SpecMusicMuse Review: Thrall by Steven Shrewsbury
It’s the antediluvian age, and Gorias la Gaul is a legend among legends—even if he is over seven hundred years old and with a bad back. But when a cult of necromancers tries to resurrect a sadistic bard with the knowledge that can destroy the world, can even Gorias save the day—especially when one of the villains is his son?
With Thrall, Shrewsbury delivers a grim and gritty Sword & Sorcery tale, one that is more than just a straightforward hack n’ slash. Not that there’s no hacking and slashing, there’s actually plenty. But you’ll also find deep characterization and moral quandaries. This is no happy campy “good vs. evil” story, more like badass vs. badass vs. undead badass vs. even more evil badass while vs. each other. If you’re a fan of Conan, Red Sonja, or Fafhrd then will love Gorias.
Best to read while listening to: the soundtrack to Conan the Barbarian. Duh! Also, Slayer.