Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sword of Neamha by Stephen England review

Almost three hundred years before Christ, northern Gaul is a dangerous place, home to warring tribes, envious chieftains, and mighty warriors. And in the midst of it all, the leaders of the Aedui have chosen to flee. A better land awaits across the waters, if only they can reach it. If only they can survive. . .
This is the story of Cadwalador, a young Gallic warrior in the retinue of Tancogeistla, heir to the Aeduan throne. The story of one man's struggle to remain true to himself as the world crumbles around him, as loyalties change at the turning of the wind, as men claw desperately for power.

For, in this new land, nothing will change. Men's hearts do not change with the landscape. And Cadwalador will be plunged once more into the maelstrom. . . .

4 stars

Sword of Neamha by Stephen England follows the Gallic warrior Cadwalador.  The watches the rise and fall of a Kingdom in the middle of some major conflicts.  As a young man Cadwalador joins a fighting force going out to explore some new land for his people.  After his first taste of combat is an unmitigated disaster he years for a simpler life.  That is something he is not destined to have after saving the his leader, Tancogeistla, he is often brought into advise and accompany on dangerous missions.

This book focuses on the hardships that were faced by a simple man in the times.  The battle scenes are down and dirty, everything is in your face action with swords, shields, spears, etc.  I'm not an expert on the era, but things seemed to be pretty realistic in terms of materials used and fighting styles employed Stephen does not pull any punches in the story.  There are some fairly tragic moments and a lot of emotional turmoil.  This is a good read for fans of historic fantasy novels.

Pick up a copy on Amazon, Smashwords, or get more info from Stephen's website.

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