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Book Review: Waylander – David Gemmell

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure


This is the first book introducing the dark and deadly assassin, Waylander. I liked him from the start. I guess mostly because I have a soft spot for tortured anti-heroes. Waylander wasn’t a hero, no. In fact, he’s the living embodiment of the saying “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.”

Waylander was once a man named Dakeyras. His life took a dark turn and could have spiraled on like that. Then he went and did a good deed which ended up haunting him and forced him to reassess his life. His life is tragic yes, but the man he became, the assassin, Waylander the Slayer, was a force of nature.

His sense of survival, his self-awareness of danger was incredible. His fighting skills were spooky, legendary. I loved his interactions with Danyal and the children. Danyal suited him to a T. She was the perfect fit for him, strong in spite of everything she went through.

David Gemmell crafted a complicated, interesting plot-line that kept me turning the page. Waylander was my favorite character and writing this review makes me want to read his story again. 🙂

Synopsis: The Drenai King is dead – murdered by a ruthless assassin. Enemy troops swarm into Drenai lands. Their orders are simple – kill every man, woman and child. But there is hope. Stalked by men who act like beasts and beasts that walk like men, the warrior Waylander must journey into the shadow-haunted lands of the Nadir to find the legendary Armour of Bronze. With this he can turn the tide. But can he be trusted? For he is Waylander the Slayer. The traitor who killed the King…


I'm a die-hard bibliophile and I'm also an introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy) I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami.

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