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Blood Sword: A First Civilization's Legacy Novel [Kindle Edition]

Terry W. Ervin II
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The Necromancer King has been defeated and his surviving forces are in retreat. But a new threat marches against the Kingdom of Keesee, promising destruction.

Scouting along the western frontier, Flank Hawk and Grand Wizard Seelain discover an army massing, the army of Fendra Jolain, Goddess of Healing. Weakened and battle weary, Keesee and her allies cannot withstand Fendra Jolain’s powerful army of men and beasts arrayed against them.

One hope of survival remains: Retrieve the Blood Sword from the immortal Colonel of the West and bring its sinister strength to the battlefield.

To accomplish this end, Flank Hawk accompanies Grand Wizard Seelain as she leads a mission across land and sea. Together they find new allies while confronting new foes, learning that the war ravaging Keesee is part of a larger struggle whose roots stretch back to the First Civilization’s Fall.

If the Blood Sword can be obtained, it must be done quickly. Every day means more death for the defenders of Keesee. Every day is one day closer to utter defeat. Even if Flank Hawk can deliver the Blood Sword to King Tobias’s hand in time, will the malevolent blade’s magic be enough?

“Blood Sword is a tremendous installment in one of the most inventive and compelling fantasy sagas I have read in years!”
-Stephen Zimmer, author of the Fires in Eden Series and The Rising Dawn Saga.

“Blood Sword continues the adventures started in Flank Hawk, in which Ervin created a unique and detailed post apocalyptic world where magic works but ancient technologies from the First Civilization--our world--still exist. You'll cheer as they face off against griffins, fallen angels, gargoyles, and worse, in a fun, engaging adventure filled with wall to wall action.”
-David Forbes, author of the Osserian Saga

“A worthy successor to the original novel, packed with action and entertainment.”
-Jim Bernheimer, author of the Dead Eye series and Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

“A classic epic fantasy with plenty of original twists. You won’t want to put it down, even when you’ve reached the end.”
-David Debord, author of The Silver Serpent and Keeper of the Mists

“Grab hold! Ervin’s got the magic!”
-C. Dean Andersson, author of the Bloodsong Trilogy

“A curious blend of epic fantasy, modern techno-thriller and non-stop action-adventure.”
Erica Hayes, author of the Shadowfae Chronicles

“Buy it or chalk it up on that long list of things you regret not doing!”
Stephen Hines, author of Hocus Focus

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  • File Size: 669 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gryphonwood Press (October 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005YV4Z74
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mercenary Flank Hawk is back in "BLOOD SWORD" December 24, 2012
Author Terry W. Ervin II takes readers back to the complicated world of Mercenary Flank Hawk (Krish) in the compelling sequel Blood Sword: A First Civilization's Legacy Novel. The Necromancer King is in retreat with defenders of the kingdom of Keese in pursuit. War has taken a heavy toll on both sides and the Keese Kingdom has been weakened and is vulnerable. Prince Reveron has been worried about a possible attack through one of several passages through Pyrenees Mountains. While others, including those in the military, scoffed at the threat Grand Wizard Seelain had volunteered to go watch. She took Flank Hawk with her as her guard.

Good thing on both aspects they are there to see, not only the first troop movements of the coming invasion, but the fact that the invaders have local assistance. Barely escaping with their lives they make it back to the King's City to discover the attack is fully underway. It isn't taking just the form of land invasion. Led by Fendra Jolain, Goddess of Healing, those with the magical power to heal others have either fled or used their magical skills to attack those around them. In the carnage it is clear that few with magical skills, healing or otherwise, remain committed to the kingdom of Keese and its people. Instead, they have allied themselves with the powerful Fendra Jolain who has chosen this moment when her two most dangerous foes are weakened to attack.

For anyone to survive and for the kingdom of Keese to be saved, Flank Hawk, Grand Wizard Seelain and others will have to make a perilous journey to the western continent. Their quest is to once again locate the immortal Colonel of the West and negotiate the return of the Blood Sword. A magical weapon with deeply evil properties it represents their only chance to survive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Sequel January 30, 2012
In this sequel to FLANK HAWK, the war against the Kingdom of Keesee continues as a new enemy enters into the foray. Fendra Jolain, the Goddess of Healing, sends her army of men and magical beasts against King Tobias' forces. The war is brutal and even with allies, the king knows he needs a miracle or strong magic to win against the hordes of beasts sent against him. To stop the goddess, he needs the magic of an ancient relic, the Blood Sword; the only weapon that can kill Fendra Jolain. King Tobias once again sends mercenary Flank Hawk, scout Lilly, air wizard, Seelain, and a small contingent of fighters to retrieve the weapon from the immortal Colonel of the West.

The challenges the group faces as they travel across Keesee seem insurmountable, but through sheer determination and a bit of luck along the way, they make it across the ocean to Outpost 4 where they can ask the Colonel for the sword. But all is not well for the Colonel either. He's struggling in a war on the western continent and the communication system at Outpost 4 is destroyed forcing Flank Hawk and his group to travel overland to reach the Colonel at his central outpost. Along the way they meet more magical beasts: ogres, satyrs, and centaur warriors. The author does a great job melding all of these magical beasts into the story of war, loss, loyalty and friendship. Used as a pawn in the war of magic, Flank Hawk steadfastly refuses to give up as death and destruction pile up around him. His indomitable spirit shines bright and the final battle between the princes of Keesee and Fendra Jolain is riveting.

I would recommend that you first read "Flank Hawk" Book 1 in the Lost Civilization's Legacy series to fully enjoy and understand the genius of the author as he takes you on a journey that once again follows Flank Hawk and his friends as they face unbeatable odds to save the Kingdom of Keesee.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flank Hawk's follow up delivers July 17, 2012
Blood Sword is the follow up novel to Flank Hawk in the First Civilization's Legacy series. The story picks up after the defeat of the Necromancer King with the forces of Fendra Jolain, Goddess of Healing, making a move. Flank Hawk has been assigned to the Grand Wizard Seelain, the Prince's fiance, as a personal bodyguard and it is a duty that he takes very seriously. There is also the issue of his secret healing powers. If it were known that he had any ability to manipulate healing energy he would have been turned over to the healers for full training with them, regardless of what he wants. With the conflict between the two kingdoms he really has no idea what will happen if his powers are revealed. To add another wrinkle to the situation his sister was taken by the healers years ago and he has no idea what has happened to her.

The one thing that I wish the book had was a greater involvement of Road Toad. He was one of my favorite's from the first book and while still involved, his part has been reduced quite a bit. The rest of the gang is still present including the always entertaining Lily. On the journey to retrieve the Blood Sword we are treated to a more in depth view of the Crusader society. Terry continues to write an excellent series filled with wonderful characters, exciting locations, and crazy battle scenes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book January 16, 2012
By Volpot
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm somewhat surprised that I'm the first to write a review of this excellent book since it's several months' after its release. Perhaps it's because it slipped out into publication with little fanfare. The author really needs to get with it and learn the rules of independent publishing...namely, any release needs to include having 10-20 glowing reviews posted from shills so that the book can make the "most popular" filters of the Amazon website. Well I'm going to post what I hope is a glowing review, but I'm no shill.

This book is the second book of what I guess the author is now calling the "First Civilization's Legacy" series. The first book was the equally excellent "Flank Hawk". The series chronicles the story of the series' main character, a young mercenary who gains the nickname Flank Hawk, in his adopted nation's fight for national survival during a world war among nations, gods, and demi-gods. What adds to the uniqueness of the story is the post-apocalyptic world in which the conflict is set. The setting is several thousand years after the demise of our present world. However, it is also a world changed by an "interdimensional rift" created in the cataclysm that destroyed our world...a change that has given reality to every mythical creature ever known and immortality/godhood to some survivors of the apocalypse that destroyed our present world.

The first book, "Flank Hawk", depicted our protagonist's rise from a militiaman in a petty lord's army to a trusted mercenary defending key figures in the nation he has adopted as that nation fights with swords/magic the forces of an evil necromancer king (zombies, ogres, goblins armed with WW II panzers/Stuka dive bombers).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great mix of science and magic.
Well written with a gritty realism not usually seen in fantasy. Characters have depth and the impacts of battle are not glossed over.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and Author!
This is an amazing book and the author is a real great guy-- you should pick it up! It also came in a timely manner.
Published 15 months ago by James Devlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Return
Ervin comes back with his sequel to Flankhawk with another solid effort. Just when you thought things could return to normal (a relative term when you have zombies, dragons,... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mary K.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Continuation of the Series
In Blood Sword, Mr. Ervin continues the tale of Flank Hawk and his desperate attempts to fulfill his duty and save his kingdom. Read more
Published on October 12, 2012 by BWFoster78
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
After reading the description of "Flank Hawk" I was a bit skeptic about the novel, but both First Civilization Legacy books are surprisingly good, being a solid pieces of light... Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by Wasaty
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic action!
I loved Flank Hawk, so I was excited to read Blood Sword too. It did not disappoint. The action and adventure kept me on the edge of my seat. Read more
Published on August 19, 2012 by Bookylove
5.0 out of 5 stars This book best way to spend time procrastinating from doing work!
With "Blood Sword," Terry W. Ervin II has expanded on the world he created in his first novel "Flank Hawk. Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by Benjamin J. Eckstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Terry Ervin's Blood Sword is a must read for any fantasy or SF reader. His prose is professional and the characters and settings are vivid. Read more
Published on March 9, 2012 by Story Teller
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Sword- a worthy sequel
Terry W. Ervin's second installment in the Flank Hawk series is a worthy follow up to his first novel. Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by J. D. Elder
4.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure
In this sequel to Flank Hawk, Terry W. Ervin II has yet again created a wonderful adventure. Although this book stands on its own, I recommend reading the first book to fully... Read more
Published on February 19, 2012 by Cher Green
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