Ghost King (Sipstrassi Series #1)

Ghost King (Sipstrassi Series #1)

by David Gemmell

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“David Gemmell tells a tale of very real adventure, the stuff of true epic fantasy.”—R.A. Salvatore, New York Times bestselling author

Chaos and terror stalked the realm. The king had been slain by traitors, and the sword of power had been lost beyond the Circle of Mist. Armies of Saxons, Angles, Jutes, and Brigantes cut a gory swath across the land, led by puppets of the ruthless Witch Queen—whose minions included dark, bloodthirsty creatures and a savage, undead warrior.

All hope lay with young Thuro—in whose veins flowed the blood of kings. He would have to defeat the Witch Queen’s monsters and travel to the land of the Mist, there to seek a ghostly army. And the only one who could prepare Thuro to achieve his birthright was the mountain warrior Culain, the one man who knew the queen’s deadly secret . . .

The legend of the mystic Stones of Power begins with a tale of blood and glory, of love and betrayal, as a boy must come of age amidst the seemingly impossible quest to become the High King.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345379023
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/29/1995
Series: Sipstrassi Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 191,557
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.83(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

David Gemmell was born in London, England, in the summer of 1948. Expelled from school at sixteen for organizing a gambling syndicate, he became a laborer by day, and at night his six-foot-four-inch, 230-pound frame allowed him to earn extra money as a bouncer working 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. At eighteen this gift led to a job as a trainee journalist, and he eventually worked as a 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. David lives with wife, Valerie, and his two children, Kate and Luke, in Hasting, England.

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Ghost King 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ghost King falls between two of Gemmell's best cycles, emerging from the Drenai series and before the Rigante books. It is the first of a two book story and although it wraps up the storyline in this volume, a lot of character development takes place in Ghost King. It follows the path of a slight prince who must face up to his legacy, which becomes more and more complex as his journey develops. There is a broad mix of characters set against an alternate history of the British Dark Ages, with enough nods to the classic Gemmell strengths - powerful and confident heroes, artful archers, powerful warriors, diabolical enemies and a web that entangles them all. Overall though, it seems that Gemmell is going through the motions with this one and the emotional impact of his better works is missing here. A good story, with an interesting fantasy angle, yet missing the Gemmell magic.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the Rigante cycle, one that goes way back into the past. I found these books a bit confusing, as the world felt a little too much like Earth, as if the Rigante were supposed to be Scots or Celts, but it isn't Earth. Not bad, just a little under Gemmell's usual standards. It seemed like things came a little too easily for the hero.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I couldn't put it down! There are plenty of surprises and it keeps you going. There are almost no boring parts and the few borind parts are very short. The action and discription was amazing and it has everything-action, adventure,romance and the ending you want! Outstandind book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have read all of the books listed here and some that are not and found ghost king reminicent of dark prince.very exciting!!!,very magical!!!,very graphic writing makes you feel part of the story,part of the characters life amust read for those who have not read it yet.i fell in love with this writer about 1 year ago and have collected 20 of his books and always wait eagerly for new ones.keep on truckin!david
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never liked adventure books, but this one is something more than just a book.It is a massage, it is a story, it is a fairy-tail, it is a legend!It is beautiful, passioned, romantic, touching and interesting.It is just something that I want my future kids to read.It is just as important for our kulture as "Red ridding hood"
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gemmell does a fantastic job with all characters involved in this tale. The description of battle sequences are top notch. Swords, Magic stones, an evil witch queen and romance...what more do you want?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent story telling with a very original and fresh view point. The reader does not really understand what the story is really about until the end. Part II is just good
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never read a bad David Gemmell book, but this is one of his best. He does an excellent job of turning the legends of our past into realities.