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The King's Sword [Kindle Edition]

AJ Searle , Sable Grey
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ronan Culley is just a blacksmith, or so he keeps telling himself. After being charged to make the King's Sword, he finds he must keep it from the dark forces of Sleagan and deliver it to the newly named King. Along with his apprentice and a healer who is more than what she seems, he embarks on a great journey that tests his determination and will, and makes him take a long hard look at himself and what he really holds important.

Product Details

  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Sable Grey, LLC; 1 edition (January 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070O8OFM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real surprise from what seemed a slow start. April 8, 2012
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I hesitate to give this book the five star rating, but I do so because it has true quality, especially towards the end, and AJ deserves to have this read and recognized, if not for the book itself then at least for the clear potential displayed therein. The book starts off... well for those of us who have read dozens of the... bargain bin fantasy books, there are several warning signs of a new writer. While she did well in not trying to drown the reader in information, a VERY common mistake of enthusiastic but amateur writers, it was a little obvious, and lacked the polish a more experienced writer might have brought to the table. She also skimps a little on characterization and detail in her enthusiasm to avoid that mistake and maintain the mystery of the plot and the characters' individual stories and secrets. A little more inter-character interaction and more detailed dialogue early on would have guaranteed this book a spot on my "Best quick reads ever" list, but still the writing is clear and there are no plot wholes or bad editorial mistakes early on to make me put it down. After the introduction of the essential, "hero's companions", characters however, it becomes very clear that she is hitting her stride. The interactions begin to become vastly more detailed, subtle hints bout the world around the story that put her earlier attempts at mystery to shame begin to dot the dialogue, and, more importantly, we begin to KNOW the characters. Her characterization improves dramatically a fourth of the way through the book, and the plot begins to gain speed as well as AJ continues her world building. While I was able to unravel the "surprises" by the 1/3-1/2 mark, the plot twists were impressive in their own right, and anyone less familiar with the genre will enjoy them quite a bit. Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changelings, witches, centaurs, and deep characters. January 30, 2012
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Ronan the blacksmith lives in a world of high magic. Most people, including himself, try to avoid the more magical regions. Lately, he made a sword of white metal to the specifications of the King.

At the very start, the king's guard sent to pick up the blade was mostly killed, except for one guard. The survivor gets to the blacksmith, and with dying words tells him to deliver the sword.

Ronan doesn't particularly want to travel. He takes his apprentice. A witch comes in, who tends to know where she needs to be. The horse trader knows the way, and will lend horses, and escort him.

In their early travels they meet Mikal, an honest changeling theif, and Bryan the Centaur, who does not like Kings. THey also meet a lot of people that don't want the sword to be delivered, and they encounter the types of magic that most people try to avoid.

I liked this one. The characters are fairly deep, and believable. Also, it's clear that there are secrets afoot. It's like an ongoing mystery, without the benefit of knowing what needs to be solved.

There are occasional formatting glitches that should be cleaned up. Other than that, though, this is the best fantasy novel I've found since Horker's Law. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Papuga
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an avid reader of magical adventures set in historical times, I highly enjoyed this book. Story was unpredictable with some twists. One huge plus is character development and interactions. It was also nice that this was not merely spell checked. I was drawn in from the start. wish there were more books like this. A lot just ramble on with flat characters and try too hard. This one doesn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Predictable in some ways but great fun May 4, 2013
By Sharon
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I found this very entertaining. A predictable plot, with the collection of unlikely heroes on a 'quest' to deliver the King's sword but the characterization was very good. The non-humans were reasonably unique and definitely individuals and while I suspect this may end up being a series, this particular storyline was nicely wrapped up at the end.

I reserve my 5-star ratings for books I feel sure I will be keeping to re-read and this is one of them. I will also definitely be looking at more by this author and hope it isn't the last set in this particular world with these specific characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book February 22, 2013
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This was a well written book with likable characters and a great twist at the end. Can't wait for more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read February 16, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. I read a lot of fantasy adventure and had grown a little weary of the same old formula over and over. AJ Searle mixed it up so well I had to keep reading. Kudos for a well written story. I can't wait for the next one...if there is a next one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great February 15, 2013
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It was a great book with a cliffhanger at the end if there is another book after this I will read it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ!!!!!! January 29, 2013
By shawn
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is one that starts straight off into the action. It is constantly intense and is one that will leave you wanting more. When reading this book i could not put it down. This has got to be one of my favorite books of all time. It is one i will have to read again. IT IS THAT GOOD!!!! Please buy. This book will not leave you disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars thoughts on the kings sword
This was great. I love Ronan. He is a simple man just wanting to live a quiet life when he is thrust into an adventure and comes out a different man. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hello-booklover
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy adventure
Easy read, enjoyable story
Published 6 months ago by sandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy.
Really enjoyed this book a lot. What do you do when as a blacksmith you take an assignment to craft and deliver a sword for your king then your life takes a journey you never... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Capricorn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kings Sword
A well written epic I enjoyed the story and the characters. The blacksmith was an interesting hero. I really liked that the band of companions kept growing as the group traveled. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cindyaie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a good read
Published 9 months ago by M Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it
This full-length epic fantasy novel is a pretty good read. Believable characters with clear motivations, nicely differentiated, a strong plotline, and some good writing carried me... Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. Gunnar Grey
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
It was an easy read and kept my attention. I would recommend it for anyone who likes adventure stories.
Glad I read it.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Was good
Actually liked the ending although the character took some getting used to and the plot twists were a little soft, still an enjoyable enough read
Published 23 months ago by Ron Kell
4.0 out of 5 stars easy read - good rainy day book
fantasy, mid-evil, is probably my favorite genre and this book filled those requirements. A wonderful rainy day kind of book, just sit back, relax, and go back in time.
Published 23 months ago by Melody P. Burbage
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and Fun Read
This was a well written book, I love the characters in the book, you have changlings,witches,centaurs and lastly but not least a blacksmith turn Knight.
Published on March 24, 2013 by William A.
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More About the Author

AJ resides in Clinton, MS and also writes romance under the pen name, Sable Grey. The King's Sword is her first fantasy fiction novel but she has plans to write more in the fantasy genre.

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