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The Sword and Its Servant

(Grauwelt #1)

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Einsa finds herself without memory of her past and her origin, held prisoner by the Löwa, a species of warped monsters bent on using the Children of Mann for their horrendous genetic experiments. She and her companions are merely lab rats waiting to be plucked by their captors—until they decide to make their escape.

Einsa’s only hope for survival in the fallen world that
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Paperback, First Edition, 400 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Understone Group, LLC
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The Sword and Its Servant is the first installment of what is planned as an ongoing series. This “portal” story is definitely a YA novel with its “coming of age” theme, but it also has a very strong element of horror incorporated in it with some nightmarish characters who do some rather nasty things. And that blending of YA and horror is definitely what gives this tale a uniqueness missing in many other books; something fantasy readers tired of the
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Monica
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Avid Reviews: www.avidfantasyreviews.wordpress.com

It is not often that one is able to find an independently published novel that is constructed as professionally as The Sword and Its Servant. Even at a first glance, you might be surprised that it is a small press/indie novel. The cover is gorgeous and rivals the jacket art from many of the novels distributed by large publishers, such as Tor and DAW, which have come out this year. The book is also seems as if
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Kim
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Sword and Its Servant is the first installment of what is going to be a six-part series, all set in the world of the Grauwelt. The Grauwelt is a world that is somewhere between our own and that of Hel. It is full of creatures that are straight out of our nightmares, all fighting for supremacy.

One of my favorite things about high fantasy works is that there often isn't a clear line between that which is good and that which is evil. The characters in this novel are very much in the gray
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So, I Read This Book Today
What first must be said about The Sword and Its Servant is that this is very much “High Fantasy Sword and Sorcery.” Good and evil is a large part of what the book stands for, though the whole concept of “gray areas” is a strong underlying theme. To be honest, I had thought that, being a “YA” book, that the violence would be minimal. And I would have been very wrong. This first in a six-part series is, in a word, nightmarish, with nightmarish scenes that would discourage me from recommending the ...more
Michelle Quintana
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book was sent to me for a review.
Entertaining first book in this new epic fantasy book. There are a lot of different characters in this book but what I liked is that they are not all thrown at you at once like how some books tend to do. It starts with a boy named Johannes and his mother reading a story to him about some far off place. He becomes enraptured with the story and pretends to be one of the defenders and pledges himself to Dietrich. Then he disappears. The story next picks up with
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Whitney Mullenax
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was one that I quickly read, and while yes there are many characters that may be hard to remember in the beginning, it all comes together and starts making sense. In the real world, there are many characters, so it just kinda adds to the mystery and dark element of the book for me. You don't know where the story is going at first, but then it takes a turn and you're introduced into this whole new, scary world. This is where the bad guys live, until later you start to feel bad for them, ...more
Mags~CVAddikt~
The book is amazing .... It took me ages to read it (not my fault! The world conspired against me!) but it was amazing ...
REVIEW COMING SOON, BEFORE XMAS LOL
Nickole Codico
At first, I cringed at the thought of a Lowa, a breed of a big wolfish hound or something, dominating the first half of the story,but then I got used to it and I started to get fond of Ghesdalt, one of the Lowa, and I hate that I tried to like him and face the fact that it would be short-lived after all. I hate it and I hated Ulf, his brother, and I'm not gonna hide that fact.

What got me interested in this book, is that, it is not trying hard at all. The words flow like it is a world that you
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Sean
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, fantasy
The Sword and Its Servant is a fantasy tale that had me very conflicted in how I felt about it. While never despising or hating the book, I found myself having very mixed feelings about the level of enjoyment. The characters are interesting but a bit numerous. It was not hard to follow but rather hard to place emotional weight with so many "players" in the story. The pacing of the book was also off for me. This being said, I was invested in the story and would love to see how the series ...more
SFReader
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Sword and Its Servant, by Victor Salinas, is another young adult book. How did I get sucked into reading another one, well... by the ages 15 and up warning label? Here I am thinking I might be reading a book a little on the spicy side, but nope, preteens in trouble. But I will say that Salinas takes the idea of trouble up a notch and the book becomes more of a pre-teen meets Hellraiser.

Most of the book, actually almost all of the book, focuses on some kids making a jail break. It also covers
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Meredith
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-ve-won
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

The storyline in this book was highly original and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The characters are creative and not the normal characters seen in a sci-fi novel. The mystery behind Einsa's past is something that kept me wanting to keep reading to find out who she truly is. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I could not put it down once I started reading. The theme of the battle between good and evil is played out well,
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Naomi
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I found this book to be action packed. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the characters and always found my self wanting to read more.
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Vic is the principal creator and director behind Grauwelt and the author of the flagship book series. He is a long-time fan of many fantasy and Sci Fi series including the Lord of the Rings, Dune, and Star Wars (his all-time favorite: he dares you to test his knowledge!).

While he's not busy bringing the world of Grauwelt to life, Vic spends his time reading, exercising, and playing competitive
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“Is freedom worth the price of not having a conscience? Not having sympathy? Einsa wondered. Klinde did not respond. Einsa shut her eyes. It is, he said at last. She let go of him.” 0 likes
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