The Legend of Deathwalker

Brian G Turner

Fantasist & Futurist
Staff member
Nov 23, 2002
I did like this book - the characters and dialogue were strong, the plot was well done, and all in all it would have been a great book if it stood by itself.

The trouble was, I couldn't shake the feeling of deja vu: a group of people hold up among ruins in an old building in a wasteland, ready to resist a violent siege by superior forces.

I know Gemmell has a habit of reusing the same formula but here it just seemed so blatant, which is a shame because this is one of the stronger Drenai books I've read so far but sense of familiarity managed to spoil something of the enjoyment.

Otherwise, it was interesting to see Gemmell revisit the past to flesh out the Drenai world-building, not least character histories and how they connected. And though it was a good idea and well executed, I struggled to feel convinced.

In the end there's something of the whiff of Rogue One about this - an interesting but unnecessary story. The difference being, this book is a much more worthwhile use of time. :)


Nerf Herder
Nov 10, 2007
Sutton, Surrey
Yes, it did follow the classic DG formula quite closely didn't it. Though I did enjoy the flashbacks to Talisman's time at the academy and also a closed look at the culture of the Gothir