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|Book 1 of 5 in Deathsworn Arc|
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Here's what readers are saying about Sword and Sorcery, Epic Fantasy - 'Deathsworn Arc: The Last Dragon Slayer' :-
"Well written with imaginative use of standard characters, elves that are more than your standard pretty girl or tiny warrior, dwarf without attitude and with intelligence, heroes with flaws and not every ending is a happy one or every encounter works out for the best. And a dragon that is both morally superior and evil at the same time, reflecting a measure of humanity and the moral ambiguities we face. One has to wonder about the mindset the author comes from." -
Ron Kell "RB"
"Martyn blends characterisation with location and the bigger, broader questions of life in a blend that keeps the reader interested from the beginning. He also delivers some wonderfully unexpected `punches' at just the right intervals to make them read to the end." - Linda Parkinson-Hardman
"The cast of characters are wonderful. They mesh together in an unique way. Barbarian, Elf, Dark Elf, Dwarf, and Humans. The interaction between barbarian and elf is great." - Hippy Lettuce
"I've never really been into fantasy reading - with Harry Potter and the likes. I think I've just been converted! " - Cathy Wilson
" If this is your first fantasy, you will be hooked. It was an excellent book and I am looking forward to the next installment. A very good read!" - Mary Romero "MaryR"
"was actually surprised by the depth of this book. It is more than just a plain adventure story, it is quite obvious that the author has great knowledge of people- as evident as the interplay and drama between the characters during the story." - Jack Gianni
From the Author
When I started writing Deathsworn Arc 1 : The Last Dragon Slayer I didn't really know where I was going with it. I had a rough plan in mind, 'they're on a mission to slay a dragon' but that was more or less it. As I got into the story though I felt like I was getting to know the characters better myself. Originally I'd expected Votrex to play a bigger part in the plot. As it happens he doesn't really play that big a part in this book, but he has a major part to play in the overreaching arc.
As I wrote the book I found ideas flowing faster than I could write them. As of 21st February 2013 I was writing part 2, 'The Temple of the Mad God' and was 40,000 words in, but felt like I'd only just started. 2 for this reason was going to be a lot longer than I wanted - hence the split. I have part 3 planned out in a little notebook and started.] Part 2 was getting so long I decided I had to split it into more books. When I got to a point where it was longer than part 1 and felt 'complete' I was still nowhere near getting the companions to 'The Temple of the Mad God' so I decided I had to push that title into being book 3, and make book 2 into something else. Hence, book 2 of the epic fantasy adventure series 'Deathsworn' is now known as 'Deathsworn Arc 2 : The Verkreath Horror'What is 'The Verkreath Horror'? It's a new antagonist, that the companions run into in book 2, viler and more sinister than Thrax or the 'Servant of the Flame' book 2 is a darker book than 1, and has some scenes which might make uncomfortable reading for the squeamish. Please bear with me though - the hardships the companions face in book 2, binds them together as a group, Vashni starts to let down her defences a little... And 'the truth' becomes more apparent. If you liked part 1 I'm sure you'll love part 2.
How many stories are there in the Deathsworn Arc? I don't know, How many books should there be in an epic fantasy adventure series? I have a figure in my head of 13, and a title for the finale, but I don't know between now and then. Will all the characters survive until the conclusion? Maybe, I don't know. I don't think so. In fairness I did have titles for books 1 - 3 of this epic fantasy series, but after splitting book 2 I now have titles for 1 - 4 and the finale!
Will all the Deathsworn Arc be about dragons and dragon slaying?No, it will always have dragons in the background, but I want to explore 'the truth' more comprehensively, I want to take them somehow to Durth Orza, Eldenizar and some of the other places on the map. The atheist, almost anti-theist sub-themes will become stronger as the series progresses too. The same is true of the exploration of pragmatic moralism.
- Publication Date : July 10, 2014
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My latest read is The Last Dragon Slayer. The plot is a fantasy standard but that doesn't have affect the story experience in any way! The book is a little on the short side so not all the characters or subplots get a full treatment I would have liked but the story is engaging and kept me turning pages. One set of characters, Vashni and Korhan, brought a new angle to the usual fantasy fare and I really liked their dynamic.
I enjoyed it enough to continue with the series. I'm curious as to what befalls the party in the next installments and look for to finding out!
I enjoyed reading this book. The author will set up a very cliché plot or twist and then turn it into an unexpected outcome. Nothing, remarkable but still unexpected. Her characters are vividly described and I very much looked forward to meeting her Noble dragon and reading about his typical dragon mentality from this authors point of view. Which of course didnt happen for a while. I believe this book would be better suited for the younger audience. Not a bad book to read but its still a very typical fantasy nothing really remarkable about it but the writing was good at least.
First off, the world and storyline are very standard. An emperor sets a wizard on a quest to kill a dragon. There’s unrest with orcs invading and the kingdom is stretched too thin to give up troops to assist said wizard. So he finds his own would-be-heroes, saves some elves along the way, and voila! We’re on our way. There’s not much more to the world than that. Those not heavy into world building will find this just fine.
If this maybe had humor, I could have gotten more involved. If it had way less dialog, I could’ve been drawn in. With a quest type storyline, I thought I would have had some great character moments, but they all seemed flat. I never felt like I knew any of them. One elf undergoes training a human, and that seemed to take up way too much page time, for me. I got bored and found myself skimming. The magic of whispering was pretty nifty. The elf “whispered” to heal the body, to take control over someone, to turn the tides in a fight. The way it was described a few times kept my interest in it.
Another thing that was distracting was all the head hopping. Again, very reminiscent of old fantasy. I like to stick with one character until there’s a clear break, so the head hopping definitely pulled me out of the book several times. There’s some poor comma usage, like not using it around names. That’ll always slow down my reading.
Overall, I think many people will like this book. For me, I like a little more darkness in my story, characters that struggle with their past, and a lot more action or movement. This has received a very decent rating on Goodreads, which goes to show that it’s just not up my alley. Others have found it enjoyable. So if you want a light read, you should check this one out.
Saul is a wizard who is given a mission by Empress Jade to find and slay Noble Dragon. He takes with him a small team and goes to look for Silius Mendelson who is a known Dragon Slayer. Silius is said to be the last person to have seen the Noble Dragon. There are rights, elves, bandits, thieves, six mysteries stones and adventure all the things a good fantasy needs. It is a lighter than most fantasy I have read, but it is only the first book in the series. It is well worth the read and you need to experience for yourself. I just love some of the witty things the characters say.
It reads similar to a D&D adventure, but not in a bad way because it's quite well plotted and structured. A band of merry adventures containing a wizard, a barbarian, and a warrior go on a mission to slay a dragon. Along the way, they have a couple of side-quests, and acquire a few more companions.
It's very "preachy", though. And not in the subtle way that The Sword of Truth series is preachy. This one is really in your face, as the author rams his own morality down your throat. Morality which I can understand, but don't subscribe to.
Editing-wise, the spelling and grammar is almost at 100% - although I need to mention that one's interest is "piqued", not "peaked". The commas are all over the place, though. It's very disconcerting, and ruined my immersion completely. To use an old adage, there's a big difference between "Let's eat, grandma", and "Let's eat grandma"!
But if you like quick, easy to read fantasy, and don't expect the language to be too period appropriate (the characters say "yeah" a lot), and you happen to agree with the morality presented in this book, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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Stanley is demonstrably keen to give his fantasy series some intellectual heft to balance out all the elves, dark elves, and swordplay. So the quest narrative is studded with reflections on the moral conundrums thrown up by the party's adventures. Some of these, I think it's only fair to say, go on a bit, as every character in the party chips in their two pennies.
The characters are strong, for the most part. The most interesting character for me was the dark elf Brael, who fades somewhat from the last third of the book, as Vashni and Korhan's complex relationship takes centre stage. Of the others - well, let's just say that I was quickly worried that some characters might not make it to the sequel, and I was able to predict which ones they would be with some... confidence. As to whether I was right or not, read for yourselves!
Stylistically, Stanley's writing is strong. The action moves at a fair lick, and the fight sequences are gripping. The relationships, attitudes and motivation of all the characters are consistent and convincing. There is a thing, though, that may be a problem for some reasons.
It's one of those writing rules of thumb that even non-writers tend to know, which is that you shouldn't "head-hop", eg, each chapter or scene should be related from the point of view of just one character. The Last Dragon Slayer glories in tearing this to pieces. Each time the heroes get on their horses, the narrator cycles through the characters' heads in turn, as they chat to each other about the latest disruption to their quest.
I admit, it was jarring at first. Particularly as the author rarely splits the party. But writing rules are made to be broken, and while Stanley has broken this one into TINY pieces, he's clearly done it for a good reason, and he's completely consistent in his inconsistency.
The Last Dragon Slayer is an entertaining fantasy tale, setting up a series with great potential. I gather I read an updated version of the tale, and part of me is very curious to find out what was changed!
Saul Karza is a wizard and he is travelling with two men from the North, and a dwarf. They have been sent by the Empress Jade to put down a dragon. They are travelling through the land of Torea in search of Silus Mendelson, the last know dragon slayer in the hope he can help them and will join them. The Empress had no warriors, archers or mages to send with Saul instead he must rely on mercenaries.
They find Silus in the village of Trest, sadly he no longer leads the life of a respected hero, but with little else to do each day he reluctantly agrees to join the band. As they leave Trest, they rescue a Gravian or dark Elf who was just about to be be-headed. Dashing from the scene they hope to have escaped but they are followed and face the angry Berger and his men.
There future looks bleak until they are saved by Vashni an elf and a thief. She has magical skills and can whisper into minds when needed. She's also a remarkable fighter. She decides to ride with the band and meet the dragon they must slay.
Together the band travel to Brunwelt to face the mighty dragon, they've become friends and a team whilst travelling and face the danger together. Just when they thought it over Saul tells them they must collect the dragon heart stones, powerful objects which will lead them on to their next adventure.
This is a well written book, with very good character descriptions and dialogue. Vashni quickly became the lead character with her lessons she taught Korhan. I would have liked to have seen more from Saul because he opened the book and was the leader. A couple of points became repetitive Kirkfell was the place everyone hoped to go in the afterlife, too many characters had the same line to say about it and I felt Vashni's two attempts to decipher Braels' curse were just a repeat of words the second time, there was a missed opportunity to drip feed us some more information about it.
Having said that, this was a much better read than the aforementioned book! The main characters are very well portrayed, although i'd like to have seen a little more of the others making up the journeying group. The pacing of the story during action scenes was spot on, and the ending was satisfying, if somewhat predictable. Overall, an enjoyable read.
Lacking in skilled warriors, he tries to recruit Silus Mendelson, who is known as the last dragon slayer. Once he is recruited they set about travelling to complete their quest. On their way, they come across Brael, a Gravian and he decides to join them.
Shortly after that, when they run into trouble they meet Vashni, a elf who can whisper. After finding out what they plan to do, Vashni joins them feeling as though they will not win without her. Together the group set out to take on the dragon.
After finishing this book my first thought was that I wanted to read the next one. This story was well written and had characters that I really liked.
Vashni, was intriguing because she could whisper and get into people's minds. It made her seem very powerful and someone who you wouldn't want to cross. Silus Mendelson, was good as well and at the beginning I didn't think he was going to join the mission.
Saul and Brael were the only characters that I found disappointing. I just felt as though you didn't see enough of them. But I think you will when you read the rest of the books in the series. I liked Thrax, and thought that he seemed clever and cunning.
As well as the characters, I found the setting interesting and was reminded of stories such as Lord of the Rings.
Overall I enjoyed this book. I would recommend this to fans of fantasy.
Like THE LORD OF THE RINGS a group of beings set out on a quest - not to return a ring, but
to kill a dragon everyone thought was extinct. There is a wizard, a dwarf, 2 human warriors, a dark
elf, a beautiful female elf and an older man with previous experience of fighting a dragon.
Saul, the wizard, did not have the character of Gandolph or Dumbledore, and only performed
magic about 84% through the book (which ended at 94%). Even then, the magic wasn't very
impressive. The most interesting character was the female elf, Vashni, who used magic whispering
to heal wounds and to fight her enemies by invading their minds.
I'm afraid I became bored when Korhan, one of the warriors allowed himself to be turned into a
humiliated slave by Vashni in return for her supposedly teaching him a little of her magic and her
fighting skills. It didn't move the story on for me at all.
Overall it was an o.k. read and although it could be read as a stand alone book, the ending was left
in a way to entice the reader to buy the next book. I don't think I will bother though.