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Sword Bearer (Return of the Dragons #1)

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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.

BOOK ONE OF THE EPIC FANTASY SERIES RETURN OF THE DRAGONS

Locked in his room in the castle, young Anders yearns for adventure. Until the...more
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Published January 2012
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Drako
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...more
Donna
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!
Maki Kotone
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...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
Jack
Although aimed at the Teen/YA crowd I found this book an entertaining, light, fun read. There's plenty of action (not much plot) to keep things interesting and sometimes a quick, just for fun book is nice. It's not going to win a Pulitzer prize but it was a nice diversion.
Lacinda
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
Hamish
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
Karen Frayne
I liked this a lot. Good characters, little different take on magic. It left me wanting more!
Francesco
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...more
Shawn
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
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
Laura
"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...more
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
Mike
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...more
Helen May
I loved reading this book! Lots of adventure, magic, lost realm, swords and intrigue! I could not put it down!
Anders a young man coming of age studying and learning but not believing any of it is real. His world gets turned upside down and his adventures begin...nightmares, demons,and new friends.
Rob roy
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I think it's a good written and very enjoyable story am going to read the others in the series as this, one left things hanging as it should to keep you wanting to read more to see what happens next kudos
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
Erika
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
Ana Vieira-Gallant
Just finished this book, or more like it just ended.
The book was okay, but it felt like the first part of a full novel not the first book in a series.
I may go looking for the other books in this series, but I'm in no rush.
Joey72809
I bought this in an omnibus so I'll just write my review for both here, I loved this book mainly for the more unique form of magic, I've never read a book that had magic in food before, the protagonist was...believably inept is the best way I can put it, he didn't go from what he was to insanely strong on his own overnight he also feel for tricks the few times that they were played, so he didn't seem to have pregognative abilities. the only thing I kind of disliked was how he seemed to bounce fr...more
Coffeecup
Not bad. I think many young kids/teens will like this book.

The one thing that disappointed me was the ending.

It felt like there was no major climax in the book. There were many problems for Anders to face, but they were all solved so quickly. So when I flipped to the last page I didn't understand why the book was finished. I thought half of the book was missing because I was still waiting for a bigger conflict. I don't mean THE big conflict (that's definitely for later), but at least something...more
ron wix
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this book was so good I finished it in a day and a half awesome read looking forward to the next one.
Amanda
A great book to start the new year! What fantastic and old magic this story is. It creates images of kings and old worlds, but doesn't bore with historical details that mean nothing to the story. I felt alive and connected to the story. I want the young man involved to be a prince and save his people - all 3 types of them. I love the way the author involves magic, mystery, and the unknown without seeming too far from the human world. Immediately going to read book #2!!
Charlie
Clever and intriguing, Sword Bearer is a welcome addition to the ranks of light-hearted fantasy.
Rebecca
Absolutely no sense of resolution. I feel like I've read a third or less of the story.
Barbara Mason
I enjoyed the tale itself but had problems with the Authors inability to decide if the character was in the present tense or the past tense. There were times, in the same sentence, where the character was taking in the now and it would switch to past tense. As I said, the tale itself was fairly good so if you can get past the aforementioned problems, it is a worthy read. Even with that said, I would read more of his tales and hope he puts the problem to rest in future endeavors. Recommended for...more
Ralph
A freebie I picked up through Amazon. Not a bad start to a series, but written with a more YA crowd in mind.
Doug
Jul 21, 2013 Doug rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Overall a nicely written little book. I felt like there were a few gap spots in the story line, which probably could have been eliminated and would have added more "color" to the overall story. But these absences do not detract that much from the story. This story has a fairly quick pace to it, and it is a good, fast read.

The characters are, for the most part, straight-forward. And their interactions are not all that complex, which again adds to the speed of the read.

By my standards, it was a go...more
Lajean
I really enjoyed this story. It had an interesting set of characters and threw you into the action very quickly. I gave it 4 stars simply because it ended so quickly. I understated the idea of leaving a reader wanting more but it seemed to me that this first version ended in the middle of a conversation. I do want to read the other stories in this series because I must know if Anders ever got control of his magic.
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