I’m extremely excited to be taking part in this tour. I must disclose that I may appear a bit biased on this one however as this book is one that was dedicated to me. When I discovered this I was quite shocked, pleased and feel most honoured to have been blessed in such a way. As a great fan of reading my love of books runs deep. That love that one can have for characters that don’t even exist, that we can become more attached to than some real people in our lives can speak of the magic those tales weave. Books have souls, I believe this to my core. A part of that author is ingrained in that book through the blood, sweat and tears that went into their creation. Dedicated a book to me was giving me something that I didn’t even know was on my bucket list. I am thankful to Steven for his friendship and for this great kindness. You Sir rock!
Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul, Volume 1 Book Synopsis: Journey into the dangerous and exciting world of Gorias La Gaul in this collection of short stories from highly-acclaimed author Steven Shrewsbury! Volume One includes the tales “Day of Iniquity”, “Ashes of the All-Father”, “Author and Finisher of Our Flesh”, “Insurmountable”, and “Beginning of the Trail” (a prequel story leading into the events found in the novel Overkill).
Fans of authors such as Robert E. Howard are sure to love the adventures of Gorias La Gaul, as he battles all manner of adversaries wielding two blades fashioned from the wings of angels!
Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul is Sword and Sorcery as the genre was intended to be!
This book means a great deal to me not just because its dedicated to me but because a character is named and based on me. Scary lol. Gorias recounts many stories for Jessica the scribe. From his very Conan like birth to his teen years. Gorias being a 700+ year old character has many a tale to tell.
Biased I may be but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong and this is my favourite tale by Steven to date. Sword and Sorcery is not a genre I would have gone for had it not been offered for review, I’ve discovered a fine character because I took a chance which is why I encourage readers to branch out. While Sword and Sorcery are not my main genre of choice this however peaked and held my interest beginning to end. Gorias is a fascinating protagonist and Steven clearly loves this man he has created.
The stories Gorias recounts are from his birth with much emphasis on Gorias’ father and many throughout Gorias’ teens which I enjoyed a great deal. Gorias was quite headstrong from an early age. Barbarian gentleman if that is possible who has James Bond like irresistibility to the ladies.
The tales are tall as are the giants and monsters lurking in Gorias adventures. With severed limbs a plenty, evisceration galore and a great deal of heroics this one is the Gorias tale I will refer people to because it allows one to get to know Gorias the man, the legend, the noble barbarian.
I highly recommend checking this one out. Its a short read and allows a reader to try out Sword and Sorcery, get to know Gorias and for those Gorias/Steven Shrewsbury fans its a must read.
Seventh Star Press also has released books from Stephen Zimmer who’s books Hellscapes and Chronicles of Ave are available now
Stephen Zimmers horror short story collection and his continued short stories from his Fires in Eden series can be found online at
Tour Schedule and Activities
9/30 Library Girl Reads and Reviews Contest
9/30 Ian’s Realm Interview with Stephen Zimmer
9/30 Book in the Bag Review
10/1 Azure Dwarf Review
10/1 Bee’s Knees Reviews Reader Interview Stephen Zimmer
10/1 Armand Rosamilia, Author Guest Post-Steven Shrewsbury
10/1 Lost Inside the Covers Review
10/2 Beauty in Ruins Character Post-Gorias La Gaul
10/2 Come Selahway with Me Guest Post-Stephen Zimmer
10/2 Sheila Deeth Guest Post – Steven Shrewsbury
10/3 Deal Sharing Aunt Promo Spotlight
10/4 Sapphyria’s Book Reviews Promo Spotlight
10/5 Spellbindings Promo Spotlight
10/5 Jorie Loves a Story Review
10/5 Jess Resides Here Review
10/5 SpecMusicMuse Guest Post – Stephen Zimmer
10/6 The Flipside of Julianne Promo Spotlight
10/6 L. Andrew Cooper’s Horrific Scribblings Review