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The Last Swordmage (The Swordmage Trilogy #1)

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  1,373 ratings  ·  65 reviews
As far as bad luck goes, Tiadaria's has been the stuff of legend. After being sold into slavery by her father and accused of a murder she didn't commit, she finds herself facing the executioner. The only thing standing between her neck and the sharp edge of the axe is the village Constable. After thirty years of loyal service to the Imperium, Royce has retired to King's Re ...more
Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published December 19th 2012
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I love sword and sorcery fantasy and the premise for this novel sounded appealing: the execution, however, was disappointing. There were numerous typos and awkward sentence structures. The character development was shallow and the plot thin. I found myself wondering if the book was originally targeted to young readers and then spiced up for an older audience. The author tells rather than shows action. Social interactions and inner turmoil are treated in a consistently cursory fashion. When a sla ...more
Morgan *~devourer of words~*
Allow me to correct the synopsis for this book:

"As far as bad luck goes, Tiadaria's has been the stuff of legend pretty horrible, but not the worst ever. After being sold into slavery by her father and accused of a murder she didn't commit accused of being an accomplice to a murder she sort of instigated, she finds herself facing the executioner. The only thing standing between her neck and the sharp edge of the axe is the village Constable.

After thirty years of loyal service to the Imperium, Ro
Cedar Sanderson
Ok, this started out ok… and then I was jarred out of the story by the girl's reaction to being sold into slavery. Sorry, but in that culture and era, this was not uncommon, nor would it have been terribly unexpected on her part to be sold, if not as a an out and out slave, as a 'bride' to the trader. So her reactions were completely wrong there, without some development of trust toward her father, which the author goes out of their way to show the opposite. Then, her collaring yielding that kin ...more
Martin F. Hengst takes the reader on a dark journey of family betrayal leading a young girl into a rough life of slavery then into salvation. The storytelling is remarkable, and the character development of the main characters is well thought out. I would have liked to have known more background of the Captain (Royce), but overall well done. I liked it so much that, after just finishing it, I immediately bought the second one in the series, "The Darkest Hour", and am finding it a page turner as ...more
Leif Anderson
I found myself rolling my eyes a lot during this novel. It was pretty predictable in places. I also didn't like the flow of time. It seemed like often characters would stop and reflect about relationships that were only a few minutes old, reading too much into a handshake or a hello. There also wasn't really any exploration of the magic paradigm. It had neither the cool mystique of something unexplained, nor the functional niftiness of a seamlessly integrated part of everyday life.
Andrew Claude
This book held a lot of promise, and seemed to deliver well in the first 40-50% of the book, albeit with some predictable plot turns. Unfortunately, the author seemed to hurry to his ending, short-cutting the development of relationships and characters in a way that seemed as if he was working against a word count.
Ron Sturm
A unique story of a young girl and her trials and tribulations. I don't want to give anything away, but it does have an interesting way of putting things together that make the story come out. I will be getting book two when it comes out!!
not actually a novel. more like a sketched outline for a trilogy, without any of the hard parts like character motivation or development put in.

This was an impulse buy on Amazon as the blurb really seemed interesting and the excerpt was good enough. The story is about Tiadaria who is a young girl sold into slavery and who realizes that she will probably be killed. Royce is a local constable that buys her from her slavers to stop her death. What Tiadaria later realizes is that Royce is not just a constable but also an accomplished sworsperson and a swordmage. He finds in Tiadaria the requisite talent and latent ability to carry on the p
Ken Lozito
Great Fantasy Book

The story was immediately engaging and pulled you in right from the start. Throughout the story I found myself rooting for Tiadara and her coming of age story. The world building left you curious and wanting to know more. You get a sense of justice,but without things being too perfect. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series and would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of fantasy.
A good book and a good read for those who enjoy fighting and magic. Especially awesome for those who enjoy characters who do both those of those things. The story is told through three different characters: Tiadaria (main character), Royce AKA the Captain, and the antagonist Zarfensis.
Most of the true action is during the last quarter of the book, where the story really starts rolling.
Be prepared to read some sappy stuff (But heartwarming stuff, not ooey gooey romance that makes you want to sk
SENSUALITY RATING: Tired of Romance? Want to take a break away from Romance? This is a great Sci-fi even for ADULTS but "without" Romance.

GENRE: Sci-fi

SETTING: the world of Solendrea

CENTRAL FEMALE CHARACTER: TIADARIA - daughter of clan chief in the Frozen Frontier; a cry baby; possesses an unknown power.

CENTRAL MALE CHARACTER: ROYCE - former Knight of the Flame and Sergeant-at-Arms to the King; highest decorated soldier in the Imperium; last Swordmage: now Constable of a village.

Sarah Ropson
This was a short book. (ETA: I am not rating this 0 stars, I just don't like to rate them! I did enjoy this book) Well written though there could have been a bit more character development and telling the stories that were described as being told instead of just saying that stories were told. There wasn't much suspense or tactics leading up to the battle either, which honestly can get boring however I am used to them being there in these kinds of books.
Ken Butters
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Daniel Schultz

loved it a lot. the bond between them in that short time is.amazing .. great story so far. the end
I dont know why this one has low ratings. It was a fun read. Good story, moved fine, suspenseful and the ending wasnt predictable. Sometimes I think people have forgot how to just read for the story and relax. Plus people may have lost the ability to comprehend? I dont know. This was a great story, all 3 parts, and worth the time and money. Oh and its not roses and fluffy. Nice to not always have the proverbial, dry, happy ever after.
Douglas Cook
First of a trilogy. Nicely written story of a soldier training his protegee in magic powers.

First paragraph
Winter had come to the Frozen Frontier and with it, hunger and desperation. The autumn harvest had been meager, marred by drought and constant incursions by rival clans.

Hengst, Martin (2012-12-19). The Last Swordmage (The Swordmage Trilogy) (Kindle Locations 46-47). . Kindle Edition.
i thought the concept and idea of the book were quite good. I think though that parts of the book was rushed anda little ellorabtion of certain aspects would have been good. i did enjoy the over book and look forward to reading the otjer books in the trilogy. Overall it was a really good read.
After a long and joyless stint of reviewing bad erotica, returning to good ol' fantasy with The Last Swordmage felt like coming home again... to busted pipes and water in the basement. But hey, home is still home, right?

The premise is simple, but it did catch my interest. The unique elements are few and far between, though. Don't expect anything too fancy or original from this book; it's a straightforward, typical, and pretty predictable piece of high fantasy. I guess it's somewhat of an example
Rob roy


This is a very very good read it starts off and keeps your interest from start to finish. If you like fantasy and adventure this is a book to grap you and keep you. Kuds to Martin Hengst
Patty winrod

this is an excellent book fantasy readers will enjoy the adventure excitement,and emotionally involvement of the two main characters. story line well written and keeps u wanting to know what is going to happen next
A good effort. I am always willing to read a story for the story and forgive some errant typos and a bit of looseness with the writing if the story is good. Yes it's obviously a self published work, but it has a good story and is worth reading. I enjoyed the tale, the writing style is very pleasant, engaging without being too ponderous and the dialogue between characters is particularly good. I think if this author were to have the benefit of a practiced editor it would easily have been a 4 or 5 ...more
Light and easy read with a somewhat exciting story. I enjoyed it and would like to read the next in the series.
Did not finish. Could not get past the 'virginity test' in the first few pages.
This first book was very enjoyable with a fast paced plot and great characters.
Really enjoyed reading this book
A little rushed and somewhat shallow.
Kai Yost
I have to give this book three stars, despite the satisfying feeling I get after finishing it. The reason isn't anything to do with the writing quality or the general story, either. Overall, the world is amazing. The story is fantastic, if a little rushed. I honestly really want to read the second one. I really admire how Hengst crafts this world and the magic the flows within it.

However, there is an extreme lack of explanation that bothers me, and it's not necessarily because of the story itsel
Roxanne Crouse
I thought this book was edited and formatted for kindle well. I only came across a few copy editing issues, nothing that would annoy me and make me stop reading. The formatting for kindle was excellent and set up the way a book should be set up. I also enjoyed the writing style, one of the best I’ve come across in a while which is why I’m surprised some of the reviews are negative on the writing style. To each their own. I liked it and found it easy to follow and picture. I also liked that there ...more
Well written

I quite enjoyed the story, as well as the writing itself. I ran into it on Amazon Unlimited and was a bit worried at first, as many of the books by lesser known authors are sub-par. That was not the case here. I would have loved the book to be longer because I enjoyed the story so much, not because it was lacking in any way. Well, off to read the second!
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I write the same type of books I love to read: tales of science fiction and fantasy where anything can, and frequently does, happen. There’s nothing better than a rollicking good adventure and my number one priority as a writer is to be an amazing travelling companion for those intrepid explorers who pick up any of my books.

I live in South Central Pennsylvania with my wife and two children. When I
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Other Books in the Series

The Swordmage Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Darkest Hour (The Swordmage Trilogy, #2)
  • The Pegasus's Lament (The Swordmage Trilogy, #3)
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