Seventh Star Press sent me Thrall by Steven Shrewbury to review. When I first started it I’ll be honest I hated it. It took me about 3-4 days just to get through the first chapter. The language used while English is so weird and hard to read. It’s an example of why I don’t read things like Shakespeare, Bronte, Austen and the like. It’s English but not. I really wish someone would publish these in an English I can understand.
Now Seventh Star I really like and a bad review is not something I wanted to give any of their books so I kept reading in the hopes it would improve. While it took ages to get through the first chapter, the second and third however I blazed through. All of a sudden I was all hey now were talkin. The story caught my interest and I came to like the characters the story, the fighting, the barbarians.
Thrall about Gorias La Gaul an aging warrior haha 700+ years more like ancient. He’s a legend, a dragon slayer and apparently even in his old age irresistible to the ladies. The book starts out less than perfect but it does pick up once La Gaul gets on his journey and much fighting, death and destruction begins. The end in particular with an epic battle is fantastic. The ending totally won me over as it was written so well, so much fighting and destruction. Children barbarians running amok tough little fighters they are.
Here is a little section to give you an idea of what you’d be in store for.
From page 119 and 120
Gorias, reins still in his clenched teeth, swirled his swords and stabbed at the men. His weapons snapped back to his chest so fast that the men tumbling from their horses looked to ricochet off Gorias. One of them rose to his feet and looked down in astonishment as his intestines unfolded. No matter how hard he tried to push, he couldn’t make his guts get back in his body. Another lay on the ground gagging loud, clutching below his neck.
This book was not perfect but fun once you got into it. If you like sorcery, great battles and a lot of sword fighting then this book is one you should check out. It’s not my usual kind of read which may be part of the problem. I see a lot of excellent review for it on the net so this may well be the case. I’m glad I didn’t give up on it quite so quick though as I enjoyed it in the end.