Paragon Lost (Chronicle of the King's Blades Series #1)

Paragon Lost (Chronicle of the King's Blades Series #1)

by Dave Duncan
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Paragon Lost (Chronicle of the King's Blades Series #1) by Dave Duncan

Over time, many legends have emerged from the shadows of Ironhall. Now one new Blade towers above his brother in arms: Sir Beaumont. His heart is the strongest and most pure and his mind is as keen, swift, and accurate as his sword. A glorious future seems predestined for young Beau on the day he sets out in the service and company of the elderly Lord Wassail, on a mission to escort King Athelgar's chosen bride to her new home and royal wedding.

But the road is not to be an easy one, for it winds through the harsh and frozen domain of the evil Czar Igor, who cows his subjects with a steady diet of terror, brutality, and the blackest of magics. And when polite diplomacy gives way to horror and blood, Sir Beaumont becomes one of the tragedy's prime victims -- though he lives still.

Stripped of his sword and banished from the Blades in disgrace, he faces a grim future as a homeless pariah, a creature to be shunned and despised. But redemption can come from unexpected directions and in unrecognizable guises. Approached in secret by the legendary Durendal, now Grand Master of the Order, the dishonored paragon is offered one last chance to win back his weapon and his place among his brother Blades. But to do so, he must ride back through the icy gates of Hell ... to battle the Devil himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380818358
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/29/2003
Series: Chronicle of the King's Blades Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 875,704
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Dave Duncan is an award-winning author whose fantasy trilogy, The Seventh Sword, is considered a sword-and-sorcery classic. His numerous novels include three Tales of the King's Blades — The Gilded Chain, Lord of the Fire Lands, and Sky of Swords; Paragon Lost, a previous Chronicle of the King’s Blades; Strings, Hero; the popular tetralogies A Man of His Word and A Handful of Men; and the remarkable, critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy The Great Game.

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Paragon Lost (Chronicle of the King's Blades Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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I am so sorry to give this book a bad rating. I was really excited about reading it. I even chose it over 3 others that I have in waiting. After 123 pages I said forget it. I just could not get into it. All the names and towns were so confusing. After awhile I could not figure out which was which. Sorry guys. Maybe another time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the King's Blades books this is my favorite. I could not put it down. It is funny and thrilling all at the same time. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked The Gilded Chain then you will enjoy this novel. A quick read that deserves to be savored.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Every King needs guards that are loyal to and willing to give up their lives in service to his majesty. In the kingdom of Chivial, the king¿s Blades are bound to their liege through a secret magical spell and to whomever the king binds them to as well. Sir Beaumont is the Blade with the best skills and is an excellent planner. His schemes are always successful, a trait that irritates his king.

Beau is bound by King Athlegar to Wasseil for the trip to Skyrria whose ruler Czar Igor is a madman willing to do anything to learn the binding spell for the king¿s blades. Beau uses chicanery and sleight of hand to successfully complete his mission and the king, instead of being grateful, dismisses Beau from his services.

This is an excellent swords and sorcery fantasy starring a protagonist who is right so much of the time, it is easy to see why he grates on the King¿s nerves. Skyrria feels like czarist Russia as a place where everyone has a hidden agenda, spellbound dogs are killing Igor¿s enemies and the people are afraid to say a word for fear of being killed. Chivial is too tame for the likes of Beau and it is hoped that he will appear in another king¿s Blade adventure living in a place like Skyrria.

Harriet Klausner