Friday, 9 August 2013

FANTASY REVIEW: Gallow: The Crimson Shield - Nathan Hawke

Release Date: 18/07/13


I have been Truesword to my friends, Griefbringer to my enemies. To most of you I am just another Northlander bastard here to take your women and drink your mead, but to those who know me, my name is Gallow. I fought for my king for seven long years. I have served lords and held my shield beside common men. I have fled in defeat and I have tasted victory and I will tell you which is sweeter. Despise me then, for I have slain more of your kin than I can count, though I remember every single face. For my king I will travel to the end of the world. I will find the fabled Crimson Shield so that his legions may carry it to battle, and when Sword and Shield must finally clash, there you will find me. I will not make pacts with devils or bargains with demons for I do not believe in such things, and yet I will see them all around me, in men and in their deeds. Remember me then, for I will not suffer such monsters to live. Even if they are the ones I serve.


A different type of heroic book and whilst its aimed at fans of David Gemmell, it’s a book that treads its own path to the readers imagination. The themes behind take the reader in a tale that has a very Norse feel behind it with solid enough action, reasonable enough pace and when added to a cast that add extra texture to the world all round makes it reasonable enough read.

For me though, the book was a title that I had a few problems with, I ended up rewriting a few of the action sequences mentally as I felt that they were a little undetailed and seemed to gloss over the bits I wanted. All in, it was an OK book but for me, I’m going to wait to see what the others have in store before I pass full judgement though. So currently it’s a Meh type of book.

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