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The Sword and the Flame (The Dragon King Trilogy) Paperback – Bargain Price, May 31, 2011

4.7 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Dragon King Trilogy Series

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'This is fantasy with thunder and chase, with peril and breathtaking escapes.' Fantasy Newsletter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Stephen Lawhead’s best–selling trilogy, The Dragon King Saga, has sold in the millions. Now this spellbinding epic fantasy has been relaunched for a new generation of readers. Combining skillful storytelling with a strong spiritual vision, Stephen Lawhead has established his name among the front ranks of contemporary historical fantasy writers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Dragon King Trilogy (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595549595
  • ASIN: B007SRXMBW
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,099,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lawhead has written a masterful conclusion to the Dragon King series. The involving plot and emotional ties kept me thinking about the book through the day. I've never read a book with such an unusually complex -yet accurate- dipiction of God in a fantasy adventure series. The movement from the old gods into the God was so facinating. With a powerful, meaningful end, Lawhead never let the story down nor left any plots incomplete. This was not the story I expected to end the series. "The Sword and the Flame" was not a drug-out I-want-to-write-a-third-book conclusion, but rather it was a great story on it's own
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"The Sword and the Flame" is the third title in Lawhead's "Dragon King" Trilogy, the series which propelled him to success. Quentin has assumed the throne, with Bria his queen, and is now the father of three children. The kingdom firmly established, he is busy building the King's Temple, a temple dedicated to the Most High. And he is armed with the enchanted sword, "The Shining One", whose "flame was the symbol of the god's presence with the King, and more." (p.94)

But enemies old and new are fiercely opposed to Quentin's overturn of the old gods. The evil necromancer Nimrood returns to collaborate with the defenders of the old gods - the priests at the temple of Ariel, who see the construction of the King's Temple as an inevitable sign of the destruction of their own High Temple. Suddenly, the peace of Quentin's kingdom becomes overshadowed by darkness. A close friend of Quentin is killed, his son kidnapped. Quentin must face open hostility from his enemies, and! even conflict from his own people, and treachery from his own supporters. But worst of all the flame of the sword goes out, and the hopes for the kingdom appear to be extinguished along with it: "One fell thrust and the fire of the white lanthanil blade had been quenched. The awful significance of what had happened struck him like a thunderbolt...the hand of the Most High was removed from him." (p.77-8) Is there any hope for Quentin or his kingdom?

The ensuing struggle makes this book the most emotional of the series. Certainly we are treated to lots of Lawhead excitement and action, one of the highlights being the intrigue and conflict of a castle under seige. But "The Sword and the Flame" doesn't quite have the same blazing glory of battle as the previous volume.
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this was a decent conclusion to the trilogy. I struggled with deciding whether to give it three or four stars and decided on four because the problems I have with the story are do to my own beliefs. The story has a generic fantasy formula feel to it which is not necessarily a bad thing but it was obviously a vehicle to promote Christianity. I kept thinking of King Quentin as Emperor Constantine converting to Christianity and the overall feeling I got about the books made me think of the old tv show Davey and Goliath. Another way of describing it might be that it is the complete opposite of Martin's Game Of Thrones. I can't think of any other books that I might have read by Mr. Lawhead so I am not sure if that, promoting Christianity, is normal for him or not
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This is a great finish to the series that Lawhead developed. You can start with this book, but I would recommend reading the previous two first. Quinten again is matched against the evil Nimrod. He loses his son, his sword, and his wife has left him, to seek advice from the God most High, in his most needful hour. The book weaves in Christianity in a mysterious way and still has a great story line! What more can you ask??
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I have always wondered how people that have no faith can deal with terrible loss and grief. This story shows one example. This was a great ending for an enjoyable series. Love, of friends and family trumps all. And of course, faith is the most powerful of all.
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Nimrood returns in the 3rd book in the Dragon King Trilogy and he has a menacing revenge planned against Toli and Quentin. This had me on the edge of my seat staying up late to finish it. I think Stephen Lawhead did an excellent job and am seriously contemplating reading more of his books.
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Excellent writing, as always with Lawhead. I thought the plot snagged a little bit in the middle, but came back strongly. I was sad when the last book ended and will be seeking other Lawhead series (have already read and highly recommend the Robin Hood series).
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This turned out to be something that I have really enjoyed and know others would like it just as I have.
I would recommend this to anyone that likes Christian Suspense/Mystery/Fantasy books. I wouldn't pass this up. I'll be reading this again in the future.
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