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Apprentice Swordceror (The Blademage Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Hollaway , Ken Rodgers , Paul Beeley
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Book Description

Apprentice Swordceror, the first volume of the Blademage Saga, is a debut novel that tells the story of a young man trapped between the separate and incompatible worlds of Wizards and Warriors. The main character, Kevon, is easily identified with, possessing the raw talent we all wish we had, and the naiveté we hope we lack. His journey through betrayal, love, loss, and personal growth is accentuated by the friends and allies that he comes to surround himself with. The story will appeal to classic fantasy fans, while the different angles on magic and standard fantastical races will satisfy those who need something different than the usual fare.

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  • File Size: 3056 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first book from a promising new Author 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swordcerer November 18, 2012
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I've been reading in this genre for more than 50 years. I'm not really competent to comment on technicalities, format and rules of order. But... I am very comfortable saying that I am EXTREMELY sad that I can not find the next book in the series. I was very entertained, immersed in the otherworld.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new Author October 15, 2012
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I have to admit, I bought this ebook because of a review by another reader. Specifically the one that calls out the epic jacket picture of the author and is amazing bio, I was not disappointed. The story is great, the characters are relatively original, and world is unique. You get the feeling from the first book that there is much more story in the author and that this will be a series that you can revisit for years to come. I found it to be an easy read, finishing in just under a day. To the author, great story, epic pic, and wonderful job!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More like 3.5 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for a new author. October 12, 2012
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I was very pleasantly surprised with this book. From what I saw in the sample I decided to pay the three bucks and it was well worth it. Interesting storyline with well written characters and very few typos. Be sure to pick it up to fund him so I can possibly get the next a bit sooner!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not one to review a novel October 23, 2012
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I have honestly been reading fantasy novels from the ripe old age of 16. Cut my teeth on Tolkien years ago. For a guy that was down on his luck and even tried to get a job at Dairy Queen. This is very good work. I am impressed on his ability to combine the art of Wizardry and Sword work. How the age old argument that the 2 do not mix. I am more than ready to see the next installment of this series. Keep up the new Job!! Put out a few more books like this you could own your local Dairy Queen and laugh at the night shift guys at the plant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars swing and a miss March 29, 2013
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I wanted to like this book, and I want to encourage this type of writer-after-the-8-hour-work-day-is-over kind of author, but this book is not good. Its not so bad that I couldn't finish it, but I certainly won't read any more in this series.

The main character, and some of the supporting characters, just didn't behave in a believable way. Its like the story was written by an alien that didn't really know how humans behave. The story was also very monotone, never building tension, no real drama. Ben Stein should read for the audio version of this book. Monotone squared.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Simplistic
This would be fine for a young reader, but I found the chain of circumstances too convenient. All solutions were handed to him.
Published 3 months ago by Anna L. Walls
5.0 out of 5 stars Apprentice Swordceror
This book has a different twist on sorcerers. Iron neutralizes their power, but one apprentice has found a way to wield the power of magic and the sword. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Exciting to the point that I coulnt put it down. The story is so real that I had the feeling I was part of it. Loved it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, improbable YA
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3.0 out of 5 stars APPRENTICE SWORDCEROR (Blademage Saga)
This was a very good start to the saga. I can't wait to get to the next book. I didn't like that the main character did not have a more adventurous use of his magic. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Vera Branham
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I had this book on my TBB and TBR list. But KU gave me a chance to read it for almost zero cost. Read more
Published 9 months ago by HeroFan
5.0 out of 5 stars very good read
I liked the book very much. It took a different approach to topics brought forth in fantasy writings in the past. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kyle Beebe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Have not completed the read yet but so far I truly enjoy the story line, characters, and flow of history.
Published 11 months ago by Cheryl K Eble
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth read
Clever title, although a bit weird on the tongue. But it is weird in a good way that captured my attention. It is a smooth read, not poorly written so it is easy to get through. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Luke
4.0 out of 5 stars Really liked it
It was a well written book that was very entertaining. It`s easy to get attached to the caracters in the book. Really enjoyed it!
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Chris Hollaway was born in St. Johns, Michigan, in 1975. In 1977, his family settled in Idaho, where he has lived ever since.
In school, he read as much as he could, usually a book a day. This was in between dodging the larger students, who were particularly fond of placing him in the trash can. Armed with a brain chock-full of Science-Fiction and Fantasy, two grants,some loans, and a small scholarship, he stormed in to the University of Idaho. Nine months later, (No, I know what you're thinking, but no.) he returned to his hometown after the worst year of his life.
He tried his hand in the Manufacturing sector, helping build farm machinery. Three months later, after a seasonal layoff, he moved to the big city. After interviewing twice at a large semiconductor manufacturing company, and waiting, he failed an interview at the Dairy Queen because he laughed when the interviewer quite seriously asked, "Where do you see your career taking you here, at Dairy Queen?'. Fast forward fourteen years, where constant night shift work at a retail grocery chain, a new wife and two kids, selling phone service and vacuums on the side, and finally, more night shifts at the semiconductor company that *finally* gave him the third interview, have finally caused our hero's... Ahem. Our author's brain to start leaking some of the leftover Fantasy/Adventure out in some typing practice.
Chris started writing in earnest in 2008, devoting lunches, breaks, and whatever time he could manage to squirrel away at home to his first book. In 2010, he started shopping his manuscript around. Discovering that most Literary Agents, Editors, and Publishers were mostly frauds, and probably the same lady with a powerful robo-e-mailer and a long form letter with horrid misspellings, he gave up.
Instead of trying to impress random people with the quality of his work, he found local talent to help him improve it. Friends and an actual editor read and re-read, and Chris polished the manuscript until he was happy with it. Then he immersed himself in studying marketing, promotion, and self publishing. Unable to fully concentrate on the business side, he began working on the second book in the series.
In 2012, he discovered Kindle Direct Publishing, formatted and submitted 'Apprentice Swordceror'. Cover art, print versions, and a second book in the 'Blademage Saga' are forthcoming.

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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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