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- Print Length: 515 pages
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- Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (December 21, 2012)
- Publication Date: December 21, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ARPJAN6
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In Oath of Swords (War God Book 1), he has created a fantasy world with many of the hallmarks of his style (voice). Magic is clearly defined, weapons are lovingly described, and the incredible background intricacies of the political climate are slowly revealed. Politics on the global and the individual level drive the characters on many levels, as does personal loyalty and honor. Money, merchants, cultures, religion, - entire worlds churn together, interacting. Characters in Mr. Weber's worlds do not live on an empty stage but breathing world which existed before the characters' story starts and will continue long after the last page has been turned.
I didn't find the characters quite as engaging as Honor Harrington's first book, Basilisk Station, but I had several laugh-out-loud moments during the conversation between the incredibly stubborn main character and the higher being trying to recruit him as a champion. I also shivered at Mr. Weber's plotting skill when I saw what was about to happen as two possible enemies managed to hunt down the POV character at the same time. Beautiful. Totally green with jealousy at how well Mr. Weber writes, even "standard" fantasy fare.
Picked up while free on Kindle.
I've read every book David Weber has written (most of them many times) but although I had this book in paperback on my bookshelf I've never read it... and then I realized that I had 3 of the 4 books in the series on Baen CD's as free Kindle books. So I started reading them... and I'm very happy that I did!
If you read it simply as a the opening novel in a fantasy novel series it's actually a very well thought out story line and world! I found myself engaged with the characters (and the artwork on the cover is totally bogus! The figures bear NO resemblance to the descriptions in the book!). The world building is good (although the geography of this world is not as well thought out as Safehold's) and the story line is consistent. And I found the dialogue easy to follow and well done.
The hard headed (read stubborn as a mule) main character, Bahzeli Bahnakson of the Horse Stealer Hradani, is engaging and eventually--dragged kicking and screaming--becomes a hero.
After reading Weber's introduction I stopped thinking of the book as a 'Weber' book and read it on its own merits... which are many! I thoroughly enjoyed reading the 'Oath of Swords' and I agree with Weber's statement in his introduction... the story 'Sword Brother' comes AFTER the 3rd book in the series, 'Wind Rider's Oath'!
Several of the one star reviewers have dwelt on the rape at the beginning of this book and the impossibility of the victim riding a horse 'immediately' afterwards. Well... it was a few days later and as someone who rode a horse for six miles up and down the Santa Monica Mountains after breaking three ribs, I know that if you're bloody minded enough such things can be done. So yes, I believe she could have ridden that horse -- and don't forget, a lot depends on the type of saddle and the gait of the horse! That I can also attest to as a woman!
If you enjoy fantasy please give this series a try, I think you'll enjoy it!
I miss this kind of fantasy books - that includes magic, swords, good vs evil, and likeable characters and humorous!
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Its all about the action but the characters have enough depth to involve you and the humor softens some of the darker themes covered.
Its a "ripping yarn" adventure so don't look for LOTR but do look for a well written sword and sorcery tale with characters you can like and villains you can hate.
If you're looking for a fantasy book to read, give this a read and you won't be disappointed.