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David Gemmell Biography

David Andrew Gemmell was a well known bestselling British author who mostly writes works in the fantasy genre. He was born on August 1st, 1948 and passed away July 28th, 2006. Gemmell’s first book ever to be published was in 1984. In his entire writing career Gemmel wrote over thirty novels and is best known for his debut novel titled Legend. 

Gemmell first attempted writing a book in the late 1970’s when he wrote The Man from Miami. Unfortunately that book failed to find a publisher after Gemmell tried for at least a year. Gemmell later admitted that his book "was so bad it could curdle milk at 50 paces.” In 1976 Gemmell was diagnosed with a cancer in which he believed to be terminal. During that time he wrote his book The Siege of Dros Delnoch in order to take his mind off of his sickness. That is when he realized that his true ambition of having a book published before his life ended. Written in two weeks, the book that he wrote was a story of a siege that resisted against overwhelming odds. This book was written at the time serving as a metaphor for his cancer.



After his book Waylander was published, Gemmell became a full time author and actually wrote over thirty novels in total. Another of Gemmell’s books titled the White Knight, Black Swan was a crime thriller novel in which he published it under the pen name Ross Harding. That book was actually Gemmell's only novel not to become a worldwide bestseller. In 2008, the David Gemmell Legend Award was created and intended to "restore fantasy to its proper place in the literary pantheon.”

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Drenai Saga- Druss, Captain of the Axe, whose fame was legendary, had chosen to wait for death in a mountain hideaway. But mighty Dros Delnoch, the last stronghold of the Drenai Empire, was under threat from Nadir hordes who had destroyed everything else in their path. All hope rests on the skills of one man. 

The Damned Series- White Wolf marks a return to the bestselling Drenai series and David Gemmell's most popular hero of all, Druss the Legend. Skilgannon the Damned had vanished from the pages of history. No-one knew where he had gone, following the terrible triumph at Perapolis, and the assasins sent by the Witch Queen could find no trace of his passing. Three years later, a murderous mob gathers outside a monastery, faced by a single, unarmed priest. In a few terrifying seconds their world is changed for ever, and word spreads across the lands of the East -- Skilgannon is back. 

Now he must travel across a perilous, demon-haunted realm seeking a mysterious temple and the ageless goddess who rules it. With assassins on his trail and an army of murderous foes ahead, the Damned sets off on a quest to bring the dead to life. But he does not travel alone. The man beside him is Druss the Legend. 

In this tale of love, betrayal and treachery, in a world torn by war, White Wolf examines the nature of heroism and friendship and the narrow lines dividing good and evil. "From the Trade Paperback edition."

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