Oath of Swords (War God #1)
Our Hero: The unlikely Paladin, Bahzell Bahnakson of the Horse Stealer Hradani. He's no knight in shining armor. He's a hradani, a race known for their uncontrollable rages, bloodthirsty tendencies, and inability to maintain civilized conduct. None of the other Five Races of man like the hradani. Besides his ethnic burden, ...more
We open up here meeting out hero, a reluctant hero at that and then there's the powers who want to make him a reluctant paladin.
Really embar ...more
That is one reason why this story is so compelling. Bahzell fights against what the god wants, and it really sets everything up for great character growth, and his companion is a good foil to him. The adventure is interesting and unpredictable, but not in an "ok ...more
It is fascinating to go back and read the description after having finished the book – Bahzell doesn’t want to mess with the problems of others as he has enough of his own . . . Yet, the book begins as he gets himself into deep doodoo because he jumped in to help a young lady who was being ravaged by the roy ...more
Fortunately, I'm happy to say that the "Oath of Swords" series is very, very, good, and was even more enjoyable than 'Honor Harrington' titles. One thing I found interesting is that the "Oath of Swords" series is remarkably similar to the "Honor Harrington" series -- both have a central protagonist that must deal with xenoph ...more
Once every, 10 books or so, which is about once every 1-2 months, so it's far less rare than I expected, but I find myself actually wanting to say something about the book.
This book, and therefore the series in general I believe- since starting the second in the series and finding it to be of similar writing style.
Anyways, to the point... The th ...more
David Weber, however, most certainly can.
If you are expecting something like Honor Harrington, but with more swords (OK, not that many more swords) but fewer spaceships, forget it. Oath of Swords is something else entirely. This is a funny, observant romp of a traditional swords-and-sorcery fantasy novel.
In Weber's fantasy world, there are five 'races of ...more
The creator of sf series heroine Honor Harrington turns successfully to fantasy. Bahzell is a prince of the Hradni, an outsize humanoid race prone to berserk rages. Due to a variety of circumstances, he becomes obliged to flee into regular humans' lands where Hradni are understandably unpopular. He and his companion survive a series of briskly paced adventures in a world Weber builds with a nice eye for detail, above-average knowledge of history, and a pleasing amount of wit. More
Weber has other books that are much better than this one. And there are many better epic fantasy books that are much better than this one. It wasn't painful to read, but I didn't get much enjoyment from it either, so I reco ...more
OK, not Quite D&D, but it may as well be. A traditional castles and swords tale, populated with all the usual suspects: humans, dwarves, elves, and halflings; an ancient and inscrutable wizard, a small population of "magi," and whole pantheon of gods both dark and light. The only unique bit are the "hradani," a race of near giants (our hero is 7 1/2 ft tall) with big fox-like ears, super-strength and endurance, and a tendency to go into a hom ...more
That doesn't mean that the book did not have its moments. The hero, is a Hradini, (OVERSIZED human with fox-like ears, and known for their rage in battle that makes them terrible foes) who begins his story as a royal hostage, one who lives in an enemy kingdom in order to ensure peace. He bursts into the prince of that kingdom raping a woman, goes i ...more
Now, it is a pretty good book. I love Bahzell and his reluctant heroism. You can't help but like a guy who knows that helping some poor girl out o ...more
If I am being brutally honest, this is a two-dimensional fantasy book (the first in a series which I have no particular interest in following up) in a world which holds no real originality for anyone who has read a fair amount of fantasy. Elves, dwarves, evil wizards, cruel overlords, warring gods and a particularly random r ...more
The story was a bit rambling, wandering about without any obvious purpose until finally, about a third of the way in it picked up a solid plot. Unfortunately this stand-in plot wasn't really tied to the way the story started, where the main character Bahzell created an enemy and fled. Eventually, the original antagonist reappears and is conquered, followed by en epilog-like few chapters where the mid-s ...more
I gotta say that I liked this book. The story kept me interested the whole way through and I turned around and bought the next book in the series right after finishing this one.
As to the story? It helps that it is an intere ...more
If you enjoyed Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion series, you'll probably find this a rather blatant ripoff. We have Gods who appear in person, reluctant heroes who act as their champions, bardish sidekicks, and soul-drinking swords. If Weber adds travel across the planes, I'll be really ticked.
Of course, if you didn't enjoyThe Eternal Champion, you'll probably hate this series...
Ultimately, I did enjoy the story, but it's far more derivative than I expect from Weber.
My second thought is Hrmmm, is this _supposed_ to be a joke or parody? If so, it's not a very good one. Plus, the hero is really big and strong. If it's not supposed to be a joke/parody starring a really big guy, then it also isn't a very good fantasy novel. Even though the hero is huge.
I'm not ...more
Likable characters and races which are well written and thought out. Weber slowly explains the history and rules of the world as the series progresses and inserting a character that has lived for the majority of the pertinent history allows him to easily story tell within the novels about something that he cares to explain under the guise of informing the other characters.
The action is not consistent, but overabundance of action can hurt a story when it's just trying to make a book ...more
This is light fantasy fair which is a lot of fun to read. It does begin a series, but the rest series is not as good as the first book, in my opinion. I also believe thi ...more
Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.
One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name ...more
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"Smells delicious," he said while the laughter started up all around the fire. "I imagine a bellyful of this should help a hungry man sleep. Why, just look what a single ladle of it did for Shergahn!”