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The Sword and the Dragon: 2016 Modernized Format Edition (The Wardstone Trilogy) Kindle Edition
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The characters in the story are very well-realised and we really care what will happen to the three young men at the centre of the story. Gerard risks all for love, Hyden develops as he bonds with his hawkling to be able to see through the bird’s eyes and Mikahl learns that he can wield the magic sword Ironspike, and must do so, against the evil wizard and his minions. Alongside these three main characters are wizards and witches, sorcerers and seductresses, mythical creatures and noble men. There is a lot of action to keep you turning the pages and you are left with a desire to get straight on to the second part of this trilogy. I for one would thoroughly recommend this book, especially if you are into dragons, sword and sorcery.
I sympathized with Mikahl over the loss of his beloved king and his secret mission that would forever label him an outlaw and prevent him from returning home. He knew he must succeed at getting Ironspike to a secure location and away from the weak prince.
Mathias slowly builds the pressure and responsibility that Hyden is under as he was first chosen as the archer who will represent his people in a prestige competition, then onto the baby hawk that legends say will determine their future. Every step he takes seems to escalate the danger he is about to encounter.
For example, I didn't care for the villains; they didn't seem to be fully developed and I couldn't find them terribly threatening, but that may have been because they didn't really get much action in the book until after the author had started summing things up. They get a few scenes here and there, but the main villain comes across as mostly a lite, overly melodramatic version of Flagg from Stephen King's books. Another thing-there are a couple of token women and other races, but really, this book is about seeing things from the perspective of the male, human characters. If the character is female or non-human, expect an early death, a supporting role for the male, human chosen ones, or a lot of sobbing over a lover. But like I said-if the whole book had been as immediate and fun as the beginning, I probably wouldn't have noticed or cared.
I will confess that I really wasn't expecting this novel to be as engaging as it was, a lot of hype can sometimes just be a lot of hype. In this case it is well deserved.
Congratulations M.R. Mathias.
If you like fantasy then you will absolutely love this book. I cannot wait for the sequel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
im sorry but the progression pace of this book is stupid, characters have no depth at all or any growth, they just suddenly change every so often to suit whatevers happening so the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sam burton
I'm always on the look out for new fantasy series, being a big fan of Game of Thrones and LOTR, so I was happy to stumble across The Sword and the Dragon. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Laura Francis
With a great sword that his perishing ruler fraught him with, a young squire flees for his life. In order for the patsy prince to rise to the throne, the Royal Wizard of Westland... Read morePublished 21 months ago by VMLM
I have not read many books of this genre, so am not able to compare the story with offerings by other authors. Read morePublished 22 months ago by DJW13
Don't pick this book up until you have time to spare, because you won't want to put it down again before the end! Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2014 by BerylMcM
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