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Rigante #02: Midnight Falcon


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Bane the Bastard is the illegitimate son of the Rigante king who men called Demonblade. Born of treachery, Bane grew up an outcast in his own land, feared by his fellow highlanders, and denied by the father whose unmistakable mark he bore-the eyes of Connavar, one tawny brown, the other emerald green.

Hounded from the country of his birth, Bane found acceptance across the seas-only to have it stripped away in an instant by a cruel and deadly swordsman. Now fighting as a gladiator in the blood-soaked arenas of the Empire, Bane lives for one thing: revenge. And he pursues his goal with the same single-minded determination that won his father a crown.

But more is at stake than a young warriors quest for vengeance. The armies of the Stone are preparing to march on the lands of the Rigante. The fate of human and Seidh alike will be decided by the clash of swords-and by the bonds of twisted love and bitterness between a father and a son . . .



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David Gemmell was born in London, England, in the summer of 1948. Expelled from school at sixteen, he became a bouncer, working at nightclubs in Soho. Born with a silver tongue, Gemmell rarely needed to bounce customers, relying on his gift of gab to talk his way out of trouble. This talent eventually led to a job as freelancer for the London Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, and Daily Express. His first novel, Legend, was published in 1984 and has remained in print ever since. He became a full-time writer in 1986.

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BeezerMN, February 19, 2007 (view all comments by BeezerMN)
Midnight Falcon by David Gemmell is the second book in the Rigante Series. The first book was; The Sword in the Storm. And that book follows Connavar growing up and becoming known as Demonblade. This book chronicles the tale of his [...] son Bane and the trials he goes through to become a man. Along the way Bane faces many challenges and learns many lessons.

The plot of this book is much more encompassing than that of The Sword in the Storm. This book is actually two book sin one when you dissect the plot arc. The first piece of the plot is Bane's quest to become a gladiator in the arenas of Stone. Along this quest he also seeks out revenge against someone. (Not going to say who or why, because of spoilers). Throughout this course of revenge Bane learns many things about himself and about life in general. The second half of the plot deals with the impending attack of the armies of Stone on the Rigante people and the role that Bane plays in fending them of and the choices he makes.

This book differs from other Gemmell books I have read in that there is a great deal of character development. In most Gemmell books there is a human element that of facing impossible odds and fighting for what someone believes in regardless of the perceived outcome. Yet, in this book, Mr. Gemmell, seems to make a very strong effort to bring Bane and a couple other characters out of that mold and really flesh them out. I would really like to say more and give examples, but I don't want to spoil anything for anyone. Suffice to say that the character development in this book is second to none and I was very captivated by it.

Fans of Gemmell will no doubt find elements in this book that are both familiar and enjoyable Readers who have yet to read Gemmell should really get started. He has written many fantastic books. The first one I read, and many people will recommend this book, is Legend - which is the first of the Drenai Saga books. The two books I have read in the Rigante series thus far are more epic in nature than the Drenai books. Both are very good, but are different formats. Regardless, if you are a fan of the fantasy genre don't hesitate to jump into the world of the Rigante. I have little doubt that you will not enjoy them. They are truly fantastic books and well worth the time reading them.
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Gemmell, David
Del Rey Books
New York
Fantastic fiction
Fantasy - General
Fantasy fiction
Fantasy - Series
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Series Adventure
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
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1st American ed.
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Mass market paperback
Rigante (Paperback)
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6.92x4.22x1.20 in. .48 lbs.

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