Sunday, May 22, 2011

Edi's Spotlight: Thrall by Steven Shrewsbury

First of all a big thank you to author Stephen Zimmer who sent me a copy of Thrall (pb, 2010) [ISBN-13: 978-09780983108634] by Steven Shrewsbury. Instead of the cover I show you the trailer.

I wrote about on Goodreads:
" A very satisfying read. The concept of an aging warrior is great.
Well executed heroic fantasy."
Thrall is the short - 263 pages - but exciting story about the aging warrior Gorias La Gaul which ends with the following words: THE END ?

Matthew Perry's portrait of Gorias La Gaul !

A real impressive guy.

The world of Gorias La Gaul differs as much from our world as it differs from the well known medieval fantasy settings. It is a world where you meet dragons, beautiful maidens, angels, necromancers, zombies, long living heroes and a mammoth cavalry ridden by barbarians.
It is a world full of blood and sweat and fights. It is dark, snaggy and straight forward.

Gorias La Gaul is a man with an eventful past. Or in other words: He is a living legend. Now he is on a journey to visit his grandson. But his path is plastered with barricades in form of old enemies, an upcoming war and more. It is incredible to read how much happens in this limited number of pages. And there is more than just hard-hitting action. Excellent dialogues build a great counterpart to all the action. It is a fast paced story with little time for world building and for the history of Gorias La Gaul. But that is nothing I want to complain about. Due to the above described end of the book I expect a sequel. A sequel which takes care of the history of Gorias La Gaul.

Thrall is definitely a character driven story. Thrall is nothing without Gorias La Gaul and vice versa.

If you are looking for a great heroic fantasy read which fits between door stoppers like The Wise Man's Fear (trade paperback, UK 2011) [ISBN-13: 978-0575081420] by Patrick Rothfuss then Thrall is the perfect choice.

And for all of you who have never read heroic fantasy before, let me tell you that Thrall is a good one to begin with. Did you ever read a book about an aging warrior? It is a kind of embarrassing in time of youthful madness.

Let me close with a Gorias La Gaul quote: "Deliverance Will Come ....."

1 comment:

Mark Lawrence said...

just to answer the question about aging warriors - yes, David Gemmell did this very well in 'Legend' with Druss and quite a few of the Conan books focus on Conan as a grizzled veteran. It sounds like Shrewsbury has taken the same path - an trodden it well by your account!

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