Hero In The Shadows

Hero In The Shadows

A captivating and breath-taking page-turner from the master of heroic fantasy


A heroic fantasy by the Sunday Times bestselling author David Gemmell in which the forces of good and evil and the living and the dead face each other in battle...Perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie, Duncan M. Hamilton and Conn Iggulden.

"Probably the finest living writer of heroic fantasy." -- TIME OUT

"When it comes to heroic fantasy, nobody does it better than David Gemmell." -- THE DARK SIDE
"Hero in the Shadows has everything a fan of heroic fantasy could desire..." - Stephen Donaldson
"Another powerful page-turning adventure from Gemmell" -- ***** Reader review
"The characters are wonderfully bought to life... you will simply fall into the world the Gemmell creates for you." -- **** Reader review


Thousands of years ago the evil city of Kuan Hador was defeated by a vast army of mystic warriors, the Enemy banished beyond the Gateway between Worlds. Spells of enormous power sealed the Gateway.

Now icy mists begin to form around the ruins of Kuan Hador. Awesome beasts stalk the hills and forests. The spells are fading. Beyond the Gateway the vengeful armies of Kuan Hador await.

And where years before a host stood against the Enemy, now only a handful of warriors prepare to face it once more: Kysumu the Swordsman, last of a dying breed, Yu Yu Liang, the ditch digger, Ustarte, the Beast-Priestess, and the mysterious Waylander.

Together they must solve an ancient mystery, which will bring the dead to life for a final battle outside Time.

But first Waylander must find a way to kill a man who cannot die...


  • Gemmell has every right to take his place amongst the SF and fantasy greats

About the author

David Gemmell

Published in 1984, David Gemmell's first novel, Legend, has become a classic. His most recent Drenai and Rigante books and his acclaimed Troy trilogy were published as Bantam Press hardcovers and are available in Corgi paperback. All of his novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers.

Widely regarded as one of the finest writers of heroic fantasy, David Gemmell lived in East Sussex until his death in July 2006.
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