I’m not too free with five star reviews, but I gave Tribesman by Paul Freeman five stars because it was really worth it. Tribesman is about Culainn, a man from beyond the northern mountains with a tortured past, cast to the desert lands to the south, living out a life of exile. The story starts with his blade being bought, and from there, fate takes over. This is a really gripping tale, rife with love, danger, demons, magic and gods.
One of the things I liked most about this book was the use of magic. In a lot of fantasy books, you have mages that can cast spells like lightning and fire and all kinds of battle magics, but in Tribesman, the magic is more spiritual, frightening, and potent.
I can’t really tell you the biggest reason that I love this book in a way you will understand, but I will try. When I was younger, I had an older friend who I used to visit who got me into writing. She was the first writer that helped to mold my craft. I loved her writing. She had this simple style of falling into the characters lives, of knowing precisely who they were and what they stood for. Her characters could have easily fit in this world as much as the world she wrote about. Tribesman reminded me of her writing, and it reminded me precisely why I love fantasy so much.