A Wandering Warrior

Harry E. Gilleland, Jr.
4RV Publishing (2013)
ISBN 9780985266196

Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 16) for Reader Views (7/13)

“A Wandering Warrior” by Harry E. Gilleland, Jr., is the story of Thomas Beaumont.  A commoner and itinerant soldier, Thomas wandered the land searching for battles to fight.  After his uncle and brother were slain in different battles, Thomas set out to seek revenge.  After finally arriving in the town where his brother’s murderer resided, Thomas learned that the two daughters of the former Earl were about to be executed.  Will Thomas be able to rescue the girls and exact revenge on his brother’s killer?

Grievously injured in a fight with members of the Royal Guard, Thomas was rescued by a group of travelers.  Nursed back from the brink of death by Emalda, the daughter of the travelers’ leader, Thomas quickly regained his health.  The two quickly fell in love during the short journey.  After exacting revenge, Thomas promised to return, but a strange twist of fate prevented their reunion.  Will Thomas and Emalda ever see each other again?

The setting of the book seemed to be a pretty good interpretation of the time period (12th century CE).  The book had a good plot idea, but was kind of choppy and followed a repetitive outline for about the first third of the book:  Thomas would adventure, sometimes save someone, get injured, heal, and then move on.  This was not the most engaging start to the book.  The flow of the characters was also not very smooth.  The author seemed to become more familiar with the characters and the writing flowed more smoothly toward the end of the book. 

I would recommend “A Wandering Warrior” by Harry E. Gilleland, Jr., to people who like historical fiction and adventure.  There were some adult themes that might be inappropriate for younger audiences.  This was the author’s eighth book and a quick read.

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