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

M. R. Mathias
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Read the reviews on this one, Jordan, Martin, and Hobbs, be wary. A new Fantasy Master has finally released his long written wares....

Deemed one of the top 10 indie Fantasy releases of 2010 by Fantasy Book Critic, and listed in the first ever Publishers Weekly Indie Select issue, this 235k word epic title was originally written in longhand in a Texas prison cell by M. R. Mathias.

*Note:  This title was fully revised in 2012 and in March 2013 was updated to include the Kingdom Map and a Table of Contents. If you purchased an earlier version and would like the update, please contact Amazon. 

The Sword and the Dragon

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.

*Enjoy the first 6 Chapters FREE of this 235k word (900 page) epic fantasy on your PC or Kindle device.  

Thanks, M. R. Mathias


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: 989 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: #9,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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80 of 93 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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47 of 54 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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25 of 27 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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32 of 39 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
3.0 out of 5 stars I mostly enjoyed the book though I think character development was...
I mostly enjoyed the book though I think character development was somewhat lacking. I also didn't like the pace of the story. Read more
Published 1 day ago by ChipKiii
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great by any means but not too bad
Very slow start but once you get to the half-way point the pace and story improves. Not great by any means but not too bad.
Published 5 days ago by David Mullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series
Published 6 days ago by Stacey Zimmerman
4.0 out of 5 stars The story pretty much has it all
Fans of Tolkien, George R.R. Martin and other authors of this genre should find this to be an enjoyable fantasy epic. This is book one of a trilogy, but it doesn't feel that way. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Shannon Peugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like all books wrote by M. R. Mathis.
Published 8 days ago by DENNIS D EASTMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic on a whole other level!
Wow! The Sword and the Dragon (The Wardstone Trilogy Book One 1) by Author M.R. Mathias are just Epic and Breathtaking in a whole other level. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Michael Beas
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Effort
The breadth of this book was pretty impressive. The author obviously invested his soul into writing it. The question is if the investment was worth it. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jonathon K
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Draws one immediately in and keeps you there till the bitter end. I highly recommend giving this a go. I know I cannot wait to read book two!
Published 10 days ago by Nevermore
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sword and the Dragon
This book keeps your interest from start to finish. I would recommend this book to anyone who is into sci-fi fantasy!! It has wizards, dragons, etc. Great read!!
Published 10 days ago by Carolyn V. Schmitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 14 days ago by liz bradley
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More About the Author

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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