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"The child must leave ... immediately ... take the sword ... to the Keepers ... there's a diamondcoming..." A murdered man's last words, a four-bladed dagger set with a huge diamond, and a hidden sword launch Kyth, his brother Alder, and their friend Ellah on a perilous journey from theirhome in the Forestlands to the White Citadel, hidden in the distant mountains. Pursued ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by Wildside Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Tracy
Sep 12, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing
In this beautifully detailed fantasy, Anna Kashina creates a world where royal heirs are tested by a sword through the heart. Survival indicates worthiness of inheriting the throne. The ancient First Sword must be used in the testing, but it has been missing for years. Additionally the powerful Church led by Reverend Haghos works to stamp out magical power by testing all newborns and killing those with magical abilities. The tyranny of the Church is checked somewhat by the Keepers, an ancient ...more
Katie
Sep 15, 2016 Katie rated it it was ok
*I won THE FIRST SWORD in a Goodreads giveaway.

Although THE FIRST SWORD had tons of potential, I really feel its greatest failing was in its editing (or possible lack thereof).

On the sentence level, there were silly and avoidable errors, including mistakes in usage, like here v. hear, spaces in the middles of words and other typos, paragraphs consisting entirely of fragments, and verb tense troubles.

Those irritants aside, proper editing could have really helped with other, story level struggles
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Billi Tiner
Apr 02, 2013 Billi Tiner rated it it was amazing
The First Sword is a well-written fantasy novel that centers around a trio of teenagers sent on an important quest. On their journey, they face many obstacles and witness some amazing sights. The author provides vivid descriptions that transport the reader into this fantasy world. The characters are likable and the author does an excellent job of providing them with depth. The story is well crafted and has enough mystery and adventure to keep the reader’s interested until the very end. It is ...more
Natasha
Dec 26, 2012 Natasha rated it it was amazing
What a lovely surprise. The world felt real. The brutality of the royal lines was dark but believable. THe best part is the truly human who I both loved and hated at times but for the most part loved. Recommend it.
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Anna Kashina grew up in Russia and moved to the United States in 1994 after receiving her Ph.D. in cell biology from the Russian Academy of Sciences. She works as a biomedical researcher and combines career in science with her passion for writing.

Anna's interests in ballroom dancing, world mythologies and folklore feed her high-level interest in martial arts of the Majat warriors. She lives in Ph
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