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. 🙂