The First Chronicle of Druss the Legend

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The First Chronicle of Druss the Legend is the sixth book in David Gemmell’s non-sequential series, the Drenai Saga. It’s a prequel to the first Drenai book, Legend, and I think it’s the perfect prequel because it actually enhances his Druss stories by not being in chronological order.

Renegade soldiers turned slavers massacre a mountain village and take Druss’s wife, the seeress, Rowena. Desperate and enraged, the young country bumpkin takes up a battle-ax (inherited from his infamous grandfather) to begin a quest that will take him across half the world and last over seven years. Druss fights slavers, pirates, wars, outlaws, demons, and Death itself to rescue the love of his life. Thus is how legends are born.

There’s nothing fancy about Gemmell’s books. They’re just simple, solid, good reads about heroes who live and die by their own codes of honor. If John Wayne ever did a sword-and-sorcery movie, Druss would’ve been a perfect role for him.

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