The Sword and the Dragon (The Wardstone Trilogy One)
The Wardstone Trilogy, no. 1
M. R. Mathias
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Read the reviews on this one, Jordan, Martin, and Hobbs, be wary. A new Fantasy Master has finally released his long written wares....
Deemed one of the top 10 indie Fantasy releases of 2010 by Fantasy Book Critic, and listed in the first ever Publishers Weekly Indie Select issue, this 235k word epic title was originally written in longhand in a Texas prison cell by M. R. Mathias.
The Sword and the Dragon
When the Royal Wizard of Westland poisons the king so that his puppet prince can take the throne and start a continental war, a young squire is forced to run for his life carrying the powerful sword that his dying monarch burdened him with from the death bed.
Two brothers find a magic ring and start on paths to becoming the most powerful sort of enemies, while an evil young sorceress unwillingly falls in love with one of them when he agrees to help her steal a dragon's egg for her father. Her father just happens to be the Royal Wizard, and despite his daughter's feelings, he would love nothing more than to sacrifice the boy!
All of these characters, along with the Wolf King of Wildermont, the Lion Lord of Westland, and a magical hawk named Talon, are on a collision course toward Willa the Witch Queen's palace in the distant kingdom of Highwander. There the very bedrock is formed of the powerful magical substance called Wardstone.
Who are the heroes? And will they get there before the Royal Wizard and his evil hordes do?
Whatever happens, the journey will be spectacular, and the confrontation will be cataclysmic.
If you liked The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, hold on to your hats! This epic adventure grabs you from the beginning and does't let go! I miss the characters already. I thought this was better than any book I have ever read and can't wait for the second and third books. I am sad to have finished it!
Not bad but nothing spectacular
This is a decent story however it definitely needs professional editing. Missing words, misused words, and a lack of proper punctuation can take away from the story. If you can get passed that, I did, you will find a solid, although somewhat stereotypical, beginning to an epic fantasy series.
This is Epic storytelling!!!
Hats off to you, weaver of tales, forger of worlds. You have my attention, give me more!