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Prophecy of Swords Paperback – March 1, 2005
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Not a rehash of all that has been done before. Bonham has given readers something totally unique and different. --Laura J. Underwood, author of Ard Magister, Chronicles Of The Last War, and forthcoming Dragon's Tongue and Wandering Lark
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I highly recommend this book to fantasy and non-fantasy readers alike. There is a depth and excitement to the characters and writing that transcends genre. I look forward to many more novels from this author.
For the small portion I was able to get through the book has the majority of it's paragraphs left justified, but then mixed in are the occasional indented paragraphs. Reading dialogue is especially difficult when there is no indentation since it is difficult to tell when it transitions from one speaker to another, it just doesn't flow the way a novel should.
The overall concept and characters are a good start, but it never goes anywhere. No character development, and the dialog is completely flat, it's terrible.
As you would expect in a fantasy story there is an entire world of races and geography and cultures that surround the story. Usually these are developed and built, in this case instead of being a tapestry woven around the characters to add color and help understand their motives it end up being literary flotsam that obfuscates the story.
Bottom line, save your $0.99 and put it toward anything by Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, Terry Goodkind, Robin Hobb (Farseer books), Ken Scholes (Psalms of Isaac series)
Not so with M. H. Bonham's Prophecy of Swords. Bonham wastes no space in the telling of her story. Twists and turns fill the book, and at no point does the narrative ever bog down.
My one complaint, if I could even call it that, is that at times the book seems to be almost too full. I almost feel that Prophecy could have been expanded into a trilogy and still have remained every bit as engaging (and without bogging down the way many high fantasy series do).
Bonham obviously has built a complex history and backstory for her characters, and I felt that there are a few missed oppertunities for her to more fully explore the world she built. Thankfully, she has produced a second book and a novella in this facinating world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall an excellent read. The only disappointment was the end. I think the last few chapters were rushed and not quite as thoroughly detailed as in th rest of the book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sandra L Suriano
Gods and violence. And a love story thrown in. Love it! I will be looking out for more books from this author.Published 22 months ago by Saahil Jain
The book has a good plot but I was hoping for more from the so called "sorcerers". I enjoyed the graphic descriptions of what was happening. Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by Michael G
"A prophecy of Swords" centers around a mercenary named Shadowhelm as he struggles with the mysteries of his birth, and gets caught up (against his better judgment) in an adventure... Read morePublished on March 19, 2012 by Frog & Esther Jones
Prophecy of Swords (Swords of Destiny) is definitely a WINNER! A great fantasy story. The charactors are interesting and a fasinating story line. Read morePublished on February 17, 2012 by TheBluelady
Simply awful...like it was originally a trilogy and has been compressed into one book at the expense of dialogue, character development, and atmosphere. Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by GaneshaX
This book was simply pretty good.
The jibberjabbering of prophecies and foretellings and the usual accoutrements of this genre were in evidence but reasonably distinct from... Read more