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Preview — The Gilded Chain by Dave Duncan
The Gilded Chain (King's Blades #1)
As unwanted and rebellious boys, they find refuge in Ironhall....Years later they emerge as the finest swordsmen in the realm—A magical ritual of a sword through the heart binds each to his ward—if not the king himself, then to whomever else the monarch designates—with absolute loyalty.And the greatest Blade of them all was—and is—Sir Durendal.
But a lifelong dream of pro...more
The setting for this novel is a fantasy world separate from but much like our own Europe during the middle ages. There exists a knightly order called "The Blades" which recruits youngsters and then, through a mixture of magic and training, forges them into the finest warriors ...more
What Duncan does especially well is trim out the bloat that usually infests fantasy. In a single book we're given a lifetime of adventures from possibly the greatest King's Blade of all time, from his first misguided binding to his final geriatric retirement.
While Duncan does end up tying a couple of the threads together in a loose way, essentially what we're presented are a ...more
A könyv nagy erénye, hogy az intrikus részek egyenértékű minőséget képviselnek az akciókban, világi kalandokban gazdagabb része ...more
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Vraiment très bon. L'aspect politique est présent mais évite l'assommant, la part de fantasy contient juste ce qu'il faut de magie, et le côté "cape et épée" est beaucoup plus prenant qu'il n'y paraît.
Bref, un ensemble qui sonne juste, et qui nous transporte en toute simplicité !
I found the characters extremely engaging and wanted to know much more about everyone, so I guess it's off to the next book in the series for me!
November edit: At the end of this year, I ...more
The enchantment is important as it defines the identities of the Blades as a whole. It goes beyond ...more
I was nevertheless presently surprised by the Gilded chain. Perhaps, because the first seventh sword book was that little bit shorter, or perhaps just because it was a different story, I enjoyed it (and subsequently the series) that much more. Gilded chain started to chafe a lit ...more
I know people who speak highly of these books, but it just didn’t trip my trigger. Oh, it teased some, but it never got me there.
Pros: An interesting setting in an intrigue-y world. It reminded me a lot of Joe Abercrombie’s First Law’s setting. (To be fair, Duncan’s book precedes Abercrombie’s by about 8 years.) The idea of the King’s Blades is an awesome one. There’s interesting magic system.
Cons: Flat c ...more
We start with Durendal as a young man filled with thoughts of glory and adventure in the name of his liege lord. With an ungraceful swordthrust to the heart, he becomes the babysitter of the ne ...more
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The Gilded Chain is about politics, in the best sort of way. It mainly follows one character, Durendal, but in a non-linear way. Mild spoilers. (view spoiler)[Durendal was trained to become one of the King's Blades, bonded to the king or someone he favored, with a magical process that gives him certain powers (he scarcely needs to sleep, he is faster and stronger) while ensuring his loyalty (he cannot a ...more
All that being said I know this book isn't as well written as most of the other books I rate as 4/5 stars, but there is just somethin ...more
i found the concept of Blades - on which the whole story is based- a bit too flexible and frankly half the time could not get sense of how things are moving. there are few delightful instances of intrigue between King and the Blade, but they r few and far between.
Where it scores is the fast pace - the back n forth between past and present and the way the narrative takes a jump in time and moves ahe ...more
The book tells the story of a swordsman bound magically to a liege lord. The narrative is primarily from the third person but sometimes from the protagonist's perspective too.
If you like reading books about larger than life knightly heroes that's light on the intrigue but heavy on the action and suspense then this book is for you. Pick it up and prepared to be entertained.