Sword of Neamha by Stephen England follows the Gallic warrior Cadwalador. The watches the rise and fall of a Kingdom in the middle of some major conflicts. As a young man Cadwalador joins a fighting force going out to explore some new land for his people. After his first taste of combat is an unmitigated disaster he years for a simpler life. That is something he is not destined to have after saving the his leader, Tancogeistla, he is often brought into advise and accompany on dangerous missions.
This book focuses on the hardships that were faced by a simple man in the times. The battle scenes are down and dirty, everything is in your face action with swords, shields, spears, etc. I'm not an expert on the era, but things seemed to be pretty realistic in terms of materials used and fighting styles employed Stephen does not pull any punches in the story. There are some fairly tragic moments and a lot of emotional turmoil. This is a good read for fans of historic fantasy novels.
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