Escapist Book Tours | The Headlock of Destiny by Samuel Gately
A little later than otherwise planned (mainly coz I need to learn to read a calendar!) I join The Escapist Book Company on the tour for the Headlock of Destiny by Samuel Gately.
This one was a bit of surprise to me, especially as I am not particularly a fan of wrestling and absolutely loved this one.
Some say titans are descended from iants. Others say they are risen from men. But there's never debate about where to find them. They will be the centre of a roaring crowd, beating the hell out of each other.
From contenders like the Savage and Scott Flawless to pretenders like Richard the Living Portrait and Troll - Blooded Thom, a titan's life is the same: to wrestle for dominion and glory in the squared circle.
Van, a quiet titan form the brewery town of Headwaters wants no part of this. He'd prefer to be left alone in peace with a beer. But destiny has him in a headlock, and is prepared to drag him into battles that will shake the land and change his world forever.
Step into the ring with this one of a kind novel, brewed for fans of epic fantasy, fans of professional wrestling from the Golden Era and beyond, or simply fans of a good tale.
Growing up in Headwaters is not easy. The two main things life revolves around is the famous brewery that supplies the land with its beer. The other thing is the wrestling matches that are fought by Titans.
Titans are superstars. The legendary giants who fight on the world stage, each one a shining example of strength and brutality that hold the weight of their respective districts on their shoulders, hoping to win the coveted title in the Headlock of Destiny competition.
That is if you are not Van. Van is a Titan growing up in Headwaters. He doesn't want anything to do with the wrestling and wants to stay home, drink his beer and go to his job as a security guard.
However, after one of the local wrestlers headed for the Headlock of Destiny tour is injured, unsuspecting Van is thrust into the competition of Titans.
Now, I did not expect to like this book at all. I am not a fan of wrestling and I had no idea how this combination of wrestling and fantasy was going to work. In fairness I had more than a little trepidation about The Headlock of Destiny.
So with all these things going on in my head I must tell you that I enjoyed this book. With the combination of Samuel Gately's enthusiastic storytelling and a story full of heart you can't help liking Headlock of Destiny.
Van is the quintessential underdog, unwillingly thrust into a situation where he does not want to be, and through his character we get to learn more about the world and how everything works.
The characters in the story are good, and you can't help but like them. At times, I have to admit I did get a little frustrated with the main character, not in a bad way because I liked him as well, so for me that indicates that the story got its hooks into me and it shows that I I was engaged and invested in the story as a whole. There are plenty of action scenes and although at times there was a little repetition, I highly enjoyed the fight scenes between the wrestlers.
As a testament to how much I enjoyed the book, I will definitely be picking up the second story as it leaves us on a bit of a cliffhanger.
Samuel Gately is a writer of novels and short stories in the fantasy genre. Most have spies in them.
Samuel lives in Oak Park just outside Chicago with his wife, daughters, and overly fluffy dogs.
Author website: www.samuelgately.com