Sword's Call

Sword's Call

by C. A. Szarek

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ISBN-13: 9781619500709
Publisher: Gypsy Shadow Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/28/2013
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

C.A. is originally from Ohio, but got to Texas as soon as she could. She is married and has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. She works with kids when she’s not writing. She’s always wanted to be a writer and is overjoyed to share her stories with the world.

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Sword's Call 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
The sword’s magical, the wolf is delightful, and the woman bravely pursues her valiant quest. When she meets a quiet half-elf her generous nature compels her to offer him help, but perhaps he’ll end up helping her instead, in more ways than she expects. C. A. Szarek’s Sword’s Call is the first in a series of romantic fantasy novels, set in a pleasingly consistent fantasy world where elves and humans keep themselves to themselves and mixed marriages are frowned on. Social customs of rich and poor, master and servant, ally and foe are all nicely drawn. Backstory is given quickly and smoothly in just the right places, leaving just the right number of questions waiting to be resolved. Why did Jorrin’s father disappear? Who is the mysterious shade? Why didn’t the bad guy win? The author wisely doesn’t answer everything, leaving the reader to ponder and wait for more. But the answers she gives create nicely consistent characters and a believable romance, backed by the traumas of battle and war. For myself, I wish heroines weren’t always so quick to jump to conclusions, and heroes so bad at trying to express themselves. But that’s just me. The romance is fun, built on great dialog, frequent missteps, and occasionally detailed sensual scenes. The swordplay and magic are well-drawn. And different points of view are used to good effect to enhance the action and excitement. The story ends with a nice sense of completion and just enough mystery to make the reader want more, so I hope book two will arrive soon. Disclosure: I won a free ecopy of this novel.
BBsBookNook More than 1 year ago
Sword's Call, the first book of The King's Riders Series, tells the story of Lady Ceralda Ryhan, heir of the Duke of Greenwald and possessor of a magic sword. She is in danger, being sought by Lord Varthan after he murdered her family, seeking to possess the sword and become king of the kingdom of Terraquist. In hiding, and running to her only remaining family, an aunt and uncle, Cera saves the life of a half-elf named Jorrin who joins her on her trek along with her bond mate, a white wolf named Trikser. Set in the time of Kings and Queens, Knights and Ladies, Cera encounters elves, mages, wizards, and healers along her path to save not only her sword, but the King and kingdom of Terraquist. But, will she find the help she needs, or will Lord Varthan and his evil Shades win? Will Cera find more than she bargains for at the end of her quest? Can she open her heart and learn to trust and maybe even love again? Ms. Szarek has woven a tale of danger, intrigue, power and love in this medieval tale. A bit slow in the beginning, but soon the story began to be filled with drama and was hard to put down. It was truly enjoyable to read. I can't wait to read more of these characters, and see not only them, but the author continue to grow and develop! 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, can't wait to read them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before I start my review I would like to take a moment say my congratulations to C.A. Szarek for the release of her first book! Great job! Fantasy Romance is one of my favorite genres, even though half the time I'm left saying WHAT? So I after hearing about this book about 4 months ago through my book club and reading the book blub as well as being teased with snippets on the authors blog [...] I had high hopes for this book to deliver. And boy did it ever! I keep trying to put into words how I feel about this book. WOW! That was my first thought coherent after finishing Sword's Call, book one in the King's Riders series by C.A. Szarek. I couldn't put the book down, I was left with goosepimples! And after hours of trying to write a review that's all I really have! I LOVED THIS BOOK! Loved it so much I'm speechless! I didn't want the story to end, I want more! I want to write about the work itself but my words seem inadequate. Everything I come up with pales in comparison to this story. It was perfect the way it is. My words will not aid this story in any way. If you want to read an amazing story with strong women, magic, evil and love, than this is a series for you! C.A. Szarek blows this genre out of the water. My only regret is I have to WAIT for the next book! Please pick up your copy of Sword's Call today, you won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off, congratulations to C.A. Szarek for the release of her first book, Sword's Call in the King's Riders series!! I got asked to do an honest review of this book so here it goes. I absolutely loved it!! I don't usually read fantasy romance books but I'm glad I read this one. This story has elves, magic, wolves, and a whole bunch of other fabulous things that makes this a world to get lost in. I just love Cera and Jorrin! Cera is a strong female character and she's someone you could look up to for advice or have fighting by your side. She's definitely one that could take care of her own. With Trik by her, no one can get in the way. Being half human and half elfen, doesn't make life easy for Jorrin. But he meets Cera and together, a new love grows. He fights for Cera and earns her trust by not giving up on her. Jorrin is the perfect guy to bring home to mom and dad. By the end of the book, you'll be falling head over heels for him. Varthan is an awesome bad guy that you love to hate. He does unspeakable and horrible things that makes you cringe or cry out in disgust but makes a fantastic villain. There is a lot of action and edge of your seat moments during the last part of the book that definitely keeps you on your toes. If you love the fantasy genre or just love reading in general, read this book!! You won't regret it. Sword's Call is a MUST READ!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started to read Swords Call I was a little nervous. I was about to take a walk out of my comfort zone, into a book that is a little different then my "norm". I am REALLY glad I stuck with it though because I have fallen completely in love with this world. Ms. Szarek is AWESOMESAUCE! Cera and Jorrin meet by chance and immediately you can see that you are going to fall deep into their lives. There is nothing better in my opinion then a strong female character and that is exactly what Cera is! She is on a mission and nothing or no one is going to get in her way!!!! Okay.... so maybe I lied, maybe there is something better then a strong female and that is a strong hot male who allows that female to be who she is, and THAT is Jorrin. As the half elf half human falls for his true love he will remain at her side as she fights for her family and for what is right. Swords Call is a beautiful love story but it is also much more then that. It brings you into an amazing world that Ms. Szarek has created. A world full of fantasy and magic! There is also a lot of action including some pretty kick a$$ fight scenes. The only thing you will be disappointed in if you read Swords Call is that there isn't more to read right away because this is a story and a world you are going to love! So even if you are hesitant, like I was, cause it is out of your "norm" give it a go, you won't regret it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
C. A. Szarek has written a very believable, fast-paced first novel in The King's Rider's Series. Cera is on the run with her wolf when she collides with half-elfin Jorrin. Can their love conquer all? Together they face many challenges as they go up against an evil man who wants to possess the magical Sword intrusted to Cera's keeping. Sword's Call is everything you would expect from a high fantasy novel.