Thursday, 21 March 2013

TRIBESMAN by Paul Freeman

by Paul Freeman

This book is a must read for all Epic Fantasy lovers!

TRIBESMAN by Paul Freeman is an epic fantasy tale of a true warrior and an outcast, Culainn, who sets on a perilous journey in search of Cotterell the merchant’s daughter abducted by clansmen. In the lands he wanders Culainn is often prejudiced, people calling him Tribesman, which he considers an offence. There are a lot of things I enjoyed about this novel and first of all I’d like to say I enormously loved the main characters, Culainn and Persha (a woman Culainn saves from a group of villains on one occasion).

Paul Freeman is really great at characterization! Culainn makes a fantastic character. He is a strong, experienced warrior, blessed with the gift of sensing danger, yet haunted all the time by a dark goddess Morrigu, who is most often the sign of someone’s impending death. Culainn and Persha are together wandering the deserts, facing malevolent demons and other creatures that seek to kill whoever they find in their way. It’s a journey fraught with dangers and full of unpredictable twists and turns.

The book is filled with masterfully-written descriptions of the harsh and barren scenery. There are also quite a number of intense action-packed scenes here that are very visual and really well-done. This will especially appeal to action-oriented readers, I’m sure.  

I just can’t help admiring the author’s ability at writing such intense scenes as this one:
“Up close the creature’s hot and putrid breath assaulted him as it snapped its massive jaws. The claws on its hind legs ripped at his thighs, while the front paws pinned him to the ground. He needed both hands to prevent the creature from ripping out his throat, all the while his legs and torso were being torn to shreds. … He saw the blood-red eyes staring into his own and knew the beast was too powerful, his strength was failing fast. The creature shook its head violently from side to side in order to break free of his grip and get at him with its fangs. His muscles were beginning to burn from the agony of the demon’s ripping claws.”

There were also a few flashback scenes into Culainn’s childhood that helped relate to the warrior on a deeper level, and helped me get to know Culainn better. And it’s not only about him, I should say, but about the other characters as well.

I enjoyed Mr. Freeman’s manner of writing—it’s strong, mature, and just to the point. The scenes—especially the fight scenes—were very easy to visualize. It felt as if I were there, in the thick of the events. There were also a few romantic bits, not sickly sweet romantic, but appropriate for an epic fantasy book.

One of the parts of the book that I enjoyed the most was Culainn’s visit to Azral-Murbo, the city of the Dead, where he goes to save Persha. A great climax to the book!

To sum up, this is a must read for all fantasy lovers, especially those who enjoy epic fantasy! I look forward to future releases by this author!


A warrior in exile seeks a path home.
Banished from his homeland, a warrior of the Northern Clans grows weary of life in a harsh, alien land.
With the dark god Morrigu haunting his dreams, and a desert princess as a companion, Culainn, a warrior and champion sets forth on a journey north in search of a merchant's daughter abducted by clansmen and taken back across the mountains. Through a land baked by a scorching sun, where bandits roam free and dark beasts stalk the night.
An ancient evil is rising from the desert. A Benouin myth of a ghost city inhabited by the souls of their ancestors, a bridge to the Underworld is unleashing demonic creatures on an unsuspecting world. Culainn and Persha, warrior and mage stand alone against a tide of darkness. All the while, Morrigu, the dark war god of the north seeks to use Culainn as her own tool, her own champion.



Paul Freeman is a warrior, adventurer, and zombie hunter. He is from Dublin, Ireland, where he now works, plays and writes. In the past he has lived in Germany and America but is now content to keep his roaming to the worlds he creates and writes about.

Tribesman is his first published novel. He has also published a short story in the steampunk anthology, Strange Tales From the Scriptorium Vaults. A horror book, Season of the Dead, written with three other writers will be published by Spore Press in spring 2013.

He is currently working on Book 2 in the Tribesman series.

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