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From the Author
- ASIN : B00HWKBN48
- Publisher : Thorn Bishop Press; 2nd edition (January 15, 2014)
- Publication date : January 15, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 4339 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 288 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #810,127 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Synopsis (from the author): In this epic fantasy, a modest mission from his overlord turns into a perilous trek and personal quest for Urith, known as the Clovel Destroyer. Leading his nephew Oslaf across enemy lands, the warriors find allies in the demigod Mivraa and a beautiful young prophetess named Fedelm. As told by mystic visions, one of the group is destined to discover the first piece of the lost Skool, an ancient weapon of the gods, long thought destroyed.
On their quest to recover this powerful weapon, they must battle mortal enemies, both human, and monster, who will stop at nothing to terminate them. The overlords who rule the lands of Kamin are against them, and chaos begins to creep into the mortal world. The realms of the gods start to become a battleground for control of the terrifying weapon. All sides learn they have much to fear about their future when enemies create shifting alliances. The powerful and the weak become treacherous partners in the race to find the Shield of Skool.
What I liked: The Shield of Skool is my kind of epic fantasy I like to read. Full of battles, an honor code among warriors, gods interfering with humans, intrigue, and a cool world, the Shield of Skool has it all. I enjoyed Urith as a character, and Oslaf is a good sidekick to the more experienced warrior. The budding attraction between Oslaf and Fedelm (and between Mivraa and Urith) add an interesting flavor to the story. All told a nice start to the Clovel Sword series!
What I didn’t like: As much as I enjoyed the story, the book needed another review by an editor. I found many errors that detracted from the tale.
Overall impression: The Shield of Skool was an enjoyable read. With a review by an editor, and some corrections, this would be an excellent start to an epic fantasy series!
My rating: 3.5 Stars (rounded to 4)
The plot mostly traces two Esterblud warriors, Urith (the elder) with mentee (and nephew) Oslaf, on a mission ostensibly to facilitate some sort of peace conference. As they traverse distant lands, they run into numerous battles and other difficulties, but get some help from two women, one a goddess of some sort, who reveal that their mission needs to be altered to instead find a magical shield that might lead to serious control over persons and lands.
We have a number of reactions to the novel. First, the author can clearly write well, as his descriptive work helped us picture well what was going on, while his plotting skills sustained a decent level of suspense throughout. The very strange names for people, animals, and all the towns and lands made for rough sledding; we found it especially difficult to keep straight the minor characters over the pages. This self-published effort has an excellent look and feel, with a physical quality easily comparable to a professional trade paperback. Some editing mishaps, mostly missing or extraneous words here or there, somewhat marred our edition, but no doubt they will be discovered and corrected as future copies are produced.
Lastly, the book ends somewhat abruptly. While it is clearly billed as a multi-book epic, of which this is Book 1, we might have preferred a bit more of a standalone finish, so that one would not merely be teased into continuing with the other books, but take a little more satisfaction in a story concluded more smoothly for this part of the saga. But hey, for an author's first outing, not bad at all !
This story begins with a long prologue which sets the scene for the adventure fantasy quest to begin.
Two Esterblud warriors, initially sent by their Overlord as emissaries of peace to a neighbouring land, are shipwrecked. Here, their quest for the Shield of Skool begins. The warriors, Urith, and his nephew Oslaf, are beset by all manner of beasts and netherworld creatures on their journey to find the shield and oppose the Gods.
If you like Conan The Barbarian, and fantasy adventure quest, then you will love this mix of romance, clash of sword and shield, and the schemes and plots of the Gods from up above and down below.
Shield of Skool is not Sword and Sorcery, it is Sword and Sorcery of the Gods.
There are quite a few new and world specific terms, that were a little overwhelming at first but by the end of the book I was fluent in Kamin culture and terms. While looking for more info about this intriguing world I found this link. [...] it helped open the world of Kamin even more. Overall a great first book by an author with a new and interesting style to storytelling. I have bought copies as gifts for Christmas already. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.