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Product Details

  • Series: The Wardstone Trilogy
  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453862749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453862742
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (447 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,816,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. See the full review here:

--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

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-Treasure or Trash

From the Author

Due to the fact that I couldn't get the map to appear clearly on a smaller screen, the Map of the Mainland Kingdoms is posted for your use at the Wardstone Homepage here: --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

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

Customer Reviews

Good story interesting characters and well written.
Riichard Meehan
I was captivated with this book and I recommend this book to fantasy novel fans.
Captivating, looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy!
Jared Spiger

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

83 of 96 people found the following review helpful By K_Malinczak on 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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Oleg Medvedkov TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Brian Rathbone on 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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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Constant Reader on 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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