The Saints of the Sword (Tyrants and Kings, #3)
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The Saints of the Sword (Tyrants and Kings #3)

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John Marco presents the riveting conclusion to his sweeping fantasy saga — in which three unlikely allies stand united against a terrifying crisis that threatens to devastate a world.

Biagio, Emperor of Nar, was once a madman and a tyrant. Now he wants peace. The irony is that no one believes him. Instead, the cruelest of his minions are amassing an army to usurp his throne...more
Mass Market Paperback, 708 pages
Published December 2001 by Bantam Spectra (first published January 1st 2001)
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Stefan Yates
John Marco has brought his Tyrants and Kings trilogy to a satisfying conclusion in The Saints of the Sword. Richius Vantran and his mortal enemy Emperor Renato Biagio return for this final installment in the trilogy, however this time the tables have turned and Biagio is seeking to ally himself with Vantran. Once again Biagio has a scheme and, though not as grand in scope as in The Grand Design, his plan seems pretty close to impossible. Can he get the ever troublesome and fierce Admiral Nicabar...more
This review is for the entire Tyrants and Kings series (The Jackal of Nar, The Grand Design and The Saints of the Sword). I stumbled upon these books when I was working at Borders about 15 years ago. Back then I wasn't as serious as I am now about the content of what I read, so I admit that I picked up the Jackal of Nar because it had a really cool cover. After reading it I was blown away by how good it was. At the time I was just getting into fantasy, but I had read enough to know that I wanted...more
A very good book. It was so much better than the other two and it had a very good ending. I think it was sort of left open for Alazrian but I think we probably have seen the Jackal's adventures have pretty much come to an end. I really enjoyed this series and will look for more by this author.
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This book saddened me, knowing it was the end of the series. You can see John Marco grow as a writer, but always, he was a great story-teller.
Pretty anti-climactic ending to the trilogy. There just wasn't much that went on. The first book was the most exciting by far. This book was still decent.


1. You hardly get to read about Richius. You get about 1/3 of the way into the book before we see him at all.
2. Pretty much all of the characters you care about get treated like absolute crap the entire book, for pretty much no reason, and they never defend themselves, they just keep apologizing. It was pretty frustrating.
3. Big natio...more
I just finished Marco's Tyrants and Kings. I thought the 1st and 3rd book were better than the 2nd. I liked the premise of the 2 warring nations, and the way that one was more industrial, the other more magic. I did find some of the dialogue uneven when some of the characters used modern phrases. I'm glad I read the series , but will check reviews before I pick up more from this author.
A solid fantasy series, more in the gritty/realistic vein than the usual swords and sorcery. This isn't so uncommon now, but I remember back when this series was out it was pretty rare. I could be misremembering it a bit, but I do remember really enjoying all of these. Need to re-read them sometimes, as well as the slew of other books he's released since.
Peter Greenwell
Doesn't wrap stuff up as nicely as I would've liked, but an otherwise fine conclusion to a better than average fantasy series.
Not a bad book, not my favorite by Marco. Lacked a little bit of the suspense and twists his other books have.
Second time around. Loved this series.
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Hello. Thanks for visiting my author page here on Goodreads. In case you don't know me, I'm John Marco and I'm a fantasy writer. I've written seven books so far, including the Tyrants and Kings trilogy and the books of the Bronze Knight Lukien. My next book, The Forever Knight, is due out in April 2013. I also write short stories from time to time, and these you can find at Amazon. Like a lot of f...more
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