The first review I’m aware of for The Crimson Shield is up at Parmenion Books, and it looks like Gallow had done his job for at least one reader. The comparison to Gemmell’s Rigante is particularly pleasing for me personally. I did study some of David Gemmell’s work quite closely when writing this series to try and understand how he makes his heroes work. I think his best heroes were heroic not so much through what they did but through what they inspired in others. And isn’t that a large part of what fiction is about?