by David Gemmell
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
432 pages; ISBN: 0345458311
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Once he was a general of a great army, with much wealth and vast estates who waged war on the enemies of the women he loved, the woman who ants to take the throne of the Naashanites. He possessed the magical swords of Night and Day and no man could best him in battle but when he helped put Jianna on the throne, he realized her first love was power and so he left her. Jianna puts a price on his head and people believed Skilgannon was dammed because of the atrocities he committed while at war.
For two years he sought peace as a priest but the outside world found out him and forced him to flee. In the city of Mellicane, the legendary Joinings, men and beast magically melded into one, were on the loose and Skilgannon along with another hero, the legendary Druss warrior, repelled the attacks. They joined forces to rescue a little girl held hostage by Skilgannon’s greatest enemy, a child greatly beloved by Druss. Both knew this may be their last battle but they are true heroes determined to rescue a child from a madman.
David Gemmell knows how to write a winning sword and sorcery tale starring a tortured hero (much like Elric of Melinbone) it is impossible to dislike him despite the atrocities he committed. The story line is fast-paced and rich in color with a villain reminiscent of Hannibal Lechter. Druss is a half-century in age and his time is passing yet he still has the power to instill fear into his enemies’ hearts. WHITE WOLF is a stirring fantasy that will please fans of the genre.
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