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Knife-Sworn (Tower and Knife Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Mazarkis Williams
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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'near-sublime hallucinatory passages that truly transport the reader' Starburst.

'a solid sequel in a marvellous trilogy of high fantasy ... Williams is a wonderful author and fans of epic fantasy will love this magical, character-driven trilogy' The Ranting Dragon.

'a game changer' Speculating Spec Fic.

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After years locked in a tower, Prince Sarmin has come into his own. He has been crowned emperor; he has wed Mesema of the horse tribes; the Pattern-Master is dead. Everything should be happy-ever-after.

But war has begun, Sarmin has no royal assassin, and both his wife and mother have given birth to sons, throwing the succession into question.

The last thing anyone needs is for Kavic, the Yrkman peace envoy, to be murdered in his bed. There are numerous possible killers, and with no convincing explanation for Kavic's death, there is no hope for peace. It's up to Grada, Sarmin's trusted investigator, to solve the mystery - no matter how close to the throne the answer may lie.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 882 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P1WDVE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A enveloping and entrancing story 2 Jan. 2014
By TOMunro
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not just the first book I've finished in 2014, but the first fantasy book I've finished in a while.

I had been struggling my way through books by two different writers. Such towering figures within the genre that my travails of readership left me wondering "is it me?" So I turned at last to Knife Sworn book two in Mazarkis William's trilogy and found at last a book that could have me turning the pages in eagerness to see what happened next, yet still determined to make sure I caught every word.

In the Emperor's Knife I had been intriged by the world Mazarkis had imagined - a Cerani Empire built on rigid hierarchies and the most absolute of absolute monarchies. It had at once the air of mystery bound by threads so familiar they felt like strands of our own history.

In Knifesworn the world building is complete from a reader's perspective and the story plunges abruptly into themes of world destruction as the Emperor Sarmin finds threats of every kind assail him from without and from within to the point where even the one person he should be most sure of turns out to be the one most likely to betray him.

The theme of "the pattern" from the Emperor's knife is revisited and developed. I liked the idea that there had been a kind of value in the way that the pattern bound people together in a collaborative entity which leaves some survivors bereft and lonely. It put me in mind of my dim grasp of William Blake's railing against the imprisonment of man in the mental prison of his own individuality sampling the world through five imperfect senses.

The magic and the mystery are not laboured; Mazarkis Williams offers no lectures on her world's systems, no disconcerting authorial asides to the reader.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting sequel 8 Jan. 2014
Format:Paperback
Knife Sworn is the second book in the Tower & Knife series and the middle book of a trilogy. As such it had a tall order in front of it; it had to live up to the first book and keep the narrative going so there will be a strong draw back for the third book. And of course, it has to avoid middle-book-syndrome. And people wonder why writing that second book is harder than writing the first! So you'll be glad to know that Knife Sworn did the first and the second and was relatively successful at avoiding the last. I was quite pleased with how Williams continued the story after the relatively self-contained The Emperor's Knife and the book's ending definitely left me eager to start the final book. However, while it wasn't less action-packed, slower-paced or only a bridge between book one and book three, Knife Sworn certainly doesn't stand on its own; one could read it without having read the first book, but you'd miss a lot of background and the story doesn't have as satisfying an ending as The Emperor's Knife. Still, Knife Sworn is a very enjoyable read and shows Williams' growth as an author quite well.

The book features different points of view than the previous one. Sarmin makes a return, and we get new viewpoints from Grada, Rushes and Nessaket. Which means this time we get three women and one man, whereas last time it was one woman and three men. I do have to say I missed Mesema's point of view in this book, as I'd come to care for her and I was sad to only see her at a remove in this book. On the other hand, I really enjoyed Rushes' and Grada's story arcs and I appreciated getting to know Nessaket better and seeing what makes her tick.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New series for me 16 Dec. 2013
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Was impressed with general layout of the story line and how the tale unfold. Would suggest as a read to anyone who enjoys this genre of writing / story telling.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So so sequel 29 Mar. 2014
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The Emperors Knife was a great find and I finished it in a couple of sittings, a story with something new to consider in SF storyline. Couldn't wait for this follow up but was disappointed. Waded through third of book then gave up for lack of interest and better books to rea.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good but confussing. 21 Feb. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The story line of the books are good, however they have too many characters with weird names. Its made me loose track of who is who and hard to even pronounce their names. Other than that is was good and a compelling read.
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