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"Gemmell . . . keeps the mythic currents crackling."--Publishers WeeklyJohn Shannow, The Jerusalem Man, lived in a world that had toppled on its axis. Civilization had been replaced by ruthlessness and savagery. Relentless in his quest for peace, Shannow followed a path that led only to bloodshed and sorrow.Abaddon, the Lord of the Pit, sought to plunge mankind into a new"Gemmell . . . keeps the mythic currents crackling."--Publishers WeeklyJohn Shannow, The Jerusalem Man, lived in a world that had toppled on its axis. Civilization had been replaced by ruthlessness and savagery. Relentless in his quest for peace, Shannow followed a path that led only to bloodshed and sorrow.Abaddon, the Lord of the Pit, sought to plunge mankind into a new Satanic era. His Hellborn army spewed forth from the Plague Lands with an unholy force stemming from human sacrifice. For it was the blood of innocents that fueled the corrupted Sipstrassi Stones of Power--the source of Abaddon's might.But the Hellborn made a fatal mistake--they took the woman who had stolen Shannow's heart. He would move Heaven and Earth to save her or he would die trying....

Title : Wolf in Shadow
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Number of Pages : 326 Pages
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Wolf in Shadow Reviews

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-03-17 02:59

    I picked up The Jerusalem Man (aka Wolf in Shadow) because it was on one of those Amazon lists along with Stephen King's Dark Tower series. I was not disappointed.The title character is Jon Shannow, an Old Testament quoting gunfighter in a post-apocalypitic wasteland searching for Jerusalem, believing it to be paradise. Shannow's a wanderer, gunning down people who have it coming, never settling in one place. Never until he encounters widow Donna Taybard and her son, that is. Shannow saves Taybard's town from a bullying ruler and leaves town with them. Sadly, this paradise isn't meant to be. I won't give too much away but there are cannibals, an army of Satan-worshipping fantatics called The Hellborn, and the Guardians, nigh-immortal beings with psychic powers and forgotten technology.Gemmell's writing is good. He's less wordy than King so I imagine the next two books in the Jerusalem Man saga are going to go by way too quickly. I caught a couple editting mishaps. Zohak, the renegade Hellborn, is called Batik on two occasions but that might be corrected in later editions. Outside of both being post-apocalyptic westerns, the similarities to the Dark Tower are few although I can't help but wonder if Gemmell read the Gunslinger before he started writing this saga.

  • Mark Lawrence
    2019-03-04 02:53

    Hmmm.First off I should declare myself as a card carrying long term fan of David Gemmell's work. I've read a dozen or so of his books and variously loved or very much liked them. Technically I like all the components of this book. It's post apocalyptic, its gunslinger-y. I'm not sure why the book didn't really work for me. Possibly it's having read Blood Song, Fool's Assassin, and The Name of the Wind back to back, setting me up for a book-hangover of epic proportions.Many of my Goodreads friends have read Wolf in Shadow and they give it a remarkably high 4.41 average!And yet...The book reminded me of The Gunslinger by Stephen King to some degree and came out only a few years after that work (which I loved). For some reason though I kept getting a Michael Moorcock vibe off this story - the writing and the density of new ideas seemed Moorcockian to me. I like Moorcock - though perhaps less than I did 30 years ago when I really loved his work.So, I'm still saying it was like these things I like but...OK a list:i) It's a short book with a hell of a lot going on. Strange new encounters rush at you. A lot of it felt quite brief without enough flesh on the bones to be real.ii) Lots of the communication between the major characters is by magic and that makes the world feel small to me and the distances arbitrary. The big bad and the big good basically teleport/hologram in for a chat whenever they feel like it and ... I don't like it. It feels random and removes tension.iii) I don't like the magic. The Sipstrassi stones ... I just don't buy into it, the ESPers (hate that name)Gah. I don't know. It just didn't gel for me.There were some things I did like - Gemmell's too good a writer for it all to be miss. So 3* is how I feel about it.Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter #prizes

  • Eric
    2019-03-22 07:48

    "What will you do now?""I'll find the Ark and then Abaddon.""And you will try to kill him?""Yes, God willing.""How can you mention God in the same breath as murder?""Don't preach at me, woman," he snapped. "This is not Sanctuary, where your magic fills a man's mind with flowers and love. This is the world, the real world-violent and uncertain. Abaddon is an obscenity to both God and man. Murder? You cannot murder vermin, Ruth. He has forsaken all rights to mercy.""Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord.""An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life," Shannow countered. "Do not seek to debate with me. He chose to visit death and destruction upon the woman I loved. He taunted me with it. I cannot stop him, Ruth; a nation separates us. But if the Lord is with me, I shall rid the world of him.""Who are you to judge when a man's life is forfeit?""What are you to judge when it is not? There is not this debate when a mad dog kills a child. You kill the dog. But when a man commits the blackest sins, why must we sermonize and rationalize? I am sick of it, Ruth. I've lost count of the number of towns and settlements that have called for me to rid them of brigands. And when I do, what do I hear? 'Did you have to kill them, Mr. Shannow?' 'Was there a need for so much violence, Mr. Shannow?' It is a question of balance, Ruth. If a man throws his food on the fire, who will have pity on him when he runs around shouting 'I'm starving'? So it is with the brigand. He deals in violence and death, theft and pillage. And I give them no pity. I don't blame you, woman; you're arguing for your husband. But I'm not listening.""Do not patronize me, Mr. Shannow," Ruth said without anger. "Your arguments are simplistic, but they carry weight. I am not, however, arguing for my husband. I have not seen him in two and a half centuries, and he does not know I am alive, nor would he care greatly if he did. I am more concerned with you. I am not a prophet, yet I feel that some terrible catastrophe looms, and I sense that you should not pursue this current course."Shannow leaned back. "If I am not mad, Ruth, and it was not just a dream, then I can tell you the danger that awaits. The world is about to fall again."3 3/4 stars

  • T.L. Barrett
    2019-03-14 08:51

    Perusing a used book store (one of my favorite places on Earth) I stumbled upon a series of books by David Gemmell. I had seen his name before, but as I do not have any personal friends that are fantasy readers I had no idea who he was. I purchased this first in the series about Jon Shannow, and I have to tell you, I experienced that magical euphoria you get when you discover a brilliant writer for the first time. Looking him up on wikipedia, I was downcast to learn he passed away while writing in 2006. Then I got really excited when I learned that in twenty years he turned out thirty novels. I know I'll be scanning the G section of all the bookstores I frequent from now on. I loved, loved, loved Wolf in Shadow. This novel will haunt my imagination now for the rest of my life. What a mix of western action, post-apocalyptic fantasy, and thoughtful philosophy! Jon Shannow, the Jerusalem man, is a lonely and somewhat insane drifter who stumbles across bandits, Atlantis, secret societies, love, and a nation of blood thirsty Satan worshippers. There are so many twists that I cannot begin to spoil the action or suspense for you (nor would I want to). At first I was worried that this would be a cheap and strange imitation of the Dark Tower series. As much as I love Stephen King, I loved Jon Shannow's character for its complexity and confused nobility much more than I did Roland, the Gunslinger. This novel is perfect. I feel like an explorer who has just set his feet in a wondrously strange and entertaining land. I so look forward to reading the many series and novels from this man who I guess to be the ultimate master of late-twentieth century fantasy.

  • Anthony Ryan
    2019-03-07 02:46

    Wolf in Shadow is David Gemmell's most effective exploration of the persistent western influence found in much of his work. This is the story of post-apocalyptic gunslinger Jon Shannow, dubbed the Jerusalem Man due to his obsessive quest for the now fabled biblical city where he imagines he will find peace after a lifetime of violence, Shannow ranges across a future earth where geological upheaval has reversed the position of the world's oceans. Shannow is a gun for hire isolated by his fearsome abilities with the antique six-shooters he carries, cleansing settlements of marauding outlaws before being politely asked to move on. However, the advent of the Hellborn, an army of Satan-worshippers intent on conquest and human sacrifice, places Shannow at the forefront in the war of salvation, rediscovering his humanity in the process. Distinguished by a wonderfully sombre ending, Wolf in Shadow is, in my opinion, Gemmell's finest book. The sequels, The Last Guardian and Bloodstone, are therefore something of a disappointment, though still thoroughly readable and enjoyable in their own right, they inevitably pale in comparison to the brilliance of their forebear

  • Kevin
    2019-03-02 04:08

    I remember reading this book when I was a teen after it was first released around 1987, and even back then I thought it was a good novel. Re-reading now nearly twenty years later and it still is good. Not so much traditional fantasy, more a combination of some different genresm such as old Westerns, Fantasy and dare I say a bit of Dennis Wheatly. Premise is this: Jon Shannow is the Jerusalem Man, a sort of Christian warrior in the form of a gunslinger travelling across a post-apocalyptic wasteland where he has a price on his head for being such a formidable force of good in an otherwise very bad land, a land where Brigands roam freely. He is on a mission to find Jerusalem, and during this quest he becomes involved a battle against dark forces that are trying to take over the post-apocalyptic world.Its a good book, different in many ways from David Gemmels other works and in places is quite thought provoking, for instance questioning the nature of the world, of God, etc. I can see why I liked the book when I first read it all those years ago; it made me think about things.

  • Mohammed
    2019-02-20 01:57

    Jon Shannow is the hero of Wolf in Shadow. A larger than life,tragic hero which i couldnt help but feel so much in the darkness of his world. The interesting post apocalypse/fantasy world,western feel makes this book a great read if you like stories like this.If you like a good yarn in Heroic Fantasy or a Clint Eastwood like western but in post apocalypse world you will enjoy this book.

  • Nima
    2019-03-22 09:51

    4,5*érdekes egyvelege a disztópiának, a vallásnak és a halott világunkat követő, western-regényes tájakon újjáéledő törzsi térhódításnak, misztikummal, egy kis mágiával és némi Titanic-kal.

  • by Ax
    2019-03-02 07:58

    Mondi e rimandiPrimo volume di una Saga che si prospetta essere di ampio respiro temporale, che qui getta alcuni interessanti semi in maniera frettolosa, così come sono frettolosi (e ripetitivi) i continui duelli del protagonista, uomo dalla personalità indubbiamente forte ma che la penna di Gemmell ancora stenta a valorizzare.Un'avventura postatomica in fase di incubazione e dal sapore western.

  • Brandon
    2019-02-23 04:58

    I was just talking about how much I connected and cared about all David Gemmel's characters and Jon Shannow is not an exception. I think he might be insane but so what he's awesome. Who cares about the book just read it for the Shannow. P.S. this is book three but one and two in this series hacve little to do with the storyline of three, four, and five. Start with this one it is the best.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-26 02:48

    It’s been a while since I read anything of Gemmell’s, and I almost forgot how much I enjoy his writing. This series seems to have a strong religious element to the plot line, but it was an element I’m familiar with from my childhood - I knew all the bible passages and stories that were used/referred to. The magic & technology aspect saves it from becoming too “preachy” though.

  • Graham
    2019-03-02 03:05

    David Gemmell comes up trumps again with WOLF IN SHADOW, the first of his Jon Shannow trilogy. These books are slightly set apart from the rest of his writing because they're post-apocalyptic science fiction efforts rather than straightforward fantasy.Fans, however, will quickly realise that it's business as usual for the author, with flawed heroes wandering through a dangerous countryside and facing insurmountable odds in their quests for justice. This time around, the action is mainly inspired by Westerns, with Jon Shannow a solitary gunslinger who fights his opponents in bloody shoot-outs rather than sword battles. As per usual, the action scenes absolutely zing along and are the best thing about the book.Plot-wise, the story has much in common with Gemmell's fantasy writing. The villains are another army set to devastate the country, and the victims are settlers trying to set themselves up as successful farmers. The heroes are far from clear-cut but that's what gives them character; Batik, the ex-Hellborn, is a particular favourite. WOLF IN SHADOW is linked to two other Sipstrassi books, GHOST KING and THE LAST SWORD OF POWER, but you don't have to have read them in order for it to make sense. I liked the presence of technology in this, although there's still plenty of magic and demonic stuff as per usual. The narrative is terse and compelling enough for me to look forward to reading the next in the trilogy.

  • Jo(Mixed Book Bag)
    2019-03-15 04:51

    Wolf in Shadow does have a wolf but not a werewolf (see if you understand the difference). What it does have is a lot of complex world building, at intricate plot and a large cast of characters. Set in London where there is an underworld the characters get to travel from on time in history to another. There is also backstory for most of the characters. All of this makes for a very dense book. I had to pay attention or I often found myself lost. While I enjoyed the book it was not one that I could not put down.

  • Nethound
    2019-03-01 09:50

    The John Shannow books were an interesting excursion. An odd post-apocalyptic/fantasy setting that had some very interesting ideas and cool story lines. John Shannow was always a little too Clint Eastwood cool for my tastes, brooding and mysterious. Not until the end of the series did I ever find out enough about him to really care deeply for him.All the same, I enjoyed the books and odd settings, just wish the main character had been a little more engaging at times.

  • Ben Emery
    2019-02-22 07:47

    I can say without doubt this is not one of Gemmell's best. Though the world in which it takes place is fascinating as you are lead through it, the story is not as captivating as many among the author's Drenai series, and I found several ideas overlapped those of his other works. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable read, and I would quite happily read the others in this particular series to follow the adventures of the Jerusalem Man.

  • Kate
    2019-03-13 03:41

    such a cool main many possibilities. Not Gemmell's finest in my opinion. Jon Shannow is an awesome character, but this book dragged on and on. Boring. Too many themes to become a cohesive novel.

  • Andrew
    2019-03-09 08:40

    Fantastic post-apocalytic story of anachronism and magic starring a semi-crazed obsessive gunslinger who comes up against a lawyer-turned-Satanist ruler. Underlying it all is Gemmell's trademark philosophy of sacrifice, pacifism and not standing by.

  • Charles
    2019-02-22 03:58

    I hesitated a bit at reading the Jon Shannow books because they looked like they'd be in a more modern setting, and they are, with guns. However, I came to like the Shannow character as well as any of Gemmell's heroes and much enjoyed the whole set of Shannow books.

  • Artem Gordon
    2019-03-14 08:41

    Initially, I thought that I wouldn't enjoy this book very much, but I was very wrong. After the first few chapters this book became a page turner. Great story-line with a beautiful ending. This book contains a little bit of everything (action, adventure, love, wisdom, history, etc).

  • Helena
    2019-03-08 03:44

    You can read my review here:

  • Bruce Tennant
    2019-03-03 02:41

    3.5 stars

  • Claire
    2019-02-28 08:39

    This story rushes at me with an immediacy that made me miss several plot points so far. It feels very much like a longer work has been condensed, or it hasn't been fully fleshed out. The much-repeated comparison to Stephen King's Dark Tower trilogy is not favourable, and it's convoluted to the point where my sleepy brain kept failing to find purchase. The dim memory of having read another of Gemmel's works (I'll know it if I see the cover again) made me pick this, the second volume, and another while I was sorting donated books, and I suspect that I should have chosen something else to refresh the relationship

  • Timothy
    2019-03-03 04:57

    Truthfully I've never been an avid reader, it's usually something I do to help me get to sleep. This is the first David Gemmell novel I've ever read and I have to say, this novel wouldn't let me sleep.The writing style is so easy to follow. The emphasis on action not prose just made reading every chapter easy and the tension built along with it.My only complaints were that it's a bit... child murdery, for lack of a better term. The story is also very dark but I'm guessing I should have expected this.Everything else from the characters to the world and action is just right. I will be looking at David Gemmell's other works because of this one.

  • Eric
    2019-03-10 02:06

    Entertaining if cliched adventureThe concept was interesting and the book caught my interest right away but it just never came together. Some parts were exciting and others were almost laughably crude. The attempts to work in recognizable references to the 'old world' felt forced most of the time. The end was a little too best and contrived. That said, I did enjoy this quick read and will probably read the next one just to see what the author does with the mythology of this world.

  • Steve Howarth
    2019-03-18 06:04

    Gemmell spoils his fans with solid yarns, messed up characters and desperate adventures. A character Clint Eastwood could have played in his sleep and a well written apocalyptia yarn mixing fantasy and western with nods to more modern influences later on. Shannow is up there with Druss and Waylander and a fast comfort read if you wish for a well written tale with another offbeat hero.Slightly different and with a world that works as a result with plot and composition. Great stuff, but he has done better work (given how high his standards can be) but worthwhile additions to the bookshelf nevertheless.

  • Billie
    2019-03-20 06:00

    This was everything that I thought theThe Gunslinger would be. Except stuff actually happens and it isn't quite as good at hiting at the past world as that is.It's good if you like that style of book though. Sorta western fantasy type thing.

  • Scott Wallace
    2019-03-22 05:50

    Apart from a few parts towards the end that I thought were kind of silly.. this was a good book - and I am for sure going to read the other 2 or 4 in the series and larger series. Post apocalypse, good vs bad, magic, gunslinger on a quest, the bible, all woven together very nicely. I like Gemmell’s way with story telling..

  • Kerry
    2019-02-26 09:00

    Originally Published 1987. This edition 2014. Apparently a pretty popular series. I found to be just ok. For 1987 it was probably ahead of its time.

  • Ash
    2019-03-22 07:53

    Fantasy pulp, really. Entertaining but riddled with Gemmell's usual problems.I suppose I owe a debt of gratitude to David Gemmell. In my younger days, he was one of a few authors who pulled me into a world of fantasy stories not directly aimed at children. However, those other authors were David Eddings, Robert Jordan, and Terry Goodkind, and my feelings on their works has since moved to uncertainty, dislike, and hatred, respectively. So it's interesting to see how Gemmell holds up now, given that my reading has gotten a lot wider since I first cut my teeth on Legend.And so I come to Wolf in Shadow. It's an odd mix. Post-apocalyptic fantasy western. Full of shooting and death and lots of men going up against seemingly impossible odds. The fate of the world is at stake, although at first it doesn't seem that way. The true nature of plot takes a long time to be revealed, actually, and it's a bit clumsy as well as being a bit too clear-cut.Gemmell's characters are the usual sort. Jon Shannow bears similarities to both Waylander and Skilgannon. There's the usual mix of priestly types, dark warriors, murderous men with their hearts in the right places, and even a damsel. Plus the token black character. Why there are no people of colour after the fall of civilisation is never dealt with. Gemmell's never been great at writing about race in any fashion, and this book is no exception. And it's not that he can't write women, it's more that he doesn't. There are only two notable female characters in Wolf in Shadow, neither of whom get much time on the page. They're written the same as any of the male characters, but Gemmell seems unable to write interactions between men and women without resorting to hideous stereotypes. An early sex scene is particularly embarrassing.And despite all this, I still find Gemmell's stories kind of enjoyable. There's a muddy sort of grandeur to these tales, with acts of heroism (albeit conflicted ones) that don't show up in the genre much these days. I'm not going to pine for any sort of Golden Age--the fantasy genre is more interesting today than it's ever been--but Gemmell's old-school approach is still something I find I can enjoy, although with a more critical eye. This was Gemmell's last chance to keep me interested in his work, and he hasn't entirely blown it.As an aside, the connections between this and the Ghost King/Last Sword of Power duo are negligible, and this book can be enjoyed separately from them.I'm kind of annoyed there are two sequels, I was oddly fond of the little epilogue here as a conclusion. However, if I'm going to read more Gemmell--and he's not particularly high on my list--it'll certainly be the continued adventures of the Jerusalem Man.

  • Phil
    2019-03-17 06:46

    Writing 4.5/5Imagination 5/5Plot 4.5/5Setting 4.5/5Characters 4/5My Overall Enjoyment 4/5I would be doing an injustice if I did not at least sing some praise for this excellent book.David Gemmell is one of my all time favorite authors so it's no surprise I love yet another of his books. This is book three in the Stones of Power series and book one in the John Shannow series but it can surely be read as a stand alone. The post-apocalyptic setting reminds me a bit of the Broken Empire setting Mark Lawrence created and the main character reminds me a little of the main character Roland in The Gunslinger by Stephen King. Interestingly, John Shannow, the main character in this book, is of a race called Rolynd. That being said, this book is insanely unique and I have never read anything quite like it. This book, for being only a little over 300 pages, packs an unimaginable amount of unique ideas and events. It goes back with its lore about 8000 years. The main character is searching for lost Jerusalem, is involved in a conflict with Abaddon who lives in Babylon, and is a Christian who quotes scripture throughout. There is magic, demons, an Ark which is actually the Titanic (I think), characters Ruth and Ezra from the Bible, the city of Atlantis, all sorts of guns, a swordfight, Plague Lands which are heavily radiated and poisoned, and several races of people. Even the good guys in this book have the potential to become bad, the main character is a mass of contradictions, the story is at once very violent and compassionate and people act in wholly unexpected ways. There seems to be an overall theme of how warfare has been necessary in human history and help shape the world. That is not to say the author condones war or violence but rather he is giving a bit of insight into the violent history of our world.Highly recommended if you want to read excellent writing, something that will really make you think, and a gritty, dark, and highly unique work of fantasy. This book had me thinking for days after completing. If you haven't read this author, you could start with this book but I still recommend either Waylander or Legend for those new to Gemmell.