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When undead warriors threaten the land, aging warrior Gorias La Gaul joins with his bardic grandson and a female warrior to drive back the forces of evil.
Paperback, 263 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Seventh Star Press, LLC
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seak
Jan 18, 2011 seak rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, arc-review
I had such high hopes for this one. Thrall has a great cover and a great premise, what's not to love? I highly enjoyed David Gemmell's Legend - also dealing with an aged hero - and I really didn't think I could go wrong.

Sadly, something went wrong.

Here's a quote I made on Goodreads when I was almost done:

"Can't say I'm enjoying this too much. Even though I realize it's character-driven, there's still not enough worldbuilding. Awkward wording left and right, like, "Kayla returned to her work, but
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edifanob
Jan 14, 2011 edifanob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books, 2011-reads
A very satisfying read. The concept of an aging warrior is great.
Well executed heroic fantasy.

Full review in progress ......
Ranting Dragon
Dec 28, 2010 Ranting Dragon rated it liked it
Shelves: stephan
http://www.rantingdragon.com/thrall-b...


Thrall is a stand-alone novel – for now, at least – by Steven Shrewsbury. It is a heroic fantasy in a dark and gritty setting filled with warriors, armies, blood, gore, some zombies, an undead dragon with the soul of a man, and even a mammoth cavalry ridden by barbarians. Cool, right? Above all, though, it is the story of Gorias La Gaul, an ancient hero and legend.

Interesting setting
Perhaps the most interesting part of this story is its setting. It isn’t s
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Evie
May 29, 2011 Evie rated it really liked it
Taking place in ancient times, Thrall by Steven Shrewsbury is a wonderfully crafted and compelling heroic fantasy. It’s a fascinating, character driven story that has it all: legendary heroes, kick-ass actions, epic battles, evil villains and monsters.

The protagonist of this story, Gorias La Gaul, is an aging warrior and a legend. There is not a single person on earth that wouldn’t be familiar with his heroic actions. He’s so famous that at one point people stopped believing that he actually e
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Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Thrall is a heroic fantasy novel set in the ancient times (btw, love how they've done the cover look old). It doesn't miss anything from other stories of the same genre. There is fighting, magic, necromancy, warrior, heroes, assassins, dragons,barbarians, adventure! With it's small surprises and the constant excitement, it creates you you won't lose interest at all. And even if it's small for a fantasy book (i'm used to 400+ pages at the certain genre) it fills yours time nicely.

My favorite thin
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Craig Rettig
Jan 28, 2012 Craig Rettig rated it really liked it
After a confrontation in a tavern results in the death of a local official's mercenary, legendary warrior Gorias La Gaul is commissioned to prevent the resurrection of a cult leader. Accompanied by his grandson, the official's daughter, and a bard, Gorias traverses the vampire-plagued land only to find himself caught between an invading horde of barbarians, a powerful necromancer's advancing troops, and two old enemies from his past. Gorias must rely on his own experience and tactical planning t ...more
Sheila
What happens when heroes grow old? The cynical womanizing Gorias of Steven Shrewsbury's Thrall is a living legend, long thought dead, in a world so long before our present time it might as well be another planet, except... and the joy is in those exceptions.

The story develops slowly from a seemingly innocuous bar fight to oddly coincidental quest to wonderfully devious and complex weavings of battles and powers across the world. Gorias must have lots of backstories, but the author keeps them nic
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Sheila
Jun 13, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
What happens when heroes grow old? The cynical womanizing Gorias of Steven Shrewsbury’s Thrall is a living legend, long thought dead, in a world so long before our present time it might as well be another planet, except… and the joy is in those exceptions.

The story develops slowly from a seemingly innocuous bar fight to oddly coincidental quest to wonderfully devious and complex weavings of battles and powers across the world. Gorias must have lots of backstories, but the author keeps them nicel
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William Bentrim
Jan 08, 2011 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing
Thrall by Steven Shrewsbury

The press release suggested this book was in the vein of Conan but Thrall would kick Conan’s butt. A dark heroic fantasy with an aging protagonist.

While not an aging warrior, I am aging and feel some of the aches that plagued Thrall throughout the book. I thought Shrewsbury did an excellent job of portraying an aging warrior. He shows that treachery, deceit and experience can thwart youth and bravado. Thrall isn’t exactly likeable but he is admirable. He soldiers on w
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Sarah
Dec 28, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it
3.5 stars -

This was a short, light and enjoyable action/adventure read which could have benefitted from a little more plot and world development. However, it's worth the time spent reading it. The book is fast paced and the main character is easy to become attached to. I look forward to reading more from Shrewsbury in the future.

Read my full review here:

http://bookwormblues.blogspot.com/201...
Heavensent1
May 29, 2011 Heavensent1 rated it liked it
Thrall is an epic stand alone fantasy novel.

Gorias La Gaul is a warrior and a legend, some say he was born of a nephilim, and with his 700 year old plus age, one begins to wonder. Gorias is so famous, that he runs into his own stories, some are hard-pressed to believe who he is, until they see him in action. With two swords in hand, or a dwarf, for that matter, Gorias is an unstoppable killing machine. Wearing a suit of dragon armor and carrying a blade of adamantine and his wits about him, ther
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Cassandra (The book & movie dimension blogger)
Full, non-spoiler review courtesy at Book & Movie Dimension a Blog

Gorias La Gaul is a complete warrior legend in the world of Thrall. He is known best in Khaubnur but also in other lands as the man who has slayed dragons and lived! After so many years, La Gaul is just trying to relax and being here and there. When a mercenary calls him out. This woman can hardly guess the man she is so bothering is the man of legend himself. When he slays her he's captured by other mercenaries led by Lira Rh
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Stephen Zimmer
May 11, 2011 Stephen Zimmer rated it it was amazing
I am very passionate about fantasy, whether it be epic fantasy (my ultimate love), heroic fantasy, YA Fantasy, urban fantasy, or any of the other classifications of the genre. Each has its own flavors and contours, including the basic core elements that serve as the engines for a particular style of fantasy literature.

When it comes to heroic fantasy, two of my all-time favorite authors are Robert E. Howard, with his indomitable Conan, and David Gemmell, who weaves some wondrous rays of light int
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Louise
May 13, 2011 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
I was Steve’s editor on this epic fantasy, and this was the second book we worked on together, I believe. So reviewers might fear this will be a biased review, but I’ll endeavour to keep it impartial.

What I enjoyed most about THRALL, and other books I’ve had the pleasure to work on with Shrews, is his imagination. Readers truly feel transported to another place and time when they read a Shrewsbury novel, and THRALL is no exception.

THRALL tells the story of an aged warrior named Gorias La Gaul,
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Rodney
Oct 21, 2011 Rodney rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
With Thrall, Shrewsbury has managed to take the reader to an antediluvian land where Nephilum still walk the earth, and dragons still soar the skies. Although it's a shorter read, especially for readers who enjoy large scale casts and tome-length novels, Thrall is the perfect change of pace for anyone looking for something short and succinct that still manages to pack the same punch as lenthier counterparts.

As for the main character, Gorias La Gaul, Shrewsbury has taken everything that could be
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Ali (Ali's Bookshelf )
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 bo
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Laura Kitchell
Aug 27, 2015 Laura Kitchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THRALL is Steven L. Shrewsbury's first Gorias La Gaul book, but don't expect it to be the beginning of the ancient mercenary's story. This is the third La Gaul story I've read in a collection that bounces around this amazing character's life. I have been hooked on Shrewsbury since reading his paranormal western, Bad Magick, His Sword & Sorcery stories are my favorites, however. Some say he is reincarnated from Robert E. Howard, and though I can't confirm this, I can say with absolute certain ...more
Laura Kitchell
Aug 25, 2015 Laura Kitchell rated it it was amazing
THRALL is Steven L. Shrewsbury's first Gorias La Gaul book, but don't expect it to be the beginning of the ancient mercenary's story. This is the third La Gaul story I've read in a collection that bounces around this amazing character's life. I have been hooked on Shrewsbury since reading his paranormal western, Bad Magick. His Sword & Sorcery stories are my favorites, however. Some say he is reincarnated from Robert E. Howard, and though I can't confirm this, I can say with absolute certain ...more
Rob
May 23, 2011 Rob rated it it was ok
....Ultimately, Thrall is a book that had potential but suffers enormously from a flawed execution. With a little more attention to the worldbuilding and some more polish applied to the writing it could have been a much better novel. As it is, the novel feels like a rough draft, a work that needs to be fleshed out in places. Plenty to work on if the author does indeed decide to write a sequel. Plenty of the world left to uncover as well. It would be a shame to let all that potential remain undev ...more
Dashiel
Aug 25, 2012 Dashiel rated it it was ok
Won from a Goodreads giveaway

Thrall is a gritty fantasy novel filled with blood, guts, gore, and zombie dragons. Who wouldn't love that?

The plot was not too complicated, but it may have been overshadowed in some parts with merciless killing of everyone around. Some parts of the plot are not completely explained, but it didn't effect the story too much.

I noticed while reading was that though there was a lot of back story and events that happened before Thrall took place, Shrewsbury wrote in suc
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Cathy
Feb 27, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it
alternate reality of Earth. Took me a while to place all characters. Plot is about heaven verses hell and how each views it. Main characters kept me reading book, borders on horror in Si Fi genre. Only real disappointment was book was not a stand alone and left reader a few pages from the end only to turn into cliff hanger.
Kenny
Jan 19, 2012 Kenny rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book. At first this book seemed to promise so much but this promise rapidly died off. I have not finished this book, as of yet, but am struggling so much I might never finish it.
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