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Druid's Sword

(The Troy Game #4)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,073 ratings  ·  46 reviews
World War II London: The Blitz has all Londoners in its grip and people struggle to survive amidst the terror and chaos of constant bombardment.
But is it just Hitler's Luftwaffe that is responsible for all the death and destruction that the city is facing? Brutus, the Greek Kingman who brought the bands of power to the isle of Alba millennia ago, once again walks the stre
Paperback, 681 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Tor Fantasy (first published 2006)
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Jun 09, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Shelves: sci-fi_fantasy
I felt like this book was a great disappointment. I am a big fan of Sara Douglass's work but I could not enjoy this book, no matter how hard I wanted to. This the 4th and final book of the Troy Game series. While reading the final book of a series you expect closure. In this book you may get closure but it doesn't make sense with the rest of the series. She uses the first 3 books to builds up this elaborate world with certain rules and create these powerful characters which she works really hard ...more
May 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Lance Eaton
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books, 2019
So on the one hand, this book drew me in hard. So hard. Having read nearly all of Sara Douglass's other work, this was the last series-related book of hers that I would ever get to read, I approached this book with trepidation. I had read the first in this quadrology (Hades' Daughter) back when it came out in the early 2000s and never came back to the series. I decided to re-read that book and follow on with each of the books in this series about a year ago. I wasn't that impressed with the firs ...more
So, I’ve finished it, finally, and this review will deal with this last book as much as the whole series.

I hesitated between “I liked it” and “I really liked it”, and I’ll go for 3* because, in the end, I really liked some parts of it, but I found the whole thing was rather “fine” than “thrilling”.

Most parts I liked were the descriptions of the sacred or less sacred places; though I must confess I skimmed some pages, to get to the point. It seemed to me the author took her time to solve the plo
Apr 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
OK, here's the thing about this fourth and final book in the Troy Game series: In the first three books, nearly every character was driven to acquire, avoid, achieve, complete, or create something or someone. The story was driven by this.

At about 2000 pages in (when the fourth book starts), and internally consistent and totally logical to the previous events, the pace comes to a screeching halt. Everyone is stumped. There's a huge problem, and no one knows what to do about it, although if charac
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was ok
Talk about disappointing... The third book was SO good, it is so disappointing for the series to end this way! In the last book, the characters are all making serious strides in what they are learning (all except Brutus, of course), and then they do COMPLETE 360s in this book! Brutus changes from the outcast to the darling of the story, and everyone else's character turns ugly. How did this happen? How could she have ruined some of my favorite characters with horrid characteristics that they got ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Druid's Sword is the fourth book in The Troy Game series by Sara Douglass. Part of my 2019 reading challenge was to read an Australian author- well how do I narrow that down, there are so many great Aussie authors, but Ms. Douglass was one of the first Aussie authors whose work I fell in love with. I have devoured everything she had ever written and was devastated when she lost her battle with cancer back in 2011. Her books really stuck with me over time, and I don’t revisit them as often
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The final installment of Sara Douglass' Troy Games brings to and end the struggle of the ancient Greeks to finish the story of the Minotaur and the labyrinthine maze, now under London during World War II. The 'game' has been taken over by the reborn daughter of Jack and Noah, the current installment of the Kingman and Mistress of the labyrinth. Catling intends to subjugate England and the mortal and fairie worlds under her cruel thumb and the other reborn's must work togehter to defeat her evil ...more
Apr 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Sandra Smiley
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start off by saying that I came into this series late in the game, starting at book 4 and not having read any of the prior books.

From what I can understand, a spell was started thousands of years ago - a weaving, that over the years have become corrupted and warped; a warding, twisted by hatred and deaths, that have become the very evil that it was designed to protect against. The spell is called The Troy Game, and the series is focused on a group of people, whose lives are closely tied t
Kelly Lynn
Jul 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
If I could give this book zero stars, I would. I was so incredibly disappointed while reading this book. I was tempted numerous times to just put it down, it wasn't worth the time or heartache but I felt compelled to finish out the series I had started just a year prior.

The first three books were filled with compelling and flawed characters. I remember reading the first book and absolutely hating Brutus. He was crass, uncouth, cruel, and in my opinion, a little stupid. And I loved it. I loved th
Tellulah Darling
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This may have been my favourite book of the series. The Troy Game has been epic in scope, re-interpreting historical events through this mythological and magical lens. If you've read my reviews of the other three books, you'll know that I've had a lot of fun with the series. Although I found it quite soap opera-y.

I think that's why I liked this one the most. First off, it's set during WW2, which is close enough to my lifetime, that I've read and watched many stories set in that time period. I in
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it

This novel disappointed me. Darkwitch Rising is so excellent, playing the characters that have been so thoroughly crafted from hate to acceptance to love like a little perfectly tuned orchestra, and - here we go! A new major female character and lots and lots of Brutus. I'm tired of Brutus. Brutus needs to chill.

As an end to the series, the plot twists are interesting enough and the ending mostly satisfies. But because of how it ends, very little ties back to the development a reader ha
Sep 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Druids Sword is what happens when an author loses sight of her plot, characters, and initial vision.

Sorry for sounding bitter but this book almost made me want to get rid of the whole series. It's like everything that came before never happened and some characters are devolved or changed so drastically that you're hard-pressed to remember what you loved about them in the first place.

The glorification of Jack (Brutus Reborn) and Grace isn't just commits the greater crime of bein
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
What a lame ending to the series! This book is even more of a letdown than the preceding book by far! Sara Douglass seems to have consistency problems both with plot and characters. This novel focuses on Jack (Brutus reborn) and Grace. Both characters are super lame. Grace is ineffectual and annoying and Jack has turned into a Gary-Stu that can do no wrong! Meanwhile everyone else is a background character. Including, yes, Noah who changed so much in Darkwitch Rising. Weyland has turned into a w ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it
In this final book in Douglass' Troy Game series Jack, Noah and their friends are living in London under the German air raids of WWII. After millennia of living only to complete the Troy Game, the terrible reality of its true nature compels them to destroy it. However, they are stymied with the realization that Noah and Weyland's daughter Grace's fate is tied to that of The Game -- she will also be destroyed. A pale, mysterious woman offers a dangerous alternative which will also risk Grace's li ...more
B. Jay
Jul 01, 2009 rated it liked it
I think I'm not far off by catogorizing the Troy Game series as a "fantasy book for romance readers". All four books spend entirely too much time hashing and re-hashing the complicated love/hate relationships of the characters. Not that I'm against romance, I just don't need it explained to me twelve times in order to understand. Nonetheless, the overarcing concepts Douglass sews together kept my interest through the end, and the ties binding the Greek minotaur through World War II and Herman G ...more
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
This series started off with such promise and was FABULOUS up through the third book, then took a turn for the worse here. The main characters that we've grown to know (Noah, Coel, Weyland) are relegated to rather down-played supporting actors and Brutus (with a lobotomy that suddenly makes him grounded and kind instead of the power-hungry flawed man we'd grown to sympathize with) is elevated to the main protagonist. Along with Grace (Noah & Weyland's daughter) they "save the world", but I w ...more
I tried this series because I liked the Wayfarer Redemption books so much, and I have to say I enjoy basically all of the books by Sara Douglass.
May 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Excellent story, as always, from Sara Douglass. But it would have been better if it had been a trilogy instead of a quartet. Flashbacks to earlier events became irritating instead of informative. Perhaps if I had not read the series together, it would have not been so. The last book settles on the reborn characters in London during World War II. The book is too long, with events seeming to occur again and again. And the final ending is rather abrupt, as if Ms. Douglass intended to write further. ...more
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
This review is going to have some mild spoilers in it.

While I thought that the ending of this book was really disappointing, I didn't hate the book overall. It seemed really rushed though, and most of the major characters from past books seemed shoved in just because they had to be (oh Stella is here but she can only stay for 2.5 seconds because it's either dusk or dawn). Asterion somehow went from scary antagonist minotaur to the sort of person whom, if livejournal had existed in 1940s England
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing conclusion to The Troy Game series. It had me on the edge of my seat almost the entire time and ready to scream in anticipation when the ending turned back and forth so many times I felt like I was in a roller coaster (which I'm sure was the intended effect). All the characters are back, including some we hadn't seen since they appeared the first time. The Troy Game is bound and determined to be completed in this lifetime and is willing to do anything to anyone to get it done.

Brutus a
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading this fourth and final installment of the Troy Game series. It was very good, but in some points of the book, I just felt like I wanted to get to the end. (could just have been my impatience to find out how things end.) I felt like the ending, particularly the last page. was just a little weak. The character's struggles and growth is again superbly developed, and tying in the Troy Game to the horrors of WWII in London made for a very horrific and fascinating setting. This ...more
Night Goddess
May 16, 2011 rated it liked it
I really don't know what to think about this book.... I loved the 3rd book and I probably would have loved this one too if it did not end the way it did. I mean I did get closure but it was not the closure I wanted. It is like a movie that builds you up and you sit there all excited and then it just ends and you are left thinking "what the hell"????? I mean after everything that had transpired between all the characters the ending should have been more than what it was.....I was very disappointe ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
I had a lot of problems with this book, so please excuse me that this will be more of a rant than a review.

1- The World War II storyline hinted at for ages, is chalked up to just a dream. A huge blow to the readers.

2- Catling is described as Brutus and Genvissa's unborn daughter in book 3, but by the end of book 4 she is somehow Noah and Brutus'.

3- Jack and Grace? Icky, icky! Too incestuous and hard to buy after the big build up around Brutus and Noah.

4- That ending. Talk about anti-climatic. I
An incredibly strong finish to an amazing quartet, Ms Douglass' books are intricately detailed and engage you from start to finish. Quite sad I've finished this set of books as I have loved everything she's written.

Now patiently waiting the release of Devil's Diadem, billed as alternate history and exactly my sort of book.
Sep 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I agree that the beginning of this book was really very slow. It was only because I enjoyed the first three book so much that I was willing to stick it out until the end. I think the series ended pretty well, but I'm not sure if it's a good sign that I remember books 1 and two more than I remember the last book.
Hannah Spencer
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it
A millennia-old deed comes to fruition when, during WW2, forces battle for Britain's soul. A group of people incarnate to try and change the course of the war, struggling to work together as they try to overcome ancient grudges from their previous lives. A bit hard to follow as I haven't read the earlier books, but very good none the less
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
After the previous books where we follow the same characters through their reincarnations, this book introduces a couple of pivotal new characters, which adds a new dimension, although the original characters have evolved a lot throughout the series.

Events throughout the book are kept surprising, although the ending does wrap things up a little too neatly.
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Douglass was born in Penola, South Australia. She attended Annesley College, in Wayville, a suburb of Adelaide. She studied for her BA while working as a Registered Nurse, and later completed her PhD in early modern English History. She became a lecturer in medieval history at La Trobe University, Bendigo. While there she completed her first novel, BattleAxe, which launched her as a popular fantas ...more

Other books in the series

The Troy Game (4 books)
  • Hades' Daughter (The Troy Game, #1)
  • Gods' Concubine (The Troy Game, #2)
  • Darkwitch Rising (The Troy Game, #3)