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The Sword of the Guardian must be forged of perfection.


Kantal is a fighter, and he sings the warrior song. He has had to. Born with nothing more than a girl's name, he has endured a life of torment. But large obstacles do not imply small expectations. Quite the opposite in fact.


And his country has long suffered too, investing five hundred fruitless years in trying to
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Published April 30th 2018 by James Hockley
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Ann Pratley
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having previously read 'Fear's Union' by James Hockley, I was eager to read a further instalment of the story. This book is set in a time prior to that of 'Fear's Union', but once again the use of language by this author inspired and held my interest from start to end. The journey through life from childhood is not an easy one for the main character, Kantal, and the hardships and bullying he has to put up with in his youth is well described in a way that I could not help but be intrigued by ...more
Lisa Reads & Reviews
The protagonist in this story reminded me of an old song by Johnny Cash


The story began about 30% of the way through. It started out in a way that was painful to read because the moment was long, drawn out, redundant and lost my interest after the first page. Also, The Phrase that I grew to hate started on the first page. I continued to see The Phrase, repeated on every page, until about the 30% mark. Then The Phrase was thankfully abandoned, or maybe I had become so numb to it that my eyes just
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Angel Leya
Because you can't beat a Mandahoi.

Joss Kantal had a hard childhood - growing up a boy with a girl's name can do that to you. Youngest of 5 boys and seemingly a disappointment to all, he spends his time learning and dreaming in the library when not being bullied and abused. Until he discovers the meaning of his name, Kantal - or blacksmith - and creates a Mandahoi sword from Mandari steel. And now he has a purpose and a goal, if any will listen. He needs to win back the land the Mandari stole
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Allie Cresswell
Mandestroy is a prequel to a longer, larger work which, I presume, fills in aspects of political, cultural, geographical and social setting left largely blank in this shorter work. That the writer has a very clear and well developed conception of these things is beyond doubt. But rather than painting his fantasy concept as a wide canvas, the writer in this work confines himself to the inner landscape of the protagonist, Kantal, filling in his backstory from bullied youngest son of the blacksmith ...more
David Kummer
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Kantai is a fighter." That's how the description starts out. I wasn't sure what I would get from this book, and it seemed outside the genre I normally read for sure. Nevertheless, this was another author and another book that surprised me.

There were some dark moments in the book, which has some material not suited for children, but the author handles everything with class so I give him credit for that. Overall, I enjoyed this book and found it to my liking despite not being what I normally
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Joshua Cook
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having not read any of James's other works, I didn't know what a ride I was on. This short novella was a very good read, highly informative, and fun. It can often be hard to wrap time shifts in a story together in a seamless way that makes things easy to ready, but James Hockley succeeds admirably.

Kantal is a somewhat tragic character, but you see how the circumstances of his life mold him into the determined and strong person he appears to be. There some somewhat strong violence and some sexual
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Alexander Teut
Strange society, strange rules

I really voukn't dig into this book.

Middle age society with free access to library for all of people, from king to son if a blacksmith? What if son if blacksmith get money from a strsnger to stub king by knife whike he's reading.

Elder brother joins gang and bullies minor. Guy, your fellas willn't trust yih. If you cab't orofect your blood brother, how csn you pritdct your brother in arms?..

I don't believe, sorry
Gregs
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yup

Short but interesting read. Seems like a nice beginning of something spectacular. Will be waiting for more from this author.
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