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The Sword and the Dragon (The Wardstone Trilogy #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,140 ratings  ·  142 reviews
When the Royal Wizard of Westland poisons the king so that his puppet prince can take the throne and start a continental war, a young squire is forced to run for his life carrying the powerful sword that his dying monarch burdened him with from the death bed.

Two brothers find a magic ring and start on paths to becoming the most powerful sort of enemies, while an evil young
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Kindle Edition, 522 pages
Published (first published July 24th 2010)
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Jason
Jul 19, 2012 Jason rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: A death row inmate, but only because it would make time seem to move more slowly.
Shelves: lost-interest
Amazon suggested this based on a Dalglish book I downloaded. Gave it a try, got a few chapters in, and got bored. Just really kind of meh. Nothing grabbed my attention, nothing really stood out. Despite the stellar reviews, I'd file this one with Eragon. Same treatment of standard fantasy tropes. Don't know if I'd call it bad, but it definitely bored me to the point of not wanting to read farther, so take that as you will.

The opening scene is lackluster, at best, and just kind of jumps around, c
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Liviu
FBC Review published for the original edition of this novel that launched Mr. Mathias

INTRODUCTION: Several weeks ago I wanted to find some new independent books to read - I did some posts about the ones reviewed by me and Mihir in 2010 - and I spent an hour or two checking Smashwords sff books: blurb, first page and then random pages from the excerpt if interested.

Out of maybe 50 novels I looked at, The Sword and the Dragon was the only one that intrigued me since despite the traditional soundin
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Zachary Jernigan
Just read this funny thing on Listverse -- http://listverse.com/2015/02/15/10-wr... -- that mentions Mathias. So, being a dickish sort, I went off to read some of this...

Wow. Pretty dismal, in my opinion, befitting the kind of dude who goes off on a rampage about how awesome his book is.

"Why he was foolishly climbing the cliff a second time was another question he kept asking himself. He already knew the answer though: he was doing it for his older brother, Hyden."

It's safe to say Mathias isn't
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Erin Danzer
When I first heard about this book, it was compared to T.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Once I started reading, I saw the comparisons. There is a ring of power in both, a ring that can do evil things. There is a quest of many people. There is a map at the beginning of the book (because all good fantasy novels have a map). There are funny, hard to pronounce names.

That's where the comparisons stop.

I fell into this novel and though I'm only 200 pages into it, I can't put it down. Its cha
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Marcelo
I really wanted to like this book. I wouldn’t have even glanced at it (yet another generic fantasy novel) if it wasn’t a self-published work, which says something about the author — that and the fact that he started writing in prison to escape insanity. I mean, you gotta give this kind of determination a chance.

There’s a lot of good things inside «The Sword and the Dragon»: the main characters are very likable and more tridimensional than usual — their interaction *feels* real, something a lot o
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Tracey Alley
I finally finished this mammoth novel and was not at all disappointed. M.R. Mathias is a fabulous new talent that I'll be watching closely in the future. His writing is tight, his characters unique and believable and I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to sink into a good fantasy saga.
Bill Tillman
An intricate plot, two brothers going in opposite directions with life and death struggles at every turn. A book you will hate to put down before you come to the end. With a promise of one or two more to follow.
Sheri Hoff
I found this book to be highly entertaining and engaging. MR Mathias’s The Sword and the Dragon, the first in the Wardstone trilogy delivers action, adventure, and an exciting world of dragons, elves, wizards, mystical creatures, kings, battles, ancient pacts, and quests… the story unfolds in a familiar plot of villains and heroes, yet is so full of twists and turns that it kept my attention and pulled me into the characters and the story.
The action starts immediately and doesn’t let up.

I real
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Liviu
Big time fun - "all cliches and all fresh" epic fantasy - if that makes sense.

FBC Review below:

INTRODUCTION: Several weeks ago I wanted to find some new independent books to read - I did some posts about the ones reviewed by me and Mihir in 2010 - and I spent an hour or two checking Smashwords sff books: blurb, first page and then random pages from the excerpt if interested.

Out of maybe 50 novels I looked at, The Sword and the Dragon was the only one that intrigued me since despite the traditio
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Ron
"No good, reasonable or honorable man would want to have the responsibility of ruling over others."
Almost four stars.

Something of a struggle to rate it so low because the story itself is great. A complex, multi-threaded skein of high fantasy with the requisite humans, elves, dragons, wizards, etc. In addition many flawed characters--not-so-good good folks, and not-so-bad bad folks--make for pleasurable reading. Satisfying conclusion while bridging to the next volume of the series. Good job.

So wh
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Arthur Levine
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This epic fantasy is wonderfully written with exquisite detail that makes you believe the characters are real. From Hyden the archer and his brother Gerard to the elves to the Dying King Balton’s faithful squire Mikahl, set on a journey to deliver the magical sword Ironspike to a giant, all the actions of these characters jump off the pages of a plot with so many sub plots that the reader is kept enthralled and on the edge of his or her seat wondering what will happen nex
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DeAnna Knippling
The beginning of this book is very nice--lots of action, decent characters, even interesting POV character shifts, which are hard for me to get involved in. However, the author doesn't keep it up; once you get past the first 100 pages in this 500+-page book, the action shifts to a lot of summaries of action--instead of getting to see what the characters see and feel what the characters feel, we get a summary of all but a few things, which isn't nearly as satisfying. I felt like the author should ...more
John
Fans of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis will find much to enjoy to enjoy in M.R. Mathias’ debut fantasy novel, The Sword and the Dragon (Book 1 of a trilogy). Starting with a mountain-side harvest of hawk eggs, the reader is then taken on an epic adventure through the Mainland Kingdom, encountering on the trek clansmen, a Lion Lord, lizards, serpents, elves, witches, a giant called Borg, a giantess called Berda, a bald-headed wizard called Pael, monsters and magic, kings and queens, lords and ladies, and ...more
Kristin
Writing: 1
Story: 0
Satisfaction: 1

I guess the title should have given me my first clue but I have a soft spot for indie fantasy writers so why not.

Think of every fantasy trope possible, try to link them all together, then add in as much excessive detail and inner thought processes as possible, and you would have this book. Here's an example of the first: there's a magic ring that this kid finds. He starts to get paranoid that people want to take it from him. Familiar? And then there's a sword tha
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Melinda
This was a good fantasy for those of you who like the type of sword and sorcery, dragon, magic and demon type of books. This is one of the best that I've read in a while. This is the first in the trilogy. One king is poisoned, leaving an important kingdom in disarray, while an evil wizard has plans to take over the entire known human world through the King's son, the Prince. All is not lost, as the King's magic sword and his by-blow son have been sent on a quest to find out who they are, and to ...more
Anna Dye
Jan 30, 2011 Anna Dye rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Anna by: readersfavorite.com
Review for readersfavorite.com.
The author uses an old concept and used many other tales ideas to compose this book. The chapters leave you hanging and you always want to keep reading to see what will happen next.
The story is of a people that possess the knowledge of the whereabouts of the biggest bird’s nest in the land. Thus they are the only ones that can collect eggs from them. They have rules to how many eggs they can take from each nest and also to protect the birds from other predators.
O
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Matthew Crowe
I found this book to be nothing special over the standard fantasy books that are out there. It is better than some but also worse than some. I could take it or leave it. I will continue with the series because I have already read the first book. It follows the standard fantasy template of good vs. evil. There was a twist in here that made it a little better. But still it is the same typical fantasy story that is rehashed all the time. I am not saying that is bad because obviously it is a formula ...more
Graham D
I struggled to get through the first hundred pages or so. I almost gave up on the book. It was slow and there was no action to liven it up. It finally picked up and got better. I am glad I stuck with it. It was a decent book. It is hard to find a book that is so good that you want to rave about it to everybody. Unfortunately this isn’t one of those but it was good.

The story was good but was not exploited to its full potential. He could have put in a little less boring detail and made it easier t
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Terry Elderman
I don’t care what some of the haters said. I liked it and enjoyed reading it. Is this book perfect? No, but I have yet to read a book that doesn’t have flaws. As long as the flaws aren’t too big and screw with the story who cares. This book in my opinion doesn’t have that type of flaw.

The book is long and does start slow in fact it was a little tedious. You have to have patience it gets really good. I like the fact that there are boatloads of characters. It kept it interesting and engaging. They
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Scott
The Sword and the Dragon by M.R. Mathias is the first book in The Wardstone Trilogy. The story centers around the brothers Gerard and Hyden two young men of the Skyler clan. The clan is famous for being the only people who know the location to harvest the eggs of a certain hawkling that they sell for very high prices during trade fairs. This year with Hyden being the clans greatest hope for a win over the elves in the annual archery competition he is forbidden to undertake the dangerous climb to ...more
Alessandro Maggiorotto
oh, boy... where to start?
reading this book was very much like watching the Dungeons & Dragons movie... you really want it to be good, but it really isn't living up to its potential.
1) I read the revised kindle version.
you'd think that would mean it's as good as it's going to get. not so... there were still enough spelling mistakes (and more than that..ancestors and descendants are two different things) for even a non-native English speaker like myself to notice. Another round of editing wou
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Jaime
Mathias' fantasy fiction novel would make an exciting comic book series or video game that both teens and adults alike will find hard to put down. Although it's quite lengthy, debut books normally in a series try to confess and disclose as much information as possible to draw the readers in, and the author executed it perfectly and with ease. Reminiscent to The Lightning Thief and Harry Potter at times, this novel have potential to reach many readers of all ages and keep them more than intereste ...more
Patrick Rixon
There are a lot of good things inside this book. All the characters are likable even Pael and Shaella have some likability. A lot of the action scenes have a gritty quality and are vibrant. They are extremely well written. I thought he did a very good job on those. The other parts of the book were somewhat disappointing. They did not have the same quality as the fight scenes.

A lot of the characters take too much space in the story only to be killed off in a few pages. The characters confused me
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C Davis
I think this is a great story. There are brothers who turn into enemies, evil wizards and a plethora of magical beings. They all come together to make the perfect story. I liked this book from the first chapter. It engaged me and started me on this incredible ride.
All the characters were extremely well developed down to the most minor one. There are a lot of characters but that just made the story better in my opinion. They all added something to the story in some way. Shaella was more evil tha
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Serai Xavier
This is one of those books that drags on forever. To make matters worse, by the time the book ends, you're both glad and afraid. Glad because you can put it aside and never look at it again. And afraid because there are two more books in the series.

I am normally one to finish a series once I begin it, but this is just too horrible for words.
C.C. Cole
After plowing through “The Sword and the Dragon” by ace author M.R. Mathias, I was swept in along with the rest of the masses of his fans into his world of post-Tolkien non-Martin medieval dark fantasy. Though this book has the elements of role-playing games, there is a story there, and not a simple one, but is a good one. There’s action, a love interest, magical rings, a magic sword, an evil wizard, and last, but not least, a dragon. Ah, and don’t forget the eggs! Literally. This book is great, ...more
Cliff Ball
When I started reading this novel, and saw it was 700 pages, I was thinking it would suffer from burn out somewhere in the middle. Boy, was I wrong! The novel has a steady flow throughout, and the descriptions of various scenes throughout the novel are imaginative. The story is told from the points of view of quite a few different characters, from the good guys to the bad guys, and a couple of their animal friends. It has elements from every fantasy novel out there, including the classic tragic ...more
Semunky
This is my second attempt to read this book. I think I will have to try another book by this author...if I can forget this one.

It's not that this one is bad-there is the seeds of a nice story here, but I felt the author was in love with words and in love with his story/world/characters. It was EXTREMELY descriptive but not in a good way. I did make it almost to the end of the book, but I just couldn't force myself to finish it. Whenever someone/place/event was introduced...there were paragraphs
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The jewel you see glowing in the ring in my authors photo isn't really a jewel at all. It is the crystallized tear of a real dragon. In my novel "The Royal Dragoneers" you might find the moment where this wonderfully magical tear drop fell from a green dragons eye and hardened on its way down to land in a mess of troll corpses that the dragon was laying on.

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The Wardstone Trilogy (3 books)
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