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SpecMusicMuse Review—Philistine by Steven Shrewsbury

PhilistineCoverSteven Shrewsbury breathes life into an iconic Biblical character in his new sword & sorcery novel, Philistine. Shrews paints Goliath as something more than the two dimensional villain as he’s portrayed by the Israelites. To the Philistines, he was their champion, their hero. And something more.

From Goliath’s Nephilum heritage to the macabre portrayal of the Mesopotamian magic systems and cults, it’s clear that Shrews has done his homework in his quest to show the giant as a product of his culture and time period. He bathes the ancient world in blood in ways that only a supernatural sociopath can, yet at the same time proves to have a soft side when it comes to children. While caught up in the political intrigue of kings, cultists, and magicians, he proves time and again that he’s more than just a big final-chamber-webstack of muscles as he outwits his foes as often as he caves in their skulls.

Despite Goliath’s crass brutality, I actually found myself wanting to like him. More antihero than hero, I cheered him on as he battled monstrous beasts and villains so vile they’d make Hannibal Lector seem like a harmless kitten in comparison. This was a Sword & Sorcery tale that would’ve made Robert E. Howard proud.

This is not a novel for weak stomachs, but if you’re a fan of sword & sorcery then this is one novel you’ll want to have clutched in your cold dead hands.

Best to read while listening to: Slayer, Helloween, Iron Maiden, the heavier the better.

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Overkill Blog Tour

For Immediate Release

April 5, 2012


25 Date Overkill Blog Tour and Cover Art Unveiled for Steven Shrewsbury’s Latest Gorias La Gaul Adventure!



Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the cover art and illustrations created by award-winning artist Matthew Perry for Steven Shrewsbury’s newest Gorias La Gaul novel, Overkill, as well as announce the dates and sites for the Overkill Blog Tour.  A pre-order window for a limited edition hardcover is also being opened in advance of the book’s official release.

(Illustrations by Matthew Perry from the first edition of Overkill)
The Overkill Tour is being hosted by Babs Book Bistro, and will feature 25 blog sites over 25 days, beginning April 20th and running through May 14th .  The tour will feature a number of activities, from interviews, to reveiws, guest blog posts, and contests/giveaways.


Overkill is the second novel featuring the iconic sword and scorcery figure Gorias La Gaul, following the debut of the character in the novel Thrall, released in late 2010 from Seventh Star Press.  Gorias La Gaul is also featured in two short stories, Author and Finisher of Our Flesh, and Insurmountable, both available in eBook format in the Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul collection in the Seventh Star Singles catalog.


The story told in Overkill takes place in an ancient time, before a great flood wiped clean the earth, destroying everything upon it.  Before the deluge, in a time now forgotten, the world was a place of warriors and witches, conflicts between kingdoms, and, until their extermination, dragons.  In this world, men may live centuries, fallen angels have begotten terrifying spawn, and sometimes, the best hope can be found in a brothel.


In the land of Transalpina, a new religion spreads, and important men are dying mysteriously, slain by what can only be the fire of dragon breath.  Summoned by the Queen Garnet, the legendary warrior Gorias La Gaul

returns to the place where he once saved the queen’s young granddaughter from treachery and enslavement. The Princess Nykia is gone, and soon others may try to claim the throne.  The queen has little choice but to turn to the only man who ever told her no.


With the aid of one of the queen’s elite guard, the battle maiden Alena, and the young palace servant Orsen, the old mercenary will face pirates and traitors, monsters and foul magic in the quest to find the missing heir and learn the truth behind the disconcerting murders.


Overkill will be released in softcover and Kindle versions during the third week of April.  The novel is now available for pre-order in a beautiful hardcover edition that is strictly limited to 75 copies.


The limited hardcover edition will be signed and numbered by Steven Shrewsbury and includes a bonus illustration from Matthew Perry not included in other editions.  It will be accompanied by an assortment of collectibles, including a set of glossy art cards, bookmarks, and magnets.  The limited edition hardcovers will also be bundled with the eBook version (provided as a direct ePub file for users with Nooks, iPads, or Sony eReaders, and gifted as a Kindle file for Kindle users).  Those interested in securing one of the 75 limited hardcovers can place a pre-order at:


The Overkill Blog Tour Dates and Participants Are As Follows:



April 20  Watch Play Read

April 21   SpecMusicMuse

April 22  Splash of Our Worlds

April 23   Edi’s Book Lighthouse

April 24   Sci-Fi Guys Book Review

April 25   Jess Resides Here

April 26   Book Den

April 27   That Book Place Blog

April 28   Urban Fantasy Reviews

April 29   Evie Bookish

April 30   Eva’s Sanctuary

May 1     Azure Dwarf Horde of Sci-Fi & Fantasy

May 2     Darlene’s Book Nook

May 3     Ginger Nuts of Horror

May 4     Ali’s Bookshelf

May 5     The Magick Pen

May 6    Book and Movie Dimension Blog

May 7    The Cabin Goddess

May 8     Bee’s Knees Reviews

May 9     I Smell Sheep

May 10   Once Upon A Time

May 11   Ritesh Kala’s Book Review

May 12   Goatfairy Review Blog

May 13   Fantasy Book Review

May 14   Babs Book Bistro

Contact: C.C. James

Public Relations, Seventh Star Press
Seventh Star Press is a small press publisher of speculative fiction located in Lexington Kentucky

April 7, 2012 Posted by | SpecMusicMuse | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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.


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