Review: The Crimson Shield – Nathan Hawke

Fantasy needs a new hero. Meet Gallow – Truesword, Griefbringer and trouble for anyone who crosses him.

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.
My thoughts:
Think Vikings, then again you only need to see the cover to think that. And they are a way. This is a fantasy world after all.
A world where the Forkbeards from the North hold a country across the seas. The Marroc (guess they are England then) who lives there are not happy. But that is not the end, oh no, there is a third army trying to conquer the Marroc and the Lhosir (the vikings) tries to hold them back. Yes you can guess that there is a lot of fighting. 
Who to root for? The Lhosir plunder, The Vathan too (oh and I guess they are Hun/Mongols). The Marroc are beaten down and have given up. And the main character, oh Gallow. He is a Lhosir who settled and married a local woman. He is hard, a true fighter.
I am more of a epic fantasy reader, you know, adventure, quest (I blame the early books I read). While this one felt, almost historical at times. And I do love historical novels. I feel he should write a fiction book about real vikings too cos he has the words for it.
The ending, oh, yes I had to read the blurb for book 2 cos I was SO curious. It was a cliffhanger.
What to say then, yes at times it was a bit too action filled for me.
Yeah…..I need a title and author name. I do not like it

Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 11th 2013 by Gollancz
Gallow #1


28 thoughts on “Review: The Crimson Shield – Nathan Hawke

  1. roro says:

    I"ve not read a Viking book yet and this one seems cool. I like to more historical based fantasy books from time to time. I think they wanted to make the cover seem like a painting. Thnx for the review. Adding to my tbr

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