The Gatewatch - Joshua Gillingham
"Torin Ten-Trees and his closest companions, Bryn and Grimsa, set out to join The Gatewatch and become trollhunters. When a troupe of meddling dwarves throws them off course they are captured by trolls and taken as prisoners to a secret gathering deep underground. There they learn that an ancient giant has crowned himself king of the trolls and plans to utterly destroy The Gatewatch. Their perilous journey back to the land of sun and stars will stretch their strength to the limit, strain their wits, and demand an unspeakable sacrifice. But will it be enough to defeat the Troll King?
The Gatewatch is an epic troll-hunting adventure inspired by the Norse Myths and the Icelandic Sagas."
I received The Gatewatch by Joshua Gillingham for free in exchange for a honest review.
In The Gatewatch we follow Torin, Bryn and Grimsa, three best friends from noble families on their way to becoming recruits to slay the nefarious trolls. What follows is a story of fun adventures, daring escapades and unexpected bonds.
Torin, Bryn and Grimsa are practically brothers and I really enjoyed their close bond throughout the book. I loved their sibling energy where they would relentlessly tease each other but there is also no doubt that they would do absolutely anything to protect one another. They each have their different strengths that complement each other nicely, including Torin being a riddle master, Bryn being quick footed and Grimsa having brute strength. They're a great homage to Odin, Loki and Thor and it's easy to see how they make such a great team. Together they have to go through tremendous trials to prove that they are worthy and strong enough to join the legendary Gatewatch.
There was definitely a strong theme of friendship throughout the book that extended beyond the main characters. For me this was a great example of the found family trope which I absolutely love as a group of the recruits, including our protagonists, take a sworn oath to always protect each other thus becoming shield brothers and sisters.
Speaking of which, an element which I particularly loved in this book was the fact that men and women had equal standing in the Gatewatch. Women weren't excluded from becoming troll hunters if they wished and they weren't mocked for their femininity. All of the characters were easy to connect with but I really liked Wyla's character. She's fierce, headstrong and unapologetic which really reminded me of Clarisse from the Percy Jackson series! It was nice that she wasn't used as a romantic plot device and that she wasn't a perfect girl stereotype. She was brash, competitive and made mistakes making her a really relatable character.
Plus, I love different mythologies and learning new things and The Gatewatch was a fantastic opportunity to learn a bit about Norse mythology. I don't know a lot about Norse, only what Marvel has shown me to be honest, but I found it really interesting and this book definitely made me want to research even more!
The Gatewatch was a really fun read with incredible imagery and amazing detail, it was a joy to read! Thank you so much again to Joshua Gillingham for this opportunity, The Gatewatch is available on GoodReads and Amazon and you can find out more about the author down below!
About the Author
Joshua Gillingham is a Canadian author from the scenic city of Nanaimo, BC. There he enjoys life with his adventurous spouse and their two very unadventurous cats.
The Gatewatch, his debut novel, was born of his unremitted fascination with Norse myths and Icelandic Sagas. Joshua's lyrical maritime ballad The Queen of Rose Marie was selected for the Short Story Dispenser Project hosted by Short Edition and his award-winning essay Becoming a Resilient Writer has been featured in WordWorks Magazine by the Federation of BC Writers. When he is not hunched over his laptop, sipping coffee, and tapping frantically at the keyboard, Joshua performs Irish and Maritime music with The Ugly Mugs and designs Viking-themed board games for Little Hammer Games. You can find Joshua on his website and on Twitter.