack of self-control is astounding. Sure, he acts guilty about it later, but it almost feels like I’m dealing with gwmmell schizophrenic.

Dealing with foreign leader? Dealing with the death of a friend? Anyways, I’m getting wordy. Gemmell deals with some wonderfully mature themes, playing one what is right and what is wrong. My favorite example is of a fox eating a hen’s chicks. To the hen, the fox is a murderer.