Monday, June 11, 2012

Review: Thrall by Steven Shrewsbury

Review: Thrall by Steven Shrewsbury

IN A GLANCE: As a lover of Fantasy and Dragons, reading and loving this book was a no brainier for me. I loved Thrall and couldn't get enough of the characters!

Title: Thrall
Author: Steven Shrewsbury
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 263 pages
ISBN #: 0983108633
Buy This: Amazon * Seventh Star Press 

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.


I'm not sure how to explain to you all how much I loved this book, but I'm going to try to convey the reasons to you.  I hope I can come close.

Thrall is a story that is set in Ancient times and the flow of this story is perfection. Filled with action and breathtaking twists and turns, Thrall is a tremendous read.  I really enjoyed this book for so many reasons one being how real it seemed while I was reading it.  It was if the characters were right in front of me and acting out every word of the book.  I wasn't sure about this book at first, because the main character is so bad ass and it seemed to be a man's man type of book, but as a woman I loved it, but I do love Fantasy books.

I mean the first line of the book is "By the gods, pull the damn sword out," that got me right off the bat and I couldn't wait to read more.  Sucked into the story doesn't even seem to define how much I was hooked, more like swallowed hole by this book. 

The characters are very well developed and very believable.  If you are searching for a very different fantasy story then this is the perfect book for you.  I also love that the plot wasn't overly packed with the back story to all the characters.

Shrewsbury, is a gem among the Fantasy world and I will be a very loyal reader of his from now on.  His talent shines through each word of this story and I was hooked from the first page till the last.


If you love Fantasy and need something very original then Thrall is what you are looking for.


Plot: 20/20
Character: 19/20
Writing: 20/20
Creativity: 20/20
Ending: 9/10

98 out of 100 = 4 1/2 Puppy Rating


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