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Sword Bearer (Return of the Dragons Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Teddy Jacobs
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Book Description

Newly updated and corrected 2nd edition (February 2014)

You swung a staff until you were ready to swing a sword. Then you went on all kinds of adventures -- fighting monsters, casting spells, and saving damsels in distress. At least that was how it was supposed to work, but I didn't believe a word of it.

BOOK ONE OF THE EPIC FANTASY SERIES RETURN OF THE DRAGONS

Locked in his room in the castle, young Anders yearns for adventure. Until the day he opens a magic portal and a girl bursts into his locked room with a chemical warlock hot on her trail. 

And adventure finds him -- an adventure full of danger, full of blood, fire, demons and evil. To face it, he'll need the sword given him by his blademaster, need the ancient words his grandfather gave him on his deathbed. Need the song that runs in his own blood, in his veins.

A sword will be reforged, magic words discovered, battles fought, friends made and lost, secrets revealed. And blood will be spilled. But will blade, word and blood be enough?

Finished with Sword Bearer?  Check out book two of Return of the Dragons: WIND RIDER, now available.


Product Details

  • File Size: 940 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Wicked Evil Press; 2 edition (February 22, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006XXHQLY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,646 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Writing Gets in the Way of the Story January 7, 2013
By Emily
Format:Kindle Edition
This story has a lot of potential, but as it is now it's too poorly written to warrant a read. The premises are interesting, but the language and writing with which they are executed is distracting.

As another reviewer said, there are glaring inconsistencies throughout the book, particularly as they pertain to the father of one of the main characters, who is originally said to have been killed when the character was nine, but is then referenced as having been alive when she was 10 and being alive in the current time frame of the novel when she is older. It looked like the author was planning on using her uncle as a father-figure substitute but then forgot and went back to the father. The uncle and the father even have the same name.

In addition to this, there are word choices which stand out as awkward and overly complicated in comparison to the rest of the book. It gives me the distinct feeling that the author went out of his way to use a thesaurus when he felt like his own words weren't impressive enough.

The story might be a good coming-of-age or young adult novel, but it's very generic and basic. There doesn't seem to be much of a deeper meaning behind the magic and swordplay. The characters are relatively bland and the main character is something of a poorly-executed stereotype - a boy with bad acne and no friends who suddenly finds out he's the savior of the world and is super good at everything because it's "in his blood."
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Desperately needs a load of editing January 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wanted to like this book. I really did. It had a good premise, and a lot of potential. But it fell flat. It read like a first try at writing a story by a preteen or very young teenager. The inconsistencies were plentiful and glaring.

For example, the young princess Kara tells us her parents are dead, that they were murdered when she was nine years old. Later she mentions her uncle is now king, but then, a few paragraphs later, talks about needing to contact her father and how her father (not her uncle) had sent Kalle out on his task. Then, later, she tells Anders that she has only know she was a princess for 3 years. She goes on to explain that she didn't know that her father was the king until she attended a town meeting with him when she was 10 years old. Which was doubly odd because 1) he was murdered when she was 9, and 2) earlier, when she wanted to order Kalle to do something, she asked him if he had sworn allegiance to her father, and he replied that she had seen him do so. She replied she remembered it well.

Also, that would make her all of 13 (she found out 3 years earlier when she was 10 according to her story) and yet she is off on her own, and in a relationship with Kalle??? This is all so glaringly impossible. And so poorly written.

There so many, many more examples of such inconsistencies I could share, that my review would be almost as long as the book (which really wasn't a true book length, truth be told.) I downloaded the kindle version for free, and still felt that, with the time I spent reading it included, I paid way too much for what was there. And this saddens me, for it had true potential. A good editor and several rewrites could save this, and the sequel, and turn them into a single good book. But as they are now, they are a true disappointment.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for middle graders. March 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Anders is a wonderful kid, one who will appeal to middle grade students, especially boys. It can be difficult to find books to entertain and hold the imagination of a middle grade boy. (I have one, getting him to read can be difficult at times).

This is a great book. Hopefully the author will write more stories. This book was fun to read and exciting. I give it 5 stars!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Journey of Fantasy or Life September 30, 2012
By Gayle
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Though this is a book written with young people in mind, it is a grand story for all
who are still young at heart. The characters are well rounded personalities
who capture your imagination and heart. Very "believable" story line
captures you from the first page. I enjoyed every word and felt drawn into the scenes.
Look forward to Book 2-3-4???
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, fresh fantasy, lots of potential January 25, 2013
By Nate
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had very mixed feelings about this book.

Anders, 17 year old with a boring life is suddenly pulled into a role that he is unprepared for. In a land where magic spells are words in German and there are 3 primary races, a Dark Lord (evil magician) is amassing an army to battle the forces of good and Anders must help defeat him. The book is written for a young adult audience, so take my 20-some year old reaction with a grain of salt.

The good:
-Story line feels fresh, not just a rehash of an old story
-Many creative elements (German magic)
-Intriguing characters and relationships (girl already has a boyfriend)

The bad:
-The amount of time given to talking about Anders' bad skin on his face is too much, even if he is self-conscious about it. It seems that almost every single supporting character mentions his bad skin more than once.
-Character development seemed inadequate. I had a hard time figuring out what race all of the characters were, but that may have just been me.
-Voice seems to change tenses, sometimes it is narrating in real time, and sometimes it seems to be describing the day as in a journal.
-Some typos, even words missing in a few spots. Needs to be edited.
-Much of the dialog seems very contrived and unnatural; here is an example:

(After Anders has had a stressful and difficult experience involving his parents, his friends try to comfort him. His response is this.)
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"...how did you know, that I was upset?"
Kara looked at Kalle, who nodded. She said: "We can see it just looking at you, Anders. In your aura, your emotions are like an open book.
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I found the story very enjoyable. Look forward to seeing how the story develops in the next book. I think any casual reader of fantasy will enjoy this book.
Published 2 days ago by Robin Blades
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story idea
Good story idea. I like the idea of the book. Unfortunately, it;s not until the later third of the book, that things start to make sense. Read more
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Published 8 days ago by Narongrit
4.0 out of 5 stars A book to take you to a land of fantasy
A good book paints a picture in the mind like a movie in your head. I would recommend anyone who loves science fantasy to read this book
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 22 days ago by Rachel G. Bartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read!!!
Published 1 month ago by Kim Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome book.
It is a great a great book. Full of adventure. It takes lots of time away, you are reading this book
Published 1 month ago by steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more fun to read this than sitting in my cubey all day
I may be a little too old to be reading this. But I loved it. It's suspenseful, easy to to grasp the story line, not too bloody, and extremely hard to put down. I'm impressed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Darcy Everest
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
The story is good and easy to follow. The characters are easy to relate to and I look forward to the next book.
Published 1 month ago by Superman
4.0 out of 5 stars a gripping read
If you like stories about magic , and good versus bad then this is a book you will thoroughly enjoy! I am looking forward to reading the sequel!
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Teddy Jacobs writes novels full of action and adventure from his home in New England. He's happy to have the opportunity to connect with readers all over the world through Amazon. Contact him at theodore AT teddyjacobs DOT com. Visit his website at www.teddyjacobs.com

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