The Troy books are David Gemmell's best works and his last writing before he passed away (his wife had to finish the series since Gemmell died before finishing it).
Talion: Revenent. One of the closest books in terms of style and theme to Legend, Talion is a coming of age story that explores the idea of a hero and the cost of being a hero. it's thrilling, visceral, and action packed from start to finish. One of the best heroic tales I've read -- one that grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go the whole way through.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. A band of heroes take on a dark lord to save the land and the people from endless tyranny. Sounds like a Gemmell novel? Well, it is, and features some of the best battle scenes in the genre and one of the most interesting magic systems.
Dawnthief by James Barclay was highly influenced by Gemmell's style of heroic fantasy. If you want Gemmell's style of heroic fantasy with lots of action, bands of heroes against uncountable odds, heroes who kick ass, brutality and violence, then give him a read. You won't be disappointed.
Lightbringer by Brent Weeks is written in the same tradition as David Gemmell, but with more of a modern update on it. Similar themes, gob stopping amount of action, good characterization while still focusing on characters who are for the most part black and white. You could also try his first series, The Night Angel Trilogy which is not as good of a read and far more simpler in style and form, but probably closer to a pure Gemmell book than the Lightbringer.
The Red Knight by Miles Cameron. Heroic fantasy with lots and lot of action, powerful heroes, even more powerful villains, deadly magic, and people to save. If you like the raw action and greater than life heroes of Legend, you'll probably like this one.
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. On the polar opposite end of Gemmell, you have an author like Mark Lawrence who writes about anti-heroes. These characters are pretty much the opposites type of Hero that Gemmell writes about. They are bad people doing mostly bad things for a mix of good, bad, and selfish reasons.
Abercrombie's best work and his specific treatment of the idea of a hero -- filtered through his patented style of fantasy subversion. You could also give his First Law trilogy a read s well here -- it's heroic fantasy, but subverted.
Starts with The Steel Remains. Heroic fantasy in the tradition of Sword and Sorcery, but with just about every subversion under the sun written into this intoxicating trilogy. Expect lots and lots of brutality, bloodshed, and raw action perpetuated by a cast of very troubled heroes.
This is a list of books that are the crème de la crème of the fantasy genre. I've carefully chosen the top 25 fantasy books from hundreds of series and thousands of books. In my 20 or so years of... Read more
Gemmell specializes in heroic fantasy. His best book is widely regarded as Legend. Legend doesn’t try to be anything but what it is: a heroic adventure with lots of blood,... Read more
"The King Beyond the Gate" by David Gemmell is the second book in the Drenai Saga, which follows the story of Druss the Legend, a skilled warrior and leader who... Read more
"Waylander" by David Gemmell is a gripping fantasy novel that tells the story of a legendary assassin named Waylander, who is hired to retrieve the stolen Armour of Bronze, a... Read more
"Knights of Dark Renown" by David Gemmell is a thrilling and intense fantasy novel that follows a group of infamous knights as they journey to a cursed castle to face... Read more
"Quest for Lost Heroes" by David Gemmell is an epic and exciting fantasy novel that follows a group of warriors as they embark on a perilous journey to rescue their... Read more
"Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf" by David Gemmell is a thrilling and action-packed fantasy novel that follows the adventures of the infamous assassin Waylander as he journeys... Read more
"The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend" by David Gemmell is a gripping and exciting fantasy novel that tells the origin story of one of Gemmell's most iconic characters, the... Read more
"The Legend of Deathwalker" by David Gemmell is a thrilling and action-packed fantasy novel that follows the legendary warrior Druss on a journey to avenge the death of his friend,... Read more
"Winter Warriors" by David Gemmell is a gripping and action-packed fantasy novel that follows a group of warriors as they defend a fortress against a horde of powerful and relentless... Read more
"Hero in the Shadows" by David Gemmell is a thrilling and action-packed fantasy novel that follows the infamous assassin Waylander as he is forced out of retirement and drawn into... Read more
"The Swords of Night and Day" is the final book in the "Drenai" series by David Gemmell, and it follows the character of Skilgannon the Damned as he embarks on... Read more
If you like stories about grand heroes who stand up for the downtrodden, who fight for a righteous cause, then Legend is a shining beacon of this sort of fantasy.... Read more
The best of Gemmell's work -- and the last of his work too. Troy is a retelling of the Greek tale of Troy, but done told in such a refreshing... Read more
"Shield of Thunder" by David Gemmell is a thrilling historical fantasy novel that continues the story of the ancient Greek hero Odysseus and his quest to unite the Greek city-states... Read more
"Fall of Kings" by David Gemmell is the final book in the "Troy" series, which explores the epic story of the Trojan War. The book picks up where the previous... Read more
Drawing heavily on the culture of the ancient Norsemen, Gemmell takes familiar archetypes and crafts them into a well-told tale of sacrifice and dying well. Druss and his once-possessed axe... Read more
"In the Realm of the Wolf" by David Gemmell is a thrilling fantasy novel that follows the adventures of Waylander the Slayer, a legendary assassin and hero, as he embarks... Read more
"White Wolf" by David Gemmell is a fast-paced and thrilling fantasy novel that follows the story of Skilgannon the Damned, a legendary warrior who is forced out of retirement to... Read more
David Gemmell's Drenai Saga burst onto the heroic fantasy scene in 1984 and bears no relation to the Draenei from World of Warcraft. His lasting impact on the fantasy world... Read more