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Shamefuly, it is now out of print so check Amazon. This is the third and final book in the Seventh Sword trilogy. I read the entire trilogy over the past couple of weeks and I take that as proof that it had gripping power and was well enough written to keep me hooked until I had finished all the books.
While trying not to spoil anything, the story is about a swordsman who is given a task in the form of a riddle and who then ventures to explore the world and finds love, power and sadness on the way.
Overall, the first and second books are the stro This is the third and final book in the Seventh Sword trilogy. Overall, the first and second books are the strongest of the series and well worth the four stars that I gave them.
The final book is the hardest to read, mainly because the character development of the main character takes a direction that I did not care for that much.
However, the bittersweet ending makes up for much and the entire series deserves strong three and a half stars.
Dave Duncan may not be the most famous of fantasy authors, but he has his unique style that keeps him on my reading list.
His fiction is set aside from the regular fare by the fact that he often manages to find the side of the coin that the reader didn't expect, making an otherwise heroic story suddenly bittersweet and melancholy.
Oct 31, Robert Runte rated it it was amazing Shelves: Re-read this after nearly 25 years and it stands up like the rest of the series very well.
If anything, I appreciated the writing more this time around as I've since become an editor and most recently a novelist myself.
Just enough flaws for the character to be well rounded and human rather than too obv Re-read this after nearly 25 years and it stands up like the rest of the series very well.
Just enough flaws for the character to be well rounded and human rather than too obviously larger than life while still keeping him a sympathetic hero.
Jan 16, Sean Randall rated it really liked it. I will concede that at times the religion was a stretch for me, but the debate of whether or not a miracle could be expected was certainly eagerly anticipated.
This really is alternate-universe fantasy of a high order, and although it's a little early in the year for such statements, this series is certainly my high point of What shall top it?
Mar 28, Sbuchler rated it it was amazing Recommended to Sbuchler by: End is somewhat bitter-sweet, as I'm starting to expect from Duncan's series Aug 08, Marc rated it it was amazing.
This trilogy is the best treatment I have seen of the clash of cultures and the coming of technology. In , he published a 4th book, but since this book ties things up nicely, I'm not sure why he did that.
Anyway, if you liked the previous two books, you'll like this one. They flow one to the next and are written in almost the exact same style.
My only complaint is that the solution he has his characters come up with which I did NOT see coming though I should have is not all rainbows and unicorns.
But, it does work and is quite appropriate. I'm rating the book and pretty much the series at a Very Good 4 stars out of 5. This is an intelligent book that is true to its premise.
The ending is not one I would have written but it matched the world of this story and that is a an impressive feat of authorship.
The main character, Wallie, must take control of a crusade, called a tryst, but doing so will not be easy. His former exploits have become known to his fellow swordsmen who will, as a result, denounce and kill him.
Add to this Wallie's knowledge of Earth's history, which gives him the insight to see that, in the This is an intelligent book that is true to its premise.
Add to this Wallie's knowledge of Earth's history, which gives him the insight to see that, in the long run, the tryst will not succeed. Still, leading the tryst appears to have been ordained by the goddess, in spite of the difficulties Wallie faces, but, even if that wasn't the case, Wallie would have to try because he is the only swordsman who understands the enemy and is therefore the only one able to avoid unnecessary bloodshed.
Sep 18, BRT rated it liked it. Initially intended to close out the trilogy, this book does an admirable job. The Godling appears to assure him that the history of this World, while slightly parallel to Wallie's , needs a different path.
Everyone is rewarded appropriately. Now on to the newly added 4th in the series to see how the World's new path pans out and what happ Initially intended to close out the trilogy, this book does an admirable job.
Now on to the newly added 4th in the series to see how the World's new path pans out and what happens to all the main characters.
Nov 14, Martin rated it really liked it. I liked the end well enough, but there were quite a few parts of this one that annoyed the hell out of me. Lots of sloppy logic and plenty of ways I could have imagined the story ending that were different from the ways it did end.
Still, it was a fun read, and definitely kept me up at night. Essentially read it in two days and two nights. Oct 01, Marsha Fuller rated it really liked it.
Shonsu the Seventh of the sword, leads in men, sailor rats, sword fighting, loving his lady, and friendship with Nnannji. Mostly he drags an ancient caste system of brute force kicking and screams towards the future.
Apr 07, John Kaster rated it really liked it. May 11, Alan rated it liked it. Book 3 of the 4 book binge. Is it to defeat the sorcerers or is it something more.
The final instalment in this trilogy does not disappoint, it beautifully wraps up the character development and brings the tale to an intriguing conclusion.
Perhaps a little slower in pace and action than the first two books it nicely sets up the slow realisation of the secret nature of the World.
The final enlightenment of the main character as to the true strands of destiny that entwine him and the others to the sword along with his reward and the exposition of the god's scheme's that define hi The final instalment in this trilogy does not disappoint, it beautifully wraps up the character development and brings the tale to an intriguing conclusion.
The final enlightenment of the main character as to the true strands of destiny that entwine him and the others to the sword along with his reward and the exposition of the god's scheme's that define his place in the World is a delight.
This book definitely caps off the trilogy and leaves me glad of the opportunity provided by my kindle to re-read it again some two decades later, and I hear that another book has been added to the series, although am a little wary as to whether the new story can match the self contained trilogy, I suspect I shall dip into some more of Mr Duncan's writings.
Sep 09, Sarah rated it liked it. The story flows and the characters are likeable, it's not hard to read and I read 3 books in a few days haven't got my hands on 4 yet.
I found myself skipping paragraphs and getting annoyed simply because everyone was so hung up on How. Even saying Hello to someone is ridiculously formal.
The series centres around a swordsman, so if you don't like reading battle scenes then you'll be put off fairly quickly. There seems to be a problem with people using their brains, everyone does everything according to their job and 'rules' that have been laid out depending on what level of that job they have.
That said - I did like the books a lot and if it hadn't been SO detailed I probably would have given them 4 stars, I'll recommend them to people who like detailed stories.
Jun 20, Kurtis Story rated it really liked it Shelves: Along the same lines as the previous books in the saga, this was good but not great.
However, the ending made up for some of its failures, in that it surprised me and was a well thought out ending for the series - not what I would have chosen, but a fitting ending nonetheless.
This book saw a lot more come into play from the main character's "past", which I thought made the story more interesting as well.
As far as the ending, the twist is well planned and thought out, and I appreciated its uniq Along the same lines as the previous books in the saga, this was good but not great.
As far as the ending, the twist is well planned and thought out, and I appreciated its uniqueness. It was however in my opinion abrupt, and not enough time was given to build up to it.
Still, all things considered I enjoyed this book the most in the series. May 07, Roy rated it it was amazing.
This was a well thought-out ending to this series' original story. I am a lover of time travel stories which is what I thought this series was at first, this actually mostly takes place on another planet which in many ways intrigues me more.
The way the author has the main character integrate into the primitive culture is quite well done! The ending reminds me some of Brandon Sanderson's ending of his first Mistborn trilogy, you are lead along a few lines of thinking and then when the completion This was a well thought-out ending to this series' original story.
The ending reminds me some of Brandon Sanderson's ending of his first Mistborn trilogy, you are lead along a few lines of thinking and then when the completion is revealed it turns out to be something that you should have guessed all along, but was never really allowed to.
I think that is a great form of story telling! Mar 24, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: A tryst of swordsmen has been convened to fight the sorcerers, and Wallie Smith has been commanded by the Goddess to lead them.
Unfortunately, his alter ego Shonsu already failed that task quite emphatically, Wallie's newfangled ways freak out the other warriors, and his knowledge of Earth's history makes him doubt he's on the right side of the conflict.
Wallie must channel MacGyver and George Washington to win a war unlike anything the World has ever seen. A cast of flawed but likeable characte A tryst of swordsmen has been convened to fight the sorcerers, and Wallie Smith has been commanded by the Goddess to lead them.
A cast of flawed but likeable characters, much more directed action than the first two installments, and a tidy bow at the end conclude the original trilogy beautifully.
May 19, Leon Aldrich rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wally Smith, having died on Earth, finds himself reincarnated as a swordsman in another world and entrusted by the presiding goddess with a mission that has no appeal for him at all.
Can he bring together all the swordsmen to finally defeat the Sorcerors and their terrible technology?
Wally isn't quite convinced he should, but Goddesses can be very persuasive Long liv Wally Smith, having died on Earth, finds himself reincarnated as a swordsman in another world and entrusted by the presiding goddess with a mission that has no appeal for him at all.
Long live Dave Duncan It is the destiny of Book 2 of trilogies to fall short so Book 3s are considered amazing. That said, Book 3 of the series is actually very good.
Having heard someone mention that it has an amazing finale, I raised my expectations and was still rewarded with something better. Without giving away any spoilers, I would still mention that you will only feel satisfied at the end of the epilogue.
But seriously, well done, Mr. Jul 28, Kevin rated it it was ok. Dave Duncan is one of my favorite authors, but this book and this series is not the one to start with if you are just reading him for the first time.
It is probably more me than the series but the main character did things that didn't seem to follow who he was and that drove me to put the book down on more than one occasion.
Jun 03, Cal rated it really liked it. Nice finish to the trilogy. The emergence of culture shifting technology in a primitive world was well done - noting that there is pain in the birth of change.
Not sure why there is a fourth book - but, I'll read it. It was clear that Wallie was never going to war. Many good minor characters.
Outstanding Long loved this series, and this author. Having read it multiple times, it effects me much the same each time. Overly simple in its judgements?
But still a masterwork of world building and a nuanced evolution of hero depiction. I was gonna give this book only 3 stars because it was basically same as the 1st 2 books, and then Shonsu started doing stupid stuff toward the end.
But then the epilogue just blew me, it was a great ending and I didn't see it at all. I'm a sucker for a happy ending, hence the 4 stars.
When his actions were discovered by his father Oryx, Nokris was branded a heretic, exiled and condemned to obscurity as his father removed nearly all traces of his existence.
It should be noted, however, that not all forms of resurrection are heretical: A Hive being may also "hide their death" within a construct known as an Oversoul , which will house their consciousness should their body be destroyed.
Additionally, Oryx is recorded in the Books of Sorrow as having resurrected both of his sisters during the early history of the Hive, after both had undergone deaths within his Throne World.
Alternatively, perhaps it is the case that resurrecting oneself via the use of a Throne World is permitted, but it is specifically the resurrection of beings other than oneself that is forbidden, as doing so may be seen as a form of altruism and therefore contradictory to Sword Logic principles.
The Vex first learned of the Sword Logic when Crota accidentally cut open a portal into one of their sealed dimensions.
Oryx eventually returned home and defeated the Vex, closing off Crota's portal after throwing his son through it,  but not before acknowledging the Vex as a worthy foe.
Whether or not the Cabal as a species studied the Sword Logic remains to be seen. The Martian Cabal Legions have little to no experience with the Sword Logic, having never engaged with the Hive in protracted combat except once on the Moon  and knowing that the Hive had weapons or tactics which effectively neutralized Guardian resurrection.
Nonetheless with the defeat of Oryx, the Cabal contingent aboard the Dreadnaught have continued to hold out despite overwhelming losses. Though not wholly like the Hive and the Worm Gods, the Fallen's behavior is similar enough to the precepts of the Final Shape that they have comprehended a form of the Sword Logic.
In order to defeat Oryx for good and by extension Crota, though unwittingly , the Guardians tapped into the power of the Sword Logic, as even Light was forced to obeyed it within the bounds of his Ascendant Realm.
This infuriated Toland as he saw the raid team which killed Oryx and his Court leave without taking his place, leaving his power open to be seized by another, and meaning all that he had worked for was for nothing.
The Baron of the Scorn known as Hiraks, the Mindbender has dedicated himself to understanding and harnessing the Sword Logic and other Hive secrets.
He has apparently been successful in carving out his own Throne World in the Ascendant Realm, and has the ability to sway lesser Hive creatures to follow his whims.
The Taken are corrupted members of various species the Hive have encountered and destroyed. First demonstrated against the Ecumene  after Oryx communed with the Darkness,  the Taken as a whole are described as a "paracausal ontopathogenic weapon" which infects the physical existence of an enemy and binds them to the will of Oryx.
They serve as Oryx's proxies, as during the war against the Ecumene they allowed him to kill en mass far more than ordinary Hive could do, as he could Take the enemy's soldiers to replace his own losses and empower his forces with their abilities.
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