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Knights of Dark Renown (original 1989; edition 1993)
by David Gemmell (Author)
Knights of Dark Renown by David Gemmell (1989)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 034537908X, Mass Market Paperback)Once the legendary knights of the Gabala defended the nine duchies. Their hearts were beautiful; their armor was beyond compare. They were greater than princes, more than men.
But they were gone, disappeared through a demon-haunted gateway between worlds. Only one held back -- Manannan, whose every instinct told him to stay. Now he was the coward knight, and in torment.
Murder and black magic beset the land. Rumors circulated that the king was enchanted, changed, that his soul was dead . . . and that a reign of terror was about to begin.
Now Manannan realized he would have to face his darkest fears: he had no choice but to ride through that dreaded gate and seek out his vanished companions.
And the secret he would learn there would tear his soul apart . . . .
"A sharp, distinctive medieval fantasy. Dramatic, colorful, taut." -- Locus
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:26 -0400)
The land of the Drenai has seldom seen a blacker time. Six years ago, the Knights of the Gabala, legendary defenders of truth and right, went on a quest to combat evil. They never returned. In their absence, the king has become a tyrant backed by his new champions, the Red Knights, who are invincible physically, mentally, and magically. No heroes remain to champion the cause of the people. The sensible thing to do is leave Drenai behind forever. However, against impossible odds, some choose to stand and fight.
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