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Sword learns much about the Uplands and discovers the secret of the Ninth Talisman. The ending of this storyline is satisfactory, but leaves one wishing for more. Highly recommended for Watt-Evans fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of exotic cultures, unusual magic, and a bit of romance. Jordin Should have been 2 books instead of 3 Having finished the series, I must say I was generally disappointed by it.

The first book was quite strong and got me very interested in the world Watt-Evans had created and the characters he populated it with. However, the second and third books have really dimmed my interest. The main problem as I see it is that there really isn't enough material in the last two books to justify publishing them separately. Each of them is filled with needless repetitions to the point where the last two volumes of this series should have been edited down and released as one three hundred page novel.

Yes, I do think about half of the last two books amounted to unnecessary and extraneous material. As an example, there were at least two places on this book, in addition to the prologue, in which the entire series up to that point was summarized. In addition, the charactersare remarkably slow and dim-witted. I figured out every single plot twist and problematic plan pages in advance of the characters in the story. Essentially reading this book amounted to me wading through pages of repetitious ruminations waiting for the characters to figure out what should have been obvious from page one.

All in all, much as I like the work of Watt-Evans, I cannot recommend the series. Book one is a good read; a self-contained and interesting story. I would recommend you read that and skip the rest. If you are particularly bored you might try to get the books from the library, but frankly I am not sure they are worth even that limited time commitment. Solid, but not quite Ethshar good Watt-Evans brings the story off on an even keel, and manages to make a complete story of it. The key parts are no secret. The hero is on the run, pursued by an all powerful wizard and his new police force.

The bad guy may or may not be bad for the land the hero is supposed to protect, but the dead are his friends and he has to flee outside of the range of the magic of the land. The place he has to flee to is almost impossible to survive in the winter, and he is headed into the heart of the cold season. Evans manages to make the fight for survival interesting, and he develops the set up and the passage well. I was worried what he would do to fill up the book space, so to speak, and he manages to do that well. He also manages to resolve the "bad guy" or "not so bad" guy issues well, reconcile some people, pull together a solid plot and make it an enjoyable read.

I'm not sure where the one guy got the thought that the book is all angst, that is a small sub-plot and not overused. The difficulties are real, the issues make sense, the development continues and the book wraps the series well. All in all I was pleased with the read, even if I paid for a new copy when the book came out. I'd recommend it as a Watt-Evans fan or to anyone who gets the book recommended by Amazon if it fits your profile. Read more 7.

It all began with Dragon Weather : a wave of incredible heat, oppressive humidity, dark angry clouds. Dragons with no remorse, no sympathy, no use for humans; dragons who destroyed an entire village and everyone in it. Everyone, that is, except the young boy, Arlian. Orphaned and alone, Arlian was captured by looters and sold as a mining slave.

Years later he escaped, fueled by years of hatred for the dragons, bandits, and slavers that took away his youth—and a personal vow to exact retribution from those who have wronged him. Arlian seeks out The Dragon Society, whose sworn purpose is to stand against the dragon menace. What he learns there is shocking: that he may well be the best hope humanity will ever have for defeating the dragons.

I liked it so much I got my hubby to read the series. I would reccomend it to anyone who loves dragons and mystery. It comes close to being as good as Lord of the Rings! Good sequel While not as compelling as the first book in the series I thought this was an excellent book. It continues right where Weather left off, Arlian's quest for vengence against the Dragons that made him a Dragonheart and that killed his family and town.

He also settles his debt with the surviving members of the Dragon Society that he swore vengence on, just not in the way you would think. Several new plot twists are introduced in this book and I think they fit in nicely and keep the series flowing well. There were no slow spots in the book that I saw and found it hard to put down. My only complaint I guess, was that Arlian would keep realizing something an idea, a different viewpoint, a sloution, etc.

His indecisiveness did annoy me at times but not too much. Maybe he just isn't the brightest in the world Highly recommended. Old story new twist Due to the Anne McCaffery books Dragons that used to been "evil" have become good. LWE brings back the old dragons that made them wonderful beasts again. When I first read Dragon Weather I loved it and I thought for sure the next won't be as good it turns out I was wrong I am deeply in love with Arlian and I love the discription getting more involved with the feelings of the main charticter which doesn't happen in many books of this stature.

I also love the fact that he doesn't suger coat anything giving the charticters a more realistic feel. Watt-Evans is no Robert Jordan - thank the stars!! Arlian comes back from Desolation after participating in the events leading to the demise of Lords Enziet and Drisheen, pondering ways to fulfill his vow of ridding the world of the dragon plague. Immediately we are thrust back into the political machinations of the upper-crusty society of Manfort. Too much time is spent with Arlian thinking "but oh That said, I got a real feel for the characters, Black and Toribor in particular.

Arlian is a tad one-dimensional in his quest. He is MUCH too misunderstood, too martyr-like in his quest to be interesting. Thankfully, the other characters in the novel are significant enough to shoulder the weight of the narrative. As another poster mention, this definately feels like "the middle book". While there is a definate ending to the book, its not particularly satisfying.

The dragons are fleshed out a bit further as a major threat, but we don't see much of them. When one finally does make an appearance, it doesn't feel like the revelation it should be. But I have faith in Watt-Evans. His "Book of Silence" series with Garth the Overman is my favorite fantasy series of all time and I have high hopes for his latest. I'm sure whatever he comes up with next, it will have made The Dragon Society a worthwhile read.

Outstanding work I'm the first person to admit I'm a mark for LWE's work, but this series is outstanding. The dialogue is fantastic, and the reader is generally left with a sense of impression and understanding about the characters. Each character in Dragon Weather and Dragon Society has a unique role to play for our "hero", and throughout the course of the book, LWE continually provides you with snippets as to each character's motivation.

Good stuff from a highly underrated writer. Read more 8. Anrel Murau is a scholar, a young man with no magical ability even though he is the son of two powerful sorcerers. Upon returning to his childhood home after years of study in the capital, Anrel finds his friends and family held under the thumb of the corrupt local lord.

If he can survive life on the run, that is. Carrying only his sword, a few coins, and his wit, Anrel must leave behind everything he has ever known, trust himself to unexpected allies, and outmaneuver leagues of enemies who will stop at nothing to keep his dangerous ideas from ever being heard.

Nothing will ever be simple for Anrel again, as his personal quest may provide more peril for those he holds dear. When Magic Goes Awry. Lawrence Watt-Evans, author of the acclaimed Legends of Ethshar and Worlds of Shadows novels invites readers to embark on a rollicking journey in a brand-new fantasy series. The Wizard Lord's duty is to keep the world in its delicate balance.

Each are magically-infused mortal individuals who, for the term of their service, have only one function--to be available to remove an errant Wizard Lord, whether by persuasion or by stronger means. Breaker, a young man of ambition, has taken the mantle of Swordsman from its former bearer who wished to retire. Never did he realize that he would be called to duty so quickly, or that the balance of power in his world would be so precarious. He had a duty to perform. A world to save. These are magically infused mortal individuals who for the term of their service have only one function--to remove an errant Wizard Lord.

The new Wizard Lord rules benevolently The Spriggan Mirror: A Tale of. The Vondish Ambassador.

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Ithanalin's Restoration Legends. Above His Proper Station. The Misenchanted Sword. The Summer Palace: Volume Three. The Dragon Society Obsidian Chronicles. A Young Man Without Magic. Dragon Weather Obsidian Chronicles. The Wizard Lord Annals of the. The Unwilling Warlord: A Legend. The Ninth Talisman Annals of. Shining Steel. The Lure of the Basilisk Lords.

The Nightmare People. In the Empire of Shadow Three. The Blood of a Dragon. Newer York. Nightside City. Out of this World. Read more. Editorial Review Product Description Once, not so long ago,a warlock named Vond built an empire in the southern part of the Small Kingdoms. Editorial Review Product Description Lawrence Watt-Evans, author of the acclaimed Legends of Ethshar and Worlds of Shadows novels invites readers to embark on a rollicking journey in a brand-new fantasy series.

Read more Customer Reviews 10 A Huge Letdown I am a big fan of both the fantasy of manners and swashbuckling genres, and this book appeared like it might be a good example of both. Alas, this book has neither the wit of a fantasy of manners, nor the panache of a swashbuckler. It starts off quite promisingly with some nice world-building. But it goes nowhere. Our hero is bland and unlikeable, and what passes for a plot is largely driven by him failing to dissuade his even more unlikeable friends from doing things which are literally criminally stupid.

In fact, it is the sort of book where the characters' actions are routinely so stupid that they stop and discuss just how stupid they are -- before going ahead and doing them. The villain is only marginally villainous at best. The hero is inept; the only thing he seems to be really good at is starting major riots. Which probably means he is responsible for more innocent deaths than the villain! Most of the other characters are paper-thin. The love interest, in particular, shows no noteworthy characteristics at all, and seems to exist mostly so that her relatives can drag the hero into further plot.

The ending is a complete mess. Without getting into spoilers, the majority of the plot threads are left unresolved, and the hero goes from being crazily heroic to being completely unheroic in the space of about two pages. It is utterly unsatisfying. Left me hanging I found this book not really up to the usual standsrd for Lawrence Watt-Evans. The story is interesting enough and shows promise but never quite delivers. The characters are realistic and believable and suit the story.

I have enjoyed many of this author's previous novels, but this one just didn't quite get there. For one thing, the story didn't have an ending. The plot built nicely towards a conclusion, but then it sort of fizzled into nothing. Oviously there is a second book planned, but this one needed to have a better ending to encourage me to follow the story on.

At the end I felt cheated for having read so much story to end up with nothing in my hand. Will I buy the next book? Possibly, but I certainly wouldn't buy the hardback version. I'll wait until a paperback version comes out and make my decision then. He is the son of two powerful sorcerers who perished long ago in an unknown accident.

Unfortunately for him, he did not inherit any powers of his own hence the title, A Young Man Without Magic. Yet, he is happy. When he returns home after four years of education in the capital, he discovers that his best friend, Valin, has become obsessed with the politics of the capital and the welfare of human beings.

He demonstrates this soon enough by bombarding his friend with questions of the capitol, what the emperor is doing, etc. When Valin finds out that the Landgrave owner of the province is planning on executing a boy for stealing herbs, he immediately goes to protest. Anrel goes along with Valin, but none of their protests affect the Landgrave in any way. A few days later, Valin finds out that the Landgrave executed the boy, and goes to him again.

This time however, he is much angrier, calling the Landgrave a foul, heartless creature and letting loose at him. The Landgrave asks Valin if he is challenging his right to be the Landgrave, and Valin says yes, not knowing that he just challenged the Landgrave to a duel of leadership. When he is told this, he is aghast, but there is no way to undo the damage. When the duel comes, the Landgrave quickly disposes of Valin. Anrel, seeing his dead friend, feels he needs to let his friend's voice be heard.

He makes a speech of all of Valin's beliefs in the town square, and then runs off to demand justice. I, as a student, have read hundreds of novels of all genres. Set in the Middle Ages, this book is a completely different spin on sorcery, witches and wizards. Others who have read the book will agree that politics play a big part in this. No, not Barack Obama and the White House, but the citizen's debate on taxes and the gossip of a new order coming into play. Pretty confusing, huh? That's how I felt after reading it. Lawrence Watt-Evans tried to make it stand out in the realm of fantasy novels, but all he succeeded in doing was making it utterly confusing and boring.

This wasn't the kind of book in which I wanted to turn the pages to see what would happen; it was the kind of book that I wanted to toss in the garbage. The author had a lot of good ideas, but he didn't execute them well. For example, the idea of sorcery. That was interesting, but he hardly made any instances of characters using spells in the book.

The only main event in which sorcery was used was Valin's duel. Another example was the map in the beginning. One section of the map said The Mystery Lands. What do you think is there? Well, you don't find out in the book, because no characters go there. Why bother having something intriguing if you won't even mention it again in the book? Did you just put it there so that people will read the book to find out, and be disappointed?

All of my questions remain unanswered. This book has a Content Rating of 3 because it is very confusing and has a very difficult word choice. It is more recommended for high school or college students. Reviewed by a young adult student reviewer Flamingnet Book Reviews Teen books reviewed by teen reviewers Reluctant Revolutionary--Extremely Reluctant Sorcerer Anrel Murau is a young scholar who has returned to his uncle's estate in the country after four years at university in the tumultuous capital city of Lume.

In the Walasian Empire, magicians are Lords, and Anrel, despite being from an aristocratic family, has failed his magic tests and is designated a commoner. This suits him. He saw his parents killed by magic when he was a young child and remains haunted by their deaths. He also saw the unrest in the Empire as the magic sustaining the Empire is crumbling and famine threatens stability. He hopes to lead a quiet, safe life as an unassuming clerk. Unfortunately, events lead him to an entirely different sort of life.

The book is dedicated to the memory of Rafael Sabatini, and Sabatini's style of humble, but capable hero, thrust into unwanted adventure at which he excels, is definitely an influence on the character of Anrel and his unwilling role as orator and revolutionary. However, the wild romanticism of Sabatini seems almost reasonable and sensible compared to Anrel's beaux gestes. For a level-headed, intelligent fellow, Anrel finds himself committing some wild actions that lead him into all sorts of trouble. Still, it does make for excitement, adventure and suspense.

This seems to be the first book in a series. I found it interesting enough to, perhaps, wish to read more. Not his best but still worth the read. I have heard a few reviewers rip this book up. Admittedly it has a slow start but it is worth the read. Very different from Watt-Evans' previous novels. I found it very easy to get through and am excited to see the next one.

A good story of a young man looking for his direction in the world and being thrust into a life as a fugitive for speaking out for injustice in a cause he is not sure he believes in while trying to accept a talent he has long denied. If you have enjoyed Lawrence Watt-Evans previous work it's definitely worth the read.

The green hills, white peaks, and black glass were all he had ever known of life, and though he dreamed of travel and adventure, he knew deep in his heart that he would probably never leave. Until the dragon weather came. Incredible heat, oppressive humidity, dark and angry clouds. Dragons with no feelings, no empathy, no use for humans; dragons who destroyed his entire village and everyone in it.

Everyone, that is, except Arlian. Orphaned and alone, Arlian the child is captured by looters and sold as a mining slave. Seven years later Arlian the man escapes, fueled by years of hatred for the dragons, bandits, and slavers that took his youth away--and a personal vow to exact retribution from those who have wronged him.

As Arlian makes his way through life, he is obsessed with the concept of justice, and that obsession informs every task, every decision. Even Black, the man he befriends and grows to love as a brother, has little influence against Arlian's obsession. His entire life has one purpose, and one purpose only: to mete out justice. But can one righteous man change the entire world for the better? Or is he doomed by his own actions to become as unjust as those he seeks to destroy? Read more Customer Reviews 36 Surprising whenI first started this series I didnt know if I would like it,but I got drawn so easily and then couldnt put it down.

You fall in love with the characters and cant wait to see what happens next Dragon Weather - Monte Cristo goes fantasy In Dragon Weather, young Arlian's village is destroyed by dragons, and he vows to one day escape from slavery and get even with those who wronged him. As Arlian pursues his destiny, he learns that dedicating his life to vengeance is no easy task; that there might be more injustice in the world than he can atone for; that not everyone who has committed a sin is necessarily evil; and that he himself may have more in common with his enemies than he could possibly imagine.

Compent fantasy I read this novel sitting in a bookstore for a couple of hours waiting for my wife to get off work. As a book to read lightly for a few hours it works quite well. A great or notable contribution to fatasy it is not. The story is plot heavy, and while nothing in it is new or groundbreaking, it is engaging enough to keep your intrest. The main character is a man who sees all aspects of the world through his view of justice, and most of the novel is based on hime tring to extract revenge for crimes done to him and the moral dilemias he faces in tring to do this.

The novel is very plot driven, this is not really a character study, and there is a certian sense of detactment between the reader and the protagonist. Some people seem to love this giving this book great praise, so if you are a fan of plot driven novels this would be a good canidate for you. If not, it can take up a boring afternoon. I really loved his early work. Somewhere in the middle, he lost me. Nothing in his books was really grabbing me. An interesting back cover blurb and a nice cover made me pick this one up.

While it is a good read, it certainly has some faults in storytelling. I think that the good outweighs the bad however, and the story contains a few unique ideas. So if you are a dragon fan, this will probably be a good read for you. However, he doesn't do it quite so well as Dumas did. Of course, that's a high standard, and any book, in my mind, would suffer from a comparasion with Dumas.

There were several problems with this book. First of all, there was the writing. It was not very well paced. Several important plot points were virtually glossed over in sentances, where as a few were mentioned ad nauseum. Secondly, Arlian has very, very hypocritical ethical standards.

He bases his wealth on a series of burglaries, but he justifies it because the nobleman he robs holds slaves and hurt some of Arlian's friends. While slavery is wrong, it is not right to steal from someone. He is shown as being persistant in taking his revenge, but he takes it to such extremes. He does feel some remorse for some of the actions, but it's almost an afterthought. Compared to Edmond Dantes, Arlian leaves a sour taste in the mouth. Thirdly, I did not feel that the world of Dragon Weather was very well developed.

It didn't really seem to have very good underpinnings. All of the characters use nicknames, sometimes several. The reason is mentioned offhandedly, but is not really delved into. Aside from the nicknames, not much information is given about the culture. Finally, an inordinate amount of the story relies on heavy, heavy coincidence. For example, several of the looters who find Arlian and sell him into slavery can recognize him. Arlien also convinces one man to leave his job to teach him to swordfight, in just a matter of minutes of meeting the man.

Arlien and the leader of the looters belong to the same secret society. This type of thing goes on throughout the book, and it's really hard to ignore. I would only recomend Dragon Weather if you are interested in some light bedtime reading. It is ultimately a forgettable novel. Science Fiction Chronicle decribed it as the best fantasy novel of the year. If that's the case, was a "ho hum" year for fantasy all around.

The author makes many limitations on the environment and the people that inhabit it. Ultimately this makes it seem like the characters that are mentioned are the only spinning gears in this story. Out of all the characters in the entire book, even the minor ones that say only a word or two, there are only a couple that have any ambition. Everyone is content doing their job and task just seems reluctant to do anything ambitious or outside the norm.

Cities are nonexistent or just never talked about and the entire country is made up of small villages that are only connected by small trails. If you mix these types of people people that just want to get through the day and never try to better themselves or their situations and an environment that puts extreme limitations on how people and towns interact leaving you with without the power to speculate whats happening in the world outside of the characters. All of this coupled with a bland hero archetype for the main character and his gang lazy 'heroes', that want to be anywhere else but where they are and doing something else then what they are doing at any given point, lead to a generic fantasy story that doesn't entice imagination or thought.

Pretty good Lawrence Watt-Evans is almost unique among modern fantasy writers in that he can write a short, entertaining stand alone book rather then a 7 book page per book opus that constantly goes in circles. He's also unique in his avoidance of most fantasy cliches. In this book for example, you'd expect the Swordsman to hook up with the Babe - he doesn't. You'd expect the bad guy to be out to conquer the world in the name of evil - instead, he just wants revenge for past slights done to him.

Most of the people in his books in fact, seem to be making decisions based on some kind of logic. You'd expect the heroes to be heroic, instead they're kind of whiny and hesitant - including the main character. On the flip side though, the stakes in some of his books often seem slight and the resolutions seem anti climatic. That's one weakness in this book, the heroes victory isn't that strenuous and you never felt the danger was that great. If I'd been the bad guy and had his powers, I'm pretty sure I could have done a lot more to stop the heroes.

Also, as someone else pointed out, his characters here are a little to whiny and less sympathetic then they could be. Regardless though, I still recommend the book because it's an enjoyable read and a different view of fantasy then your likely to get anywhere else. Joey from Lake Tapps says, "This is the best book I have ever read!!!!! Breaker was locked into the secret room as the door snapped shut behind him! Luckily, he had instinctively jammed his sword into the crack between the closing doors and had prevented it from locking fully!

With utmost care, he stuck his foot into the crack and withdrew his sword. After sheathing his sword, He placed his fingers into the crack and opened the double-doors. Once done, he saw two white-faced maidens staring at him. Can you see why I enjoyed this book so much? I have read hundreds of books and The Wizard Lord is by far my favorite! I give this book five stars!!! In the story, The Wizard Lord, there is an eighteen year old called Breaker.

He is nicknamed so, because when he was little, he used to break many dishes, cups, et cetera. Twelve years later, he is swilling beer with his old friends after finishing a barley harvest. He then sees an old traveler carrying a sword. His first thought is, "a real sword!! Together they keep the Wizard Lord who controls all living things as well as the weather.

This man will offer Breaker his job as Swordsman and that will change Breaker's life forever. My favorite part of this fantastic novel is where Breaker and his team are suddenly surrounded by squirrels possessed by The Wizard Lord! The Seer breaks their necks and The Speaker uses their true names. Both of these release the squirrels from the Wizard Lord's power. As then finish, a wild elk, also possessed, charges out of the forest! You will have to read to find out about Breaker's fantastic battle against this magically strengthened elk!

I really loved that part because it is jumping from one exciting part to the next and is always keeping you on the edge of your seat! Almost all of the main characters were amazing in different ways! For Example, The Leader can make anybody listen to him intently and take him seriously, The Seer could see where the chosen and The Wizard Lord are, The Speaker can talk to anything, even ghosts, The Swordsman Breaker is the fastest, strongest, and best at swordplay in the world, The Archer can never miss with a bow and arrow, The Thief can steal anything unnoticed and pick any lock or pocket, The Beauty is the most attractive woman in the world, The Scholar learn a new thing every day and can never forget the truthful things, and lastly, The Wizard Lord has all the powers of all of them into one, and he controls the weather and animals.

I would love this book to become a movie because all my favorite movies are either too exciting or too fantasy! Eragon has all of the fantasy in it and The Lord of the Rings has all the action! This book has everything combined, story line, action, suspense!! If the book can keep me this far onto the edge of my seat, then the movie will probably make me fall off right onto the sticky theatre floor!

It is a fantastic novel and you will love it if you enjoyed the Harry Potter series! I hope you will read the great book! The Wizard Lord rules all of Barokan, although he has limitations on his authority. He can kill rogue wizards and any criminal who flees into the wilderness, but not innocent people. If he exceeds his limits and becomes a Dark Lord, the Chosen will gather to kill him. In this novel, Breaker is a young man in the village of Mad Oak. As the villagers are celebrating the completion of the barley harvest, two wizards and the Swordsman -- one of the Chosen -- come into town looking for a new Swordsman.

Breaker is the only one to volunteer for the position. Breaker gets a good scolding from his mother. She sees the affair as him agreeing to become a killer. Breaker can't convince her that the position is purely ceremonial. After all, there hasn't been a Dark Lord for over one hundred years.

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Breaker won't become the Swordsman unless he has learned how to use a sword and then defeats the Old Swordsman in a duel to first blood. For the next few months, he practices with the Old Swordsman and is unable to even touch him while practicing. The Old Swordsman, however, is able to touch him almost anywhere on his body, but Breaker is beginning to hold him at bay for longer intervals.

His friends see what the Old Swordsman can do to him and think that he is an easy mark. After several efforts to fence with him and receiving sound defeats, they start calling him the New Swordsman. In this story, the day finally comes for the ritual duel. Naturally, the Old Swordsman is not allowed to use his magic in this duel, but decades of practice still give him a substantial edge. Although the Old Swordsman agrees to leave an opening for Breaker, the opening moves by the Old Swordsman are powerful and quick.

The Wizard Lord can see and talk through the lower animals. He uses a rabbit to watch the duel. Breaker has never heard a talking rabbit before, but is told that this is one of the many powers bestowed on the Wizard Lord. Breaker begins to wonder if the Old Swordsman has changed his mind. Then the rabbit makes a comment and the Old Swordsman is momentarily distracted. Breaker lunges and gets a hit on his opponent's shoulder. He has won and undergoes the rituals that make him the greatest swordsman of the land.

Unlike prior Wizard Lords, the current Lord has constructed his home away from any village. He has more temper than the previous two Lords and seems less predictable and less rational. But the Old Swordsman only has suspicions without any proof.

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Breaker decides that he will visit the Wizard Lord after the spring planting. Besides, he needs -- and wants -- to go out into the wider world and learn more about the land. After all, he has never before been away from Mad Oak. The story tells of the trek of Breaker out into the greater world of Barokan. He learns much about the strange customs and unusual ways of other villages.

He also learns that the Seer -- another Chosen -- has passed through villages ahead of him and he decides to visit her prior to traveling to the Wizard Lord. Months later, he is thinking about returning home when a guide arrives to lead him to the Seer. He also will meet the Scholar -- another Chosen -- in the town of Tumbled Sheep. There he receives news that seem to confirm the Old Swordsman's suspicions.

Breaker is new to the Chosen and he questions almost everything. He wonders if the Seer and Scholar are impostors or have lied to him. As he eventually meets the other Chosen, he questions their identities and actions. He must have been noted for his incessant questioning even as a child. This tale is very different from other novels by the author, but the characters have similar aspects. Overall, this novel is very readable. Still, it is difficult to foresee how the sequels will continue this tale.

Highly recommended for Watt-Evans fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of magical powers, daring quests and tangled relationships. Editorial Review Product Description When the foreigners confronted Sterren in Ethshar of the Spices he was uneasy; when they all but abducted him, taking him to an obscure kingdom in the south, he knew he was in a terrible predicament. A predicament some might actually find appealing -- he was by heredity the Ninth Warlord of Semma, least of the small kingdoms; he was a noble, and his rank afforded him material privileges, even in a place as insignificant and obscure as Semma.

But the office also carried certain terrible responsibilities: he was to win the war the stupid King had stirred up by his arrogance. Two larger and stronger Kingdoms were preparing to invade Semma. And if the country lost, the first thing likely to be forfeit was the life of the Warlord! And if it won. Read more Customer Reviews 1 Great story and gives much background on the warlock in regards to the magic of Ethshar. If you are a fan of the Ethshar books this story gives great insight into the warlocks.

In many way even gives more information then the night of madness does. Do such plans jeopardize the delicate balance of power? It got here so quickly, in fact, that I had to wait to read it because the previous book in the series ordered from another vendor took much longer to arrive. When the Council of Immortals came to select the next Wizard Lord, Breaker argued against setting up another immensely powerful autocrat to possibly betray his responsibilities. Breaker was told that such recommendations were not within his purview, so he went home to Mad Oak.

Nicknamed Breaker due to his childhood clumsiness, he is now called Sword by his fellow villagers. Breaker is still unhappy about the rejection of his arguments by the Council. Then one night he learns from the Young Priestess of his village a good reason for continuing the custom of the Wizard Lord. Three years after that, Breaker is presented with another puzzle. Since the old Willowbank guide has died, the villagers are delighted with this new resource. Although few wish to travel, now anyone can take the road to Willowbank at any time without fear of the wild ler.

More important, traders can bring large wagons of goods to Mad Oak without difficulties with the ler. Of course, the wild ler on the road path have been displaced, but they will soon fade from the scene. The priest and priestesses are still distressed by the agitation of the wild ler and maybe a few ghosts will haunt the village for a while, but these problems also will soon fade away.

Yet Breaker is troubled over the change. In this story, Breaker leaves for Willowbank four day later. The people of Mad Oak have been suffering from nightmares and ghosts, the livestock have been skittish, much of the milk has soured, and at least one barrel of beer has been skunked, but the disturbances are gradually fading. The road is still open. Of course, none of the villagers have dared to use it, but a Chosen Swordsman should have no problems.

Breaker has a lot of questions to ask and they are not being answered in Mad Oak. So he puts three ara plumes in his hat and sets off toward Willowbank. Everywhere he goes, people ask questions, which he answers as best he can. In Beggar's Hill, the Wizard Lord talks to him through a possessed hound. He strides toward it, then passes it as he reaches the outskirts of Winterhome. The palace is built on the cliffs above Winterhome, outside Barokan where nothing permanent should be standing. Breaker definitely needs to ask the Wizard Lord a few questions. Maybe more than a few.

This tale takes Breaker back home after meeting with the Wizard Lord. Then Leader calls a meeting of the Chosen to discuss the changes. Breaker explains his impressions of the Wizard Lord as best he can and then suggests that Lore be consulted. The scholar comes down from the Summer Palace to present his own impressions of the new Wizard Lord. Both agree that the Wizard Lord wants to use less magic and to improve the lives of the common people. The Chosen learn of the Ninth Talisman and Lore states that the Wizard Lord's actions in this instance are a clear case of interference with the Chosen.

Such is forbidden under the rules, so the Chosen ask the Wizard Lord to explain his actions. This story ends with an unresolved conflict, but the plot will resume in The Summer Palace. Luckily, this sequel is now available. Highly recommended for Watt-Evans fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of exotic cultures, magical conflict, and dutiful assassins. Jordin Disappointing In the last book, the story was somewhat interesting, very original and interesting, but poorly written.

This book, however, is worse than the first. Bogging this book, and my brain, is the repetition. Usually repetition of style is good, but not for him. And not only is that annoying, the story of what happened is repeated. The only reason I could guess he kept restating that incident over and over again was for those people who are skipping around the chapters and might miss it-- although they would have to be extremely blind to not miss the reference over and over.

But the only reason those people would be skipping is because of the useless repetition He recounts a story of something from the last book to a few characters, but to the two or three people I can't remember people he tells it to, it only gets more annoying hearing it. He could have written that the character explained the even to the person rather than having him talk about it for half a page.

This whole series keeps me watching the story rather than watching the main character. The main character can't be sympathized with mainly because we don't know who he is. When we think he's one thing, he turns out to contradict that. What really confused me was when he seemed reserved, then he meets somebody and is talking about how skilled he is with his "little stick" take a few seconds to guess. I almost felt like putting the book down at that point because it was if I was reading from a perverted teenager rather than somebody who has been alive for a great deal of years more.

Also, when that scene should have turned awry between the two characters, things continue on without problem. And worse yet is the part where he is talking to friend, and something he says takes up about 10 seconds The dialog between the characters is very short and very unintelligent. This series seems like it was done when he was in his early to mid teens and now, only after establishing himself as a writer, he has picked up the manuscripts and sent them in without editing them one bit.

I continue to read these because I like his style, but the fake characters and conversation, and the annoying repetition of the main character's thoughts and reasoning along with all of the other repetition strip this series of any dignity His style is, however, good enough that I will be buying the next book soon, because I've learned how to skip the crap and get to the finish I hope you can do the same I really liked the Obsidian Chronicles, I enjoyed the Esthar books and I liked the first volume in this series.

The Ninth Talisman, however, was quite a dissapointment. My major complaint was the relatively slim story, and the inordinate amount of padding. The book itself is a slim pages, shorter than most children's books in this post-Harry Potter publishing world. In and of itself, this wouldn't be a problem. One of the things I enjoy most about Watt-Evans, particulalry his Esthar books, is his economy of style. Generally Watt-Evans can deliver a good story with exciting charcters that doesn't require one to commit to thousands of pages of reading.

Unfortunately, in the Ninth Talisman Watt-Evans does not deliver a particulalry exciting story. In addition, much of this slim volume really appears padded, particulalry when the main character thinks to himself, "The Wizard Lord may be acting strangely, but he did build the roads and everyone seems to like him.

I wouldn't be surprised if about pages of this book could be eliminated by not repeating the same formulation and rehearsing the same arguments over and over again. This really feels like half a book that has been stretched out to one book. I do not recommend you purchase this book, but rather check it out at the library. Also, to avoid too much dissapointment for the overly rushed cliff-hanger ending, you might want to wait until the next volume in this series comes out before you bother reading this one. Solid continuation of the story Volume 2 of the Annals of the Chosen The Ninth Talisman takes up just a few years after the end of volume 1.

We still follow Sword, as he gathers with the new Chosen to consider a moral dilemma not faced the Chosen before. While the first book could stand alone as a novel, the second assumes most of the world knowledge imparted in the first. Further, small spoiler the second book does not have a conclusive ending; it's like a TV series with a "to be continued The prose is still contemplative, following a guy who is not necessarily as nimble and sharp-witted as your typical fantasy hero, but who is also no dullard.

In fact, the character seems to have grown through the previous adventures -- as they say, travel is fatal to bigotry! However, the book dangles a number of carrots in front of the reader all along, while not really delivering towards the end. It's as if a house of cards is carefully built, and then haphazardly whacked when it gets in the way of delivering a tense suspense ending.

That's too bad -- with a different take on a few other characters, and a less heavy-handed treatment the crucial moment, the book might have gotten five stars. Well, four and a half -- I don't like a book that leaves the reader with that "to be continued" feeling as much as this book does, and that dings it half a star just in itself.

The Spriggan Mirror (Ethshar, #9) by Lawrence Watt-Evans

Shining Steel by Lawrence Watt-Evans. Editorial Review Product Description When John Mercy-of-Christ's soldiers ran up against weapons like none they had ever seen before, John's campaign to defeat the enemies of The True Word and Flesh came to a sudden halt. Once guns that could only come from Old Earth arrived, the doctrinal differences between his sect and the Chosen of the Holy Ghost had to be put to one side-for what other abominations might be in store?

If the starships of Earth were to battle the swords of Godsworld, John was ready for that war. But what he wasn't ready for was just how much the new war was going to change him.

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    The Blood of a Dragon: A Legend of Ethshar

    It is set in a primitive world where soldiers fight with swords and spears and wizards battle with magic. Three centuries afore, the overmen had been driven into the Northern Waste during the Racial Wars. In this novel, Garth is an overman. His breed had been created by a wizard centuries past. The Forgotten King is an immortal man from long ago. He lives in the King's Inn within the village of Skelleth. In this story, Garth goes to consult the Wise Women of Ordunin. He is tired of death and dying. He wants to gain a reputation that will be known as long as anything lives. The oracle sends him to Skelleth to meet with the Forgotten King.

    Being a practical person -- like all overmen -- Garth prepares for the long journey. He rides a great black warbeast, derived from cat, dog, and donkey ancestors. It had been given to him in lieu of tribute by the overmen of Kirpa. The warbeast has such wide paws that it walks on the surface of mud and snow. It carries him rapidly across the frozen ground to the village of Skelleth. The town had been an outpost of the Empire, but has gone downhill after the conflict ended. The wall has fallen many places and the gates are permanently open. Garth rides through the North Gate without encountering any guards.

    He continues though the town to the King's Inn. There he finds an old man and asks him if he is the Forgotten King. When the man indicates in the affirmative, Garth sits down and tells his story. The man in yellow rags thinks about the tale for a while and then says to Garth that he must prove his competence. The Forgotten King tells him to journey to the crypts in Mormoreth and bring back the first living things that he sees.

    Garth doesn't know how big the thing will be, so he buys a fine meshed cage, chains of all sizes, and a bolt of cloth to bind the creature. Two days later, he leaves through the East Gate. The Forgotten King has given him detailed information on the roads to Mormoreth, so he should not have any problem finding the place. However, Garth discovers invisible bandits on the road. He fights the ruffians and his warbeast kills a few. After most of the bandits are driven off, Garth discovers that only two of the bodies are still alive.

    He treats the most severely wounded and covers him with furs from the other bodies. Then he has the warbeast pick up the creature pinning the other bandit to the ground and hauls him out from under the beast. Garth then splints the man's leg and treats his wounds. Garth questions his prisoner and learns that the bandit leader has a stone that renders the bandits invisible. The leader had obtained it from Shang, a wizard living in Mormoreth. Garth searches the body of the leader and stashes the stone in his pocket.

    The other man dies in the night. The remaining prisoner -- Elmil -- gives his word not to try to escape or injure Garth. This man also gives the warbeast the name of Koros, an Arkheim god of war. Garth agrees that the name fits his warbeast. This tale puts Garth in further conflict with the bandits. They have another magical artifact from Shang that shields the new leader from Garth. To ask other readers questions about The Spriggan Mirror , please sign up. Lists with This Book.

    This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 07, Jimmy rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy. It's nice to have another book in this series. It's nice to have a wrap up for the Spriggans It's nice to see an old character again. It's not enouugh to lift this book past Meh. Jul 15, E. Mixon rated it it was amazing. A great sequel to With a Single Spell. A tale that really reflects magic. The world is so very unlucky not to have sprigins in it. They would replace so many sorry added people, myself included.

    May your pen never run dry, may your mind continue to spin tales of your wonderful imagination and let your children share your gift s. Live long please and add stories to those of us who read.

    Oct 18, K. Shelves: fantasy , partial-review. This is a book written for the Ethshar world, created by Lawrence Watt-Evans. It concerns the spriggans, as you might have guessed from the title. In fact, it concerns their very existence; how they came to be, what they are how the world could possibly get rid of them.

    Personally, I'm a huge Ethshar fan. I got all the books, even though I haven't read them all three more to go. If this is your very first Ethshar experience It's probably not the right place to start. Why do I say that? It's certainly an Ethshar novel, and you can read it on its own, like you can with any of the novels, however, it's a bit slow and doesn't give the best perspective on this world. The Story In the Spriggan Mirror, we meet Gresh, a supplier of all things magic, well, mostly concerned with magical components for wizards.

    His life is a quiet one, but one that he thoroughly enjoy. He has lots of sisters, most of which are concerned with magic in some form. One day, he is contacted by the Wizard's Guild. They want Gresh to find the spriggan mirror, the item that spawned well, spawn spriggans. They fear that someday the spriggans will rule the world by sheer numbers.

    This starts a small journey to the west and the Small Kingdoms, mostly on the back of a flying carpet in the company of a wizard named Tobas and his two wives, Alorria and Karanissa. If you enjoy the Ethshar universe, then you'll definitely enjoy this book as well. It gives you a good view on magic, and how not to use it! It's a bit slow on times, especially in the end, when the story is about to peak. It becomes a very thoughtful story and its main characters become very reflective. Personally, I would have liked more information on the spriggans, and the perspective of a few more people.

    Dec 01, Latharia rated it really liked it. Another fine addition to the Legends of Ethshar by Watt-Evans. My major disappointment was that unlike the other books set in Ethshar, this one didn't really start off with a bang. I was stunned to find I was halfway through it and there was no major plot hang up! Dec 28, Paul rated it did not like it. Following on from 'With a single spell', The spriggan mirror is very poor fare indeed. This book concerns itself to a very minor loose end from its predecessor, has Watt-Evans run out of plots?

    If you want to read Watt-Evans, try 'single spell' or 'misenchanted sword', if you want to complete Watt-Evans, leave this one till last? Oct 28, Kevin Driskill rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy. I liked this book a lot. I saw it got mixed reviews, but I thought it was great. I like the detail about how the magic works and the wild creativity in the explanations. Don't miss this one when you read the series it fills in several parts of the series story well and is a great read.

    Jul 13, Alain rated it really liked it. Aug 22, bluetyson added it.

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