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After decades of training under his mentor Gildor, Kian Cardan walks out of the Blue Dagger Mountains with little on his mind but a strong desire to return home. Now a master of the ancient techniques of the Elven warriors, the time has come for him to defend the weak, and combat ever present forces of evil. But a cruel welcome awaits him, and he soon falls into the companAfter decades of training under his mentor Gildor, Kian Cardan walks out of the Blue Dagger Mountains with little on his mind but a strong desire to return home. Now a master of the ancient techniques of the Elven warriors, the time has come for him to defend the weak, and combat ever present forces of evil. But a cruel welcome awaits him, and he soon falls into the company of K’xarr and Cromwell, two mercenaries who appear to be harbouring a dangerous secret. Hard times have befallen the kingdom of Bandara, and when the king dies the crown is passed to the princess Raygan, instead of her older, more ambitious brother. With war drums beating in neighboring Abberdon, and sinister schemes festering within the castle walls, the Princess Raygan turns to the three unlikely allies for salvation. Only time will tell if the courage in Kian’s heart is great enough to overcome the growing darkness in his soul. Gods Of Blood And Fire Series • Book 1: Swords Of The Phoenix Queen • Book 2: Song of Fury - Coming This Winter! • Book 3: Coming Spring 2016! • Book 4: Coming Fall 2016! • Book 5: Coming Spring 2017 ...

Title : swords of the phoenix queen
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ISBN : 25238967
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Number of Pages : 565 Pages
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swords of the phoenix queen Reviews

  • Mark D
    2019-03-06 22:16

    EDIT: Original review below break...So I recently re-read this book after it was revised late October, I had to post my new thoughts after reading a edited version...and it really is now a true great book. I mentioned before, this is why I love ebooks as its easy for them to push out revisions. But with the edits in place, the story really flows chapter to chapter. There is no reading a line, going back a few to make sure that what you are reading is a character speaking and not inner thoughts. Spelling mistakes fixed and grammar corrections...Perfect.If you had this book on your shelf, but you put it away. Grab a revised edition and start again, you won't be disappointed.------------------------To start, I'll just say this does have some formatting issues. I read it on Kindle, and some parts where characters are speaking don't have indications (ie. " ") that they are speaking and not inner thoughts. But, good thing about Kindle is it can be edited and updated quickly.Now that that is out of the way...WOW! Where the hell has this author been all my life? Seriously like what the hell, I was expecting a nice easy read to help me through the week...instead I got an epic journey where I didn't get to bed till 4am...Seriously though, this book has everything.To start we have our innocent and naive half-elf, Kian. After training for half a century of near about, he leaves his Master to discover the wide world and reunite with his family. I was hooked right from the beginning, I mean who doesn't like a half-elf and all the fun that comes with that? After a bit he runs into two mercenaries, K’xarr and Cromwell - who are looking to make a name for themselves and join a mercenary company. Kian is in for a rude awakening seeing how the world works, and being such an honorable fellow in a dark world...he's a little lost.Back in the Kingdom of Bandara we have a ailing King, ambitious son and spoiled daughter - and all the fun politics that come with a King giving the Throne to a daughter who wants nothing to do with it and passing over the son who backing of the Nobles. And with war looming..Bandara needs a strong leader to rule.Throw in a religious order preaching the one God, burning anyone who they deem "magic" or different...yeah, you will be hooked.We also have the older, Pagan Gods (reminded me of Norse/Greek Gods), who still walk the world of Men. Some want a return to the old days and some just want to watch the world burn. But all are watching and planning, manipulating from behind the scenes for their own ends.With all the different cultures, races and various Gods/Goddesses walking around I wish there was a character sheet at the back...because this is a long book, which I love. And no ending on a cliffhanger, thank god. The book ends with threads being closed and others opening laying the groundwork for a sequel, but nothing that will leave you angry with the author (yeah, I'm looking at you GRRM..pls hurry).All in, this book was one of the best I read this year. The characters are well developed, the world the author has created here is huge and book one barely touches on what's out there. I can't wait for the second one.

  • Chris
    2019-03-03 23:25

    Get an editor and a POVThe constant pov changing is ridiculous, no warnings, random in chapter breaks, and chapters ended randomly. The book also needs editing badly. A couple times verbs were used instead of adverbs, several places had the wrong punctuation, it's odd to 'humbly request someone's presents,' or to have the 'offal thing' removed from one's sight. Most of the hero characters were likable, however, a couple were not, the bad guys were stereotypical, and the plot line is pretty convoluted. I may pick up the next one to see if a pov is picked to finish the story with.

  • Kellie Allen
    2019-02-27 22:29

    Gruesome EpicWhat a tale.......good vs. evil. Parts of this story are truly horrifically gruesome, sadly greedy megalomaniacs are capable of such atrocities. The "Old Gods" are manipulating events and a merry band with secret honor save the day. The characters were written so well. I found myself cheering and hoping and booing and hissing. I will definitely be waiting for the sequel. I have left out so much of what this tale includes......prejudice, fanatic corrupt religious leaders, magic, the power of the people, flawed heroes, and loyal friends all in an engrossing thrill ride. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 was editing.....misspellings and omitted words occur enough that it was noticeable. Maybe some beta readers??

  • Charlie Newkirk
    2019-03-02 21:19

    Could've been 4 stars if only the author secured the services of a good editor.The story itself was fine. The book was quite long and probably should've been split into parts.The problem is that the author lacks basic writing skills. There were more run-on sentences in this book than in all of the other thousands of books I've read combined. Errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling are rife. Sadly this is an all too common occurrence these days.There are jarring transitions of scenes. From one paragraph to the next the story changes between characters and locations. Oddly, the author uses scene breaks, so he knows what they are and how to use them. Why he doesn't use them consistently is anyone's guess.There's real potential here if only there was better workmanship.

  • scherrycusick
    2019-03-15 20:23

    Hero,villain or bothOk to start with this group is definitely not Knights of the round table. They don't start out to save a kingdom, more like pillage and steal. Our hero's, if you want to call them heroes, just sort of stumble on each other. Then it becomes the enemy of my enemy is my friend. I'm not telling you anymore of the plot. I want you to decide between the good and evil. There is a twist on it. I look forward to the next book to see what our new (heroes ?) Get into.

  • Johan
    2019-03-12 18:10

    Terrible.I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, I've only read 15% so far and there are simply too many errors.Ok, he doesn't want to pay an editor, I get it. But would it really have hurt to just read through your own book once before you decided to publish it? English isn't even my native language but in the 15% I've read this far I've found more errors than in any other book in my library.

  • Darrin Riggen
    2019-03-02 16:08

    Great book!!!I loved it full of twist, plots, romance(typically I am not fond of it), magic and heroism. Tie all that together this turned out one of the best book I have read in a long time. Hurry up with the second book!!!!!!!

  • Wanda Marchand
    2019-02-21 17:14

    Great story!Really enjoyed this book, quite the page turner. Good, story and character development. Can't wait for the follow up book.

  • Belinda Richee
    2019-02-24 21:12

    Good bookGood book but it pisses me off that I have been waiting years for next in line but the title was changed at some point. Now the series is known as The Gods of the Forever Sea or something like that. Amazon should send a notice that a title has been changed when you download a book.

  • Compyr
    2019-03-02 17:26

    This kinda reminded me of Mark Lawrence. The main character turns into a very dark person by the end. I agree with others that this book needs the help of an editor.I volunteer if the author wants to.the claims of run on sentences, misused words, etc are all true. if you can get passed all that it's a pretty good read. the only thing I really didn't like was the change in the main character. Maybe he'll find his path back in future books. Other then that, if you're looking for blood this book has it.

  • Lurino
    2019-03-13 20:22

    Dark twisting murderous pathIt started simple, like any other hero stories, but the turns and twists that made the plot works is convoluted and dark enough to make this fall into a dark fantasy instead of your usual hero journey. The writing is good, though a bit winded at times. There are times when the pace is so slow and filled with expositions and background fillers before it suddenly shifted to a gory massacre

  • Harley Turner
    2019-03-07 16:03

    Amazing! I had all but given up on fantasy novels when I stumbled across this one. While it does need some work, the story is amazing and the characters...Wow! All of the characters have really unique names, but there are some (K'xarr for example) that I can't for the life of me figure out how to pronounce! They are very well developed and the story was great!

  • Riayl
    2019-02-25 15:23

    I slogged through the first few chapters and then gave up, it was too much work as I was constantly mentally editing as I read. Maybe I'll pick it up again someday - especially if a new version that has been properly edited is put out.

  • Simon le comtede l'érable
    2019-03-08 23:14

    I know that grimdark book are what sell these days but can we have a female character that is not raped every couple of chapters.leaving that aside like the beginning of the series will read the second next.

  • Roger A Dean
    2019-03-14 19:17

    Very poor editing. Had grammatical errors on almost every page.