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Product Details

  • Series: The Last Swordmage
  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481830449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481830447
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

I write the same type of books I love to read: tales of science fiction and fantasy where anything can, and frequently does, happen. There's nothing better than a rollicking good adventure and my number one priority as a writer is to be an amazing travelling companion for those intrepid explorers who pick up any of my books.

I live in South Central Pennsylvania with my wife and two children. When I'm not working on my next book or story, I enjoy music, reading, and playing games.

I really like hearing from people who have enjoyed my books. Please don't hesitate to connect with me on Twitter or Facebook. For the latest news and information about me and my books, check out my website at: martinfhengst.com.

Customer Reviews

Look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Subodh Upreti
Both main characters were one-dimensional, and there was no character development at all.
Mary
The story has good flow and the characters are well developed.
Keith Tanner

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104 of 113 people found the following review helpful By C. Francis on June 11, 2013
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There is so much in here that is very problematic that I will not be reading any more of this series.

1-Tia, the main character is sexual assaulted in the first scene, and continually threatened with sexual assault. And even after all her training, when traveling she thinks her mentor is about to rape her, and she does not even consider fighting back.
2-The only women we meet are (or have been) slaves. We do not meet any other women.

The plot and timing is a whole different problem. Months seem to sneak past will little indication. The party travels to the city to give a report on disturbing massacres in the woods, and next thing you know, there's a major battle in the city, and then the whole war is over in a flash.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rick on August 1, 2013
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This was a solid, reasonably quick read 250 page book (I read it cover to cover in 4 hours); it's solid fantasy with a good story arc. The descriptions are short and direct - with focus on moving the story along swiftly. This is at odds with some current popular fantasy novels which focus of pages on flowery description and world-building (I prefer a happy medium - i think its hard to get engrossed in a story in only 250 pages). I would probably give this 3.5 stars if I could use half stars.

Its a good read, and I enjoyed it. The main character (Tia) is a strong lead, who develops admirably throughout the novel, and provides a good set-up for book 2. She is trained and develops skills in her "sword-mage" talent (a mix of warrior and magic). There are no detailed descriptions of the magic base here. Rather, we see what Tia (and Royce) are capable of and get brief glimpses of how Tia thinks.

Overall, this is a good, fun, quick read. Its not a book I will likely ever read again, nor one I will remember past next week. In order to give you an insight into my style, I loved Enders Game, Game of Thrones, and The Wheel of Time. I just finished The book Of Deacon (better then this, 4 stars for creativity and magic development), and The Magicians (much more detailed, great world building, 4 stars).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2014
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I bought this based on reviews that said it was like the muirwood books. It is not at all. The characters have no depth and the plot has no detail. It was terribly written. It is also offensives to women and has the main character telling her master he can rape her because she owes it to him. It just came off as a badly written male fantasy.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Zaera on December 27, 2012
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The Last Swordmage is the first book in the Swordmage Trilogy and what a start! From the very first chapter where Tiadaria is sold into slavery by her own father until the end of the novel, you are kept engaged by Hengst's beautiful imagery and his ability to put you right into the character's shoes. The book takes place over the course of a few weeks, but feels like years as you watch Tiadaria grow into her own strength.

The Last Swordmage is a fast-paced, captivating read for anyone who loves fantasy, magic, mythical creatures, swords and battles. You won't want to put it down!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Emily Matson on July 22, 2013
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This is possibly the weakest first book to a series I've ever read. There was so very, very little to hold your attention or invest your heart. The relationships are superficial, the society conveniently black and white, and the character development seemingly without any real conflict or self-reflection. Things just kind of happen. Presumably more explanation as to what the heck a swordmage is will happen in later books - but this was so boring I have no intention of finding out.

I'm also not normally a stickler for covers matching the story, but this one... I was drawn in because of the archery motif. There isn't any in the story. She has a sword. No bow. The colors are wrong. It's just silly.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joakim on July 6, 2013
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A very good story indeed.
After reading through the whole book you come to terms that it is a sort of "high fantasy" book. Though it starts out as something else. Reading about Tiadara's slavery made this book very dark and cruel. If you have read any of Karin Slaugthers books you'l feel at home. Personally all i wanted to do was punch a wall (i did punch several walls actually..).

Still the first 9 (out of 16) chapters was original to me, and i've read quite alot of fantasy books. You can kind of compare it to "The legend of the seeker", but to note there is no romance in THIS book (haven't read the next book yet ).
The language isn't very.. fansy. It's alot more focused on conversations and an intense plot rather than beatiful sentences.

Something that did disturb me in this book is the fact that after the slavery and all the torment she's experienced she's still so very emotional. This seems to be the case in a lot of books with theese kind of scenarios, and to me it would make more sense if the person would become cold and unfeeling. Not sensitive. I understand that it's something that thrills the audience, seeing the caged bird fly. But honestly are there any books out there that portrays a different image? If so PLEASE recommend it to me!

First review i've done. Don't think i revealed any part of the plot that wasn't already in the plot summary. I'm amazed you've actually read this far!
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Martin F. Hengst is a science fiction and fantasy author whose passion is creating exotic new worlds and telling the stories of the people who exist there. From the magical world of Solendrea where sword and sorcery clash in epic conflicts, to our own modern day planet Earth, he enjoys writing adventures that will keep you reading far past your bedtime.

He resides in South Central Pennsylvania with his lovely wife and two amazing children. An avid reader since childhood, he attributes his love for fantasy and science fiction to his father. When not working on his next release, Martin enjoys music, reading, and playing video games.

You can find more information about Martin and his books at martinfhengst.com.

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