“It is said a man doesn’t get old while his mother lives. I think it’s true. You are always a child in her eyes. It is irritating in the extreme. But you know, when they have gone, you’d give the earth just to hear them treating you like a child once more.”
Sword in the Storm is undoubtedly my favourite book that I have read by the renowned David Gemmell. It surpasses even the joy of reading Legend, which is a book I would also recommend to everyone.
It is obviously inspired by the conflict between the Roman Empire and the Scottish tribes who managed to repel them. Connavar, the main character, grows up in one of these tribes, and travels to lands beyond, beholding great wonders. He overcomes great tribulations, and forms a reputation for himself as a great warrior.
“It is hard to be angry when one has seen the sun rise,' she said.
It seems to be true,' he admitted. 'I wonder why.'
Because it makes one feel so small and insignificant. It has been rising forever and will rise forever no matter what we do or do not do. All our problems are as nothing to the sun.”
The characters are absolutely wonderful. Varied, authentic, relatable, loved, hated. Connavar is one of my favourite protagonists that I have discovered within literature. I loved him!
You cannot doubt the storytelling of Gemmell. He immerses you into a world of such depth, intercedes you to the intricacies of the culture so delicately, and forms bonds between you and the characters, seemingly effortlessly. Utterly brilliant!
Once again, I would recommend for everyone to read this! I read it about a year ago, and yet it still dwells on my mind, often in reference to great set pieces, masterful characters, and the best heroes. Signs of a fantastic book!