This is good stuff, and the welcome return of one of Gemmell's most memorable characters. This is a fairly rare move for Gemmell; most of his "sequels" are actually set hundreds of years later, or a generation on, but this is one of only a few that follows on almost directly from the previous novel.
...by which I mean it's only set 10 years after Waylander!
As always the writing is excellent, although suffers from an uncharacteristic lack of pace in the early part of the book. Once it's going though, this novel keeps moving, and (as I have come to expect from Mr Gemmell) there are enough new characters to keep things fresh even if it is a sequel.
There's more soul-searching for the main character, more tragedy, more wonderfully believable stalking, and boatloads more of what Gemmell does best; big, desperate battles and hopeless heroics.
A fine read, it's only shadow being that Waylander was that little bit better!