Legend by David Gemmell Review
David Gemmell may not have become a classic of world fiction, but his main work – the so-called Drenai Series – has enjoyed a steady interest of fans of good fantasy for more than twenty years.
Already with his debut book, the British writer managed to prove his worth and gain a foothold in his chosen genre.
Over time, the “Legend” has grown numerous sequels and backstories, but Gemmell, unfortunately, did not create a real masterpiece. So it is recommended to start acquaintance with his work with the first novel.
In “Legend” Gemmell tells the story of the legendary warrior Druss, who is forced to defend a small fortress from the hordes of the enemy along with a small handful of allies.
The plot, frankly speaking, does not Shine with originality since the time of Homer and his “Iliad”, but it is a good classic and, most importantly, masterfully developed by Gemmell.
You read the legend with a zest, page after page, chapter after chapter: it was the fascination that kept the book from going unnoticed.
Moreover, the author forces the reader to sincerely empathize with the characters, seemingly doomed to defeat.
It’s a pity, but the audio version has lost a lot compared to the original source.
It seems that the text is the same, game lounge, and the reader, trying to keep the tone of the novel focuses on the characters – but still, it lacks sincerity to awaken in the listener a deeper feeling, in addition to interest in the development of the plot.
The result: excellent military fantasy with rapidly developing action, without frills, excessive congestion, and special depth.
Not perfect, but generally sound and high-quality release.
Highest quality audio and narration by Sean Barrett.