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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Rime is a wild mage. She can bend the very fabric of reality, but at a cost – a cost to her health and her sanity. Her power is unstoppable but it leaves her empty, weak, and often unconscious. Jonas is a squire on the run – running away from the shadow of murder. They travel together to find the one person that can save Rime from the wild magic, from the inexorable madnes ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 3rd 2013 by Lodestar (first published April 2nd 2013)
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G. Derek Adams
Apr 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
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The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
I LOVE this cover! The snark alone is worth the price as it is. And humor is always a plus in fantasy.
Grace Troxel
Nov 24, 2014 rated it liked it
This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures:

Jonas is good with a sword, but he has no common sense (or other talents, for that matter). After getting arrested for a brawl outside of a tavern, he ends up being sentenced to help guard a woman named Rime on her travels. Rime is secretly a wild mage, and wild mages aren’t supposed to be allowed to live. Rime is on her way to chase a legendary witch who she thinks can help her contain
Bryn Adamson
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderfully original story! I am a in, I read a great number of books all the time, and as a result can oftentimes see the plot coming from a mile away. No so here! Not only did the "world" of the story surprise me at every turn, but the characters and action are like nothing else I have ever read. I had no idea what was going to happen in any given moment! I can't even say " well, if you liked such-and-such...then this is kind of like that", because it isn't. This stands alon ...more
Tony Valdez
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. A breezy and fun fantasy read that scratches the surface of a realm of myth and magic that I can't wait to learn more about. A foolhardy squire that is 1000% heart, and a wild mage who hates relying on others. Looking forward to more of this duo! ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of RPGs and Adventure Time
Shelves: 2013
I've read a good amount of fantasy and sci-fi novels in my life, often at the expense of not reading supposed "important" novels. I tend to enjoy escaping into new worlds more, places and times I would obviously never see, and just be immersed in them. Many of these are in established universes (like Star Wars), others in entirely new worlds that the author has created. Some authors can fall into a habit of trying to over-explain their newly created world, bombarding the reader with the rules of ...more
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting while enjoying some beautiful weather in a lawn chair in the middle of my complex's courtyard. I tell you this not because I think you care about how I conduct my reading, but because I want to impress upon you that I spent several hours sunburning for the simple reason that I couldn't put the book down. It isn't a traditional page-turner in the "WHOA, THINGS ARE CONSTANTLY HAPPENING" sense; rather, it is just plain fun and easy to read. The prose is not bogged do ...more
Kat Mitchell
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am an action/adventure/scifi buff. I use to say I was a fantasy person, till I met real fantasy peeps. Not really sure why I never got into (or understood) the fantasy side of things. There have been times when I've tried to insert myself, but to no avail. So, it was with excitement and trepidation that I opened Spell/Sword. Would I get it, would it get me, would there be names and places and ‘history’ I’d know nothing about? Would I be confused, lost, would I give up in frustration…
My fears
May 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads.

In the beginning I loved this book. It was creative, witty and adventurous. Magic, swordfights, fantasy, dragons, you name it this book had it. However I discovered about halfway through the story started to really drag for me and keep my interest long enough to finish. I can't exactly place what went wrong. It felt like too many villians started to be introduced and even though the story was starting to pull together by around page 160 I
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I first stumbled upon G. Derek Adams when I read 'Asteroids Made of Dragons'. Who doesn't want to read a book with a title like that?

Well, nothing has changed about my opinion of his writing. He is a silly writer, interspersing very serious moments with true life events, like "how the hell did that potato get there?" in the middle of a sword fight; The dialogue feels like actual dialog, not spellchecked-grammarchecked-stuffy talk.

Spell/Sword is a great story, reminding me of some Dungeons and D
Lillie Alice
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Wonderful, light-hearted adventure story. Easily left me wanting more (so I read the rest of them).

There's certainly a heavy D&D influence in the setting, but more importantly in the writing, since there's the understanding of the need to balance a character's strengths and weaknesses.

Particularly, he does a great job at one of my favourite things: Having antagonists who, rather than being villainous caricatures, have their own personalities and motivations. Instead of a reductionist good-vs-evi
Siobhan Armstrong
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
It had potential. There is a lot of good material here, but it isn't tied together well. This needed some serious review before it was released, because things like an entire major scene ending without resolution and the characters saying, "oh, let's not talk about it," instead of explaining what happened. even a lime or two would have helped. The issue with that scene is compounded by the actions of the characters not matching what little they say about it after the fact.
It isn't a bad start, b
Sean Polite
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It Hasn’t Left Me---

The above line was uttered by the character Linus in “Spell/Sword”, a first-time novel by Derek Adams. For me, it has the feel of a classic line, the extra piece of limestone/cement in the foundation of a stellarly written yarn of swords, sorcery, demons, enchantresses, minotaurs, bounties, road trips, but most of all, a timeless tale of two initially reluctant companions, who through no fault of their own rely on (and possibly befriend) each other in the opening phase of a g
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
3.5 - Fun and original. I read book 3 first and then looked for the 2 earlier books. The writing in Spell/Sword is a bit less polished than the later books, but it is good fun. It is always lovely to find something that is different and unpredictable and all 3 books in this series so far fit the bill. I hope that more people give this series a read.
Kelly Stark
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a quick read, but entertaining with good characters and some creative twists. I liked the glimpses into Rime's thought processes. My only complaints are that it had a random F-bomb and the ending leaves a lot unresolved. Still, good effort. ...more
Ryan Boros
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
First meeting between Rime & Jonas
Interesting world with great imagery
Really enjoying this series
First let me say, I rarely give 5 star ratings; I reserve those for books that I could read again and again. This means that, for me, 3 stars falls in the "It was good, I'd recommend it to others who like this genre, but one reading was enough." Though in this case my recommendation is dependent on what I think of book 2, The Riddle Box. (Side note: finished book 2 and I really loved it. See my review of The Riddle Box.)

Overall, I liked this book. The characters are interesting, though not well
Patrick Najjar
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One word describes the excellent read that is Spell/Sword: "fresh." Why "fresh" and not "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," you say? Well, let me turn to my friends at Merriam and Webster to help me explain.

"Fresh: having its original qualities unimpaired: as (1) : full of or renewed in vigor : refreshed (2) : not stale, sour, or decayed"

Adams' words leap off the page, briskly grab your hand, and pull you along as our protagonists, Jonas and Rime, embark on their exciting journey. Gone are t
Aaron Harper
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So, I will start off by telling those of you who don't make it past the first paragraph of text, due to the Attention Deficit administered by the internet, by saying that I liked the book.

The book being Spell/Sword by G. Derek Adams.

Now I will tell you why.

It is hard to call the book "Traditional Fantasy" as that of Dragonlance or Forgotten Realms. It is also hard to call it "Non-Traditional Fantasy" as that of The Legends of Eli Monpress or Robert Aspirins Myth-Adventures. So I will call it by
E. R.  Moore
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
After reading the first few pages of Spell/Sword, I knew I was in for a wild ride so I better buckle in. After proper buckling in, I realized that one must also drink the proverbial Kool-Aid to properly enjoy Spell/Sword in all of it’s absurd glory... And it is indeed absurd and glorious. Whether it be candy-coated ogres or frogs on steam-powered roller skates, the colorful cast of characters is certainly imaginative and wacky, and if you can’t handle an excess of silliness thrown at you with li ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh man this book was good. Full review later, after I finish the sequel (and get some sleep).

*Full review edit*

The cover of this book does NOT do it justice.

I am a chronic Judger Of A Book By Its Cover, and so when I came across this a few months ago, I sort of skimmed over it. The characters on the front look like a petulant 8 year old and her brother who likes to play soldier.

G. Derek Adams has recently published the third novel in this series, and so I was inclined to read the first and secon
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-editions
•••I listened to the Audible Audio Edition of this book•••

This is the first performance by Rachel Ahrens I have ever listened to but I look forward to listening to many more by this talented voice actor! She portrays all the characters with depth and irreverence just as they are obviously written. I can't imagine either Rime or Jonas voiced by anyone else. I think I would cry. I fervently hope she continues on with this unique series so we can continue to enjoy it to its full potential :)

Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Asteroid Made of Dragons was G. Derek Adams’s first (semi-)traditionally published work, but the man was no stranger to releasing books. As you may (or may not) recall from my review of AMoD, Adams had self-published two prequels prior to winning the Sword and Laser contest on Inkshares.

The first of those books is Spell/Sword, wherein we meet the protagonist duo of Rime and Jonas and go careening through glowing canyons and flying on wyverns with them on their first adventure.

Adams was kind enou
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Absolutely fascinating book.

I'm saying it is a 4 star book because it is a bit of a 3 star book and a lot of a 5 star book. Any reader will see it as both as well. It's a 5 star book because, well, imagine a line, now add a bunch of acute angles to it. Now take that zig zag line and turn it into a tornado drawing like from grade school. Got that visualization? That's how tropes are treated by Adams. Fascinating right? Subverted tropes, inverted tropes, they're all there. Not sure a single one w
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fresh, interesting, serious where it needs to be serious, light when it needs to be light, and full of snark the rest of the time. The characterization is the strength here. Rime and Jonas are both a treat, both of them complex and well-drawn characters with their own strengths, weaknesses, and degrees of self-awareness. They are both smart in their own ways, and their discovery that they work together as a team is a joy: characters actually being smart and not letting their egos get in the way ...more
Andy Coleman

This was a fun book to read. The two main characters had distinct personalities that, while often clashing, strangely complimented each other. There is also a mythological backstory built in along the way that added another level of depth that made me want to know more. In fact, at times I wondered if I had missed a book before because much of the mythology was casually mentioned like I should have known more about it.

The only reason I didn't give this book more stars was b
Tyrannosaurus regina
So there's this book called Asteroid Made of Dragons, which sounds deeply cool (I mean, it's called Asteroid Made of Dragons...need I say more?) but it's book three of a series, which means I'm called to go back to the first book and start there.

There's a lot of solid stuff here, particularly the character of Rime, but there are two main issues with the story as a whole: the tone, and the pacing. The tone whiplashes between light humour and serious bleakness, and I'm absolutely a fan of dark hum
I read this book in about three days, and ultimately, really did enjoy it. I found the first third of the book to be a little slow/disjointed, but things picked up and I finished the final two thirds in a single day. I think my initial slowness was due to what I perceived as a slight overuse of epithets (a personal preference, no doubt) before I really knew the characters enough to be able to better apply them or maybe ignore them?

This book is clearly the first book of a series, and felt very m
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first in a series, this book has a great story to tell. The self-publishing makes it less polished than I would have liked - a solid line-edit would work miracles on this, and hopefully Derek will get a chance to do that at some point. With cleaner writing this is an easy 5 star novel.

I've already bought the sequel and will get to reading it post-haste. I'll post a review of it as soon as I'm done.

I'm also really looking forward to his Inkshares-published novel that's part of the Sword and
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