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Sword Bearer (Return of the Dragons #1)

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  749 Ratings  ·  87 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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Jan 29, 2015 Ron rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young, ebook
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,
Mar 26, 2013 Shawn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Sep 25, 2012 Drako rated it really liked it
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
Aug 11, 2014 D.F. Haley rated it it was ok
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
May 22, 2013 Erika rated it did not like it
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
Mar 21, 2012 Donna rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 18, 2014 Maki rated it liked it
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
Apr 20, 2013 Mike rated it it was ok
Shelves: partly-read
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.
Jan 06, 2015 Alysa H. rated it did not like it
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
Aug 31, 2012 Scott Collins rated it liked it
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
Stephanie Barth
I really had to force myself to get through this book. It had an interesting world but I really could not get into the characters and there was a lot of use of the convenience aspect.

This is the main character and if you are a pretty girl, he will trust you immediately because his "instincts" tell him it's right. Aside from suffering from acne, he has a lot of things going for him as soon as he picks up the enchanted hilt that has a wood blade (the metal blade comes later). He has not be
Dave Higgins
Jun 19, 2015 Dave Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 29, 2014 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Not bad.
Dec 07, 2014 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 12, 2015 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2016 Jimmy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I was warned that it is a young adult epic fantasy. At first I didn't think I was going to like this book with all his complaining about pimples. And then his parent's locking him up in his room, I thought how cruel! But once the Kriek girl surprises him in his room, well hold on because the story is pedal to the metal all the way! It delivers with awesome magic, danger where people actually do die, and intriguing mystery and revelations too.
This book kept me interested to want to finish reading
Apr 23, 2013 Lacinda rated it liked it
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
Feb 16, 2013 Hamish rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Nov 19, 2014 Charles Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2013 Karen Frayne rated it really liked it
I liked this a lot. Good characters, little different take on magic. It left me wanting more!
Feb 10, 2014 Francesco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
a u d r e y ♥
The book is written for the younger of YA novels. Incrediblyshort (I read close to 80% of it on a 3 hour flight) and flat. Anders is made to be relatable to young teens going through puberty but references the pimply-prince far to often. Rather than closing with some sort of cliffhanger the book just stops, as if in mid thought. I thought it was decent and liked the general IDEA of the story even though I will never read any of the others. The book was unable to catch any real interest from me.
Feb 09, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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Jan 10, 2015 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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