Thrall came first and introduced the aging swords and sorcery hero, Gorias La Gaul. Now Overkill steps back to just before those earth-threatening events, and Gorias cries “Deliverance will come” again. Ancient history and myth bleed into a richly drawn background, deliverance threatened perhaps by the waters of Biblical flood while fallen angels and Nehilim inhabit a world that’s made gods out of underlings and forgotten its true destiny. And there’s Gorias, ancient hero in a land where everyone wants their own five minutes of fame. Womanizer, ruthless killer, destroyer of dragons—Gorias is no lightweight hero. But honor, honesty and destiny travel with him. A missing princess, men slain by dragonfire when the dragons are all dead, evil financiers, brave female warriors (well-endowed) and pirate treasure—they all come together in this tale, richly told and somehow warmer and deeper than Thrall, as if the firewater prose has been aged in oak between the novels. There’s ribald humor, tense and well-detailed action, beautifully hinted and well-integrated mythology, beautiful women, monsters and… there’s Gorias La Gaul. A swords and sorcery fantasy where Gaul and Albion might just be where you expect them and when might be long long ago, Steven Shrewsbury’s Overkill is just plain fun to read.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy from the publishers.