David Gemmell

The Latest Reviews from My Goodreads Shelf

I’m a huge fan on fantasy and have been for many years. Here are a few more reviews of books I’ve read over the years. If you’ve never read them, some of these set the pace for much of the fantasy that has come since but these are still high on the list of excellent fantasy.

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Midnight Falcon (The Rigante, #2)Midnight Falcon by David Gemmell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this follow-up to Sword in the Storm where Connavar’s bastard son, Bane, travels to distant lands in hopes of winning fame with his sword. The twists and adventure are quite good. It was a highly enjoyable read from David Gemmell that I recommend to fantasy readers.

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The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2)The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series carried the characters on further journeys while the Dark One sought to either entrap or lure Rand. It the continuation of a wondrous adventure begun in The Eye of the World. The Great Hunt is called to find a mythic horn as part of the oft obscure prophecies of the next incarnation of the Dragon and either the end of the world or its salvation. No spoilers here – it’s an incredible read that doesn’t disappoint!
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The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle, #2)The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ged’s adventures continue across Earthsea, seeking a hidden talisman. Told from the point of view of Tenar, a young high-priestess of a land of dangerous foes to Ged. It’s another skillfully woven tale by Ursula K. Le Guin that I’ve enjoyed numerous times over the years. If you’ve never read it, you will find the tale of dark powers, resourcefulness and courage an excellent read. Le Guin’s writing voice won’t disappoint you.
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Dragonflight (Pern, #1)Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read the Pern series many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the whole series. Before Eragon, there was Pern and McCaffrey staked out quite a bit of fantasy territory with this first book of the series. I find that I want to read these again after many years. It’s well-written and very creative in setting as well as plot. That fantasy is well-developed – a story I highly recommend.
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Book Reviews from My Goodreads Shelf: Old Favorites

Here are reviews of some old favorites I’ve read repeatedly over the years.

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ArmorArmor by John Steakley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Armor is a well-written space opera by John Steakley and one that I’ve read numerous times over the years. It’s a well-plotted book following the grinding war experiences of main character, Felix, who serves the military as a scout on a distant planet. It’s an often gut-wrenching tale that engrosses the reader. This is a can’t miss read for science fiction readers.

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Sword in the Storm (The Rigante, #1)Sword in the Storm by David Gemmell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sword in the Storm follows the exploits of the young warrior, Connavar of the Rigante people. Vowing to defend his people from an implacable foe that will threaten them in the years to come, Connavar sets out on a journey to learn how he can accomplish his task. The Rigante is perhaps the best series David Gemmell wrote and this first book is hard-hitting fantasy mixed with magic, mythology and adventure. Join Connavar on his epic adventure and you’ll enjoy the journey.

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The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first book of the Wheel of Time, written by Robert Jordan, draws the reader into a broken world full of magic, mystery, adventure and mythology. It’s a complex tale carrying Rand and his friends away from their seemingly peaceful home on journey of secrets as well as adventure. I enjoyed this book cover to cover and have read it several times. The fantasy world construction is complex as is the plot and characterization. If you’ve never read the Wheel of Time series you’ve missed out on a magnificent tale – and this is a rousing start.

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Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet, #3)Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Orson Scott Card wove a complex tale where Ender must discover secrets of a dead scientist to correctly eulogize him. An unusual approach to a story, Card wrote an amazing book that truly engrosses and surprises the reader with an astounding end. Tightly written, with solid characterization, readers won’t be disappointed with this continuation of Ender’s dramatic journey. If you’ve never read it, pick up a copy and enjoy a fascinating read.
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Goodreads Reviews from My Shelf

Here are a few more of my reviews posted on Goodreads. If you haven’t read some of the fantasy and science fiction perhaps my thoughts will help you decide what to read soon.

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RoguesRogues by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good collection of short fiction from top authors. The book covered a wide range of entertaining rogues as its theme. I would have preferred the anthology to be only speculative fiction in nature but I found a few of the real-world stories to be entertaining. The anthology was well edited but I would have also rather seen a story from Martin that was a bit different than a history of a GOT backstory. While informative about the history of the Seven Kingdoms in GOT it was rather dry and distant.

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The Gypsy Morph (Genesis of Shannara #3)The Gypsy Morph by Terry Brooks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a tense tale with several gripping scenes. A great effort from Brooks that had me turning pages late into the night. Read and enjoy.

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On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1)On Basilisk Station by David Weber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I never really read much military Sci-Fi until I picked up this book. Weber spun a good tale around the back-drop of setting as Honor Harrington is assigned to captain her first ship at a back-water location. The science and military aspects of the book are well-detailed and tightly woven into the plot. Honor is a well-written main character. Overall, I read this book well after bedtime for several nights and I found it very entertaining.
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Writing Fight ScenesWriting Fight Scenes by Rayne Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rayne Hall shares great reference material for writing fight scenes as well as tips to improve your technique. This is a must read for those writing anything from historical fiction to fantasy.

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Waylander (Drenai Saga, #3)Waylander by David Gemmell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a great read that I’ve enjoyed several times over the years. It’s hard to go wrong with Gemmell in general if you’re in the mood for old-fashioned fantasy adventure. Read and enjoy!

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The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1)The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brent Weeks opening book of the Night Angel series was an engaging, page-turning adventures with well-developed characters and lots of twists. You won’t go wrong with this series.

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Look for more of my reviews in the coming weeks! Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. Sign up for my Archer’s Aim Digest mailing list to receive the forthcoming edition of my newsletter with announcements about upcoming releases and events. You’ll receive my a SPECIAL coupon for The Bow of Destiny, the first novel of The Bow of Hart Saga. Speaking of which, it is now available on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks Amazon – Kindle & Smashwords. Additionally, September’s FREE book, What Is Needed is available at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks and Smashwords & Amazon.

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