Friday, August 1, 2008

Sky of Swords (A Tale of the King's Blades: Book 3)

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.

Sky of Swords: The third "Tale of the King‘s Blades" features Princess Malinda, who made brief appearances in both The Gilded Chain and Lord of the Fire Lands.

A lonely child growing up in the loveless, intrigue-ridden court of King Ambrose soon learned to fight for her rights, but even her wit and courage could not withstand her father‘s tyranny. Her infant brother Amby was the heir, so a princess was unnecessary and could be married off to any man the king chose. When Ambrose agreed to end an inconvenient war by giving her away to the most notorious pirate ever to sail the seas, she could only submit. Then her father‘s sudden death made little Amby king and Malinda the heir. To save her vulnerable brother and herself, she must battle unscrupulous traitors plotting to seize the throne.

In this nightmare of intrigue the only people she could be sure of were the Blades of the Royal Guard. Bound to absolute loyalty by a magical ritual of a sword stroke through the heart, they were men she could trust to the death‹or to love. Yet the Blades themselves were in danger as the people rose against them and a rebel army marched on Ironhall. Soon the question was not whether the Blades could save Malinda, but whether Malinda could save the Blades.*Blurb source Author*

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Sky of Swords
| Genre: Sword and Sorcery
| Content: Heroes, Adult
| ISBN-10: 0380791285
| ISBN-13: 978-0380791286
| Publisher: HarperCollins (September 4, 2001)
| Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
| Source: Personal copy
| Sample Chapter
| Rating: 5 Stars

Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane

The story started in Gilded Chain and Lord of the Fire Lands continues from the viewpoint of Princess Melinda, on trial for treason. Accused of multiple crimes she is fighting for her life and things are not looking good at all. In true form to the previous books, this one once again jumps in time between the present, where she is imprisoned, to the past where the alleged crimes took place. The plot holds true to the story told in Lord of the Fire Lands where Princess Melinda is left facing the consequences of her father's death and not one but two contenders trying to steal the throne. And it just gets better from there.

Rarely do I have the pleasure of closing a book with a grin on my face the size of Texas. This was one of those occasions. I knew from the warning in the second book that there would be a surprise ending but oh my was it beautifully done. The entire three book cycle comes around full circle in a fashion I can honestly say I've never seen before. Curious? Well suffice it to say I was too. I turned pages totally intrigued and breathlessly waiting for the ending. I wasn't disappointed.

Princess Melinda was a wonderful character. Dave Duncan threw more bad situations her way then I would have ever thought possible and wasn't afraid to have her make some very serious mistakes. Just when you thought that maybe she had a chance to wiggle her way out of one mess, along came another as bad or worse. The ending was brilliant, the characters were real, the suspense masterful and the plot was superb. I can't begin to come up with enough praises to heap on this story.

The sex scenes in this book stepped up a notch but not too much, some mass destruction, death and mayhem, more necromancy and dark sorcery but publisher conservatively rates it 18 and up. Awesome read with something that's sure to please almost any one!

Series Summary
Book One ~ Book Two

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Amazon Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars
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Book review of Sky of Swords (A Tale of the King's Blades: Book 3) by Dave Duncan - Reviewed by Mulluane - on August 1, 2008 - Rating: 5.0

Mulluane is a 56-year-old proud grandmother of 4, who is passionate about her pets, blogging, traditional fantasy, and tinkering with webdesign. She is obssesively photo shy but she uses an avatar that accurately represents her dreams. ♥ You can also find her on:

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