The Sword, the Ring and the Chalice: The Sword

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As the final confrontation with the darkness approaches, two mortal enemies will search for the key to life itself...

The half-elven Dain, now recognized as the long-lost heir to the kingdom of Nether, prepares to fight for his throne. Suddenly his love, Princess Pheresa, is struck down by poison meant for him.

Now, Dain and his hated rival, Prince Gavril, must undertake a perilous quest to find the one thing ...

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Overview

As the final confrontation with the darkness approaches, two mortal enemies will search for the key to life itself...

The half-elven Dain, now recognized as the long-lost heir to the kingdom of Nether, prepares to fight for his throne. Suddenly his love, Princess Pheresa, is struck down by poison meant for him.

Now, Dain and his hated rival, Prince Gavril, must undertake a perilous quest to find the one thing that can save her—the Chalice of Eternal Life, the powerful relic that Dain's own father lost his life trying to hide from mortal hands.

It will be a journey shadowed by treachery and death—as Dain confronts old enemies, and finds an important new ally in the rebel leader Alexieka...

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The second in a fantasy trilogy, this volume focuses on Pheresa, a young royal aspiring to the throne. Her husband dead, she hopes to be designated as the heir. Factions question her ability, with the religious plotting their own rise and a faraway fop relative insinuating himself to get the position. Pheresa has to marry the womanizing fop in order to get in line for the crown, and finally finds herself queen after the king is murdered. When invaders take over the palace, pregnant Pheresa escapes, only to discover that her husband has named her a traitor. Even old friends do not come to her aid. Pheresa has to mature quickly as a ruler—and determine who are her real supporters. While it is helpful to have read the first volume in the series, the plot is clear and complex enough to engage the reader. Writing is smooth, and the characters are accessible, though sometimes predictable. A solid read. (Sword, Ring, and Chalice trilogy, book 2). KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Berkley, Ace, 460p., Farmer
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  • ISBN-13: 9780441007028
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Sword, Ring, and Chalice Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 4.26 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    Loved It

    This book started out slow but it picked up quick and had me hooked! I highly recommend in reading the whole trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2006

    A reviewer

    I haven't even gotten half way through and I am already hooked.I have caught myself on more than one occassion, reading The Sword and ignoring homework. Excellent read! Great story! Great characters!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2004

    Can books get any worse?

    This was some really really bad fantasy. Full of cliches. The only reason i read it in the first place was because I was trapped on a transcontinental flight next to someone who snored. Loudly. However, now I wish i had just read my little brother's comic books or something, because this was probably the worst thing I've read all year. The characters are shallow, boring, and annoying, the females are ALL drips, and the males are your basic brawny hero obsessed with honor and short on brains. And they have huge muscles. The author spent like two paragraphs describing how 'strongly thewed' Dain was. It was disgusting. And the plot was really weak. It has been done SO MANY TIMES. Ick. It has the long lost heir cliche, the elf cliche, the maiden in distress cliche, the quest cliche, the boy of unknow parentage getting adopted by a baron cliche, the evil Church oppressing the pagans cliche, the spoiled bratty prince cliche, and a lot of others. Also WAAAAAAY too much description. It takes away from the action if you stop in the middle of a fight scene to tell the reader about the main character's horse. My advice to anyone who comes across this book is to burn it, step on it, or fling it into a large fire. Just don't read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2004

    Sword, the Ring and the Chalice: The Sword

    I am still reading this book, but what I have read is a incredible story. it's very chilling at the begingging. Talking of eyeballs eaten out and soultakers, I recomend this book to fans of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2004

    Sword, the Ring and the Chalice: The Sword

    The Sword is a great book! it totally redefines science fiction. Filled with love, death, anger and fighting, this a one ofmy favorite books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2003

    Okay but not great

    This was a quick easy read for me. I picked this title up while waiting for a different book to be published. It was a good action fantasy for the most part but the main character, Dain, seemed to have the habit of recklessly running head long into danger and ignoring the advice of his allies. Deborah Chester simply isn't as good a writer as someone like David Gemell or Michael Stackpole. This book is juvenile fantasy at best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    Outstanding book!

    I picked the Sword up to pass time at lunch and I couldn't put it down. It was so good, I had to get the other 2 books: The Ring and The Chalice and read both in less than 2 weeks. I can't wait to read the Queens Gambit and coming soon The King Betrayed. If you like Tolkien, you will love this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    Very Awesome

    I enjoyed this book so much. Chester really makes you care for the characters, especially the hero, Dain. They were believable and real, unlike many fantasies. Also she does a wonderful job of evoking setting, from the withered, terrible land of Gant, to the ruined grandeur of Nether, to... well, I won't spoil the story. :) The plotline was fresh and spirited, and I never knew what was going to come next. Try this series, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2002

    Amazing!

    What a beautifully written book. The story is exciting and fresh. The characters are so real. I couldn't put the book down. I enjoyed every single second.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2002

    Wonderful series!

    I was so glad that book three kept up with the rest of the series!! I laughed, shouted, cheered, and fought with the characters. The ending was great. It was only by chance that I picked this series up, but I'm so glad I did. Great story, beautifully written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2001

    Five Star

    I only read the 'The Ring' and 'The Chalice'. Deborah Chester is an amazing writer and she has a way of drawing you into the story almost immediately. Both 'The Ring' and 'The Chalice' were filled with plenty of action. I stayed up all night reading the ring. I looked at the clock and it was 6:30 am. Never before has this happened. If you are a Sci-fi fan, you will DEFINATELY enjoy this mini series. GET ALL THREE, ENJOY!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2001

    Simply magnificant!

    The story is so vividly written that you feel as if you are one of the characters in the book, drawn into their world, feel what they feel and see what they see. It's like being in the portal of Faldain or something (John Malcovich) In the third book where the battle against the nonkind/King Muncel begins, i felt as if i was in the battle, excited to kill the enemy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2001

    Way to go!

    Deborah Chester's first two trilogies were ok. I enjoyed reading them. The new trilogy was unbelievable. I could not put them down. I stayed up so late one night reading 'The Sword' that I only got two hours of sleep before I had to be at work. Ms. Chester did a wonderful job developing the characters and the story. A masterpiece. I hope more readers come to discover here books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2001

    Good clean Fantasy that doesn't dilly dally around

    I picked it up as a time filler for lunch breaks. I had to take it home and couldn't stop until I hit the last page. Great plot with some twists and turns that are unexpected. Best point: Not too much politicking to dry up the real story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    Extraodinary

    The best among the trilogy (the sword, the ring and the chalice). If you loved the first book, you definitely have to read this. Great book for all those medival fantasies fans out there. Do not miss it. Really wished that she could keep on writing, instead of ending on the third book. You'll feel as if you are sucked into the story!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    Extraodinary!!

    An Associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, we had to read this book for our class. Everyone loved it. She provided some very amazing names that keeps your tongue twisted (She advice against trying), unexpected events and extraodinary plots! If you like medival mysteries/fantasies, you will love this. Once you start reading it, you just can't put it down!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2001

    I give this two thumbs---Almost like J.R.R. Tolkein

    I have only borrowed this book, out of curiousity, and found it to be a very gripping and adventerous book. I couldn't put the book down, till the very end. I would and will recommmend that anyone who loves the Hobbit series, Belegarion and such, would also love this series as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2001

    What a great book

    I really liked this book because of the way it makes you want to keep on reading and really pulls you into it. It may seem confusing at first, but it sets up to be a great trilogy. The Sword tells about great battles, and arguements. It is exciting, and has a lot of happy moments, but also some really sad ones. I don't want to give too much away, so that's all, and it's a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2000

    Awesome

    This series is awesome, I would highly recommend it to anyone. If you like Robert Jordan or Tad Williams you will love this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2000

    an average guy who just loves Fantasy

    An out standing book. Such vivid mental imagery, and and story that you will not want too put down. I am most anxiously awaiting her next book. Please hurry mrs. Chester.

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