David Gemmell, the Late, Great Master of Heroic Fantasy

I’m going to put it all on the line here.  David Gemmell is the greatest writer of heroic fantasy who ever lived.

This is a bold statement, I know.  And, I’m not taking anything away from Tolkien or Howard or Salvatore or Jordan, or whomever you think is the best.  They are all good.  But, Gemmell is the best.

I didn’t add “in my opinion” because, in my opinion, I qualify the statements I make too often.  Also because, at different stages of my life, I might have substituted other names before finishing the “greatest writer of heroic fantasy who ever lived” statement.  After many years of thoughtful study and reading, however, I’ve made up my mind and, now, have made my profound statement.

At this point in time, I’ve read eighteen (perhaps more) of Gemmell’s fantasy novels, and he’s been dead for ten years.  I still have more to read, including his posthumously published story of Troy, which was finished by his wife.  I’m in no hurry to finish reading them, because he isn’t writing any more of them, and this helps keep him alive a little longer.

The first Gemmell I read was Legend, which is still still probably his best-known work (no relation to that execrable movie starring Tom Cruise), and I was instantly hooked.  I am currently reading Dark Moon and enjoying it immensely.  This post is not a review of either this novel or Gemmell’s entire body of work.  Just a statement of fact for the beginning of October 2016.

Gemmell is the greatest writer of heroic fantasy ever.  And now I drop the mic.




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