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The Last Swordmage: The Swordmage Trilogy: Book 1 (Magic of Solendrea) by [Hengst, Martin]
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"As you read this you can't help but but get pulled in, you get attached to the character and when you put the book down it just tugs at you to find out what happens next." ~ Jourdon Wucik

"The book was intense and exciting and I couldn't put it down until I was finished, and then I found myself saying I want more!" ~ Janell F. Adair

"This series is wonderfully fresh. While we still have all the elements of mystery, magic, fear and mistrust, the story is so compelling. From the first chapter we are engaged in the personal battles of Tia's life where she is sold to slavery by her father. The journey she takes and the harshness she encounters builds compassion as a reader and pulls us into the book completely." ~ CG

"Well developed characters that are defined throughout the trilogy. The heroine's immaturity at the beginning gets rounded out by experience, mentors and teachers. She is refined like a great blade in the fires of battle and hard knocks. The story is well written and leaves you wanting to read the next installment in the series. I would highly recommend the fast paced, quick read to anyone interested in a blend of magic and swordplay." ~ William D. Osborne

From the Author

If you enjoyed Tiadaria's adventures in The Last Swordmage, you might enjoy these other Magic of Solendrea titles:
  • The Darkest Hour
  • The Pegasus's Lament
  • Volinette's Song
  • Quintessential Tales

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  • File Size: 1987 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AR187RA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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I was told by a friend to read this book because he thought I would enjoy the writer and his world. The story is compelling and the imagery is excellent. I sometimes thought the story was too rushed but I was sad when it ended and definitely wanted to read more! I'm looking forward to the next installment!
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this is a little novel that really satisfies. I wanted to keep reading until finished and when I wasn't reading the book I found it was luring me from the other room!! Very easy read, enjoyable characters, good pace and not padded out yet the characters are 3 dimensional and easy to attach to. Although the story has magic and battle action which is well written it is also well balanced with the majority of the story based in the young female protagonist's relationship with her "owner"/mentor. Doesn't rely on romantic formula thank goodness.
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