Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Sword and the Dragon Review

522 pages

When the Royal Wizard of Westland poisons the king so that his puppet prince can take the throne and start a continental war, a young squire is forced to run for his life carrying the powerful sword that his dying monarch burdened him with from the death bed. Two brothers find a magic ring and start on paths to becoming the most powerful sort of enemies, while an evil young sorceress unwillingly falls in love with one of them when he agrees to help her steal a dragon's egg for her father. Her father just happens to be the Royal Wizard, and despite his daughter's feelings, he would love nothing more than to sacrifice the boy! All of these characters, along with the Wolf King of Wildermont, the Lion Lord of Westland, and a magical hawk named Talon, are on a collision course toward Willa the Witch Queen's palace in the distant kingdom of Highwander. There the very bedrock is formed of the powerful magical substance called Wardstone.
Who are the heroes? And will they get there before the Royal Wizard and his evil hordes do?
Whatever happens, the journey will be spectacular, and the confrontation will be cataclysmic.

First off I find it extremely intriguing that the author wrote this novel while spending time in prison. That such a compelling and awesome novel could be made in such a negative space is amazing. I love an epic fantasy novel and this was no exception. From the very start you are thrown into an adventure that gets more exciting and detailed as the book goes on. As with a lot of fantasy novels this has plenty of magic, elves, dwarves, and dragons. There are several main characters and while they are all different they each have different sides to them that pull you in. The battles and injuries are very detailed and at times while reading I found myself feeling strongly about a death of a character I connected with. I really liked that while this was a semi-long novel it came to a great conclusion while leaving the story open for another novel. I can't wait to read the next one and see how the story continues. I definitely recommend this to those who love fantasy novels and epic tales.


  1. Thank you for reading and reviewing this book. As a book blogger this was one of the first books I reviewed and because of that holds a special place in my heart. The next book in the series is awesome as well! Glad you enjoyed it. I got here from the author's facebook page.