Calling on all of his elemental powers, Hephaestus, God of Fire, forged a mighty sword of fire for his king, Zeus. But in a bold and treacherous move, marauders have stolen the magical blade. Now it is up to Hercules to recover it--though he may be in for more than just a fight with ambitious thieves. For someone far more powerful has plans for Zeus's sword of fire. And foCalling on all of his elemental powers, Hephaestus, God of Fire, forged a mighty sword of fire for his king, Zeus. But in a bold and treacherous move, marauders have stolen the magical blade. Now it is up to Hercules to recover it--though he may be in for more than just a fight with ambitious thieves. For someone far more powerful has plans for Zeus's sword of fire. And for Hercules!...
|Title||:||By the Sword|
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By the Sword Reviews
I read this as part of the Legendary Journeys Hercules and Xena Bookclub (join the group here on Goodreads). I was reading the first edition mass market paperback and I found it to be full of typos (well, maybe 10 or so) which I found distracting. Add to that a story that was not especially engaging and the poor job the author did of matching Hercules' characterization from the TV series and you end up with my two-star rating.The story is very like something the tV series writers might have done in the first season of the show so even though it's not great it is in line with the series. I don't consider these novels to be "canon" but if we were to place this during the run of the series, it would have to take place after the season three episode "Love Takes a Holiday" in which Aphrodite and Hephaestus get together. The god we spend the most time with is Hermes. Hermes doesn't appear on the show until season four so we can forgive the descriptions in this novel that don't jive with that appearance.I think I was most bothered by the characterization of Hercules. He seemed very dark and too serious. He was also a bit vindictive in a way that we never saw in Kevin Sorbo's portrayal. I also missed Iolaus who is not even mentioned in this novel.This is a fast read and if you're a fan of the H:TLJ TV series you might have fun with it but it's hardly necessary reading.
Mostly this played like a mediocre first season episode of the series. Since the book was written very early on in the HTLJ run the descriptions of some of the Gods and their relationships don't line up with what we learned of them later in the show. And the author does eventually take advantage of his medium to do some things that would have been prohibitively expensive for a TV episode.Bottom line is I could only recommend this to hardcore fans of the show or the extremely nostalgic. But then if you're considering reading this book in 2014 or later there's a good chance you're one or both of those things.
Kirjassa on yksinkertainen juoni, joka keskittyy tapahtumiin. Maailman kuvaus ja henkilökuvaus ovat heikkoja – sisältö on lähes pelkästään sanailujen siivittämänä tapahtumasta toiseen etenemistä. Kerronta ei myöskään temmannut mukaansa vaan ajatukset lähtivät helposti karkaamaan. Kirja ei toiminut minulla edes kevyenä viihteenä eikä välipalana. En muistaakseni katsonut 90-luvulla TV-sarjaa, mihin kirja perustuu. Ehkä kirja tarjoaa niille enemmän, jotka ovat TV-sarjasta pitäneet.