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The Sworn

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    Well Written

    This picks up several months after the end of the first trilogy. The story is well written and there are no huge surprises in the plot. Many characters are the same as the previous books with some new interesting additions. There is good story progression without gaps or dead spots. It was just about what I expected the book to be. Will be looking forward to reading more from this author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

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    The Sworn Review

    In book one of The Fallen Kings Cycle, The Sworn, Gail Z. Martin continues the story she unleashed in the Chronicles of the Necromancer series. It takes place about six months later with the Margolan king Martris Drayke and his queen Kiara bitterly relishing their victory over their recent battle with the Blood Mages and Lord Curane. The war was hard on the kingdom with harvests extremely lean and a plague spreading across to the surrounding kingdoms. Kiara's homeland of Isencroft has put down a civil war and continues to deal with the Divisioninsts upset with their princess being married to the Margolan throne. Jonmarc Vahanian crushed a rival faction of power hungry vampires not pleased with serving the new human lord of Dark Haven and now faces a new challenge of taking in and caring for refugees fleeing the plague.

    As each of the Winter Kingdoms try to put things right a new threat has returned following on the heels of the plague, as it did a hundred years before. The Durim, a cult of worshipers devoted to destruction and darkness, have been moving across the land and violating sacred barrows while releasing shadowy creatures with blood sacrifices to further their cause. But, prophesies are showing a new threat rising from across the ocean that may be in league with the Durim to bring about a War of Unmaking.

    In The Sworn, Gail seems both merciless and ruthless to her characters by giving them just the barest shred of hope while immersing them yet again in a new threat. This story picks up quickly and builds into a relentless pace as she marches her readers, alongside her characters, to war. This story is filled with wonderful tidbits of knowledge that expand the realism of her world proving that Gail has put every ounce of effort to creating this tale for our enjoyment. Each of her characters, well known to the readers who've stayed with her through the other books, are just as familiar yet slightly more mature as they progress through each book. Readers just starting the tale can jump in here and still be taken on a grand ride filled with action, intrigue, and a bit of romance, but I'd advise them to indulge in the first four books just to get the full scope of what Gail has generously given to us.

    Gail, like her characters, has matured in her storytelling, bringing a depth and clarity to her world that welcomes her readers with open arms. The Sworn takes all the lore of the Chronicles of the Necromancer stories the reader is familiar with and slowly brings the threat of a foreign kingdom into perspective with such careful attention usually not seen in other fantasy novels. These invaders marshal the reader to rally with the Winter Kingdoms and dare them to put down the book while the story unfolds before them.

    Gail Z. Martin is destined to truly make a lasting mark on the fantasy scene and I'm certainly glad to have been aboard since the start. 10 out of 10 stars!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    Become sworn to the story...A great read

    Having read the four novels preceeding this in this epic fantasy, all I can say is "Gimmee more". The character building gets deeper for those inhabitants from the Chronicles of the Necromancer series, and the new additions to the cast of Characters emerge seamlessly into this ever widening tale. Ms. Martin has undeniable skill in endlessly flipping the good/evil coin, and making sure all those in the Winter Kingdoms and beyond pay attention, one way or another.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    Surprisingly Disappointed

    I loved the previous books, but having said that, this one really let me down. Previously you were in each characters head and had their feelings and thoughts throughout. This felt like an overview, and was not fleshed out, it had no depth. I wanted to experience some of what the characters talked about in their own eyes, like why the baby is "different" and how those around him experience it.

    It also concluded without a definitive ending, it felt like the story just dragged out and went nowhere. I was shocked at the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2011

    Highly Recommend----A MUST READ

    I could not put this book down. I have read her other books and strongly recommend reading them before you pick this book up. Although this book is the beginning of a new series for Martin the characters are from her other series. I love being able to follow her characters through their lives and can not wait until April 2012 for The Dread to come out. Martin is amazing at pulling the reader into the story. I feel like a know and understand her characters. Gail Z Martin may be my all time favorite author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Fairly Reasonable

    The Sworn works fairly well on the level of world and character building, without getting out of control or bogged down. But in terms of moving the plot forward, there is essentially nothing but deus ex machina here.

    If a character is unsure of how to progress or what to do (happens fairly often) they will perform some form of divination or otherwise have the info given to them. As a story it still kind of works. This method seems better than failing to create a otherwise coherent narrative.

    For light fantasy reading, this books is an acceptable choice. But I would suggest this as more something you read while your SO watches TV or something along those lines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Another Winner!!

    I thought I would be disappointed with the switch in the series since I fell in love with the characters. I was very happy to see all my characters in this book, along with some new great characters. The storyline is excellent (in line with the first books) and many turns and twists that take you deep. Love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    Epic!!! must continue the adventure

    Loved it just like the other ones-keep it up

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  • Posted December 5, 2010

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    exhilarating epic fantasy

    Between the civil war, the famine and the plague, the Winter Kingdoms remain in deep trouble. No one can handle another catastrophe. Yet that is exactly what beleaguered Summoner-King Martris Drayke faces.

    The Dark Mages using blood magic have invaded at a time when the Winter Kingdoms still teeter on the brink of imploding. King Tris needs allies immediately as the enemy begins it feral assaults, but his mostly likely sources are new monarchs lacking combat experience especially with the enemy being ruthless killers. Adding to his fears is rumors that the Dread are rising from their millennia dormancy, but who is raising them is the actual concern as the King believes the Blood Mages are behind this awakening and may have control of them. His only hope to save the Winters Kingdom reside with the Sworn nomads whose mission for centuries has been to protect the Dread. As Tris tries to gain the support of the Sworn he also wonders if they might betray him out of their oath to protect the Dread who might serve the Blood Mages.

    Returning to the realm of The Chronicles of the Necromancer (see The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven and Dark Lady's Chosen) Gail Z. Martin starts a new exhilarating epic fantasy, The Fallen Kings Cycle. The story line is fast-paced and filled with plenty of action as well as sets the conflict and establishes key players. Fans of the previous saga will find the opening of the second act at the high level of excellence expected from Ms. Marin.

    Harriet Klausner

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