Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
We find Druss battling the Nadir on the walls of Dros Delnoch and his mind goes back to the past and the events which led to him fighting beside the Nadir. Druss’s search for his wife Rowena led him to become the lethal fighter he turned into, more comfortable with violence and death than a peaceful life.
And so, circumstances send him on a quest for magic stones to save a friend’s life. Stones supposedly in a shrine right in the middle of Nadir territory. Perilous journey, anyone?
The book focuses mainly on the Nadir. We get a deeper view into the Nadir and the kind of people they are. They are considered savages compared to the Drenai and their way of life is incomprehensible but the Drenai are no better. The way the Drenai treat the Nadir as less than human, the cruelty to their children is deplorable.
We also find out the reason why the Nadir are so at odds and separated as a people. Oshikai Demon-Bane and Shut-sen’s story is heartbreaking.
The one lesson prominent in all of David Gemmell’s books is that hate begets hate. The Nadir hate the Drenai and the Drenai hate them back. It’s a vicious circle that never ends.
David Gemmell crafts an impressive plot with Druss and the Nadir fighting together for a noble cause. The conclusion for the Nadir was an impactful one but Druss’s quest? Ah, we’re given one of life’s biggest lessons here – how life never works out the way you want it to.