David Gemmell, heroic fantasy writer extraordinaire, passed away Friday 28th July 2006 while recovering from earlier heart bypass surgery - he was aged 57.
Gemmell was and remains one of my favorite fantasy authors. He's written over 30 novels starting with Legend in 1984, the first of his 'Drenai Tales' featuring Druss the Legend. Since then many heroes have graced his pages, from the noble Druss to the more ambiguous morality of Waylander the Slayer. Amongst my favorites were his 'Stones of Power' sequence featuring Jon Shannow, as troubled and ambiguous a hero as ever written.
We have lost him in his prime, his latest trilogy 'Troy' is some of his best work to date. The second novel in the trilogy 'Shield of Thunder' is still scheduled for release in September 2006. Our thoughts are with his family, he will be greatly missed by all who were lucky enough to enjoy the world of his imagination.