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Echoes of the Great Song by David Gemmell
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Echoes of the Great Song (1997)

by David Gemmell

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Standard David Gemmell fare - a one-off so not part of a series. This reads well although slightly too long in the last third. The story of a civilisation trying to hold on to its power with an assortment of main characters, both heroic and interesting. ( )
  PaulAllard | Dec 9, 2015 |
Substance: A tale of caste systems undone by events that illustrate with stark clarity the sterility of immortality and arrogance. Full of heroes, some fools, and even conflicted villains. Insightful view of characters more complex than usual in a sword- & sorcery novel. Enough humor to lighten the load, without being funny.
Style: Gemmell writes high fantasy without affectation. Straight-forward narrative (a few back-stitches), exciting action without being overpowering. The chapter headings about "legendary" figures, placed in front of the events that gav rise to them, were intriguing. ( )
  librisissimo | Mar 16, 2015 |
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  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
More of the same from Gemmel. ( )
  brakketh | Oct 26, 2008 |
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Echoes of the Great Song is dedicated with grateful thanks to Richard Allen, who - back in the sixties - showed me the way to popularity by breaking my arm. And to Peter Phillips, whose heroic appearence in another time of great danger prevented even more fractures.
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Alone on an icy hillside, the wind blowing cold across the glaciers, Talaban recalled the first time he had heard the prophecy.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345432320, Mass Market Paperback)

“A HUMDINGER . . . A MASTERLY TALE TOLD WITH CLARITY AND VERVE.”
The Times (London)

The Avatars are immortal and live like kings–even though the empire is dying. Their immortality is guaranteed by magic crystals whose influence is now waning, overwhelmed by the sheer power of a great flood and a sudden ice age. But when two moons appear in the sky, and the ruthless armies of the Crystal Queen swarm across the land bringing devastation and terror, the Avatars unite with their subjects to protect their universe.

As the cities face imminent destruction, three heroes emerge. Talaban, a warrior haunted by tragedy; Touchstone, the mystic tribesman seeking his lost love; and Anu, the Holy One, the Builder of Time. And when all seems lost, two others enter the fray: Sofarita, the peasant girl who will inspire a legend, and the madman, Viruk, who will become a god. . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:02:32 -0400)

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Despite their own immortality, the Avatars are confronted with the destruction of their empire when the vicious forces of the Crystal Queen engulf the land, briging terror, devastation, and death in their wake, and must join forces with their subjects to protect their world.… (more)

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