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Steven L. Shrewsbury
Behler Publications
271 pages
August 2005
rated 5 of 5 possible stars
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It can be hard to find a fantasy that is truly unique from the many books already published in the genre. Of all the fantasy books that have been written, this one is destined to become a classic on the bookshelves of fantasy lovers for years to come.

Steven Shrewsbury offers a change of pace for fantasy readers in his new novel, Godforsaken. His action-packed historical fantasy is one of a kind. In a barbarian realm where pagan gods and brutal warfare are rampant, a Celtic warrior falls in battle only to be saved by a goddess and brought into power.

In the year 59 A.D., the Roman Empire is trying to conquer the world. They face fearsome battles on the Isle of Anglesey. One brave Celtic warrior, Lucan MacAliester, stands above the rest as a brave and skilled warrior. With his army at the mercy of a legion of Roman warriors, he prays to the war goddess, Fey, to save him. His wish his granted, and Lucan finds himself captured at the hands of his enemies. His capturers take him to Rome.

Fey visits him on his journey in a female form bearing gifts for him worthy of his courage and skill. She neglects to tell him why, but it is clear that she has her own reasons for granting him his new powers. Now with Fey on his side, he fights in the arena of the Romans, and he travels from the underworld of Rome across the lands to Asia Minor. He fights for his life as he is forced into arena combat. Women are smitten by his handsomeness, and Fey is also paying attention.

He manages to beat his opponents with his new skills. He can command the wolves to fight by his side, and he can see through the eyes of ravens. His strength has increased greatly, to a degree almost godlike. With twists of fate, he becomes ruler of a new barbaric race.

At 271 pages of sword-and-sorcery adventure, this story is one that will become a classic in fantasy, a treat to read with a fresh twist and new plot for fantasy lovers. This story is involving and it takes you to the edge and back again, always right next to Lucan as he slashes his way through the story. You can feel the lust; definitely a page-turner.

Steven Shrewsbury’s fourth book offers a great adventure story. Anyone reading will beg for more of this incredible book. Lucan is a handsome, brave guy; girls will love him, guys want to be like him. Godforsaken deserves a solid five out of five stars.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Calissa Leigh, 2006

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