Neil Patrick O'Donnell, an anthropologist and life-long resident of Western New York. After years of studying changes to Native American and European societies through contact, he incorporated his discoveries into journal articles and short fiction pieces. O'Donnell's intent was to relay professional discoveries to a wider audience. PEOPLE OF THE SWORD, the first in a historical saga, is the culmination of these efforts.
People Of The Swordby Neil O'Donnell
Knights and Druids, enemies throughout the ages, find that they must put their mutual distrust and hatred aside to face a danger that could exterminate all humanity. Cranock finally learns the keys to unlocking magical formulas and his hatred toward the human race frees his evil mind to align itself with the Goblins, mortal enemies of all mankind. Together they… See more details below
Knights and Druids, enemies throughout the ages, find that they must put their mutual distrust and hatred aside to face a danger that could exterminate all humanity. Cranock finally learns the keys to unlocking magical formulas and his hatred toward the human race frees his evil mind to align itself with the Goblins, mortal enemies of all mankind. Together they present a danger that only the combined efforts of all races, enemy and friend, can hope to survive. Even so, help from more powerful sources must be found.
A powerful, compelling saga of the classic never-ending struggle between Good and Evil. Yet, even in the midst of battle and despite deep=seated biases, love can be found . . . .if the parties are willing.
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I enjoyed reading People of the Sword. With many of the ideas, such as knights and Druids, drawn from history, it's an interesting angle on the good versus evil storyline. Much of the story seems plausible- one can almost believe the events actually happened and the people and settings are pulled from history- until one considers the presence of goblins and wizards. One of the things I liked about this book was how it flowed. Whenever things seemed to slow down for one group (e.g. travel time), the perspective shifted to another group. This keeps the reader from becoming bored, as well as provides multiple perspectives of the events taking place. The various perspectives also helped with understanding the motives and thoughts of each character. It's one thing to know there's an evil wizard out to destroy humanity, but it's far more interesting to gain a little perspective as to why he's so angry. It also added to the overall storyline. Rather than a constant tale of war preparation and travel, there are stories of the characters and the history of their land intertwined. The only negative thing that truly stood out to me in this book was that the romance seemed forced. There's this whole "Romeo & Juliet" type relationship that is taking place, and it ends up playing a major role in the outcome of the story, but it doesn't feel right. They went from being total strangers to being "in love" in short order. They go from having minimal communication to having an awkward tender moment without much taking place to change their negative opinions of one another. I don't know if I'd call their feelings for one another, developed while forced into each other's presence for a duration of time during a period of high stress, "love". All in all, this was an excellent story! The epic battle of good vs. evil is a historical setting is reminiscent of books such as Paolini's Inheritance Cycle and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy. If you enjoy historical fiction with a touch of fantasy, I highly recommend you check out Neil O'Donnell's People of the Sword! I'm looking forward to the sequel!