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The Sword of Wisimir (The Wisimir Tales Book 1) Kindle Edition
City Minister, Urin Braymes makes one bad decision. Unfortunately for him, it opens him up to being blackmailed for the rest of his life.
Magister Leel's scheme to recapture his position of power seems to be right on track. But, when he makes a bargain, he finds he has unleashed magic that even a wizard cannot control.
And Jarno Herren? Well he just wants to find out the truth.
The Sword of Wisimir is a fantasy tale of crime, intrigue, life and death. Where ideals are cheap and, in the end, everyone finds out what they'd sacrifice to survive...
About the Author
- ASIN : B00AO614NW
- Publisher : HWS Press (December 13, 2012)
- Publication date : December 13, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 3278 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 186 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,473,307 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Here are my thoughts on The Sword of Wisimir;
+ Abundant and well thought out political and social intrigue.
+ Quick and enjoyable read.
+ Well-written overall.
+ Magister Leel is a great villain.
+ Two colorful and simply detailed maps of the city of Wisimir and the surrounding lands.
+ Cliffhanger ending on multiple levels leaving the reader eager to find out what's going to happen.
Cons <Contains SPOILERS>
- No Dramatis Personae. This story contains and abundance of characters who repeatedly appear and at times I found it difficult to keep track of who was who. Also, many of these
characters often have vague or no character descriptions which makes it more difficult. Most of the characters would be a lot more memorable with just a bit more depth and fleshing out.
- Tale needs a bit more action, which is a shame because the author shows real talent during those that occur. The story slows down quite a bit in the middle (when Jack joins the city
watch) making it more of a character driven fantasy than an action fantasy.
- I found it unbelievable that it took until the end of the book for Jack and those around him to realize his sword "might be magical.
- Story takes place entirely in the city which may turn some readers off, especially after viewing the map of surrounding areas in the beginning of the book.
- Other than the initial theft of the Governor's taxes Jack does no other thieving.
- A few minor spelling and grammar errors.
"The Sword of Wisimir" was an enjoyable and entertaining fantasy read with all the right elements. Jack's the kind of protagonist who you quickly grow to like and Magister Leel is the perfect villain who you love to hate. As I read the tale I found myself wanting to learn more about the history of the world the author created, especially during the time of the dragons. The struggles of various characters are well described and purveyed, especially those of Minister Urin and Watchman Jarno. There were a few things however that I felt were underutilized in the story such as Jack's lacking of thievery and the gradual slowdown of the story towards the middle. Despite a few minor gripes "The Sword of Wisimir" was generally well-written and kept me interested until the end. The cliffhanger ending definitely made me want to continue with the story in the second book. If you're looking for a straight forward city based plot driven fantasy with a healthy amount of scheming and intrigue then you may want to give "The Sword of Wisimir" a read.
His accomplice is dead, sort of. He is being hunted by city watch, magicians, and the crown. Can't escape the city, so what to do?
Well, he finds a sword in his friends house, and decides to join the garrison. Hide in plain site. Only now, with his sword, he seems to be a master fighter. Inept without it, his new pals decide to enter him into a tournament and make some money off of him. Well, another problem arises, he gets to be too well known, and gets drawn into the conspiracy to take down everyone, and he doesn't want anything to do with it.
Great plot, with many villain's and anti hero's. Action from the start, and action thru out the novel. Read as Jack goes thru trials and tribulations in order to keep his head. Read about the various different factions within the city and how they all interact with each other. Very nice read...
Lost one star as in my view the writing in this 1st book (although building nicely towards the concluding chapter) could be a little more colourful in building the picture and joining the threads of the detective story with that of the fantasy world.
Will be continuing the saga though and see how it builds..!
A good start to an interesting story.
The main weakness of the novel was characterisation. The characters all feel pretty much the same, but for their names and the circumstances that affect them. The main character is a thief who leaves the said trade at the very beginning of the story and we never learn why he became a thief in the first place. This is especially curious as he later worries about some fighting manoeuvres being "cheating" and even later thinks of how fine it would be to die for a cause - neither of these being attitudes you'd expect from a thief. There's clear potential for a complex character, but it is never explored.
I also have to comment on the writing, if only to say that there are quite a few things that would have benefited from proper editing: comma use, word confusion (such as layer<->lair), missing words etc.
Personally, I prefer character-driven stories over plot-driven ones, but The Sword of Wasimir was a quick, fun read and I liked it well enough for what it was: fun fantasy romp with tight plotting. I may pick up the sequel to see where the story goes...
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I am particularly impressed with how cleverly you are told only as much as is needed. It wasn't until the second reading that I realised how many details I had made up. This means a far greater story than you would expect ftom a book of this size.
If you enjoy good fiction, if you like hard edged fantasy then this book is worth reading - be warned though - the bad guys are tuly evil (and the good guys are morally questionable too).
Allen has an interesting style that sits somewhere between Terry Brooks in style and George R R Martin 'light' in darkness and intrigue. To start with I found that the story jumped about too much for me to keep up with, as Stroud jumps from one character to another rapidly in each chapter. Once I got the hang of that however the story was interesting and dark. Watch out for the ghoulish geas that the master magician implements (truly evil).
As a piece of fantasy fiction its OK. For the price its pretty damn good. As for the story, I have to admit that the cliff hanger had me purchase the next book without delay. If you're thinking about giving this one a go, my advice would be to go for it. Bear with the rapid character switches, it will grow on you.
It has characters that you can relate to and find yourself rooting for, characters that you really wouldn't want to meet on a dark night and light hearted moments that made me chuckle on the train.