By Dave Duncan
The grim school of Ironhall takes in unwanted, rebellious boys and five years later sends forth the finest swordsmen in the world, the King of Chivial‘s Blades. Bound to absolute loyalty by a magical sword-stroke through their hearts, they stand ready to defend the King or whomever else he designates against all perils, whether human or sorcerous.
Each book in this trilogy stands alone, but together they make a larger story.
The Gilded Chain tells of the greatest swordsman Ironhall has produced in its long history, Sir Durendal. When King Ambrose needs a Blade to accompany his agent on a dangerous mission to the far ends of the Earth, he naturally chooses young Durendal. Alas, even the plans of kings can go sadly awry . . *Blurb source Author*
| Genre: Sword and Sorcery
| ISBN-10: 0380791269
| ISBN-13: 978-0380791262
| Publisher: HarperCollins (September 1, 1999)
| Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
| Source: Personal copy
| Sample Chapter
| Rating: 5 Stars
Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane
This book rocks. The pace flows almost seamlessly. There is something for almost everybody. Love, loyalty, magic, betrayal, danger, adventure, sword play and politics. There are even a few elements of horror thrown in for good measure. This is very much a plot driven story, which is an unusual choice for me as I tend to find myself enjoying character driven novels as a rule. (But then I'll read almost anything but Urban Fantasy /shudder). This is not to say the story isn't full of great characters, it is, but the focus is primarily on plot. This was a fairly quick read for me too, not in terms of pages or lack of action but because it flows so evenly throughout the story. Not even the sword play scenes lost my attention and I'm not really all that intrigued by those.
This book is rated 18+ by the publisher. There is allusion to sex but no detail, definite gory violence involved in the fight scenes, the horror element is a pretty gross concept but the themes and vocabulary aren't all that complex. This book is a stand alone but it's also part of a series. I'm looking forward to reading the rest!
Book Two ~ Book Three
Librarything Rating 3.86/5
Amazon Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Book review of The Gilded Chain ( A Tale of the King's Blades: Book 1) by Dave Duncan - Sword and Sorcery - Reviewed by Mulluane - on August 5, 2008 - Rating: