Waylander (novel)

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1st 1986 paperback cover
Author David Gemmell
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Drenai
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Orbit
Publication date
28 August 1986
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 320 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 978-0-7126-9414-8 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC 16681980
Preceded by The King Beyond the Gate
Followed by Quest for Lost Heroes

Waylander, published in 1986, is a novel by British fantasy writer David Gemmell.[1][2][3][4] It is the first of three Waylander stories[5] and was followed by Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf and Waylander III: Hero In The Shadows

Plot summary[edit]

The assassin Waylander is doomed to travel the world in search of revenge against those who killed his family.[6] After allying with a priest, a fellow assassin, a young woman and three children in her charge, Waylander gradually redeems himself and tries to save the kingdom.[7]


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  2. ^ "Author David Gemmell dies, aged 57". M2 Best Books. Normans Media Ltd. 31 July 2006. 
  3. ^ "The Dragon Index: The UK's Top Adult Fantasy Authors". The Times. News International Access Services Limited. 5 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Fantasy Writer David Gemmell Dies at 57". UPI NewsTrack. United Press International. 29 July 2006. 
  5. ^ "Gemmell, David: The Swords of Night and Day". Kirkus Reviews (72.4). Kirkus Media LLC. 15 Feb 2004. 
  6. ^ Doherty, David (Spring 1999). "History as it Ought to Have Been: the Arthurian fantasies of David Gemmell". Extrapolation. 40 (1): 71. 
  7. ^ Tideswell, Martin (9 March 2013). "Treasured Books Fueled our Imagination: Martin Tideswell revisits some books that were his favorites growing up". The Sentinel (Stroke).