Friday, June 1, 2012

Freebie Friday Review: Overkill by Steven Shrewsbury

Title: Overkill
Author: Steven Shrewsbury
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Published: 2012
Format: ebook, 300 pages
ISBN: 1937929809

Product Description from Amazon:
Deliverance will come... A great flood once 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. Deliverance will come for Gorias La Gaul, but for now there are women to love, secrets to discover, and killing that needs doing.

My Feelings:

I found this book on that great site, Pixel Of Ink, a couple of weeks ago and the minute I seen it I knew I wanted it to be my next Freebie Friday Review.  
I love the cover with the beautiful red scales surrounding the golden eye.  I guess the eye just called to me and I had to answer it.  
This story is a gritty, gory, action packed fantasy with plenty of sex mixed in as well. This is definitely an adult novel and it does get a little descriptive at the fight scenes.   
Throughout the book, there is  some art mixed in that put me in the mind of a graphic novel.  
I have always been a huge fan of dragons, wizards, knights, and princesses and this story doesn't disappoint at all.  But this fantasy has more to it, there is also pirates, gods, angels and demons that our knight in shining armor, La Gaul, has to contend with too.  
The religions in this story have a few similarities to what is in our Old Testament.  There are some interesting ideas La Gaul has concerning the God or gods of the land that I enjoyed very much.  
There are a couple of strong female characters in the story who can fight like a man,  smart as a whip, but can also be sexy and alluring when the need arises.  
There is so much going on in this book, though, at times I did get confused.  
I enjoyed the book but the ending really threw me for a loop and not in a good way.  But all in all, the story is a good fantasy story so I had to give it 3 hearts.

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