Review: The Sword and the Dragon (The Wardstone Trilogy)

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Synopsis: 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.

I truly liked the story line even though I could guess that Mikahl was the King’s son immediately when the sword lighted up for him. My only complaint would be the length of the book. The story switches perspective several times between the different characters. It starts with the Gerard’s climb that he makes for his brother Hyden. There is an immediate difference that the reader will be able to tell between the 2 brothers personalities Hyden being the more responsible one and Gerard with the dreams of grandeur. The reader gets a chance to understand the characters personalities by what is revealed when it switches to their perspective.

As an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy I understand the slow initial build-up that occurs to build this different world where dragons, fairies, elves, dwarves, giants, lizard people, demons and several things exist. After that initial part, the story moves on a much more steady pace with lots of action and even a little romance between Gerard and Shaella. It doesn’t end on cliffhanger but there are quite a few questions left unanswered that will make you want to the read the next installment. Overall, good read for anyone who loves fantasy, magic and of course dragons!

 

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