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Sword's Edge (Sword's Edge Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 3, 2014
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About the Author
L. S. King has been published in Deep Magic, The Sword Review, Dragons, Knights & Angels, Digital Dragon Magazine, Residential Aliens, and more. Two of her stories were selected for The Sword Review's "Best of..." Anthologies. She has worked as a submissions editor and a copy editor on several magazines and was a founding editor of the online magazine, Ray Gun Revival.
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This is a classic science fiction/fantasy novel, with a classic plot: plucky, young orphan saves the kingdom. But that description doesn't come close to doing justice to this book.
The main character (Tam) is an engaging, tough, complicated young orphan, with mad fighting skills. Part innocent, part smarter than a fox, she is caught in a world she was only sort-of prepared for, but with critical portions left out. Abruptly orphaned, and just as abruptly scooped up by her larger family, she has abilities that even she is unaware of, and part of the book is Tam's discovery of that power.
It also has a neat twist on the classic fairy tale: the 15-year-old orphan girl rescues the handsome young prince, and no romance blooms. Tam, as I said, is a tough little scrapper. Just for the fight scenes alone, this book would get 4 stars. Add to that a rich and complex world, a greater over-arching mystery that leaves you hanging for the next book, a plot that isn't afraid to up-end conventions of the genre, and smooth, polished prose, and you have this novel.
I loved it. If you like good writing, you will love it, too. I wish there were more books in this series.
A great read for those who like adventure and sci-fi.
Then along comes L.S. King, who happens to be a longtime online friend of mine. "My book! My new book! Read it, read it, pleeeeeeeease!"
I intended to remain firm. But how to tactfully turn down a friend? Besides, the cover art was enticing. I figured, light YA space opera with medieval trappings, couple of days in my spare time to support a fellow artist and super nice person--painless and move on, everybody's happy
And then I started reading. Three hours of full immersion later, panic set in as I realized I'd come to the end of the book. Having violated my own Law of the Series, I must now pay the penalty of living in agonized speculation until the next episode is available.
The story is well-paced, masterfully crafted, and delivers on every level. I want more. I need more. I shall pant and obsess wildly and fill the author's social networking pages with demands for MORE, MORE, MORE!
Dang it, L.S. King!
The only problem with the book was that it ended too quickly! I can't wait to read the rest of them and find out....oh, I have to be good and not give spoilers! But I want to know what happens to all my favorite characters and more about the Enasi and Tam's heritage.
I hope to read many more books by this author. :)
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Sword's Edge is a science fiction tale that reads like a fantasy, full of interesting characters, humor, surprises, and all the good guys and villains...Read more