A book where the protagonists don't have to be flawless superheros, David Gemmell's Legend follows an old warrior set in a battle against terrible odds. Druss, a true leader, find himself tasked with the job of organizing, training, and motivating a small army to defend a fortress against an army fifty times their number. The story revolves around the ongoing siege and their attempt at defending against it. The cast of heroes does their best their best to take noble action, protect those in need, and do the right thing, but the line between right and wrong is often blurred.
While Legend is a part of a series, it can be read as a standalone book as it has a definite conclusion, and the books that follow take place well after the first story ends. Filled with battles, strategies and plenty of death, this book is not only action-packed, but full of emotion as well. Not the most challenging read, but an engaging, fun one.
The Legend Druss, Captain of the Axe: the stories of his life were told everywhere. Instead of the wealth and fame he could have claimed, he had chosen a mountain lair, high in the lonely country bordering on the clouds. There the grizzled old warrior kept company with snow leopards and awaited his old enemy death. The Fortress Mighty Dros Delnoch, protected by six outer walls, the only route by which an army could pass through the mountains. It was the stronghold of the Drenai empire. And now it was the last battleground, for all else had fallen before the Nadir hordes. And hope rested on the skills of that one old man... More on Goodreads.