Legend: Book One of the Drenai Saga
Why this book?
Druss the Legend!
David Gemmell’s action scenes blew me away as a young reader. He doesn’t leave anything to the imagination but instead plants a crisp, vivid image into your brain and dares you to look away. But he knows you won’t. Or can’t. Legend is his first book and it was always in the back of my mind as I was writing my own saga because they both tell the story of a siege for the ages. Gemmell was an avid reader of history and is known for saying how he always wanted to write historical fiction but found it too depressing with how infrequently the good guys won. Isn’t that the truth? But I think that’s why underdog stories based on historical events are so compelling.