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 pr...more
The Gilded Chain begins the six book series The King’s Blades by Dave Duncan. (If one includes the companion young adult trilogy The King’s Daggers, then there are nine novels in this fantasy world.) The unique thing about The King’s Blades series is that every book is a stand alone tale set in the same world but with brand new characters and different adventures; something that all readers weary of long multi-volume, interconnected fantasy works should ...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 warrior ...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
Even so, Duncan does things that detract from the story; most notably are the names. Whether it's the name of a place or a person, Duncan provides far too many alternate names for the reader to ...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 !
Anyways, this book is simultaneously exciting high fantasy and political drudgery. That's not to say that politics can't be exciting (in fact, the first segment is all politics, but I found it to be interesting... until the plot line ended just as the intrigue and conflict got juicy. That was really poorly done, in my opinion).
The story is divided into several parts, which each contain individual plots that ...more
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
This is the Musketeers in a Fantasy setting. Imagine, if you could have one of the of the best trained body guards in the world, magically bonded to you. No matter what kind of person you are, They are bound to protect you to the death.
Dave Duncan creates heroes, flawed and human, yet remarkable and adventurous. A great fantasy novel that speaks of the nature of honour.
This book definetly has earned a five star rating and I urge everyone to read this book.
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