Gorias LaGaul, a barbarian’s barbarian, is back and as I said in my review of Thrall and Overkill , he would kick Conan’s butt. If you are looking for traditional heroes you may want to look elsewhere. This is a short series of short stories about Gorias’ escapades.
I repeat from previous reviews, Gorias is a protagonist that I can identify with in many aspects. Pragmatic to a fault he is accepting of his age and doesn’t let it stop him from doing what he wants to do. I’m not sure I can identify with his ruthlessness but it certainly is effective. He has skewed soft spots that pop up with surprising frequency. He is a much, much larger than life character. That is what makes him so entertaining.
One of the stories, provides a little background on how Gorias got to be who he is when you meet his father. I'm not all that fond of short stories in general but these were close enough to being relative to the books that they were enjoyable. Gorias’attitude is amusingly brutal. However I suspect that in a time similar to that in which the story is set, that type of brutality would have been common. Mr Shrewsbury does a great job of creating an environment where a barbarian as grisly as Gorias can flourish.
Action runs amuck as well as libidos, the easily offended may want to pass on this book. For the rest of us who enjoy rollicking good humor and raucous action this is a book for the must read shelf.
I highly recommend the book.