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The Dragonslayer's Sword

(Dragonslayer #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  732 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Astrid assumed all dragons should be killed - until she met one that changed her mind. In the medieval Northlands, a dangerous family seeks power. They slaughter anyone who gets in their way. Only children's rhymes hint at what's to come. No one recognizes the danger at hand. Astrid doesn't know she holds the key to this power. She's just a blacksmith who makes swords for ...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published January 4th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published June 1st 2008)
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Len Evans Jr
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really loved this book... the characters are fleshed out wonderfully, Astrid is especially memorable. DiStephan was without a doubt my favorite character, from the first moment he appeared on the page he was so vibrant and full of life! I loved how the author worked the dragons into the plot as well as the distinction used between them and the lizards. The one very tiny complaint that I have is that once glaringly and one other time minimally, the author made a jarring jump from one chapter to ...more
Kira Simion
Can I just say....DRAGONS!

Alright, now this was interesting fantasy! Not too muddled in explicating the ways of how things worked and began the action and character development immediately!

Only qualms:

•There's some confusion (though I do know it may just be me) about who can see what (the author and those who have read will know what I mean) and what the plain of where the people are traveling looks like? Don't need any big narration for it, just a couple sentences maybe delving just a tad bit m
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
***3.5 confused Stars***

I found myself lost many times during reading because the story would flip without any description of where it originated from or what it had to do with the story in general. Very little world was more or less left to your own imagination (not so much a bad thing)

I wanted to put it down but for some reason, I just couldn't. I felt like an addict who just couldn't say "NO" so I had to keep going and you could tell how the author's writing evolved by the end.
Flora Smith
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book for review.

This was such a fun read. We follow the life of Astrid from the time she is a small child that is bought from a bad place by a child seller. Alone and horribly disfigured she is terrified of the world but at the same time determined to find a place for herself in it. In a world full of dragons and lizard and shapeshifting humans Astrid grows up to make a life for herself and learn what true friendship is.

I love the way the story comes together as A
Dec 12, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa Hayden
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
Wow. Really enjoyed that tale of Dragons, adventures, in life and love.

*****Full Review*****
We meet Astrid as she is looking forward to her future, even after being given to the Child Seller and travels the land finding someone to buy her. To Astird it's better than where she came from, and what they did to her. Along the way he picks up another little girl, Mauri. Heading into Guell with both girls they come across a dragonslayer boy, DiStephan, and his father. Astrid is taken by the idea of a
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dragonslayer’s Sword was one of the most creative, original stories I have read in a long time. And, I might not have ever found this book if the author, Resa Nelson, had not contacted me to be a part of her book tour. I am so glad she did!
The story follows Astrid’s journey through life. She struggles throughout the novel with figuring out who she is truly. I completely related to this and feel many of my fellow readers would too. The story starts with Astrid as a child. A child-seller that
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragonslayer's Sword by Resa Nelson

The Dragonslayer is a unique novel, Resa writing is fantastic I was drawn into this world and couldn’t believe I just about passed it up. Resa has created a world of unlike anything that I have read, I would say this novel would be classified as a medieval, fantasy novel. She brings us dragons, shape shifters, ghosts, thieves, dragonslayers and Astrid.

Astrid is a blacksmith who makes swords and weapons for the dragonslayers; she lives a solitary life and does
Steven Brown
Jun 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who can enjoy a series even if it is logically frustrating at times.
I recently purchased the entire series in a package because it was on the cheap and was called the Dragonslayer Series. Though I do think the name is a bit of false, or cleverly worded, advertisement the first book did not disappoint me. It was a one day read and kept my interest. You will be drawn into a unique world that you are not entire sure of for most of the book as it is being slowly revealed chapter by chapter. In the end we are left with a world full of the promise of adventure.

The p
Sherre Copeland
The Dragonslayer's Sword was a book unlike any other I had ever read. I had no idea what to expect when I began reading this book, and it was a good thing. There was no way for me to even guess at the things that would be discussed. This book was nothing, if not unique.

The beginning of this book dropped us right in the midst of the feelings swirling inside a young, abused girl, Astrid. It was somewhat depressing, and confusing. The reader had no idea why she was like she was or what happened to
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
Review to come- but overall....

great YA fantasy. If you love fantasy, and dragons, and swordplay- this is SO the book for you. Fantasy is not my favorite genre (I usually prefer urban in my fantasy) but this was still an engrossing tale that swept me into it's pages.

It's also a 'safe' YA book that would be appropriate for younger audiences. There is violence, and death, but it's not to an over-the-top gory level.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dragons, magic, love, and lost.

This book perhaps became my new favorite series.

The whole idea of dragons and dragon slayers were never questioned enough as it was in this book. Why do they kill the dragons? why can some people see reality more than others? Just who is your friend or neighbor?

This author managed to grab my attention right from the start simply by the setting of the first chapter. Setting the scene with a young girl who is being sold by a child selling. That already struck a cord
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it difficult to get into for the first half of the book, I also was uncertain about the magic in it. I did enjoy the overall plot.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This started out promising. Then, all of a sudden things just got... weird. I managed to finish this, but won't be continuing with the series.
Alex Connolly
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This a fantasy novel following Astrid, a blacksmith, who lives in a world of dragons and of shape-shifters. Initially involved only in that she made swords for Dragonslayers, she find herself involved in a much greater turn of events in something that began beyond her own memory, and continues way beyond her home.

The first thing that I really like about this book is the plot. When do we have a blacksmith as a protagonist? Never. But why not- they're strong, determined and hard working. They soun
Lora Shouse
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about changing perceptions. Almost nobody in this book is who they appear to be. Not even Astrid, the little girl who is sold to a blacksmith near the beginning of the book.

When Astrid, the child seller, and Mauri, the other child the child seller has to sell, first come to the town of Guell, they meet the town’s dragonslayer and his son, DiStephan. The dragonslayers advise the child seller to try selling Astrid to the town’s blacksmith, who lost a daughter a couple of years befor
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Seriously what where the chance to say no to the book related to here we are with the Dragonslayer's Sword by Resa Nelson.

What can i say? I really didn't expect to like it that much (i was thinking to go for 4 starts but you will see later why i didn't). The world is amazing and different. A mix of many different people and beliefs. And while it starts from a small town, you get to know more and other things too. The story? Captivating from the very first chapter.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have spent the past couple months working my way through this series. After having read her newest story for the companion series Dragonfly, I needed to know more about the characters I was being introduced to. The Dragonslayer Series, is the story of Astrid, a common blacksmith, who in the end is anything but common. Each book continues her journey and each one contains an element she must overcome to gain knowledge about herself and about the world she is destined to protect.

I find it someti
I just finished reading The Dragonslayer's Sword and I have to say I'm very tempted to go back and read it again.

I'm going to be honest here. I was completely out of my comfort zone with this book. First of all, I don't think I've read a lot of books with medieval themes. So I didn't really knew what to expect. Also, I know nothing about blacksmiths. I was pleasantly surprised by the way Ms. Nelson managed to combine the fantasy details with the historical details. Another thing I loved was how
Feb 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was well-written in terms of keeping the reader interested. The characters were interesting, DiStephan and Lenore especially. I found the setting to be very unique; the concept of what it means to shapeshift as well as the role of the dragons. I also approve of the very concise writing style. Nelson leaves a strong impact when she writes a one sentence paragraph.
It's written like this.
I would like to point out that she does do it often. Personally, I had no problem with it but some peo
Lovey Dovey Books
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dragonslayer's Sword is a unique and very thought-provoking novel. Resa Nelson focuses one young woman's journey to empowerment while fully entertaining fantasy fans with dragons and danger.

Astrid lives in a special village, Guell, where people are able to change their appearance at will, however it suites them at the moment. Astrid is self-conscious about her body because she is scarred from a dragon attack. The only people to ever look at her as if she were normal are her blacksmith mentor
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a captivating story with an imaginative world full of interesting characters and a unique plotline that made it difficult to put this book down.

It started off a little slow compared to what I normally prefer but once I got past the half-way mark it sped up to a fast pace where I was totally hooked and from that point I struggled to stop reading to perform other daily functions.

The author paints a world that is very unique and something I haven't come across before. I was fascinated by
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Dragonslayer’s Sword, Resa Nelson has imagined a mysterious world full of fantasy and terror. She brings the reader in by abruptly dropping them into this world with a frightened, disfigured, monster-child, Astrid, who is given away to a child seller by her unknown parents to be disposed of. Astrid is the reader’s guide through this world, for as she finds her way , so does the reader. As unreal as this universe is, the raw emotion of the frightened child brings it into quick focus for u ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was approached by the author to read her book and given a free copy. I'm glad I got to read this book! It starts off grabbing you from the very beginning. Who is this child with this mystery about her? She wears a blanket concealing her body as she is being sold as a slave. I am wondering why she has to cover her body up? I thought she was some kind of monster at first. The story unfolds very naturally and is a good read for fantasy lovers. The mystery girl, Astrid learns a trade at blacksmith ...more
Maghon Thomas
I was browsing goodreads one day and saw the cover for the first book, and thought it looked like a great read, so I added it to my to be read pile and then, not a week or two later, I’m opening an email from the author asking if I’d like to be part of this tour. I almost said no, with my life being crazy lately- BUT I’M SO GLAD I DID!!! This book is so good!

There’s so many good things about this book, and the writing is at the top of that list! I want to call it formal, but that’s only because
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dragonslayer's Sword is a nicely done fantasy that's filled with lots of revelations and twists along the way.

One of the things that I liked best about The Dragonslayer's Sword was the plot. I was very interested in the plot, mainly because Nelson incorporates a lot of fantasy that I've never seen before! She definitely did a great job with that. The shape-shifting part was easily my favorite. There are some slow parts in the middle of the book but after you get over that hump the reading wa
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book as soon as I started reading. Fantasy, mystery, dragons and swords. I was captured.

Astrid was a small girl whose body was full of scars. She didn't know her origin, she was travelling with the child seller, but no one wanted to buy her because of the scars. She was given a blanket not to get warm, but to hide the scars. A blacksmith finally bought her and raised her like his own daughter. there, in his castle, Astrid found her own path, she became a blacksmith. But the destiny
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received Dragonslayer's Sword as a free copy from the author. The gifting did not determine the review/rating, which reflects my honest opinion. I'm not sure what I expected, possibly a generic man-vs-dragon tale, but this story delivered plot twists, and unusual characters. This is not a feel-good tale wit romance and over-the-top heroes; instead, it seemed to be a story of overcoming odds and finding your place in the world (sometimes, more than once after fate delivers a life-altering blow. ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This medieval fantasy novel knocked my socks off – seriously! Resa Nelson is an amazingly talented author. I would love to take a walk through her mind and see how she creates her characters and books. What a storyline… sheesh, totally original and freaking epic.

Astrid has had such a hard life growing up and yet she prevails and comes out at the top. Her true passion in life is being a blacksmith and of course her soft spot for DiStephan. She is AMAZING!! I can go on and on about how cool Astrid
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Resa Nelson is the author of the 4-book Dragonslayer series: The Dragonslayer’s Sword (nominated for the Nebula Award, finalist for the EPPIE Award), The Iron Maiden , The Stone of Darkness , and The Dragon's Egg . Her 4-book Dragonfly series takes place after the Dragonslayer series.

Her standalone novels include the mystery/thrillers All Of Us Were Sophie and Our Lady of the Absolute .


Other books in the series

Dragonslayer (4 books)
  • The Iron Maiden (Dragonslayer, #2)
  • The Stone of Darkness (Dragonslayer, #3)
  • The Dragon's Egg (Dragonslayer, #4)