Stormrider is Book While this stands well alone it takes place shortly after Ravenheart has many of the same characters I d highly recommend reading it first Gemmel is a master of writing a c
Stormrider is Book While this stands well alone, it takes place shortly after Ravenheart & has many of the same characters. I'd highly recommend reading it first. Gemmel is a master of writing a character driven story. While the setting, action, & magic are well done, the characters are what really shine. There are good guys & bad; some swap places as they grow & events shape them. Often these changes are against all odds if viewed from a distance, but make perfect sense as the particulars become known. Small strengths or defects are amplified & then I realize there really isn't anything else the character could do under the circumstances. Very cool.I definitely want to read more by Gemmel. His stories are fairly long, but they're never slow. While they're often complex, they're never dulled by too much exposition or description. Best of all, there's never any repetition. My kind of author.. One glorious spark, one moment of Rigante rebellion has ignited a revolution and forged a legend In the mountains of the north, the outlaw leader known as Ravenheart waits, knowing the forces of the blackhearted Moidart will come, led by the brutal ruler s only son, Stormrider Unaware that the fate of the world lies in their hands, sworn enemies Ravenheart and StormriderOne glorious spark, one moment of Rigante rebellion has ignited a revolution and forged a legend In the mountains of the north, the outlaw leader known as Ravenheart waits, knowing the forces of the blackhearted Moidart will come, led by the brutal ruler s only son, Stormrider Unaware that the fate of the world lies in their hands, sworn enemies Ravenheart and Stormrider will be forced to unite and face the vengeance of an ancient evil.For immense armies of darkness are advancing on the highlanders, and it seems as if nothing will stop them They crush their victims with ease, until only a few thousand men stand before them, with no help in sight But these are not ordinary men they face They are clansmen, and than that, they are Rigante. The best Book Stormrider I finished this book (for about the seventh time) about a week ago, but this is the first chance I've had time to write a review. Although, not Gemmell's best work (Sword In The Storm, Midnight Falcon, Legend, Winter Warriors, Waylander II & III, Dark Moon), it is up there with them. As I've already said, I've read this book (and many others) several times over the years, and there are only so many books that are gripping enough to do that with. Gemmell was always the master at character driven stories. You follow the characters because Gemmell gave you that depth of description and life, strengths and weaknesses, in a style I have yet to see reached by other authors. Stormrider, although a stand-alone read, follows on with the story of Ravenheart and Gaise Macon (son of the dreaded Moidart). There's no shortage of deep character's including Huntsekker, Lord Winter Kay and his Redeemer Knight's, and the Moidart who almost steals the show. There is civil war between the King and Ludan Macks, there's a powerful relic of a Rigante Seidh God, and the Rigante are required to fight alongside their long time enemy, the Moidart.The actions of the Cochland brother's shows, and the result of their actions, shows what Gemmell was largely about in his writing and messages he felt deeply about.This is still a 4 star read, although not the best of the Rigante books.
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