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A century has passed since the heroic defence of Dros Delnoch. But the people of the Drenai face a new terror: a mad emperor kept in power by two forces of unsurpassed evil. The Joinings are werebeasts of awesome power. The Dark Templars are warrior-priests whose fighting skills are without equal. Against them the Drenai face certain defeat. One man, an outsider hated by the Drenai for his Nadir blood and despised by the Nadir for his Drenai ancestry, sets out to bring down the emperor. He is one man against the armies of chaos.

He is Tenaka Khan - the Prince of Shadows.

©2011 David Gemmell (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Breath of fresh air

It's nice to come across a well-written book after running into hordes of mediocre ones. David Gemmell hits it out of the park. His reputation stands on its own, of course, but I'm here to support it anyway. This is super classic hero stuff. Giants among men who carve their destinies into the world with skill and determination. A world with hints that it may be more than it seems. Inevitability. Tragedy. It's all there. <3

Sean Barrett. His voice... his voice pretty much encapsulates how I want to sound when I reach my silver-haired wise years. Again, it's beautiful to hear a story told by a master when there are so many narrators around who just don't have enough skill. I kind of want him to be my grandfather. Is that weird? When you hear him, I bet it won't seem weird at all.

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this is a must read for anyone who loves fantasy!

the story is captivating from the first sentence to the last! the characters are so incredibly well developed that I found myself utterly devastated when they died or were hurt. the narrator makes this story to such an extant that I listened from beginning to end in one day! I literally couldn't put it down. this series is well worth the credit and , having used my 2 credits on books 2 & 3 for the month, I am going to buy book 4 because I can't wait 2 weeks for my next credit! I don't know how I missed this incredible author but I'm sure to read all his books now that I've found him!

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A true pleasure to listen to.

David Gemmell spins a tail of sword and sorcery like few others. His heroes are colorful and yet believable, the plot is well paced and the action vivid. As soon as I have finished writing this review I will be purchasing the next book in the series. 9/10

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king beyond the gate

Gripping adventure the story is well told and puts you right in it. Well done.

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love it

The story is somewhat like legend but the characters are completely different and the world is more built and rich.

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not great unfortunately <br />

Did not enjoy this narrator. I've read the book and preferred it to this audio book.

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Excellent book

Gemmell is a master of tragic, flawed heroes who are part hero, part villain (at some point in their lives). This book contains so many small things that a person would recognize in real life that prove Gemmell had a grasp of how the personal struggles of real people determine their decisions.

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King beyond the gate!

Another masterpiece by David Gemmell! Lots of action and well written characters. Great story!!! 3rd time reading this book.

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Gemmell and Barrett ...

truly compliment each other. I'm a long time fan of Gemmell and now I'm a fan of Barrett as well. Excellent voice portrayal of the characters.

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  • Simon
  • 07-01-17

Of Might and Magic!

Gemmell's second tale of the Drenai, a people modelled loosely on Roman society. This is set a few generations on from "Legend" so while there are some excellent references and indeed cameos for those characters they are by the time of this one very much legendary. These books are like sagas, glorified episodes in history rather than any kind of contiguous series. There is once again a siege and again there is a cast of larger than life characters who excel at various marshal and magical disciplines to take Gemmell's grandiose stage. They are great fun and heroic deeds abound, heroes are made and broken and great evils are encountered. Characters go from first meeting to deeply in love faster than your average boy racer goes from nought to sixty. Magic comes in the form of a brand new version of The Thirty - white cloaked warrior priests dedicated to the cause. Of course they are matched by their own nemesis, The Templars, and as I don't do spoilers I won't tell you what colour their cloaks are but you can might just guess . . .

It's all a great cacophony of saga and legend. Gemmell allows his characters to strut their stuff across the lands of the Drenai and even infuses a bit more humour into proceedings in the process. It's all delivered by Sean Barrett with his usual aplomb and marches along with plenty of fighting and action in an almost Cornwellian style applied to the fantasy genre. You can guess of course that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It would be wrong in 2017 though to not sound at least a small note of caution for anyone who comes to these books afresh. This is 1980s fantasy, actually correction it's GREAT 1980s fantasy, among the very best. However, in the following decades numerous writers, many of them inspired by Gemmell have honed the craft and taken it to new levels of sophistication. This is John Wayne's True Grit rather than Tarantino's Django Unchained, it's The Great Escape more than it's Hacksaw Ridge. Everyone will have an opinion on which are better and personally I love them all but you won't find anything like the sophistication of a Sanderson or Rothfuss here. You will find a bloody good yarn though and for this reviewer that's what's most important.

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  • MOIRA BUCHAN
  • 06-26-17

Favourite author

Glad to see at last these books are being published as audiobooks. Sean Barrett is the perfect narrator for them!

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  • Martha Alice Wolfgang
  • 09-02-17

Superb

Another superb listen. I'd award it more than five stars if I could. The narrator delivers the story with brilliance, I think he must be a David Gemmell fan from his enthusiasm of the rendition. SUPERB - the perfect marriage!

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  • matthew
  • 08-23-17

Loves this sequel

I have awarded this a very good sequel. Not excellent, because the characters format seem to match the 1st books too similarly. Also a lot of the seens are set in the same place(more walls).

There are new hero's however, with truly excellent detail. And a new twist of the Joinings, which gives an extra spark if you have a vivid imagination for it.
Loved it but not as much as the 1st book.

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  • O. Patchett
  • 08-23-17

The King Beyond the Gate: Mature and Full Bodied

Absolutely what the fantasy reader requires, depth mature - fully fleshed out complex characters, a well used but decent plot.

The reading performance is excellent also. The deep voice giving sophistication and gravitas to the personality of the leaders, helping everything become more believable.

A must read.

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  • Wayne
  • 08-13-17

wonderful story. excellent narrator

the telling of super human abilities to overcome superior odds winning out because of humanities ability to love

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-21-17

loved it

loved it well worth a listen to, would highly recommend this to any one out there

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  • Mrs.
  • 07-20-17

One of my favourite books from my favourite series

Tenaka Khan is my favourite Gemmell character except perhaps for Waylander. This is a great listen, an interesting story with pace and passion.

One mark off for pronunciation of Nadir not matching the way I've said it in my head for 29 years!

Get this, it's great.

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  • Jason M.
  • 07-16-17

Gemmell Brilliance.

Very well narrated, with a good flow and the story is of course pure Gemmell Brilliance. Recommended.

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  • Mark Stedmond
  • 07-16-18

A great sequel.

It's not common for sequels to be as good as the original but this book truly is as engaging and enthralling as 'Legend'
Well worth the time and money.

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  • Jeremy
  • 06-12-18

from start to finish!

i just love these books..
bringing everything i want in a book..
i cant stop buying them all.
in druss we trust

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 10-22-17

Enjoyable

None of the other books in this series will live upto Legend but I still enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-17

good taking, great book

I already loved this book and the audiobook didn't disappoint! great reading too, although the accents for Renya sometimes felt off.