Winter Warriors, part of The Drenai Saga by David Gemmell
Winter Warriors is a standalone epic fantasy from one of the greats of the genre. It forms part of David Gemmell’s collection of Drenai books, so those familiar with these works will recognise some of the lands and histories mentioned, but there’s absolutely no prior knowledge of the other books required in order to read and enjoy this one. Every so often it’s nice to be able to pick up a fantasy novel that’s not part of a trilogy (or more) but that still gives you a compelling story and characters you can really get behind, and Winter Warriors is definitely one of those books.
We follow a trio of old Drenai soldiers who, at the winter of their careers, are being sent home into retirement. Rather than leave with their comrades, our heroes find themselves battling evil forces intent on killing a newborn king to complete a ritual and bring demons back to the world. Winter Warriors is a well written and fast-paced tale of standing up and fighting for what’s right. There are a few questions left unanswered and a somewhat anti-climactic ending, but overall it’s a very enjoyable read and a good addition to the Drenai collection.
Dominish rating: 84%