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Dawn of Swords

(The Breaking World #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  713 ratings  ·  51 reviews
On the young world of Dezrel, brother gods Karak and Ashhur, fleeing their own failed world, recreate mankind in an attempt to make amends. The fledgling race of humanity is guided by the First Families, men and women who will not age so long as their hearts remain devoted to their deities.

But quickly the realms are thrown into chaos by the construction of the Temple of th
Paperback, 588 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by 47North
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The Shayne-Train
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Oh man oh man! This is epic fantasy at its best.

Nearly instantly you are devouring pages. The world-building is smart, almost insidiously so. The prose is beautiful. The combat is well-written with gripping immediacy.

And the characters, o sweet lord, the characters. Some you love from their first paragraph; some grow on you so subtlety that you don't even realize it until you're breathless waiting for their next chapter; and some you goddamn hate enough to want to start tearing pages from the bo
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Lately, I have been in a fantasy kinda mood. I'm super sick of lovey dovey junk that I just want some good old fashion blood shed, maybe an underdog to root for, perhaps an OMG moment or two or three, new costume ideas for Cosplay, and then of course... MAN JEWELRY!!

This book has all of that!!

So, you start off on what might be Earth or what might be Jupiter or what might be a jillion billion miles away. There's no telling. They never say what planet we're on and we know there are other dimen
Jay  The Crippled God
This book deserved 3.85/5 stars.

Modern Epic Fantasy is something that is yet to be explored for me and I dive in wearing my scoping critical googles. I took pleasure reading this book and it started with a very energetic begining and the middle plots were like tides of the sea ( ebbing and flowing ) but the plot twist and the ending was what actually turned my entire view of the book.
Aparrently, Huge amounts of thinking were invested in this book and It Shunned my emotions killing every single
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Two Gods walking the earth, one, the God of Order, the other, the God of Justice. How perfect of a world that would be. Each Gods people live in their designated lands, to live in peace under their God in this very newly formed world. But as with all humans we are all imperfect. Even with their very Gods to lead them, to answer their prayers to offer guidance and love there will be deceit, betrayal and evil.

The world building was very well done. Every scene was detailed, each building described
May 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Audio book version:

Not far in, maybe 25% and pretty disappointed. Looks like a blatant attempt at creationist fiction. Cannot be as we all know creationists are not smart enough to write even a bad book. The Christian moralism/overtones are making my eyes bleed ..

There is even a character called Azariah. This one stands out from the other blatant attempts to imitate the bible … ever hear the unfortunate line “a dingo has my baby”. I never thought I would ever hear that name again in my lifetime
Tracy Griffin
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Its was good. I'm going ahead and read the next to the series.
Mary Dallenbach
Feb 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
By all that is holy this book was frustrating. I got this book through Amazon Unlimited. It looked interesting and I started to listen to the narration which is rather good. The book started slow. Keeping track of the large cast of characters was challenging (there were so stinking many). But as I kept listening I was able to follow along. About 25% in it started to get interesting. Patrick was introduced at this point and he was one of the bright spots for me. So I stuck with it but then it jus ...more
Pavlo Tverdokhlib
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
For most of the book, the following short review would've sufficed:

As a fantasy novel, it's average. But so far it's really not a fantasy novel. it's a gigantic thought experiment with a whole bunch of philosophising about free will v destiny, and how human societies inevitably turn to violence.

kind of like ASOIAF in the ridiculous plotting, and so far it seems there's very little good that's happening to the multitude of POV characters.

Then comes the ending...

Holy shit, the book is awesome.

Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
The last 40% of Dawn of Swords is worth the price of admission (more on that in a moment). The first 60% was a struggle and since this is a 20 hour book, a long struggle. The book includes a cast of thousands (just joking, hundreds) and each are introduced in enough detail that I could pick them out of a police lineup. I kept wishing the authors would say, “This person is ugly and an idiot, so let’s move on”, but I had to listen to a chapter or two or three to figure it out on my own.

I did end u
Jan 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: genre-fantasy
This book had some interesting ideas but way to many characters were introduced to fast with not enough time for me to get to know them before the author jumps to another. Also the fact I just didn't like most of the characters in this book.For more than half the book I was wondering were the story was going since it was all about introducing yet another character to the story. Alot of them had bad intentions, were slavishly devoted to their god making them stupid, or wrapped up in themselves to ...more
Ryan Mueller
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
This book was a bit strange for me. I've read Dalglish's first Shadowdance book and Skyborn. This one didn't feel much like either. For much of the book, it read like a history lesson about his Shadowdance world. It was still interesting, but there were a lot of characters to keep track of, and I wasn't exactly sure where things were going.

However, the end of the book made up for any earlier flaws. Everything came together beautifully at the end, and there were some great action scenes and inter
Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I received an arc from publisher via Netgallery.When I first saw the cover I thought this book would be about superheroes.Then I read the blurb and realized it was not.A really great cover. The book was a bit mixed bag for me.At times the religion in the book got to be a bit much.The other aspects of the book such the action were just enough to keep me reading.I won't be reading the second book in the series but will come back to review other works later from the author.
Ixby Wuff
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it

On the young world of Dezrel, brother gods Karak and Ashhur, fleeing their own failed world, recreate mankind in an attempt to make amends. The fledgling race of humanity is guided by the First Families, men and women who will not age so long as their hearts remain devoted to their deities.

But quickly the realms are thrown into chaos by the construction of the Temple of the Flesh, built by exiled children of Karak in the unclaimed land of Haven that lies between the two kingdoms. Those of the T

Juliet Miskin
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philosophical ly interesting

Rating about 3 1/2,.
I sometimes became confused about the characters. The gods were not solid beings, but that was probably on purpose. Fantasy is one my favourite genres; but the plot has to appear to be plausible - at times i did have some trouble with tnis. I did like the philosophical ideas.
Connie Fogg-Bouchard
perfection sullied

Asher and Karak, brother gods with differing views, are leading their people in paths that will collide. it is that very travel that puts all of the first families in peril. there is, however, a voice in the wilderness promising success of one side over the other. are these lies? the truth?
Jun 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't waste your time

Terribly slow read. The characters are poorly developed and one-dimensional. I haven't left a book unfinished in years, even bad ones, and I couldn't even make it halfway through this book.
Rachel Cumbee
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
hate it when my dragon's morning breath crystal triggers a war between an innocent cult of swingers and the gods of ancient times
Timothy Downs
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome origin story!

Every great fantasy world and it’s stories has one. This is the first of three origin stories to the Paladin series, Dancer series, and the Half Orc series. A must read.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was a waste of time and money. If I wanted religion, I would have gone to church. Getting a refund. Left a bad taste.
Daneillia Parchment
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked the first part of the series. It was confusing at times but very rewarding at the end.
Rayburn Neal
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it. I have to still dive into the shadow dance series but choose to get this one out of the way and honestly I'd recommend others to do the same. Switching from the half orc series to the breaking world gives a new set of perspectives of past versions of the brother gods, and especially the wardens. Highly recommend even reading this series from the start (maybe better?) always amazing stuff with two great authors.
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
War and love, Order and Justice. This is a deep and riveting epic fantasy tells the tale of the two Gods who represent these morals and how they and their people fall to war. The stories of the people on each side of the war evolves and changes as we watch people change. I saw more people die in this book than I had in a long time, honest truth. I love it when, in this case, the authors are willing to kill their characters. Each move and change in the book was well thought-out and the plot twist ...more
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book from 47North Publishers, through NetGalley, in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I have a few other books by this author on my Kindle, but this is the first one that I've read.

Although this book is revealed to be a prequel to existing books, I still found it fairly easy to follow, though I did think the book suffered a bit from info-dumping. I think it would have been worth having a prologue to this book to explain the backstory a bit
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Epic doorstopper fantasy and a bit of a mixed bag. There's nothing inherently "bad" about this book. I actually enjoyed it and the writing. The central hook is strong, two brother-gods-made-flesh rule over their own separate slices of humanity. One keeps his people is the pacifistic and idyllic paradise and the other in a much more realistic land where political squabbles and dynastic bickering seems commonplace.

Being flesh, people doubt their gods constantly and frequently have direct meetings
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Man, I'm really torn about this book. It's got some intriguing ideas that more or less begin to pay off (it's very obviously the first book in a series), a few genuine surprises and characters that you come to like a lot. There's a decent amount of world-building, and the world shows a lot of potential.

That said, it suffers from TERRIBLE fantasy naming (a city called Safeway? A demon called Sluggoth? Give me a break), the writing is sometimes ham-fisted and clumsy, the authors develop a mean cas
David Teachout
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, fantasy
It's good to have friends. Reading the afterward written by both authors is a must, as it opens up just how this story and its sequels came to be. Without the friendship between them, nothing would have happened and I'm quite grateful that such exists. Dalglish's world could almost become old-hat by now, having read more than a dozen books based in it now, but what keeps the world expanding is the dedication to using what appears like surface philosophies to explore the depths of humanity. Time ...more
Karen Berry
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was recommended to me based off of my other books I have read & I think it was a bad recommendation. The book is about 2 brother Gods that create their children that worship them. I'm not really into religion as a story all by itself. I prefer it as part of a culture. I thought this book was a sneaky attempt to convert me to Christianity but I could be wrong. It could be just a story. The characters were all extreme and by that I mean that all the personalities seemed over the top. I t ...more
Lisbeth Nilsen
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was unsure about listening to this. Other reviews mentioned the brutality which I'm not really a fan of. The premise sounded interesting, however, and since it was performed by my favorite narrator, Nick Podehl, and also very cheap I gave it a try.

I couldn't put it down. Loved the setting and some of the characters. And not all of them die, but those who do do go horribly. Nick does a fabulous job as always. The first chapters are basically introductions to a bunch of people whose names I didn
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, fantasy, war
I received this book through a Goodreads Frist Reads giveaway.

I was initially caught up in the action of this book and very much enjoyed the first 20 pages or so. Then I found the book slowing down dramatically while the author attempted to fill in back story and create a better sense of the culture and world for the book. It did eventually pick up some but the pace was never really fast enough for a 500+ page tome. If this had not been a Goodreads giveaway, and I hadn't felt "obligated" to fini
Andrew Garrie
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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