If I ever forget what good storytelling is, then I can safely turn to David Gemmell for a sterling reminder.
Sword in the Storm exhibits all the traits that made me love his style (have read Troy series, Lion of Macedon series, Stones of Power series) and in particular the very real-feeling portrayal of Connovar, the flawed hero. Every character has a touch of this, no archetypal villains or infallible good guys in this story, and the people of the Roman/Kelt-like world only become tainted as good or bad because of their choices and actions.
Sword in the Storm is the first in the Rigante series and it's a safe bet that I'll be reading the rest after this masterpiece.
If you're a historical fiction fan, don't let the fantasy aspect put you off. This book is a must read....Continua