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The King Beyond the Gate

The King Beyond the Gate

The King Beyond The Gate is a fantasy novel by British writer David Gemmell. It was published in 1985. It was the second book published by Gemmell, after Legend, published a year earlier. The book is set in the same fictional world as Legend, that of the Drenai, but is not a sequel in the usual sense as the events of the two books take place around a century apart. Thus the main protagonists of Legend are long since dead and play little part in The King Beyond the Gate, other than passing mentions. This set a precedent for the entire Drenai series, in which very few characters appear in more than one novel, the gaps between novels sometimes running to centuries, giving a more epic, historical flavour to the series.


„Don't hover outside life—take part in it. There are people waiting to love you.“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 13
Context: Look around you: see the people as they touch and show their love. But don't watch coldly, like an observer. Don't hover outside life— take part in it. There are people waiting to love you. It is not something you should turn down lightly.

„We will all go down together—that's what makes us who we are.“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 24
Context: Come back and stand with us, lad. We will all go down together— that's what makes us who we are.

„Your face may be gone, but you know who you are.“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 23

„Death haunts everyone and never fails.“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 2

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„Men! What do they know? They never grow up.“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 22

„How do you do it? How do you stay so strong?“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

"I fake it."
Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 22

„No man fights for dirt and grass. No, nor mountains.“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 9
Context: Rubbish!... No man fights for dirt and grass. No, nor mountains. Those mountains were here before the fall and they will be here when the world topples again.

„Why did he get himself killed for us?" "Because he was a hero. And that is what heroes do.“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 20
Context: "We irritated him, he told me. Why did he get himself killed for us?" "Because he was a hero. And that is what heroes do. You understand?"

„Life is a game, Scaler. Play it like that.“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 13
Context: But from now on act the part. You will be amazed at the number of people you fool. Don't share your doubts! Life is a game, Scaler. Play it like that.

„All men are stupid. They are full of fear and insecurity—it makes them weak.“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

Source: Drenai series, The King Beyond the Gate, Ch. 13
Context: And now I am going to tell you a great truth, and if you are wise, you will take it to your heart. All men are stupid. They are full of fear and insecurity— it makes them weak. Always the other man seems stronger, more confident, more capable. It is a lie of the worst kind, for we lie to ourselves... How do you know? You do not! You listened to the voice of your inadequacy, and because you believed, you are in my power. If I draw my sword, you are dead!

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