Legend by David Gemmell
(Drenai Tales, Book 1)

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Druss, Captain of the Axe, was the stuff of legends. But even as the stories grew in the telling, Druss himself grew older. He turned his back on his own legend and retreated to a mountain lair to await his old enemy, death. Meanwhile, barbarian hordes were on the march. Nothing could stand in their way. Druss reluctantly agreed to come out of retirement. But could even Druss live up to his own legends?

About David Gemmell

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David Gemmell was born in London, England, in the summer of 1948. Expelled from school at sixteen, he became a bouncer, working nightclubs in Soho. Born with a silver tongue, Gemmell rarely needed to bounce customers, relying instead on his gift of gab to talk his way out of trouble. This talent eventually led him to jobs as a freelancer for the London" "Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror, and the Daily Express. His first novel, Legend, was published in 1984 and has remained in print ever since. He became a full-time writer in 1986. His books consistently top the London Times" "bestseller list.
Published June 8, 2011 by Del Rey. 369 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Bookbag

It's very significant that the book picks up when he gets to the fortress, because he gives everyone hope, identifies their personalities and encourages them individually, and in general causes us to care about the entire outcome of the siege because he is an amazing character.

Nov 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Legend (Drenai Tales, Book 1)


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Mar 25 2017 | Read Full Review of Legend (Drenai Tales, Book 1)

Strange Horizons

A lot of the more interesting little bits of world-building, meanwhile, are relegated to the short pieces of retrospective narration that precede each chapter—like the fact that the world has remained practically unchanged for centuries not simply because that's the way fantasy novels work, but b...

Jan 25 2010 | Read Full Review of Legend (Drenai Tales, Book 1)

Strange Horizons

It becomes extremely tiresome.” [ .

Jan 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Legend (Drenai Tales, Book 1)


The Legend of Deathwalker is another offering from author David Gemmell taking place in his Drenai setting, again chronicling the continuing, or perhaps more aptly put the past adventures and deeds of Gemmell’s most popular creation Druss, whom he both introduced, and depicted his heroic down fal...

Mar 10 2005 | Read Full Review of Legend (Drenai Tales, Book 1)


Legend is the first book of David Gemmell’s Drenai saga, and the moniker of the central character Druss, and chronicles the events around the last stand of the most renowned warrior in the land.

Jan 02 2005 | Read Full Review of Legend (Drenai Tales, Book 1)

Grasping For The Wind

Even the evil conqueror bent on taking Dros Delnoch is a hero not only to his own people, but to the people of Dros Delnoch as well.

Mar 15 2007 | Read Full Review of Legend (Drenai Tales, Book 1)

The British Fantasy Society

The organisers of The David Gemmell Legend Awards are seeking short reviews, by DGLA Members eligible to vote, of any of the LEGEND or MORNINGSTAR novels.

Feb 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Legend (Drenai Tales, Book 1)

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