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The Coming of Wisdom: The Seventh Sword Book 2

The Coming of Wisdom: The Seventh Sword Book 2 [Kindle Edition]

Dave Duncan
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Wallie Smith is staring death in the face; only a miracle can save him. And then one does! The Goddess appears to preserve his soul, but she does much more than that. She promises to bestow upon him a new and powerful body, and, more importantly, to endow him with the fabled Sapphire Sword of Chioxin. But nothing in this world or any other comes without a price. The Goddess demands that, for her services, Wallie become her champion. It will be an honor to serve such a presence, to have the chance to be victorious over all challengers. But Wallie and his sword quickly find themselves outmatched in a world of high-stakes magic. Even the Goddess's priests cannot offer any resistance to the invading sorcerers and their quest to conquer souls for the Fire God. Wallie will need to find in himself and in the world the powers that will save all mortals. He will need to find The Coming of Wisdom.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (19 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FXII54
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,577 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read the first in the series a few years ago "The reluctant swordsmen" and rarely have I read a book which made me laugh so much! The reluctant hero, Wallie is captured perfectly. The second in the series, "The coming of Wisdom" has not let me down; the characterisation is brilliant making me laugh out loud, cry and of course hungering for more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars MOVE OVER MICHAEL MOORCOCK 1 Sep 2013
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Second Installment 2 Jan 2013
By Anath
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On the off chance that it's not blatantly obvious I shall start by pointing out that this is the second book in what (until very recently) was a trilogy. The reveals in this book would spoil the journey started in The Reluctant Swordsman, so please ensure that you've read that before proceeding to read this one.

Those who enjoyed The Reluctant Swordsman will not be disappointed in this second instalment. Mr Duncan continues to expand on the culture, history and beliefs of The World and The People as well as beautifully progressing the story that culminates with some simple yet startling revelations that undoubtedly will lead into the conclusion of the trilogy, a worthy middle part to this tale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great story! Not the best writing. 2 July 2010
By Megan Sanderson - Published on
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Dave Duncan's characters are real and memorable. He introduces some originality into this popular genre which grabs hold and wont let go. But his attempts at mystery are a little lacking. And the ways in which his characters leap to sudden conclusions or receive profound insight is frequently unclear, causing the reader to stumble through the next several pages in confusion, wondering what they missed, until events fall into place. I found it distracting and off-putting and though I liked the story, I'm not sure if I want to read the finale. I can probably guess how it'll end anyway.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Trilogy by a Major Talent 15 Aug 2000
By silliman89 - Published on
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"The Reluctant Swordsman" (Seventh Sword, Book 1)introduces the characters and world/universe the author continues with in "The Coming of Wisdom" (Seventh Sword, Book 2)and "The Destiny of the Sword" (Seventh Sword, Book 3). This is a brilliant trilogy which remains at the top of Dave Duncan's impressive body of work.
The characters remind me of Dungeons and Dragons Roll Playing Games (D&D RPG's). The hero is a 7th level swordsman who picks up a 7th level priest as a travelling companion. There is the same satisfaction of watching a companion swordsman advance through the ranks as there is developing your own character's skill levels in an RPG. There are also some other character types familiar to RPG's (archer's are held in contempt). This is not one of those cheap knockoffs on a D&D game though. This is just one element of the world the author has created which is kind of fun.
The author created a universe with a multitude of gods, like the Greek and Roman gods. While this is very common in the sword and sorcery genre, Dave Duncan has made the gods active participants in his story. One god makes repeated appearances, talks with the hero, and performs the occasional miracle. The author is able to keep the gods from completely overshadowing the human characters by stressing how they value "free will" for there own purposes. The author's brilliant use of deity characters (a recurring element throughout his best series) add facets to this story which lift it above a simple Conan type "guy with sword" story.
This trilogy has a detailed, multi-leveled plot which twists enough to keep you in suspense right up until the ending. And the ending reaches the appropriate dramatic climax, then has a satisfying denouement where the characters reap their rewards and the author ties up any loose ends. When this book ended, I was left saying, "Wow, imagine that!"
The only thing I can even think of that I didn't like about this trilogy is that it ended. The author really wrapped things up for the characters. It would be almost impossible to continue the story. I do hope that Dave Duncan comes back to this world with some new characters though. Maybe the old characters can have a cameo in the new story. . .
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest series I have ever read. 8 Mar 2011
By John Hall - Published on
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I am not a huge reader, but I try and always have something to read. I tend to stay away from book series, as I like to be able to step away after I finish a book. I read the description of book I and was just too interested not to give the book a try. I have to say that this is a very original story and I am glad that I read all three books. I purchased a hard copy of book I and plan on lending it out to some of my friends to get them to read through it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Second Volume - An Improvement? 26 Jan 2011
By Mark Smith - Published on
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This book is a continuation of the story that began in "The Reluctant Swordsman" (see my separate review of that book). While the story is very good and I did enjoy reading it, this book feels even more rushed than the first volume. The main plot is often advanced at the expense of adding the kind of color and flavor that make the great series (Dune, Lord of the Rings, etc.) so good. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book and there were less obviously dropped plotlines than in the first book. It could have been so much more though.

Essentially, this book takes our hero on a whirlwind tour of the World. The riddle from the first book is slowly revealed throughout his travels as are the outlines of the grand battle that will will be resolved, presumably, in the third volume. Some of the mysteries of the World are revealed as are some small pieces of the culture. In the end, it is the fact that our hero has come to accept the World at face value that turns out to be his biggest problem.

My main problem with the book is that there is so little development of minor plot points. The book feels like a rush to end of the main story arc leaving no time to explore other aspects of the world. Wallie/Shonsu visits a number of cities, but other than a cursory description of them, they are ignored despite the fact that they are all clearly unique. Even after two books, how the culture is constructed and how the various crafts and professions interact is still largely a mystery. I had hoped that this book would lead to an exploration of other crafts, but after constructing an elaborate structure for the World, the actually mechanics of how it runs are largely ignored.

And this lack of depth is a shame. The storyline is very good and despite the shortcommings in character and environmental development, I am enjoying it. I just wish that more time had been spent developing the World rather than sprinting through it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Series 6 April 2002
By Digitaldragon - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Seventh Sword is a great series. I couldn't put the books down. Wally Smith dies on earth and wakes to find himself in the body of a master swordsman, living another man's life in another world. Suffice it to say, his 20th century values don't quite match those of the man's body he is inhabiting, which makes for some interesting turns as he runs into people who recognize him...
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