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Apprentice Swordceror (The Blademage Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 3056 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Publication Date: September 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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Chris currently lives and works in western Idaho. He writes full(ish) time, and consults with other local authors and businesses on the side. When not working, he spends time with his wife and two daughters, and his group of table-top and card-gamer friends. He enjoys hunting and fishing, collecting swords and armor, and striving to improve his barbeque techniques. He regularly volunteers with the Micron Foundation, helping with the Science Bowl at both the Middle and High School levels. He donates to school and public libraries, enabling book purchases and special programs that support other artists. Chris has recently begun sponsoring local youth sports teams, and hopes to expand on that in the future.
Influenced heavily in his youth by the works of Jack London, Lloyd Alexander, Stephen R. Donaldson, Isaac Asimov, and Louis L'Amour, Chris still consumes above average amounts of Science Fiction and Fantasy. His favorite author is currently (and for the foreseeable future) Jim Butcher.

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Dark Jester on October 29, 2012
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Hi All. Having bought the book today and finishing in around 4 hours I have to say overall that the Apprentice Swordceror is a great first book by a promising new author. It's a fantasy story set in a mostly original world. It has the obligatory Orcs/Elves/Dwarves/Gnomes that many fantasy works share, but with some new traits applied to them that I have not seen before. There are also some less common races introduced with their own traits to set them apart from other fantasy works. I'd like to see a rough map included with the book so I can get a better sense of where the locations visited throughout the story are in relation to each other. Distance between locations can be difficult to visualize at times.

Character development for the Protagonist is handled well. By the end I have a pretty good feel for how he may react to certain situations, where his priorities lie, and I care about what happens to him. I think some of the other characters could use a bit more attention in fleshing out their story. It can be hard to find motivations for their actions at times, and I found several encounters that seemed like the comments made or actions taken by supporting characters were a bit 'out of nowhere' just to drive the plot along.

The Magic system is intriguing, though not explained as well as I would have liked. The interaction between Iron and Magic is featured prominently through the story, but the reason for it is never really addressed, just the effects of it. I'd like to see the 'why' of it explained a bit more. Maybe address why some simple work-arounds that I can think of would not work. For instance, wearing gloves while wielding a sword? Maybe a wooden handle/cross-piece/pommel preventing contact with the Iron itself?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on August 21, 2013
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I did enjoy this book.. it's a quick read, with an interesting take on how magic works (nicely unifying spells, scrolls, staves, etc).

However, parts of it were clearly in need of an editor who could say, hey, why is that character acting like that? Just as an example from the first few pages, the hero witnesses the death of a stranger with a sword in the woods. As a result, he risks his own death to HAND the guy his sword, and then takes on a quest to return the sword to.. someone.. (which motivates about half the book's plot), based only on the stranger's dying request that he take the sword to.. someone. Is it a magic sword? Doesn't seem to be. Is there any significance to the pendant the hero gets from the stranger? Not really.. he's just a minor player in a Warrior Guild somewhere. Why would this boy, who's never been out of his rural valley, scour the world to return this sword to.. someone? Really, the whole thing just seemed like a plot contrivance to get him to touch a sword.

Unfortunately, there are a lot things like this. His Master sends him away immediately (why so suddenly? maybe we'll learn in a later book?) to another Mage for study. He is to travel alone, a journey of many months by wagon (which he doesn't have), with no cash at all, and just a single pearl. That's like telling a kid in Iowa to walk to New York City to find a new school, and don't take any money, but I packed you a good lunch and here's a gold bar that should cover your expenses. What's a kid gonna do with a gold bar other than get ripped off or robbed the first time he shows it? How did the Master expect him to get past the first inn?

And sorry, but if I'm a merchant traveling with my attractive 16-year-old daughter, I'm not taking a stranger along on the trip.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 10, 2013
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As always, My problems with the book first.
1. Kevon. In the first few pages, he was so cute. Within the first half he morphs into a cold-blooded killer, willing to kill teenagers. Did this bother anyone else?
2. The book was building up to whatever all these mages were working on..and then we don't even get a hint.
3. Kevon's world had guest stars of various mythical creatures, but barely any explanation behind them.
4. The transition of who was traveling with at one point or another was blurry.
5. Biggest Problem-No true white-and-black good guy. This bothered me the most.
Everything else
The writing style was what drove me to read it in the first place. Easily to sound out in your head, the author seems to write the way his target age thinks. The Iron thing was interesting, and what also made me like it was the fact he want some person who was forced into their role. Nooo..his strongest strength is illusion, and although he is the first mage/warrior, he got that way out of curiosity, and a bit of stupidity-and hard work. It was a good length, didn't really have overly dry bits. For a first time author, I would say it shows a lot of promise as a series..I would just add a few more plotlines..and maybe make it a little harder to kill the bad guy. And hey-on the upside, the supporting characters were decent, well formed, and had back stories. This has a lot of potential that you can practically taste. I would save this book for a day that you don't really want to think, or cry, or feel a certain emotion. Read it f you want nothing for than to be entertained and want to stick with a safe bet.
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Cover art and next one.
Keep your fingers crossed, if my father-in-law and I both get our elk this weekend, there will be more time to devote to finishing book two. Thanks for the feedback!
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