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The Swords Of Night And Day (Skilgannon the Damned 2) (2004 original; edició 2005)

de David Gemmell (Autor)

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A thousand years after they fell in battle, two heroes - Druss and Skilgannon - are revered throughout the war-torn lands of the Drenai. Yet men and women live in abject fear of the Joinings, abominable meldings of man and beast, and of their mistress, the dark sorceress known as the Eternal. None can stave off these ruthless foes.But what if the soul of one such hero could be called back from the void, his bones housed again in flesh? An ancient prophecy foretold that Skilgannon would return in his people's darkest hour. To most, this is a foolish hope. But not so to Landis Kan. For years, as the power of the Eternal grew, Kan searched for the tomb of Skilgannon the Damned. And at last, he found it, gathering up the bones and performing the mystic ritual.But the reborn hero is an enigma- a young man whose warrior skills are blunted and whose memories are fragmented. This Skilgannon is a man out of time, marooned in a world as strange to him as a dream, remote from all he knew and loved.Or nearly all. Before bringing Skilgannon back, Landis Kan had experimented upon other bone fragments found in the hero's tomb. That ritual resulted in a surly giant who possessed astounding strength, but no memories. To Kan, he is a dangerous failure. To Skilgannon, this giant represents their last hope.As the ageless evil of the Eternal threatens to drown the Drenai lands in blood, two legendary heroes will once again lead the way to freedom.… (més)
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Títol:The Swords Of Night And Day (Skilgannon the Damned 2)
Autors:David Gemmell (Autor)
Informació:Corgi (2005), Edition: New Ed, 640 pages
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Valoració:****
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The Swords of Night and Day de David Gemmell (2004)

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Note : 6,5/10

La couverture : Illustration par Didier Graffet.
Pas trop fan de la couverture. Je ne cache pas que j'ai acheté ce volume pour son prix (et parce qu'il me manquait dans ma collection). Je préfère cependant de loin les couvertures de la collection spéciale, aussi publiée par Milady.

L'histoire :
De très bonnes choses et d'autres qui me refrènent un peu.
J'ai aimé me replonger sur ce monde, même mille ans plus tard. Retrouver Skilgannon le Damné, ses épées, les combats et même les Unis.
J'ai moins apprécié le sous-entendu sur les Anciens, qui pourrait laisser penser que le livre se passe dans un futur très lointain (suite à un problème nucléaire peut-être ?). Ou alors c'est uniquement mon interprétation ? Possible, reste que ça m'a dérangé.
J'aurais bien voulu voir le livre se développer un peu plus, je pense qu'il y aurait eu matière à faire au moins 2 ou 3 tomes au lieu d'un seul. Je suppose que je vais pouvoir remplir les gaps moi-même et imaginer ce que les personnages ont pu faire pendant ce temps-là.

Personnage préféré : Druss ! Mais on ne le voit pas assez, n'est-ce pas mon garçon ?

Personnage le moins convainquant : Charis. C'était un personnage plein de promesses, on ne la voit pas suffisamment non plus. ( )
  Chatplumer | Feb 28, 2018 |
The Swords of Night and Day is just okay. Given the amount of material Gemmell had to work with, this book falls flat but is still somewhat enjoyable. It merely recaps events explained in the previous books, but in a confusing way. Having read and enjoyed Gemmell's books (i.e. Legend, White Wolf, The King Beyond the Gate) I was anxious to delve into another. However, it does not add much to the series.

- The Drenai series spans eleven books, though it really is several mini-series with connections to the same land. In this case, “Swords” is a sequel to "White Wolf" in which Skilganon was introduced. Swords of Night and Day explores the magic/technology of resurrecting him (and other heros and villains). Although the magic/technology of resurrection is loosely explored, it is done inconsistently. One moment, these powers are causing everyone to have cancer and become mutated, the next moment the powers are healing people and allowing them to live indefinitely. I am okay with unharnessed powers doing uncontrollable things, but here the powers are told to be controlled… then shown to be uncontrolled for select people.

- Despite their rebirth, the characters and motivations are not developed what so ever. I would have hoped to learn more about Skilganon, Jianna, etc.

- The book has nothing to do with the titular “Swords of Night and Day”, other than the fact that their owner is a key character; nothing about the demons inside the blade, the weapon's history, its creation, etc. are explored. In fact, the book has several cool powerful items re-emerge from ancient history, but then they are not really used. Seriously, the Armor of Bronze marks a guy as a leader, which elevates his power over a regiment of humans, but it really doesn't do much. One may expect that the armor be magically protective, or impart some supernatural strength to those who wear it--not here.

- Many contrived scenes exist that just appear odd. These instances fail to ratchet up the tension and could have been handled much more smoothly and convincingly.
(1) In one case, the hero mysteriously detects “undetectable” wraiths approaching...has 30min or so to prepare for the fight???...decides to leave the group he is supposed to protect so he can fight the wraiths… but he doesn't actually know where the enemy is (even though he could detect them???) so he goes to a random location to get ready (so the weaker folk are now vulnerable)...then the shadow creatures find him... but our invincible hero begins to lose the battle… until his less-capable party finds and rescue him???. Why not have the wraiths just attack the group directly?
(2) In another case, a women Askari learns her village has been destroyed, and her response is to do nothing emotional... but immediately seduce the man who failed to protect it (and the language is lighthearted…the man calling his wolf-like friends silly rascals as they try to watch).
(3) Stavi spends 250pages building a special pack of warrior creatures, helps them join ranks with the human Legion who is afraid of said creatures (they all join a single “pack” and have a mini ceremony), drags his land-lubber pack many miles on barges to do battle because “the creatures want to fight with him”... then when the battle starts, he dismisses them, commanding them to "go hunt and be free" ??? ... so his pack does leave … but guess what? surprise … they come back to fight. ( )
  SELindberg | Jul 15, 2012 |
After a cheese-fuelled night of bizarre Drenai dreams, Gemmell started to pen the wildest soap opera possible, featuring one of his iconic heroes, Skilgannon. At first the story seems a bit 'out there', however Gemmell's flair and ingenuity create a page-turner with an epic story. All the usual trademarks are present; with emotive scenarios, depth of character, well crafted action sequences, great wordplay and narrative, betrayal, love and death. It's great reading, although pushes the suspension of disbelief a little. Recommended indeed. ( )
  SonicQuack | Apr 27, 2009 |
The sequel to White Wolf, The Swords of Night and Day provides more of the same. Which is a good thing. Sometimes I need a hearty helping of slaughter. ( )
  Qorvus | Dec 17, 2008 |
Not as good as the previous Gemmel books that I have read. Still a nice, easy, somewhat romantic fantasy book to read. ( )
  brakketh | Oct 20, 2008 |
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A thousand years after they fell in battle, two heroes - Druss and Skilgannon - are revered throughout the war-torn lands of the Drenai. Yet men and women live in abject fear of the Joinings, abominable meldings of man and beast, and of their mistress, the dark sorceress known as the Eternal. None can stave off these ruthless foes.But what if the soul of one such hero could be called back from the void, his bones housed again in flesh? An ancient prophecy foretold that Skilgannon would return in his people's darkest hour. To most, this is a foolish hope. But not so to Landis Kan. For years, as the power of the Eternal grew, Kan searched for the tomb of Skilgannon the Damned. And at last, he found it, gathering up the bones and performing the mystic ritual.But the reborn hero is an enigma- a young man whose warrior skills are blunted and whose memories are fragmented. This Skilgannon is a man out of time, marooned in a world as strange to him as a dream, remote from all he knew and loved.Or nearly all. Before bringing Skilgannon back, Landis Kan had experimented upon other bone fragments found in the hero's tomb. That ritual resulted in a surly giant who possessed astounding strength, but no memories. To Kan, he is a dangerous failure. To Skilgannon, this giant represents their last hope.As the ageless evil of the Eternal threatens to drown the Drenai lands in blood, two legendary heroes will once again lead the way to freedom.

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