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I didn t HAVE to read this one the way I did the first, but in some ways I liked it better It starts 20 years after the events of the first book which put me off a bit at first since the first was leading up to showdown that is now over That was a bit of a let down, but Gemmell fills in the story in bits pieces as this story goes along Instead of just another big battle full of heroic deeds, he shows it from other angles that aretrue to life It s not just the aftermath, but the resul I didn t HAVE to read this one the way I did the first, but in some ways I liked it better It starts 20 years after the events of the first book which put me off a bit at first since the first was leading up to showdown that is now over That was a bit of a let down, but Gemmell fills in the story in bits pieces as this story goes along Instead of just another big battle full of heroic deeds, he shows it from other angles that aretrue to life It s not just the aftermath, but the results that we get to see As usual, he makes the reader think, shows the regular warriors perspective.There s plenty of kings, fighting, even some magic This is sword sorcery, but magic isn t the key, simply one aspect of life Pivotal at times, ignore it at your own peril, or embrace it It just depends The results of small decisions loom large Everyone makes choices then has to live with the consequences They often don t have the information they need to choose properly, but that s life If we only knew then what we know now, right I didn t like the characters as much in this book Everyone was flawed in the first book, but in this one the flaws seemed even greater because they bore the weight of many earlier ones They managed to deal with them the story played out very well It was very difficult to put down toward the end Highly recommended Midnight Falcon was a great sequel to the Sword in the Storm.As usual, Gemmell gave us great characters, great plot and fantastic battle scenes This book was filled with action that ranged from duels in gladiator pits to large scale confrontations.Bane is the main character of this book He is the illegitimate son of Connavar, the greatest warrior and general the Rigante has ever had The possibility of war with Stone looms over the Rigante tribes once again, but as they set out to crush civil Midnight Falcon was a great sequel to the Sword in the Storm.As usual, Gemmell gave us great characters, great plot and fantastic battle scenes This book was filled with action that ranged from duels in gladiator pits to large scale confrontations.Bane is the main character of this book He is the illegitimate son of Connavar, the greatest warrior and general the Rigante has ever had The possibility of war with Stone looms over the Rigante tribes once again, but as they set out to crush civil uprisings and keep their lands protected, Bane heads towards the land of Stone with his friend Banouin His journey is filled with politics, action and unique characters as he loses loved ones and realises what is truly important in life.Another immersive book created by David Gemmell.I highly recommend 5 Stars Midnight Falcon, book two of the Rigante series by David Gemmell is a fantastic second book in the series and an unusual one in that it ties up pretty much all of the plot lines David Gemmell has been in my to read queue forthan 30 years I know that the Drenai series is his most popular one starting with Legend, however the description of this one had me from the start This is a classic sword and sorcery series that is every bit epic in sense and scope Magic plays a role here b 5 Stars Midnight Falcon, book two of the Rigante series by David Gemmell is a fantastic second book in the series and an unusual one in that it ties up pretty much all of the plot lines David Gemmell has been in my to read queue forthan 30 years I know that the Drenai series is his most popular one starting with Legend, however the description of this one had me from the start This is a classic sword and sorcery series that is every bit epic in sense and scope Magic plays a role here but is not the star.I really enjoyed pretty much everything about this book Gemmell gave us great characters, great places, an amazing world, interesting magic, plenty of fighting and action, and overall awesome world building The first book was all about Connaver, who reminded me a great deal of the bad ass Jorg from Mark Lawrence Broken Empire series Midnight Falcon is all about Conn s bastard son named Bane Let s just say that with him, the Apple does not fall far from the tree I loved the writing and the story telling of Gemmell I can t believe I waited so long to read a book by him I loved that this book basically had four parts that all took place in different locations and had very different feel It was fabulous Midnight Falcon did not suffer from second book syndrome We all face it, and succumb to it It follows us like a dark shadow Yet if we live in terror of it, then we do not live at all Yes we are born alone, and yes we will die alone But in between, Tae, we live We know joy I am a lonely man I think I always have been But I am not lonely now Not at this moment Highly recommended Okay, review timeMidnight Falcon Bane s soul name doesn t follow on directly from Sword In The Storm There is about a fourteen year gap, giving time for Bane to grow into his teens The main focus of this book is Bane s life and character as the outcast bastard son of Connavar, now the tribal king and famed DemonbladeBane has just lost his mother and after years of trying to gain his father s love, or even a kind word, seems lost of hope He s grown to be a strong warrior, even at fifte Okay, review timeMidnight Falcon Bane s soul name doesn t follow on directly from Sword In The Storm There is about a fourteen year gap, giving time for Bane to grow into his teens The main focus of this book is Bane s life and character as the outcast bastard son of Connavar, now the tribal king and famed DemonbladeBane has just lost his mother and after years of trying to gain his father s love, or even a kind word, seems lost of hope He s grown to be a strong warrior, even at fifteen, but he s been outcast by his Rigante tribe, as his mother was outcast when she bore Connavar s illegitimate child Though the resemblance between father and son is without question, right down to the odd coloured eyesBane s only friends are the witch Vorna and her son Banouin, whom Bane protected as they grew amongst the Rigante Bane sets out on a journey, at Vorna s request, to protect Banoiun on his journey to Stone Stone shows great similarity to our ancient Rome, though here the renowned general Jasaray and his armies are the enemy As are the deadly knights, known as the Crimson Priests.In the journey to Stone alone, we see much of what Gemmell did so well the depth of character s and the distinctly different complex personalities and hearts of people The conversations between Bane and Banouin are a prime example of this Bane is an outcast, a warrior, and a killer, but he relishes every day he lives and will give his life for those he loves Banouin, well, he wants to be away from savages like his friend and The Rigante Banouin thinks, but does not act, he moans and lives in regret and bitterness, he thinks Bane s life is savage and foolish and that the people of Stone arecivilized Partly because Banouin s father, his namesake, was from Stone and a revered general until he left to join the peaceful Rigante There are way too many twists and turns in this book to mention, and I wouldn t spoil that for you But, Bane finds love, he also finds what it is to be loved He finds an enemy, he hones his warrior skills, and he finds himself Banouin is also on a journey, and the Seidh Goddess The Morrigu keeps making timely appearances There are surprises in store for Connavar too, and many other characters.This book is a journey, and not just for one man It s a read of characters and people not unlike many we might know This book, in my opinion, is one of Gemmell s best It s also the second best in the Rigante series It can be read as a stand alone book, though if you ve read Sword In The Storm prior to this book it will fill in much of the background to this one.Oh, as a side note I ve read this book at least fifteen times over the years, as I used to rotate all my really good reads I still do with some This was a little better than the first one, if that could be possible, having in mind that the story here starts some 20 years from where it has been left in the previous volume.With strong characters, a lot of drama, killings, adventures and surprises, a small amount of magic and gladiators fights, also let s not forget the big scale battles, in short, with a lot of things going on in here, this was a delight to read Five stars without a doubt This was a little better than the first one, if that could be possible, having in mind that the story here starts some 20 years from where it has been left in the previous volume.With strong characters, a lot of drama, killings, adventures and surprises, a small amount of magic and gladiators fights, also let s not forget the big scale battles, in short, with a lot of things going on in here, this was a delight to read Five stars without a doubt There are some wonderful books you review by discussing their characters, plot and writing Yet there are some books that are beyond that In reviewing them, I don t talk about this twist and that character, but about what I experienced while reading them This is a review of the second kind There was one point while I was reading this that my hands started to tremble and my heart was beating so fast it actually hurt I had to put the book aside, calm my breathing, drink some water and watch a There are some wonderful books you review by discussing their characters, plot and writing Yet there are some books that are beyond that In reviewing them, I don t talk about this twist and that character, but about what I experienced while reading them This is a review of the second kind There was one point while I was reading this that my hands started to tremble and my heart was beating so fast it actually hurt I had to put the book aside, calm my breathing, drink some water and watch a sitcom episode before I felt calm enough to continue reading I literally had to remind myself of my life, that I wasn t going to war, that I could survive the death of the characters, that they were characters I wasn t too successful view spoiler And when it became obvious that Conn was going to die, I was crying so hard and I was thinking that I had seen him being born, I had seen his first fights, I had seen him fall in love, I knew of his thoughts and flaws, guilts and fears and shames I knew him better than my family or close friends and I couldn t stand to see him die I closed the book while he was riding to his death, and I considered never reading the last pages It was so tempting As long as I didn t read he would still be riding, sad and with a heavy heart but alive.But I did read and I cried and mourned and grieved My eyes are filling with tears again as I m writing this hide spoiler That is the beauty of Gemmell I have cried for thousands of characters, sometimes not even because they died but for their griefs But there is something to the way Gemmel writes, or perhaps it s about his characters, their lives arevibrant, real I haven t read knights of dark renown in years, yet there is one particular death in it that I can remember in all details and believe it or not, thinking about it still hurts Same is the case with Ghost king, Legend or Echoes of the great song Reading Gemmel means reading about strategy and politics, wars and religions and philosophy, About whores and thieves, kings and heroes Reading about pain and betrayal, crushing defeats and horrible mistakes His books are in no way light reads, they are not pick me ups They are beautiful and wondrous and sad They make you laugh but they make you cry harder.Yet, they make you happy in the way great art always can It s a twisted kind of joy, but it s joy in one of the brightest forms I ve experienced.In the way that I know when I m dying, reading his books will never be something I ll regret spending time on Even If I am to die in a month, a week or even a day |DOWNLOAD BOOK ♺ Midnight Falcon ⚔ Midnight Falcon continues the tale of the Rigante, which began in Sword in the Storm Love, honour, blood and betrayal all play out in this heroic fantasy by the Sunday Times bestselling author David Gemmellperfect for fans ofJoe Abercrombie, Duncan M Hamilton and Conn Iggulden For anyone who appreciates good heroic fantasy, David Gemmell s offerings are mandatory Time Out Gemmell is a master at what he does SFX I have never read a bad David Gemmell book, but these are quite exceptional Reader review This is a cracking read, great heroes and villains, magic, lots of action Reader review So much happens I this book, couldn t put it down, brilliantly written Reader review They called him Bane the Bastard though none said it to his faceBorn of treachery, his name a curse, he grew up among the warriors of the Rigante They valued his skills in war, but they feared the violence in his heartAnd when, as a Wolfshead and Outlaw, he left Rigante lands, they breathed sighs of reliefBut Bane would return, the destiny of the Rigante in his hands, the fate of the world resting on his skills with a bladeThe story of the Rigante continues in Ravenheart This book was so good, one of those books you search for and seldom find Strangely, it was not all that original in the setting Think of an Arthurian England Scotland Ireland culture the Rigante against the expanding Roman Empire sliding from a republic to a dictatorship as the growing Stone empire But the characters are so vivid and the eternal themes confronted are so well done love and hate revenge and forgiveness trust and betrayal sacrifice and selfishness greed and charity env This book was so good, one of those books you search for and seldom find Strangely, it was not all that original in the setting Think of an Arthurian England Scotland Ireland culture the Rigante against the expanding Roman Empire sliding from a republic to a dictatorship as the growing Stone empire But the characters are so vivid and the eternal themes confronted are so well done love and hate revenge and forgiveness trust and betrayal sacrifice and selfishness greed and charity envy and contentment choices made and avoided I thought Sword in the Storm which must be read first was good but Midnight Falcon was such a better book a sequel that surpasses the start 5 Stars This author is amazing I was told to read this series by Orson Scott Card at a seminar of his He said to read it if you want to understand strength of character He s right The characters in these books are faced with such heart wrenching decisions it makes you want to cry David Gemmell writes his characters with such power As young Bane tries to make something of his life, he must overcome not just physical obstacles, but ones of friendship and loyalty as well The main part of the story i This author is amazing I was told to read this series by Orson Scott Card at a seminar of his He said to read it if you want to understand strength of character He s right The characters in these books are faced with such heart wrenching decisions it makes you want to cry David Gemmell writes his characters with such power As young Bane tries to make something of his life, he must overcome not just physical obstacles, but ones of friendship and loyalty as well The main part of the story is driven by Bane s lust for vengeance but there is an underlying moral that carries him through to the end There is such truth in the morals presented here, such dilemma and revelation that I dare say anyone could learn a thing or two about love and forgiveness from this novel True love, like caring for all fellow men, not romantic love, which can be found anywhere and is rarely spiritually uplifting This book is a gem, rare indeed The writing is amazing and the action is superb Everyone must read this series I really really liked the first book in this series, I didn t think a second book could beat it But it did I LOVED this book I laughed and I cried Numerous times It was very well written with realistic and fully developed characters that you can t help but feel like you know personally The Plot and events are presented vividly and are rapidly paced The book is interesting with every single page, with numerous twists, turns and surprises The story is jammed full of all aspects of human em I really really liked the first book in this series, I didn t think a second book could beat it But it did I LOVED this book I laughed and I cried Numerous times It was very well written with realistic and fully developed characters that you can t help but feel like you know personally The Plot and events are presented vividly and are rapidly paced The book is interesting with every single page, with numerous twists, turns and surprises The story is jammed full of all aspects of human emotion and human frailties So far, this series are some of the best books I have read in many years