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Knights of the Dark Renown by David Gemmell The Knights of the Gabala, legendary protectors of the Nine Duchies, have disappeared through a demon-haunted gateway between worlds. Only one held back: Manannan, the Coward Knight. When murder and black magic beset the Duchies, Manannan must ride through the gate and seek out his companions… What?? Huh?? Well ok let me explain. David Gemmell writes some of the most captivating, fantasy books out there. I should know I have read about 18 of them now (and still going). He is very rarely boring, and such a great story teller who creates some of my favourite fictional characters ever… OK, back to the book… This is one of his finest books to date. It’s a one off story, so all those people out there who fancy reading Gemmell but don’t know where to start. This is a great place. From the opening page when dark knight offers his enchanted sword to his opponent in a fight to the death… just to make it more of a challenge for him… the feeling you get is simply “oh my this book is going to be special”… (and you’re not wrong) The book is based around a group of “normal” people who become heroes as they fight to overcome the dark powers unleashed onto the land. Meanwhile Manannan (the once-knight) now must overcome all his fears and step through the gateway he failed to do six years previously to find his comrades (the Gabala knights) to bring justice and peace to the land once more…. The book follows the lives of good spread of people. From Lords to thieves, wizards to kings. There’s even a saga poet thrown in, who creates some wonderful stories and background history. (very Clever Mr Gemmell) Each character in the book really does stand out and you find yourself declaring in each chapter you new “favourite” one… here’s a small rundow
n of some of mine… Ollathar (aka Ruad) The knights Armourer. He is a Wizard, and created all of the knights armour. He also opened the gate six years previously to let them through to the other world… they havent been seen since. Mannanan. The Coward Knight. Ollathar cast spells on the knights to protect them from attack beyond the gate. Ollathar doesn’t know Mannanan didn’t go, and Mannanan can’t find him… as a result his helmet is bound to his head. This guy has had to wear a helmet for six years!!! - his hair and beard is slowly strangling him to death…. Sir Caibre Boo!! - The bad guy. The Red knight as he is also refered too. Defeated the Kings champion by chopping his hand off, humiliating him, then replaces him. He has an enchanted sword which will cut through anything. Oh and he’s immortal. Damn. Groundsel Leader of a gang of thieves and cut-throats, and would sell his granny without a second thought. But he has his good points.. I won’t go into any more now. It is worth saying this is a small collection of brilliant characters in the book. I would consider this book accessible by teenagers onwards. There is certainly nothing to difficult to follow in there, but that’s half the charm. You see, he should win EVERY prize there is for Story Telling. The man just can’t stop producing good quality tales and this is no exception. This is a well written and enjoyable, I would recommend it to any fan of fantasy books.
The knights of the Gabala, legendary protectors of the Nine Duchies, have disappeared through a demon-haunted gateway between worlds. Only one held back: Manannan, the Coward Knight. When murder and black magic beset the Duchies, Manannan must ride through the gate and seek out his companions.