The One Kingdom, the first volume of the "Swans' War" sequence, takes us to a land cut into a myriad of small valleys by an endlessly curving and treacherous river which sometimes wanders out of reality. Selfish nobles have reduced the land to barbarism and poverty with their feuding over what is no longer even credibly a throne--even the honourable Arden and Dease are plotting to kill their much-loved kinsman for trying to make a peace with enemies they will not trust. And into this mess of arranged marriages and evil henchmen and blind minstrel lords wander three young men from the further reaches of the valleys looking for the man who pilfered the minor treasures they had gleaned from old battlefields, a man who is more than he seems and whose enemies are not people to whose attention one wishes to come. Russell is setting things up for the long haul here, and yet this is a book full of set pieces and a sense of the bloody past haunting the present like a nightmare. We find ourselves caring passionately about minor characters: a disfigured noblewoman who attends a ball behind a mask and the minstrels casually butchered by a dark magician's hired thugs. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The One Kingdom, the first volume of the "Swans (War" sequence, takes us to a land cut into a myriad of small valleys by an endlessly curving and treacherous river which sometimes wanders out of reality. Selfish nobles have reduced the land to barbarism and poverty with their feuding over what is no lon)
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STEPHEN Donaldson ('This book is the beginning of something big, something very big')
This is a light weight book with little memorable but nothing bad.
The book has lots of good points but lacks originality, it simply uses parts from other fantasy... Read more
Ok sometimes a relaxed pace in a book is pleasant, here i found it a little off putting. The main characters are typical every man style heroes out of their depth. Read morePublished on 30 May 2006 by genejoke
And how anybody can call The Swans war a clone of Jordan's The Wheel of time, is a wonder to me. I can only think of one explanation for the previous acid review - It must be a bad... Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2005 by Isabella Balkert
I'd heard really good things about the book, but as soon as three young male characters appeared - one with a mysterious past, one cheeky and carefree, one strong and silent - I... Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2004
Sean Russell is a genius, let it be known.
Starting with what seems like a peaceful traveller joining their campfire, then robbery, then they become hunted, but who is friend... Read more
When it comes right down to it, life is a series of interlocking stories, one of your stories interacting with that of someone else, or maybe those of a few other people. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2003 by David Roy
I think this book is simply fantastic. The plot is deep, the characters complex and the story is truly gripping and intense. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2003