Druid's Sword

Druid's Sword

by Sara Douglass
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Druid's Sword by Sara Douglass

1940. The skies above London are filled with German planes on nightly raids, a Blitz that brings a barrage of bombs that pound the city into rubble. Each morning Londoners face the night's handiwork and though they are presented with the possibility of sudden death, they are determined to fight the evil that threatens to destroy their nation. They struggle to live normal lives amid the terror and chaos.

But is it only Hitler's Luftwaffe and the Blitz that is responsible for all the death and destruction that the city is facing?

Brutus, the Greek Kingman who brought the bands of power to the isle of Alba millennia ago once again walks the streets of London, this time as an American major. The men and women who are his eternal companions (and sometimes lovers and enemies) have all been reborn in this time and place. They have come together for one last battle to finally complete the magical Labyrinth buried at the heart of the city. Half completed and resonating with an evil power, the Maze calls to them to complete the Game and possibly set all the players free. As Brutus works to find a solution that will end his age-old pain he comes to realize that there is a new power that walks the land. It is strong, hungry, and it has its own agenda.

And by its actions could change the world forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765337986
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Series: Troy Game Series , #4
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 1,279,275
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.55(d)

About the Author

Sara Douglass was born in Penola, a small farming settlement in the south of Australia, in 1957. She spent her early years chasing (and being chased by) sheep and collecting snakes before her parents transported her to the city of Adelaide and the more genteel surroundings of Methodist Ladies College. Having graduated, Sara then became a nurse on her parents' urging (it was both feminine and genteel) and spent seventeen years planning and then effecting her escape.

That escape came in the form of a Ph.D. in early modern English history. Sara and nursing finally parted company after a lengthy time of bare tolerance, and she took up a position as senior lecturer in medieval European history at the Bendigo campus of the Victorian University of La Trobe. Finding the departmental politics of academic life as intolerable as the emotional rigors of nursing, Sara needed to find another escape.

This took the form of one of Sara's childhood loves - books and writing. Spending some years practicing writing novels, HarperCollins Australia picked up one of Sara's novels, BattleAxe (published in North America as The Wayfarer Redemption), the first in the Tencendor series, and chose it as the lead book in their new fantasy line with immediate success. Since 1995 Sara has become Australia's leading fantasy author and one of its top novelists. Her books are now sold around the world.

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Druid's Sword (Troy Game Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
An amazing conclusion to The Troy Game series.  It had me on the edge of my seat almost the entire time and ready to scream in anticipation when the ending turned back and forth so many times I felt like I was in a roller coaster (which I'm sure was the intended effect).  All the characters are back, including some we hadn't seen since they appeared the first time.  The Troy Game is bound and determined to be completed in this lifetime and is willing to do anything to anyone to get it done. Brutus and Cornelia reborn are in the lead again, but they have changed so much you could hardly recognize them.  I don't know how Douglass could have ended the series any better.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Gripping! I love the twists (very labyrinthine) in this series. Just when I thought the story was going one way, I unexpectedly get pulled into a hard left turn. I thought everything was written in such detail, nothing was left out...UNTIL I was abruptly cut off from the fluidity of the story and forced to draw up my own conclusions. Something that I would have to ponder on the next few days, but I know I will come to terms with it...finding that there really was no need to further elaborate on what was obviously going to happen. I just wished, like every event so well written, that I was fed the ending the same way. Other than that...I really enjoyed this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike most stories, whether they are fantasy, romance or any other genre, these books truly are refreshingly original. They lack the 'preachiness' and simplistic outlook I find, in my opinion, so inherent in other novels. Truthfully, I, personally, have never read another book that would quite willingly attack one of it's own character's seemingly divine right to take one of it's other character's choices away 'which I find rather depressing, by the way'. Plus, the best way, usually, to completely strip a person of their right to choice is by handing them a prophecy but these books get straight to the heart of the matter and turn that assumption on its ear. In this case, it's done more by peronal effort and will rather than attacking the reactionary and rather cruel responses that may result from it, but either way works, nonetheless. This way, I believe, the characters are given a much more humane and believable aspect and character development becomes a driving element of the story rather than a mere tool that was casually thrown in as a bone to the reader. I really enjoyed this book and several other books by the same author and I'm sure other readers will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly satisfying ending to an unforgettable series. When the climax started to build, I was absolutely hooked. Questions and other thoughts raced through my mind: 'It all seems so impossible. Can they do it? How will they do it? Will she die? How will it end?' The last in a four-part series where I was truly caught up in the hopes, joys, sorrows, and other emotions experienced by all characters, I came to befriend and sympathize with them all. This final book was a treasure trove of surprises for every character and revelations like nothing I expected, and when it ended, it was both satisfying and bittersweet a rarity in my personal experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to read this book (and screamed aloud in happiness when I found it in a small local bookstore, the store has since gotten used to my screams of happiness)and found that I loved the tale. The very ending did leave a cliff-hanger, though you can guess the rest and I wish she had elaborated a tad more, but overall it was another great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like many others I eagerly awaited the final book of the Troy game series. But when I finally got my hands on a copy, I was greatly disappointed. Druids sword was a pathetic ending to a what would have been a highly remembered and respected series. I hope that future sara douglass novels wont be as disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sadly i was disappointed with the ending.i felt it left me hanging.The last few chapters were lacking meat.Other than the ending the book was fantastic.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Troy Game, a work of sorcery that is supposed to protect a city, has taken on a life of its own in the form of a woman known as Catling. She wants to complete the game and now that the creator Major Jack Skelton, who has been reincarnated through several lifetimes, has returned to London that can now happen. Jack, once known as Brutus and who saw Troy fall, knows that if he finishes the game, The Land of Faerie and Great Britain will be under her evil rule. --- Other people reincarnated in this lifetime (the fall of 1939) that are part of the game include Jack¿s former wife Norah and his one-time enemy Asterion the Minotaur now known as Weyland Orr. While Jack searches for a weakness in the game he notices a shadow hanging over London¿s skies that only Norah and Waylin¿s daughter Grace can also see. Jack finds himself very attracted to Grace in a way he never was with her mother but Catling has puts a hex onGrace causing her great pain at certain intervals to insure they will complete the Game. The shadow represents a new player in the land, one that Grace knows intimately but whose identity will shock her and Jack as neither is sure of its true motives. If they guess wrong, the lands of two realms are doomed. --- In the conclusion to the Troy Game Saga, Sara Douglass ties up all the loose ends, and gives readers a satisfying conclusion to one of the best historical fantasy sagas to come along in ages. Brutus aka Jack is finally at piece after almost four millennia of turmoil and the audience will like the man he has become. Great characterizations, a sense of continuity from the other three books in this series and a great storyline make DRUID¿S SWORD worthy of a place on the best seller list. --- Harriet Klausner