Legend by David Gemmell

Legend is a fantasy novel by British writer David Gemmell, published in 1984. It established him as a major fantasy novelist and created the character of Druss, who would appear in several subsequent books. It was the first novel by Gemmell, and in The Drenai saga. Gemmell got the idea for the book in 1976. He was being tested for cancer, and to take his mind off it he tried writing a book, which he called "Against the Hordes". The fortress and its attackers, the Nadir, were metaphors for him and the cancer. In the end, he was found not to have cancer after all and he forgot about the book, which he claims wasn't very good anyway. However, in 1980, a friend of Gemmell's read the manuscript and told him that the story had potential. Encouraged, Gemmell set to work rewriting the book that would become known as "Legend". It was accepted by Century Hutchinson late in 1982. In 1984 Century Communications produced a game for the ZX Spectrum computer based on the novel also called Legend. The novel was included as part of the pack and acted as a form of copy protection for the game.

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White Wolf (Damned S.) Hardcover 13834601 $2.67
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The Legend Of Deathwalker by Gemmell, David New Edition (2003) Paperback 5106263 $49.57 $4.13
Stones of Power: A Sipstrassi Omnibus (Legend Books) Paperback 1154091 $9.40 1992
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Stones of Power: A Sipstrassi Omnibus (Legend Books) Hardcover 9174320 $34.31 1992
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Legend of the Star Runner: A Timmi Tobbson Adventure (Solve-Them-Yourself Mysteries for Kids 8-12) Paperback 1438 $9.29 $5.18 2018
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors Hardcover 1700 $8.50 $6.29 2017
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild The Complete Official Guide: -Expanded Edition Hardcover 1788 $31.99 $28.70 2018
The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia Hardcover 3200 $17.45 $6.50 2013
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild--Creating a Champion Hardcover 4398 $21.80 $2.99 2018
Dragonslayer (Wings of Fire: Legends) Hardcover 6106 $12.59 2020
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild-Creating a Champion Hero's Edition Hardcover 12616 $49.67 $39.10 2018
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors With read along CD Audio CD 5508131 $45.97
Legend of the Star Runner: A Solve-Them-Yourself Mysteries Adventure (Timmi Tobbson Chapter Book for Kids 8-12) Kindle Edition 7850 2018
Legend of the Star Runner: A Timmi Tobbson Adventure (Solve-Them-Yourself Mysteries for Kids 8-12) Hardcover 19958 $12.30 2018
The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors Paperback 87667 $15.93 $10.57
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Legend of Zelda, The: Hyrule Historia Ltd. Ed. by Shigeru Miyamoto (2013-01-29) Hardcover 22416231 $844.21 $318.45
Legend Paperback 4057 $4.82 $1.09 2013
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild--Creating a Champion Kindle Edition 96958 2018
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Creating a Champion; Champions' Edition Hardcover 4454588 $299.99 2018
Dragonslayer (Wings of Fire: Legends) Kindle Edition 45929 2020
League of Legends: Realms of Runeterra (Official Companion) Hardcover 271 $18.04 2019
The Legend of Deathwalker (Drenai Tales, Book 7) Mass Market Paperback 361411 $5.71 $1.05 1999
Legend (Drenai Tales, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback 265777 $5.75 $1.02 1994
The Swords of Night and Day: A Novel of Druss the Legend and Skilgannon the Damned (Drenai Saga: The Damned) Mass Market Paperback 797803 $6.18 $0.99 2005
The Legend of Deathwalker: Drenai Series Audible Audiobook 69223 $17.95 2017
Legend (Drenai Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition 159686 2011
Legend Paperback 439857 $6.77 $2.55
Legend Mass Market Paperback 18426308 $53.23 $53.23
Legend - The Graphic Novel Hardcover 21223423 $689.14 1993
White Wolf: A Novel of Druss the Legend (Drenai Saga: The Damned Book 1) Kindle Edition 149533 2003
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The Swords of Night and Day (Drenai Saga Book 11) Kindle Edition 341934 2004
The Swords of Night and Day Hardcover 2824226 $13.00 $3.68 2004
THE SWORDS OF NIGHT AND DAY: A NOVEL OF SKILGANNON THE DAMNED Paperback 7597870 $4.00
Swords of Night and Day Audio CD 8878844 $15.00
Legend Mass Market Paperback 18776292 $860.48 $2.95
The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend: Drenai Series Audible Audiobook 32180 $17.99 2017
The Legend of the Deathwalker (Drenai Saga Book 7) Kindle Edition 318382 2011
The Legend of Deathwalker (A Druss The Legend Adventure) Paperback 2565961 $7.25 $2.86
The Legend of Deathwalker Hardcover 2661642 $5.14 1996
The Hawk Eternal (The Hawk Queen) Mass Market Paperback 1717664 $6.17 $1.70 2005
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White Wolf: A Novel of Druss the Legend (Drenai Saga: The Damned) Mass Market Paperback 549867 $7.99 $1.09 2004