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The Sword and the Dragon: (The Wardstone Trilogy Book One) Paperback – July 13, 2010
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--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-treasureortrash.com/
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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?
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.Read more ›
Brian Rathbone, author of Call of the Herald
I do admire the author's ability to gin up such a high number of strong reviews for his ultimately mediocre book. Had I not come across the story of his meltdown in researching him I may have given the book three stars (rounding up from 2.5, which is what the book is to me.) Instead I'm rounding down. The monetary price for the book may be fair (I paid a dollar) but the price of one's time just isn't at all worth it. Especially when the author is given to abusing negative reviewers in Twitter.
EDITED TO ADD:
If you read the comments to this review you'll see that I'm being strong-armed by Mathias' fans/sockpuppets/whatever into taking the review down. Not only is that not going to happen, I'm dropping it to one star. Honestly, the book isn't the worst. It's a passable book. If these people would just let negative reviews go in one eye and out the other they wouldn't have a problem. But no. They have to gang up on anyone who posts anything less than a glowing review. A normal person would probably just delete the review and move on. I'm not one to be bullied into shutting up about my opinion, however.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't wait to dig into books two and three. This was amazing, from start to finish, amazing.Published 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
This story, like GoT, is told from several points of view. And as advertised, when it all comes together, you won't be able to put it down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Smithers
Fantasy like Jordan, Hobbs, Brooks, Martin, and Rowling, all twisted into a fantastic first novel.Published 1 month ago by Starvin' Marv
I can't wait to get the next book. I can't believe this was written under such terrible conditions without modern computers, yet it was. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elsie
Because I am such a prolific reader, a few months ago I joined Kindle Unlimited. It is always a joy to find such a fantastic book and author included in my subscription. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sue Dituri
The Sword and the Dragon - The Wardstone Trilogy-Book I is an epic tale of three boys coming of age in a time of great trouble in a land filled with humans, elves, Wizards,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by michelle
Was a nice read, hard to put down. The story is engaging and entertaining.Published 1 month ago by John F Vines
A fantastic novel that reads well and has a fulfilling ending.Published 2 months ago by Commando Rando