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The Destiny of the Sword (Seventh Sword #3)

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The Riddle of the Goddess

Wallie Smith had been dying on another world when the Goddess transferred his mind to the body of the barbarian swordsman Shonsu. Then She gave him the great, magical Sapphire Sword of Chioxin and sent him on a mission.

All he had to do was to lead the arrogant band of swordsmen to destroy the sorcerers and their Fire God.

Now Wallie discovered that
Paperback, 338 pages
Published November 13th 1988 by Del Rey Books
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Sep 19, 2013 Algernon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013

This is the third and final book in the original storyline (there's a fourth book published recently) of Wally Smith, alias Shonshu, a chemical engineer magically teleported to a fantasy World ruled by the number seven : seven ranks of skill in any given profession, seven cities ruled by swordsmen, other seven cities ruled by sorcerers, seven companions to form a fellowship for Wally, seven legendary swords created by master artisan Ciuxin, seven top swordsmen to lead the tryst (a sort of crusad
Jul 21, 2008 Brett rated it it was amazing
The conclusion of the Seventh Sword Trilogy is both satisfying and well wrought. It is also rife with a number of twists that further elevate the tension and recast parts of the story in fresh light.

The natures of the sorcerers and the swordsmen will be further examined and their relationship will be pondered as well. As matters come to a head, Wallie recedes a bit and Shonsu returns center stage giving the reader some interesting contrasts between ideals, pragmatism, and ambition. Nnanji contin
Jan 13, 2011 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
7/17/10 - 7/10
The Seventh Sword series starts off really well. The first two books are very readable, with interesting characters in an interesting world. It's actually better than the description makes it sound. It's a real page turner that keeps you guessing. Unfortunately, the third book was a big let down. I felt that the characters weren't at all true to themselves and the plotting didn't make sense in the context of the story. First 2 books were 9/10, last was 6/10 - series 7/10.

2.5 stars

Wallie Smith, reincarnated as Shonsu of the Seventh Sword, and struggling to fulfill the Goddess' mandate, has gathered a small group of talented supporters, but ruined his reputation in the process. Now, he has to recruit an army composed of fellow swordsmen - who all despise him.

I don't recall why I didn't pick the Seventh Swordseries up when I first saw it years ago. Possibly because of its 'sidewise' concept, but more likely due that that bane of youth - lack
May 28, 2011 Marko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third and final book in the Seventh Sword trilogy. I read the entire trilogy over the past couple of weeks and I take that as proof that it had gripping power and was well enough written to keep me hooked until I had finished all the books. While trying not to spoil anything, the story is about a swordsman who is given a task in the form of a riddle and who then ventures to explore the world and finds love, power and sadness on the way.

Overall, the first and second books are the stro
Robert Runte
Jan 08, 2012 Robert Runte rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian-sf-f
Re-read this 2012 after nearly 25 years and it stands up (like the rest of the series) very well. If anything, I appreciated the writing more this time around as I've since become an editor and most recently a novelist myself. I was particularly impressed by how Duncan handles the body/mind interface in this novel, and how he is able to have a character who is both completely consistent and emotionally divided. Just enough flaws for the character to be well rounded and human (rather than too obv ...more
Sean Randall
Jan 18, 2009 Sean Randall rated it really liked it
what an absolutely perfect end to such an enjoyable series. I will concede that at times the religion was a stretch for me, but the debate of whether or not a miracle could be expected was certainly eagerly anticipated. This really is alternate-universe fantasy of a high order, and although it's a little early in the year for such statements, this series is certainly my high point of 2009. What shall top it? Bring 'em on!
Aug 16, 2008 Sbuchler rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sbuchler by: Sabrina
Genre: High Fantasy

Third and final book in the _Seventh Sword_ series. Wonderful!! End is somewhat bitter-sweet, as I'm starting to expect from Duncan's series ... but well worth the trip, and it has certainly been sticking with me. :-D
Mar 27, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A tryst of swordsmen has been convened to fight the sorcerers, and Wallie Smith has been commanded by the Goddess to lead them. Unfortunately, his alter ego Shonsu already failed that task quite emphatically, Wallie's newfangled ways freak out the other warriors, and his knowledge of Earth's history makes him doubt he's on the right side of the conflict. Wallie must channel MacGyver and George Washington to win a war unlike anything the World has ever seen. A cast of flawed but likeable characte ...more
Aug 08, 2008 Marc rated it it was amazing
This trilogy is the best treatment I have seen of the clash of cultures and the coming of technology.
Sep 09, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
As a review for the series, I liked it but omg detail detail detail detail - SO MUCH DETAIL. If you like Robert Jordan, or Raymond E Feist, you'll probably like this series. The story flows and the characters are likeable, it's not hard to read and I read 3 books in a few days (haven't got my hands on #4 yet). I found myself skipping paragraphs and getting annoyed simply because everyone was so hung up on How.Things.Are. Even saying Hello to someone is ridiculously formal. The series centres aro ...more
Jul 29, 2015 Hrishabh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is the destiny of Book 2 of trilogies to fall short so Book 3s are considered amazing. That said, Book 3 of the series is actually very good. Having heard someone mention that it has an amazing finale, I raised my expectations and was still rewarded with something better. Without giving away any spoilers, I would still mention that you will only feel satisfied at the end of the epilogue. But seriously, well done, Mr. Duncan!
Ian Armstrong
Jan 05, 2014 Ian Armstrong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final instalment in this trilogy does not disappoint, it beautifully wraps up the character development and brings the tale to an intriguing conclusion. Perhaps a little slower in pace and action than the first two books it nicely sets up the slow realisation of the secret nature of the World.

The final enlightenment of the main character as to the true strands of destiny that entwine him and the others to the sword along with his reward and the exposition of the god's scheme's that define hi
Jul 28, 2014 Kevin rated it it was ok
Dave Duncan is one of my favorite authors, but this book and this series is not the one to start with if you are just reading him for the first time. It is probably more me than the series but the main character did things that didn't seem to follow who he was and that drove me to put the book down on more than one occasion.
Dec 22, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing
Some series you just hate to see end and this was one for me. This series is just great story telling with characters you cannot help but care about. A satisfying ending to a great trilogy.
Kurtis Story
Jun 20, 2010 Kurtis Story rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
Along the same lines as the previous books in the saga, this was good but not great. However, the ending made up for some of its failures, in that it surprised me and was a well thought out ending for the series - not what I would have chosen, but a fitting ending nonetheless. This book saw a lot more come into play from the main character's "past", which I thought made the story more interesting as well. As far as the ending, the twist is well planned and thought out, and I appreciated its uniq ...more
Mar 04, 2015 David rated it really liked it
There's not as much action as some like with their adventure, but there's a great ending and a dash of what it means to live out faith.
Jan 15, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
Augh, there's something in my eye. Dust, maybe.
Leon Aldrich
Dec 13, 2011 Leon Aldrich rated it it was amazing
Wally Smith, having died on Earth, finds himself reincarnated as a swordsman in another world and entrusted by the presiding goddess with a mission that has no appeal for him at all. Can he bring together all the swordsmen to finally defeat the Sorcerors and their terrible technology? Wally isn't quite convinced he should, but Goddesses can be very persuasive... This is the third and final exciting book, after THE RELUCTANT SWORDSMAN and THE COMING OF WISDOM in THE SEVENTH SWORD TRILOGY.

Long liv
Gautama Siddartha
Dec 03, 2015 Gautama Siddartha rated it it was amazing
love it
Apr 29, 2014 Leeann rated it really liked it
Another good read...
Steve Markham
So, I admit that I got addicted to this trilogy and I am glad I did. This is all though I found the religion a bit too hard to swallow all the time is or was a great way to end the set of three.

Relationships built up over the three books brought to a climax by a master story teller.
David Shaffer
Mar 28, 2013 David Shaffer rated it it was amazing
This series is a great example of doing something new in fantasy Sci-Fi. We have tattoos today, but having them on your eyelids... to identify what station you have in life... that is cool. This series is easy to fall in love with. Swords, a touch of romance, and overthrowing the "man".
I was gonna give this book only 3 stars because it was basically same as the 1st 2 books, and then Shonsu started doing stupid stuff toward the end. But then the epilogue just blew me, it was a great ending and I didn't see it at all. I'm a sucker for a happy ending, hence the 4 stars.
KD Mackintosh
Jul 26, 2010 KD Mackintosh rated it really liked it
As the final book to a trilogy I found that this book was well rounded and had good answers to the questions the earlier books posed. Although these books were not ground breaking I did find them a fully enjoyable read.
Aug 09, 2012 Tymothy rated it really liked it
And again, third or fourth reading. The action & story elements continue to a great climax and wrap things up nicely by the end ... while still leaving things open for another book.
C.P. Sennett
Feb 14, 2012 C.P. Sennett rated it it was amazing
I did not see the plot endings in this book at all and that’s rare for me. It ended nicely, just a touch of humor through the set but so well finished it was worth every penny.
Sep 21, 2010 David rated it liked it
Good, fun travel reading. Also a little surprising -- the latter half of the book did not at all progress as I expected from the first part.
Shawn Healey
Oct 31, 2010 Shawn Healey rated it liked it
Terribly anti-climatic ending to an otherwise great series. The epilogue is for BONUS resolution -- not all of it.
Todd Hamblin
Oct 03, 2013 Todd Hamblin rated it really liked it
I loved the book. There were parts that I didn't like how my hero Shonsu made his decisions. Great book!!!
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