Friday, June 10, 2011

Thrall, Book Review

For Gorias La Gaul, Deliverance Will Come…

Set in the mists of ancient times, Thrall tells the story of Gorias La Gaul, an aging warrior who has lived for centuries battling the monstrosities of legend and lore.  It is an age when the Nephilum walk the earth, demonic forces hunger to be unleashed, and dragons still soar through the skies … living and undead.   On a journey to find one of his own blood, a young man who is caught in the shadow of necromancy, Gorias’ path crosses with familiar enemies, some of whom not even death can hold bound.

Thrall is gritty, dark-edged heroic fantasy in the vein of Robert E. Howard and David Gemmell.  It is a maelstrom of hard-hitting action and unpredictable imagery, taking place within an incredible antediluvian world.   In Gorias La Gaul, Thrall introduces an iconic new character to the realms of fantasy literature.  Thrall invites the reader to go on a perilous journey where it is not a matter of whether one has the courage to die, but whether one has the courage to live.  

Thrall by Steven Shrewsbury
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 2010, by Seventh Star Press

Thrall is a heroic fantasy novel set in the ancient times (btw, love how they've done the cover look old). It doesn't miss anything from other stories of the same genre. There is fighting, magic, necromancy, warrior, heroes, assassins, dragons,barbarians, adventure! With it's small surprises and the constant excitement, it creates you you won't lose interest at all. And even if it's small for a fantasy book (i'm used to 400+ pages at the certain genre) it fills yours time nicely.

My favorite thing, was our hero is not the usual farmer or boy who is getting in the story by mistake or some weird prophecy but an already legendary warrior (with over 500years on his back), who everyone knew him. He was already a really good warrior and a wise man, with lot of experiences and he made the story more interesting that way.

What i really need to mention though are 2 things.
First, the language is..not the usual English. There were half words and idioms (i think that's the right word) or the way the sentence was written was, not "normal". Like how the village people, talk. And for me, which English is not my native language, there were time i had problem with understanding immediately.
And secondly, there is lot of violence. That didn't bother me, i'm used to it but i thought to mention since some people don't like it. By violence, i don't mean towards women or animals. The usual battle violence but with details that you might have problem with. Not just "he stabbed him".

Thrall was an interesting adventures story, if i'm right it will have a second book too and i know that made me interested for the next events.

Thanks Seventh Star Press for providing a copy of the book.


  1. I just reviewed it, too, and my review goes up on Sunday :) Glad to hear you like it, I found it very entertaining, too! For me the language was a great addition to an already fascinating story! :)


  2. yiota the cover is really bad...

  3. @Evie: I will check out your blog, waiting for it. Well it was difficult for me at times since English are not my naive language.

    @athanasia: you just don't get the concept of it.


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