"The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul" by Jon F. Merz is a real gem of a sword and sorcery tale.http://www.amazon.com/Undead-Hordes-Kangul-Shadow-Warrior/dp/1451639163/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1382286199&sr=8-2&keywords=The+undead+hordes+of+kan-gul
Merz keeps the action uptempo and the swordplay fast and furious. The cover is no doubt eye catching, but the thrills inside are just as enchanting. A real winner.
Ran is a Shadow Warrior, with special ninja skills and some magical powers, on a venture out from his clan - the Nine Daggers - to see the world and maybe rejoin a princess that he helped previously. He boards a trading vessel captioned by Malkyr. The other passengers include Vargul, a wealthy merchant, Kancho, a Murai warrior, who has left his lord to search for his kidnapped daughter, a female warrior, Neviah,who is escorting Jysal, a beautiful young magic user to a Mage School, to teach her to use her powers.
Immediately the ship is attacked by a leviathan of the sea and then shipwrecked off of an island controlled by Kan-Gul, a necromancer and sorcerer. The Kan-Gul, who has legions of undead warriors, wants Jysal as a bride and, most importantly for her magical ability. He means to add her power to his own and become a superior wizard.
It will take all of the efforts of the passengers to try to escape the clutches of Kan-Gul, his zombie hordes of undead, his evil henchmen and allies and the traitors among the ship mates.
There is swordplay a plenty, cliffhanger chapters, magic, and action. Lots and lots of action.
Although, this is really a very standard plot of a gallant few who have to face untold evil monsters, with some survivors and some heroes who die well, in Merz's capable hands, it reads very well.
The ending may not be in much doubt, but its a good read, fun and fast.
I received this book from Net-Galley, but you should look for it on Amazon.