Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Book Review: Sword Bearer by Charles Landreth

Sword Bearer 
Seeds of a Legend

Author: Charles Landreth
Paperback: 410 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (October 28, 2011)
Amazon Link

Note: I received a review copy of this book free from the author, Charles Landreth. The review posted below is based on my personal thoughts while reading the book.

Ratings: ★ ★

My thoughts:

I was so excited to read this book, even brought this with me while traveling. The first few chapters were really, really good. I liked the plot and I enjoyed reading about Jonran's invention, his journey, meeting friends, enemies, etc. However, I was too distracted with overly long paragraphs and few character dialogues. I have to admit that I have short attention span, had the hardest time staying awake while reading this book. 

Overall, it had a promising start, a good plot (I love Elves!) but hated the writing style. Anyway, here are some of the positive reviews for this book - click HERE.

About the book:

Sword Bearer is Book 1 of the Seeds of a Legend trilogy. The reader follows Jonran, the main character, as he escapes the cataclysmic destruction of his highly technological world and finds himself on a more primitive planet. Entering the world through a portal his body is transformed into that of an ancient race of people not seen in over a thousand years. As he looks for a new life in this world, he befriends a skilled but questionable thief that helps him through the trials of slavery and the gladiator ring.

Finally gaining his freedom, he falls in love with an Elven woman in the midst of a rebellion that splits her race. As the two escape the violence, they meet many challenges and find themselves put on a secret path by an old wizard's apprentice. That path leads Jonran to obtain a magic sword that the apprentice hopes will save his master, who is frozen in battle with an evil invading army. That sword, combined with the crystals of the Elemental Lords, is the only hope to push back the enemy horde and save the world.

About the Author:

Charles Landreth, a new author living in Dallas, Texas, has been a fantasy buff from an early age. First experiencing fantasy from years of Dungeons & Dragons adventures, he expanded his story telling with influences from bestselling authors such as Tad Williams, Raymond E. Feist and many more. Being an avid reader, he draws on a diverse group of styles to create The Seeds of a Legend series.


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