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by David Gemmell

"David Gemmell tells a very real adventure, the stuff of true epic fantasy."--R. A. Salvatore, New York Times Bestselling authorJohn Shannow, The Jerusalem Man, lived in a world that had toppled on its axis. Civilization had been replaced by ruthlessness and savagery. Relentless in his quest for peace, Shannow followed a path that led only to bloodshed and sorrow.Abaddon, the Lord of the Pit, sought to plunge mankind into a new Satanic era. His Hellborn army spewed forth from the Plague Lands with an unholy force stemming from human sacrifice. For it was the blood of innocents that fueled the corrupted Sipstrassi Stones of Power--the source of Abaddon's might.But the Hellborn made a fatal mistake--they took the woman who had stolen Shannow's heart. He would move Heaven and Earth to save her or he would die trying.
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ISBN: 0345416856
ISBN13: 978-0345416858
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Fantasy
Author: David Gemmell
Language: English
Publisher: Del Rey (April 28, 1997)
ePUB size: 1495 kb
FB2 size: 1696 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 691
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The Stones of Power series of five books are the only books by David Gemmell that I had not read yet, after a year or so binging on the rest of his bibliography. And it turns out to have been appropriate as the last three books, the Jon Shannow books, occur in pretty much our day and age but after an apocalypse. Shannow is pretty much exactly like the Clint Eastwood character in Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, which is a good thing. He goes around cleaning up the frontier of its infestations of criminal types, and while that's noble he's shunned by a fearful populace, and finds solace in his Bible, which he tries to live by. Ultimately he has to lock horns with the human-appearing devil who is actually Molech, the demonic Satan figure from the previous two books, Ghost King and Last Sword of Power. Which doesn't look favorable since the bad guys number in the tens of thousands against him alone.

The interesting thing that Gemmell does with this guy is introduce him as the fully formed avenger of the weak and the innocent who nevertheless often questions himself, and who then becomes even more complex as we watch him fighting against the ultimate powers of evil and their minions instead of bandits. It's not a chrysalis becoming a butterfly, it's a butterfly changing to an even bigger butterfly. I didn't think Shannow could be any more complex but Gemmell pulls it off. Great character development, and worldbuilding also.
The survivors of the apocalypse band together to survive. But there will always be men who use violence to get what they want. And these men must contend with Jon Shannow. A haunted gunslinger on a quest to find the holy land.

Jon Shannow is on a quest to find Jerusalem through a ravaged planet. History, science, geography, culture, and all signs of civilization are long gone. Good folk try to make a decent living by farming, but there are devil worshipping armies with superior firepower on a quest for conquest. This is a story about survival and fighting against overwhelming odds after courage and reason have abandoned you.

World Building:
The world takes place over 100 years from now and is similar to the frontiers of the old west. There are horses, muskets, revolvers, and some magic in the form of astral projection, premonition, and possession. Roaming the lost frontiers are tribes of cannibals, evil armies, hunters, settlers, outlaws, and if you are really unfortunate, you may run across the devil himself.

This is the first of three books that feature Jon Shannow. He's not a perfect man and he's made many mistakes, but he is an honest man who just tries to do right by others. If you wrong him, chances are that he's better with a gun than you are. He definitely deserves to be mentioned with some of the many great characters created by David Gemmell: Druss, Skilgannon, Waylander, Connor, Decado, and The Lion of Macedon.

Wolf in Shadow also features a very strong cast of supporting characters as well. I can't really mention them here because it would spoil the turns in the story.

Writing Style:
David Gemmell is one of the All Time Greats at creating heroic characters in harsh worlds. These are battle hardened characters tested by the world itself. They can survive and persevere where most of us would give up. They all live by some sort of code, whether it is just or unjust. The world is dangerous, the story is epic, the characters are memorable, and the action is hard hitting.

This book is loaded with action. There are brawls, cavalry, gunfights, skirmishes, battles, shootouts, magic, demons, and memorable deaths. If you like the heroes of the old west, then you should enjoy this book.

Maturity: Teen
There is lots of violence, mention of sex and rape, but it happens off screen. It's kind of like a Hollywood action film.

This is a great book written by one of the greats. It has a bit of everything. A fast moving plot that gains momentum, memorable characters, humor, action, honor, romance, and great villains.

Buy it if you like heroic westerns.
Buy it if you are a fan of David Gemmell.
Avoid it if you just like pure medieval fantasy with swords.

If you enjoyed this book, I'd say keep on reading books by David Gemmell. These are some his best: Legend, Waylander, Winter Warriors, Sword in the Storm, the Lion of Macedon.
The concept was interesting and the book caught my interest right away but it just never came together. Some parts were exciting and others were almost laughably crude. The attempts to work in recognizable references to the 'old world' felt forced most of the time. The end was a little too best and contrived. That said, I did enjoy this quick read and will probably read the next one just to see what the author does with the mythology of this world.
This is the book where the Stones of Power series makes a shift from Fantasy to Sci-Fi. It's a fluid, smooth motion that Gemmell does perfectly. We're introduced to a future where the past doesn't exist (or does it?) giant fish bones clutter the desert like a misplaced dinosaur, and there's no wood in the ark.

Jon Shannow is to a novel what Captain Mal Reynolds (of Firefly) is to TV/DVD. Strong, mysterious, a little sexy and more than a little dangerous if crossed. His six shooters are always clean and ready to be fired (and often are!) He reigns the space around him with an unforgivable iron fist. He shows no hesitation. But like all good main characters, he's imperfect. He has scars. He bleeds, he becomes unconscious, he loves and loses and is a character you love to love. He provides thought that continues well after the last page is turned... for that reason alone, this is a book worth buying.
How did it take me so long to discover this book and this writer?! Fantastic story blending western elements with fantasy and science fiction in a post-apocalyptic world.
As a fan of The Dark Tower by Stephen King for many years, the inevitable comparison comes to mind with Roland Deschain... I believe I'd rather ride with Jon Shannow.
David Gemmell was one of the best storytellers ever. All his books are fast paced, easy to read, very suspenseful and they leave you with a strong desire to read more of his books and adventures. He paints his characters and worlds full of color and makes you feel part of his stories. I have reread all his books many times and they never fail to thrill me and make me want to read them yet again.
David Gemmell weaves the action of a wild west shoot out into a fantasy setting with Sci Fi roots. And he does it superbly.
great read