LEGEND - DAVID GEMMELL The Drenai Empire is fading, and the Nadir Empire rises against it.
Druss the Legend is taken from retirement for one last battle.
Joining him are an unlikely collection of companions, and a fortress suffering from lack of troops and morale.

This was Gemmell's debut novel, and the characters, pacing and tension are done just right. It may not be wholly original in its ideas but it is a very good fantasy novel.