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The Sword and the Pen

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  70 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
It was time. After penning ten popular sword-and-sorcery novels, Brandon Alexander Davis was ready to move on. Ready to stop hiding in his fictional world. Ready to start living a real life. There was just one problem: as he plotted the noble death of Serilda D'Lar, his fictional creation appeared in his study, complete with sword, skimpy leather outfit, indomitable will-- ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 291 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Love Spell
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Jul 14, 2010 Carrie rated it liked it
The book picked up for me in the second half. I liked Brandon's foray into Sarilda's world better than the reverse. There were fewer attempts at humor and more emotion angst. One thing I fault is the lack of adequate explanation about how the events came about in the first place. While I don't need exhaustive detail since this is a fantasy, I do expect some reasonable explanation for events. While the author did vaguely attribute the situation to some ancient Atlantian magic, we never really kno ...more
A.F. Grappin
Aug 16, 2014 A.F. Grappin rated it liked it
I haven't read a whole lot of romances. In fact, this makes my third, so I don't think I really have a strong basis for comparison as for true quality of this genre. I do, however, have a VERY strong backing in fantasy, which is one reason I picked up The Sword and the Pen. It's a fantasy/romance novel, after all, so I thought it would be a good way to ease into the romance genre.

I'm not sure if that was a wise idea or not.

As a fantasy novel, The Sword and the Pen was cliched and underdeveloped,
Jan 22, 2011 Manda rated it liked it
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Allie Ritch
Really a 2.5.

Pros: Light and entertaining. Certainly writers should relate to this book — one in which the characters hijack the story. The book flows well and does an excellent job of pulling off both a third-person and first-person POV. Elysa Hendricks created a vivid fantasy world with the fictional setting Serilda comes from and actually made me want to read this Warrior Woman series (the series the hero writes). I liked the twist of having the heroine be the character out of a work of ficti
Dec 21, 2012 Gaele rated it it was amazing
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In a unique twist in this fantasy romance, the author is visited by his character that has a clearly defined direction for her own destiny, which is far divergent from the one her author has created. In a fun play on the quote “the pen is mightier than the sword”, this book finds a new way to present imagination, fantasy, destiny and romance with a peek into a writer’s head , while giving the reader the option to decide just what is the reality in the story. And, it answers the question about wh ...more
Shannon Sonneveldt
Apr 26, 2013 Shannon Sonneveldt rated it it was amazing
I love the concept of this book. The thought that the stories we create can create whole worlds that function independently; that characters are real is a great plot. What’s better is the way the story was told, with a realistic about of disbelief and hope. The characters were great and I love how they grew throughout the story and broke out of the boxes they had been living in to experience more and believe in each other, love and magic. A strong female warrior discovering it’s ok to have a sof ...more
Bernette Beals
The Sword And The Pen review

The Sword And The Pen is a somewhat unusual book written by author Elysa Hendricks. A fantasy writer decides to do away with the heroine of his series, but she objects. Very entertaining.
Rosemary Daly
Mar 21, 2014 Rosemary Daly rated it did not like it
The premise of the story is very intriguing - an author's favorite character comes to life and appears to be the woman of his dreams. However, for me, the story just didn't work.
Apr 22, 2012 Marsha rated it liked it
Brandon Alexander Davis is having trouble writing his character Serilda. After ten popular sword-and-sorcery novels, he’s had enough and wants to write her out of the picture. But Serilda refuses to cooperate.

This author has done something clever and highly entertaining. She’s writing a man who’s writing the role of a woman, Serilda d’Lar, who has come to life and demanded answers from her creator. It proves to be an engaging read of romance, anguish, drama, swordplay and ever mounting sexual te
Terri Pray
Could not get into the voice.
Victoria Newman
Apr 16, 2014 Victoria Newman rated it it was amazing
Is a great book to read
Selena Lang
Aug 08, 2012 Selena Lang rated it really liked it
This was an interesting concept and made for a wonderful story to read. The characters were easy to relate to and seeing them in each others worlds was fun.
Jun 01, 2011 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, keeper
V. different.
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