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Sword Bearer (Return of the Dragons #1)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  667 ratings  ·  81 reviews
You swing a staff until you're ready to swing a sword. Then you go on all kinds of adventures - fighting monsters, casting spells and saving damsels in distress. At least that's how it's supposed to work, but I didn't believe a word of it.


Locked in his room in the castle, young Anders yearns for adventure. Until the
ebook, 180 pages
Published January 2012
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While reading this short (125 page) fantasy novel, I debated whether it deserved three stars or four. Then it stopped. It didn’t finished (it’s the first of a series); it didn’t conclude; it just stopped. I really dislike that. Give the reader some sort of closure. Yes, set hooks for the series if you must, but give the reader some satisfaction for having read this book.

Interesting blend of Harry Potter and LOTR-lite set in a medieval Europe analog. Likeable, clueless hero, who says magic words,
I like reading new YA fiction because you usually find some lovely gems. However, gem this story was not. I kept hoping the story would take off but I felt like I was treading water. I did not feel any real angst for Anders, the pimply-faced teen who just seems to flounder. While the story started off slowly it really did not give me enough information for me to bond with him as a main character. In fact, I could not bond with any of the characters. I felt no loss at the deaths, I felt no relief ...more
I'm a fan of anything with dragons, peresonally, hints the name that spelled properly means dragon in latin. So naturally I simply had to read this. I must say, I'm not entirely clear on the Return of the Dragons part. I assume its the name of the series. But that little detail does not take away from the story.

This story centers around Anders, apparently an out of shape wizard without much practical knowledge and with bad acne. He's a bit sheltered, and by a bit I mean a lot. He's often locked
D.F. Haley
Fat pimply kid is really the three-blood prince. Who knew?

Dislike these plots where everything is given rather than earned. Today's kids already have a feeling of entitlement. They hardly need yet another plot which reinforces that they are right to feel this way. At least Harry Potter had to fight his way up. I much prefer plots where the hero/heroine uses skills, smarts and grit to win the day, rather than discovering their "innate" magical talents and blowing everyone away.

Characters were abo
Flat characters. I didn't understand who the main character was, I couldn't connect with him. The love interest was weak- who goes around kissing boys with green clay masks on their faces when they have a boyfriend? I was disappointed that the main character didn't have to work to get anything, it was just in his blood and he didn't even know what he was saying or doing it just magically happened. And he was waaaaaay too trusting and buddy buddy with people he just met. There was no reason for m ...more
Anders is a wonderful kid, one who will appeal to middle grade students, especially boys. It can be difficult to find books to entertain and hold the imagination of a middle grade boy. (I have one, getting him to read can be difficult at times).

This is a great book. Hopefully the author will write more stories. This book was fun to read and exciting. I give it 5 stars!
Denae Christine
At least it was short. And free.
Anders is an okay character, though he gets knocked out any time something exciting happens near him. Gateway? Knock him out. He's tired? Knock him out. And no one cares; they put him in a bed and act like it is taken care of. If he is passing out, something is wrong with him! Why does he lose consciousness half a dozen times in a 150pg book?
Kara is bland, no personality at all. She caters to Anders and kisses him every time they have a conversation. Dumb. The oth
Anders is a teenager who has normal, teenage problems. He's got terrible skin. He's terrible with girls. His parents frequently lock him away in a room and force him to study, and only release him when all of his homework is done.

To be honest, it feels like the author was trying too hard to make a fantasy character relatable to a teenage audience. It sort of defeats the purpose of trying to make the main character a normal teenager when you give him magic blood and a pixie living in his sword th
If I'd known there was a Chosen One and a Dark Lord, I never would have started this.

The worst thing about Chosen One stories is that, at the extreme, the Chosen One doesn't need to have any training or even make any decisions in order for everything to work out for him, because the Prophecy and his Destiny takes care of all that. This is that kind of book. It makes for a completely uninteresting protagonist.

Looks like it has had some editing since some of the reviews were posted, but there ar
Alysa H.
I suppose I'm not the obvious target audience for this book (that would be middle-schoolers) but in a way I am, because I am a parent who would love to pass along my most beloved fantasy novels someday. I can see why this book might please the younger crowd, but for the wrong reasons: it's a somewhat generic Chosen One swords-and-magic tale in which the hero is basically a stand-in for any plain teenage boy, who doesn't really have to learn or do much to be the hero, because he is the Chosen One ...more
Scott Collins
Sword Bearer is the story of a young prince who finds out he's much more than he previously thought. Sitting alone, locked in his room to study, Anders in thrust into the middle of a battle between forces he'd never even known existed. I liked some characters more than others, but felt they all had their own voice. The plot moved fairly rapidly so I never felt it got bogged down with details or side-stories. It is aimed at the younger crowd, but I still enjoyed the read. It was a little short, b ...more
Dave Higgins
Combining an interesting world with an accessible hero, Jacobs creates a fantasy quest that flows quickly without sacrificing a sense of epic possibility beneath the surface.

Anders is the son of a provincial diplomat. Descendant of warrior magicians, he has spent his childhood learning some skill with a stick, a little magic, vast amounts of table manners, and entirely too much of the contents of tedious (and potentially fabricated) histories. On his sixteenth birthday he finally graduates to le
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Not bad.
Pet Peeve: Authors who write short books, don't finish a story, and try to sell it as a series.

I would like to say I liked this book. I really wanted to. It started off pretty well, a youngster dealing with issues and developing as he grows. Next thing I know the kid is the messiah come to save the world and everyone is obeying his command like he's some veteran general/magician/whatever!

Give a character some time to develop or start him off as somebody with some experience. Running away from a
This book could have been so much more. I realize that it is the beginning of a series but I felt the author could have developed the main character a bit better. I just felt sorry for him but didn't really connect with him. Maybe the second book will help but I'm not sure I will read it.
Interesting. I do agree somewhat with other reviewers who mention lack of character development. We read about what the characters do but don't really get a sense of who they are. All we know about Ander's is he is a prince, he is frequently locked away by his parents, he has a terrible complexion, has a tutor rather than attends school and he's had very little attention from females. When he finally find out who he is and, while he is learning what he is capable of, we still don't get a sense o ...more
This book was free for me on my kindle.
Cool, Dragons. OK.
The third star is for the Dragons.
Quick read but definitely geared for 5th or 6th graders
great start to a fantasy series. the characters are good and the story line flows well. one of the best new fantasy worlds I have read in a while
May 03, 2015 Danielle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers, young adults
I really enjoyed Jacobs world building in this book. He fleshed out the characters and made me want to know them. I empathized with the joy and loss Anders deals with many times throughout the book, and the confusion of growing up without truly understanding yourself or where you come from. Children tend to be fairly oblivious, but Anders was purposely kept in the dark. This happens lots in most families and is usually beneficial to the child in question (i.e. allowing a child to retain their in ...more
Charles Daniel
A Slow Starter, But Ends Well--Setting Up Fine Motivation For Ander's Further Adventures.

I didn't have much hope for writing a good review for this book from the first third of it, but that opinion changed through the second third and solidified into a firm appreciation in the last third. If you find the beginning of this novel as slow as I did, I can only advise that you keep reading--the best part of the novel is further in and rewards the persistent reader with an understanding of why the fir
Karen Frayne
I liked this a lot. Good characters, little different take on magic. It left me wanting more!
Un inizio molto lento e poco avvincente si riscatta nella seconda metà del libro con una serie di colpi di scena e di nuovi sviluppi che lasciano il lettore insoddisfatto della fine e desideroso di leggere il seguito.
Anders ha vissuto per tutta la vita in un isolamento pressoché perfetto: pertanto, quando a 16 anni appena compiuti ottiene finalmente la sua prima spada di legno è felice. Non sa che la spada è solo il primo passo in un'avventura fantastica che lo porterà a scontrarsi col il Signor
Sandra the Nook Worm
Okay, even for free this book doesn't deserve 4 stars, I'm sorry I just couldn't do it. It was an easy enough read and I did finish it, so for free you would think I could give it the 4 stars a lot of others seem to be giving it, but I can't. This book is about a boy with pimples. Then, at the end of the book, his parents get pimples that are actually little demons. And they pop the pimple/demons. Like okaaaay... I definitely could've gone my entire life without reading anything like that. I als ...more
"We'll keep you ignorant for your own good" is a trope I find continually annoying. Anders has been raised in isolation, locked in a tower for most of his life, with only a tutor and swordmaster training him.

On his birthday he receives a magic sword hilt passed down from his father's family, and begins to work real magic of his own. He accidentally opens a portal and rescues a princess who's stealing back a book of magic from a dark wizard, and then escapes as the Wizard attacks his home.

From th
I found the beginning quite catching- a young boy who isn't in good shape trying to sword fight with his teacher- finding the strength from magic to cut him above the eye- absent parents are nothing new to stories and this story also has too busy parents, so the boy has many unanswered questions. The story develops- the uncoordinated boy develops and the story line is exciting and good- it creates enough interest that I would like to read the next book.
Dana Wood
fast read. young pimply(a little over the top how much that was referenced) boy finds out he is a prince of three blood lines and has great magical power that was lost for thousands of years. he is young and immature and volitale in nature as most 16 yr old boys are. I liked this story. the author should have tsken his time and written a true epic fantasy/adventure. this hinted as one. great immaginative scenes but needed more detail. more narrative.
Ashley Baca-henry
Refreshing view of the hero

It was great to read the description of the hero. It was something we can all relate to. Feeling awkward at 16 with our zits, unattainable crushes and arguments with parents. He is a very smart boy, not at all the suave and entitled one you'd imagine.
I really can't wait to get my hands on the second book.
Julie Baswell
I see this as a teen read. It took a little getting into it before I really got interested. There is so much repeated lines that it's distracting. I didn't like the way the book ended. There were too many questions unanswered. It didn't hold my interest enough to want to read the next in the series, but I would read it just to get the answers.
Justyn Simon
Mar 25, 2014 Justyn Simon rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that like books about magic
Shelves: magic
This was a somewhat interesting read for me. It has to do with Anders who was learning magic, then something odd happens, and then he has to get away from the dark lord's minions while Anders is haunted in his dreams by the dark lord. Some parts are confusing, like there was this one person who could help him with a problem, or send him to someone who could help him better. After he tell the person his problem, he gets sent away without knowing the way to the better person that could help him. H ...more
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