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The Sword and the Dragon (The Wardstone Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M. R. Mathias
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Book Description

When the Royal Wizard of Westland poisons the king, so that his puppet prince can take the throne and start a continental war, a young squire is forced to run for his life carrying the powerful sword that his dying monarch burdened him with from the death bed.


Two brothers find a magic ring and start on paths to becoming the most powerful sort of enemies, while an evil young sorceress unwillingly falls in love with one of them when he agrees to help her steal a dragon's egg for her father. Her father just happens to be the Royal Wizard, and despite his daughter's feelings, he would love nothing more than to sacrifice the boy!


All of these characters, along with the Wolf King of Wildermont, the Lion Lord of Westland, and a magical hawk named Talon, are on a collision course toward Willa the Witch Queen's palace in the distant kingdom of Highwander. There the very bedrock is formed of the powerful magical substance called Wardstone.


Who are the heroes? And will they get there before the Royal Wizard and his evil hordes do?


Whatever happens, the journey will be spectacular, and the confrontation will be cataclysmic.


M. R. Mathias has several other titles available from Amazon, including:

The Saga of the Dragoneers:

The First Dragoneer - Free Dragoneer intro novella

The Royal Dragoneers - Dragoneer Saga Book One

Cold Hearted Son of a Witch - Dragoneer Saga Book Two

The Confliction - Dragoneer Saga Book Three

Confliction Compendium - Dragoneer Saga 1-3 plus The First Dragoneer novella

The Emerald Rider - Dragoneer Saga Book Four

Rise of the Dragon King - Dragoneer saga Book Five

Blood and Royalty - Dragoneer Saga Book Six

Dragoneer Saga - Royalty Trilogy Boxed Set (Books, 4, 5, and 6)



Also by M.R. Mathias



The Legend of Vanx Malic Book One - Through the Wildwood

The Legend of Vanx Malic Book Two - Dragon Isle

The Legend of Vanx Malic Book Three - Saint Elm's Deep

The Legend of Vanx Malic Book Four - That Frigid Fargin' Witch



Crimzon & Clover I - Orphaned Dragon, Lucky Girl

Crimzon & Clover II - The Tricky Wizard

Crimzon & Clover III - The Grog

Crimzon & Clover IV - The Wrath of Crimzon

Crimzon & Clover V - Killer of Giants

Crimzon & Clover VI - One Bad Bitch

Crimzon & Clover VII - The Fortune's Fortune




And don't miss the huge International Bestselling epic:



The Wardstone Trilogy

Book One - The Sword and the Dragon

Book Two - Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools

Book Three - The Wizard & the Warlord


Editorial Reviews

Review

Overall The Sword and the Dragon (A+) is an impressive debut - a traditional fantasy that manages to be fresh. It succeeds in offering a complete reading experience. I was pleasantly surprised to see a high level of editing for a quite long independent novel.    See the full review here:  fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com 

--Fantasy Book Critic

Fans of Tolkien and CS Lewis will find much to enjoy to enjoy in M.R. Mathias' debut fantasy novel. This is a big book, with a steady flow throughout. Read this book. Take up your sword and get ready for a hugely enjoyable adventure.

--Book Smart UK

After reading all three of the Wardstone novels I find myself wanting more. I love Hyden, Mikahl, and Phen. This is a great fantasy trilogy. Well written and worth every penny. The characters may never leave me -- Review of The Wizard and the Warlord - The Wardstone Trilogy Book Three

-- Liz Cornwell, Amazon Review

"You've (Mathias) already achieved much, much more than so many people who like to think of themselves as writers."

-- @Gollancz The Deputy Publishing Director of SF, Fantasy & Horror list of the Orion Publishing Group.

I bought and read this wonderful story. It has so much action and interaction in it, and it never lost my interest. This story will go far and I am really looking forward to the next book in the trilogy. Sep. 04, 2010

--T. Ellis Smashwords Review

I was captivated with this book from the first page.  I recommend this book to anyone who wants to support a new author and who likes fantasy novels with lots of graphic action. Full review at:   books-treasureortrash.com/

--Books-Treasure or Trash

From the Author

***The free preview of 'The Complete Wardstone Trilogy' has a far larger preview of this title here: amazon.com/The-Complete-Wardstone-Trilogy-Mathias-ebook/dp/B00FW72EDC
 
I enjoyed writing this huge series, as doing so kept me sane in a place that was crazy. I can only hope you enjoy it too. Keep in mind I wrote this tale for me, not anyone else. I never expected to publish these titles.   M.R.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1681 KB
  • Print Length: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Robb Mathias Junior (July 24, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X9775Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
89 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Magical Epic Fantasy March 12, 2011
Format:Paperback
I'm conflicted. Part of me is glad I'm done reading because it's so long, but on the other hand, I feel like the characters have become a part of me and I'm sad to see them go. Really sad.

There were so many vivid scenes that are memorable in my mind. It's hard to explain, but when you are reading and you can picture a scene that's happening down to the most extreme detail in your own mind, then I believe you have an excellent piece of fiction in your hands(or on your computer).

The battle scenes are extremely well-written. Appropriate amount of action, gore, and detail. Somehow the book manages to cover every aspect of fantasy without being cheesy in any way. The climactic battle scene is just wow. It captures all the tension and I almost feel as if I'm standing there right next to the fighters.

This is a artfully done character driven novel with extremely deep and dimensional characters either likable or unlikable, but really detailed either way. A lot of the characters I like have died already. This makes me sad.

I read an interview the author did where he said Pael was evil. but likable. I didn't find him to be likable at all. He is grotesquely creepy. Just my observation. This is not a bad thing.

I am in love with Claret. I want a dragon of my very own. And the sword Ironspike feels like it has its very own personality. Strange.

I have heard criticisms on other boards about the lack of editing and grammar mistakes. I didn't find that to be a problem at all. There were a few, yes, but that is to be expected from a self-published novel. I have seen MUCH worse editing than this and I'm glad to say that it didn't detract from the magic of the story at all.

Also, I would like to add a personal thought to this review.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Darn Epic ➨ October 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've just finished reading another one of this author's books, liked it and wanted to see if there's something even more epic available from him. Seems like this is pretty much what I was looking for.
The story's beginnings are deceptively simple:

✔ A guy finds a magic ring.
✔ His brother forms a bond with a very special hatchling bird.
✔ A squire goes on the secret mission for a dying a king.
✔ Evil wizard does mischief for that's what evil wizards do.
✔ Shaella, a beautiful daughter of the wizard, keeps things interesting for the main heroes.
✔ A dragon - present.
✔ The hunt for a magic sword begins.

However, as the narrative progresses, the stories of the main characters intertwine in intricate ways with plenty of conflict, action, and emotions. Throwing in giants, monsters, sorcery, battles and a whole lot of other components, the story keeps you interested as it progresses.

The "world-building" is not presented in overly huge chunks of description and as such, it kept me from getting bored with it. Obviously, there's some description but it's integrated with the action as the story moves forward. I prefer this to the traditional approach.

All the characters are interestingly written and developed without making one of them taking over the story completely so, switching points of view does not make you skip whole sections of the book that showcase other characters so that you get back to the characters you like. I had that problem recently with a well known fantasy series - some of you might guess what I am talking about. Good thing it's not the case here.

The writing is tight and the flow of the story is good, it keeps you moving forward at a steady pace. Overall, a very solid read.

So, my question is - why doesn't this author has a fat publishing contract yet?
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complex and enjoyable adventure June 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In The Sword and the Dragon, M.R. Mathias paints a richly imagined world with bold, ambitious strokes. This is a complex fantasy adventure filled with a rich cast of characters and multiple distinct story lines. Fans of George R. R. Martin and Raymond Fiest will enjoy The Wardstone Trilogy.

Brian Rathbone, author of Call of the Herald
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 600 Pages of Fun January 2, 2012
Format:Paperback
The Sword and the Dragon is high fantasy, a 600-page behemoth sporting a background teeming with characters and enough strange forest creatures to spook any readers' dreams. The reading is easy (sometimes too direct) and moves from scene to scene with record energy and fun, but can shift with little warning.

Readers need to keep the score in mind and I occasionally had trouble picking up the flow after putting the book down for the evening. A map of the Mainland Kingdoms is available online via a link at the book's start.

As with any long novel, the reader must invest time and effort to understand the course of the story, the bond Gerard and his brother share, and why only Gerard should use the magic ring. The writing is descriptive and direct if not occasionally stilted and clunky.

During a death-defying climb on a treacherous rock escarpment our hero wipes his hands of dirt, grime and hawk droppings. The quest is explained directly and loses tension as the words are forced out staccato-like: he did, it was, etc. The reader is cheated of a chance to learn the story through nuances like heat, light, and smell. The hawk dropping could have been a pungent and acrid smell experienced by Gerard instead of just a single word thrust at the reader.

If you like Fantasy and are ready for a character (and battle) driven story that takes you to a world of dragons, wizards, giants and dwarfs, this book will keep you reading for hours. Overall this is a nicely written story with some interesting twists, plenty of straightforward battles, and it allows the reader a chance to be immersed in a fantasy land created by a fertile mind that sports heroes you'll enjoy cheering for.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next book!
I have to say I was a little put off by this book because of the length. I don’t know if it’s intimidating or if my previous experience tells me to run away from 600 page novels... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Chelsey McQuitty
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sword and the Dragon- A Magical World of Adventure
I am surprised by the level of creativity depicted by this writer. I have read his previous books and have loved them all. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Sheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Fantasy Novel
The Sword and the Dragon is the ultimate fantasy novel! What I loved most about it is the fact that there are a variety of characters, all of which just pull you right in and make... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Karen Ruggiero
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Superb Adventure
The Sword and the Dragon, by M. R. Mathias, is Book 1 in The Wardstone Trilogy series. I recently just finished reading another book by Mathias and was completely captivated by it,... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Veronica
5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining
I really enjoyed the book. Great character development. Exciting and interesting story. I found myself reading it any free moment I had. Looking forward to the next book.
Published 11 days ago by Zachary Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. I could not stop reading
Great book. I could not stop reading. The wrapping of the story line kept me reading to know more..
Published 22 days ago by Rick Fobair
5.0 out of 5 stars The sword and the Dragon
Wonderful book could hardly put it down. Can not wait to get the next book and see the story continue.
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
The author does a good job of keeping the reader captivated as the story unfolds. I am going to read the next book.
Published 25 days ago by Robert Vasconcellos Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy, Battles, and Awesomeness.!!
This story keeps you captivated. The is mystery, intrigue, battles, and unforeseen outcomes. The flow of the layout is perfect, giving you enough to keep you invigorated to find... Read more
Published 26 days ago by LLL Texas
5.0 out of 5 stars We'll worth your time
Great story. Monsters, magic, demons, dragons and kings. Really enjoyed this. Haven't read other two yet, but probably will. This was a good story on its own.
Published 1 month ago by Leonard Tollerton
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More About the Author

M. R. Mathias is the author of the huge, International best selling epic:
The Wardstone Trilogy
Book One - The Sword and the Dragon
Book Two - Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools
Book Three - The Wizard & the Warlord

As well as:
#1 Best selling, The Dragoneer Saga:
Free Dragoneer intro novella - The First Dragoneer
Dragoneer Saga Book One - The Royal Dragoneers
Dragoneer Saga Book Two - Cold Hearted Son of a Witch
Dragoneer Saga Book Three - The Confliction
Dragoneer Saga Book Four - The Emerald Rider
Dragoneer Saga Book Five - Rise of the Dragon King
Dragoneer Saga Book Six - Blood and Royalty

#1 Bestselling The Legend of Vanx Malic, a fantasy adventure series.
The Legend of Vanx Malic Book One - Through the Wildwood
The Legend of Vanx Malic Book Two - Dragon Isle
The Legend of Vanx Malic Book Three - Saint Elm's Deep
The Legend of Vanx Malic Book Four - That Frigid Fargin' Witch
The Legend of Vanx Malic Book Five - Trigon Daze (Due Summer 2015)

#1 Best selling, The Crimzon & Clover Short Short Series
Crimzon & Clover I - Orphaned Dragon, Lucky Girl
Crimzon & Clover II - The Tricky Wizard
Crimzon & Clover III - The Grog
Crimzon & Clover IV - The Wrath of Crimzon
Crimzon & Clover V - Killer of Giants
Crimzon & Clover VI - One Bad Bitch
Crimzon & Clover VII - The Fortune's Fortune

M.R. Mathias rose from unknown to award-winning, best-selling author at a pace most authors can only dream about. He is a prolific writer of epic fantasy novels, novellas, and short stories. Despite his busy writing, publishing, and promotional schedule Mathias continues to aid his fellow indie authors by posting about their books at Twitter and Facebook etc.

He shared his considerable knowledge of self-promotion in publishing The First Ten Steps. The book has become an important indie guide for navigating the often murky waters of using social media sites to get your eBook in front of avid readers.

Mathias has taken cross promotion to a new level in his "Indie Kindy" giveaways where he gives away a FREE Kindle Touch and or Kindle Fire loaded with independently published books. These events create a great deal of interest for the authors involved and to independently published books as a whole.

It is a pleasure working with M.R. Mathias and watching his amazing run at the top of the Amazon best seller lists.
William R. Potter
Indie author
Founder of the Independent Author Network

From the Author
The jewel you see glowing in the ring in my old authors photo isn't really a jewel at all. It is the crystallized tear of a real dragon. In my novel "The Royal Dragoneers" you might find the moment where this wonderfully magical tear drop fell from a green dragons eye. It hardened on its way down to land in a mess of troll corpses that the dragon was laying on.

My grandfather died before I was born, but the ring was given to me by my mother, after my grandmother recently died. My grandfather had apparently won it in a poker game near the Red River between Texas and Oklahoma sometime in the early 1900's.

It has been a boon, the magic of the teardrop, for it brought you here to me didn't it? Now treat yourself to something fantastic and try out the free sample of one of my novels. I hope you enjoy the journey. It will be spectacular. Thanks M.R. Mathias

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