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The final story of Waylander, available in audio for the first time.

Thousands of years ago, the city of Kuan Hador - a place steeped in evil - was defeated by a vast army of mystic warriors, the enemy banished beyond the gateway between worlds.

Spells of enormous power sealed the gateway. Now, in the Duchy of Kydor, 2,000 miles from the lands of the Drenai, icy mists begin to form around the ruins of Kuan Hador. Awesome beasts stalk the hills and forests. The spells are fading, the days of blood drawing nearer.

Beyond the gateway the vengeful armies of Kuan Hador await. And where years before a host stood against the enemy, now only a handful of warriors prepare to face it once more: Kysumu the Swordsman, last of a dying breed; Yu Yu Liang, the ditch digger; Ustarte, the Beast-Priestess; and the mysterious Waylander.

Together they must solve an ancient mystery that will bring the dead to life for a final battle outside time. But first Waylander must find a way to kill a man who cannot die.

Read by Sean Barrett.

©2000 David Gemmell (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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Heart broken

Waylander had become of my life! Such a man. The tears just fell. Another awesome read. Thank you xo

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A hero of legend

What can I say about Waylander? He leaps from the page. Along with Druss, he is a hero of legend. The characters are well rounded and the story has you urging them on on this heroic journey. I cannot do justice to this review as I find it hard to write reviews. All I can say is David Gemmell, in my opinion, is the greatest heroic fantasy novelist next to Tolkien. The performance by Sean Barret was exceptional as usual.

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  • Dustin m.
  • 20-08-2017

Grand finale

Awesome conclusion of Waylander! Can't help but be sad and pleased at the same time.

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  • Bruce
  • 30-08-2020

Solid, riveting story

I think I would have liked this series of 3 better if I had read them 25 years ago. Among the many series by other authors which present heroic characters, I have found that women can be more than the subject of rape and battle scenes need not drag on with so many details (hence 1 star deduction). So, I continue on to finish Drenai because the stories are compelling (I particularly like aging heroes and themes of atonement) but am aware that I may have to endure a few more battle scenes, interspersing some Robin Hobb and Michael Sullivan for contrasting imagery.

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  • Pat Rimron
  • 09-05-2020

Another great story from Gemmell but audio issues

Another great story from Gemmell, great (but flawed) heroes, evil bad guys, action, love adventure and superb narration from Sean Barrett. However the book had some passages that were repeated verbatim 3 x in the book. Was odd.....

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  • Fafnir
  • 04-01-2020

I loved it!

Fantastic writing and excellent narration!!
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to all.

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  • Phillistein
  • 11-11-2017

A satisfying mix of action, story and delivery

I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this is as good as any, maybe the best I've heard. The narrator is excellent, the author has created characters that you care about, and there are enough twists to keep you wanting to hear more. As others have said, the conclusion is deeply satisfying

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  • xccelerate
  • 02-10-2017

A fitting end

Amazing story with a Beautiful ending. Beautiful ending. The story telling was captivating with some great twists. Thank you 😊

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  • Sean
  • 08-08-2017

uplifting

I love these books,the characters are brought to life by Sean,so glad these are in my library,,escapism at it's finest and the ending of this book brought me a wave of happiness I wasn't expecting.can barely wait for the rest.thanks David,RIP.

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  • Liam D
  • 22-01-2021

Brilliant

The story and narration are both first class. I have had a copy of this book for a long time but this audio version is superb.

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  • Poppey
  • 04-10-2020

A Man of Dangerous Ashes

Waylander, a man searching for something he will never find in life.

His life has been a sad one, but there is still one small flicker of light left inside trying to hang on. Now in retirement in Kydor, fate is about to rear its head once more and draw him into his final battle, this time with demons and magic.

Another battle at Kuan Hador and one which will decide the fate of man.

It is Kysumu and Yu Yu Liang’s mission to find the men of clay, if they exist, as it is prophesied that these warriors of clay will save man by sealing the gateway for a millennia, preventing the demons of Anharat from crossing over to claim the land they believe is rightfully theirs.


But seek ye not the men of clay, who buried lie in crafted night; their shining swords are put away;
their eyes are closed against the light.

Death must await these men of clay who stand in rows of ghostly white and will until that dreadful
day when they awake to one last fight.


This was another very sad ending and the last of the Waylander trilogy, but Waylander’s search was, in the end, one that would bring him peace and would allow him to hold to the light.

It is a book of heroism, of sacrifice, or honour and, sadly, tears.

I have loved the Waylander trilogy and am sad this is the last one. It really was a one-off.

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  • Wendy
  • 02-08-2020

excellent series

I loved Waylander and now am feeling bereft. it had a great ending and dont hesitate get the audios. Narrator is also brilliant.

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  • John
  • 26-06-2020

truely amazing

its not often that you come across a book that is as good as this
the same can be said for the 2 books prior to this

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  • Jonathon Bradbury
  • 24-01-2020

David Gemmell is a true story teller

David Gemmell is a true story teller this Drenai saga bring something to a end in an amazing way and fitting for some true story telling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-11-2019

absolutely brilliant

got to say waylander stories are my most favourite of all the general series after listening to this . by far has some of the best characters of all the books I've I've read up to yet of David gemmell can't say much more then brilliant

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  • Northern Boy
  • 23-11-2019

A fitting conclusion for Waylander

I read this in paperback some years ago and loved it then. Brought to life by a great narration, it is a classic tale of good and evil, heroes and demons, told as it should be.

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