Book Review: The Sword and the Sorcerer

Posted by Katrina Roets at 8:30 AM

Friday, May 6, 2016

He wanted his father’s love. What he got instead will change the world.

Gothemus Draco – world’s most powerful sorcerer – is dead. Locked away in his tower are the tools for total domination of every city-state in the Known World. The person who possesses them can become a king, and everyone, it seems, has a claim – his warlord brother, the fairy from whom he stole a powerful artifact, even the sorceress who murdered him.

But the man who shaped the balance of power through wizardry isn’t done playing games with world politics. Just because Gothemus is dead doesn’t mean he doesn’t still have plans. Against all understanding, his magic lives on after his demise, preventing anyone from breaking into the tower.

Meanwhile, he’s left a gift for his son Calibot – Wyrmblade. The legendary dragon sword makes its wielder nearly invincible, and Gothemus has enchanted it with all sorts of new abilities.

But Calibot wants nothing to do with Wyrmblade or his father. He’s a poet with a powerful patron, and he’s been estranged from his father for years. All he desires is a peaceful life of composing verse and to one day marry the man he loves – a former soldier and advisor to the duke.

He may have no choice, though. Gothemus decreed Calibot should retrieve his body and lay him to rest. All signs point to a mysterious destiny Gothemus designed that Calibot cannot avoid.

With only the aid of his true love and his father’s inept apprentice, Calibot must leave the safety of his life at court and venture to the stronghold of those who murdered Gothemus, retrieve the body, and return it to his tower. Everyone with a stake in the future of the Known World will try to stop him, and Calibot must take care he doesn’t lose his life . . . or his soul!

THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER is a full-length fantasy novel by the author of the Wolf Dasher series. Set against a backdrop of magic and dragons, of betrayal and greed, it is a story of one man’s journey to lay his father – and his inner demons – to rest.
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Where do you start with a book that absolutely blew you away?

When I picked this up, I didn't have any real expectations. Then, I couldn't put it back down. I kept reading and reading and sighing when I did have to put it down to go do something. Let's try to break this down a bit before I just start drooling over how great of a book it is. Lets go with a Top 4 reasons I loved this book:

1) While set in a world of fantasy, it tackles modern day "issues" such as gay marriage, dysfunctional family relationships and whether or not one sex is better than another to rule...and it does it in such a way that it ties perfectly into the story and yes, sets a great example of how things should be.

2) Imagery - I love when I can pick up a book, read it, and be completely transported into the story. The author does an incredible job of pulling you in and making you feel as if you're right there witnessing everything that's happening.

3) Characters - holy wonderful characters, Batman! From Vicia (the bad guy) to Calibot (the good guy) and everyone in between, each character is incredibly unique and individual. Don't let that make you think that they're shallow or only surface characters because they're not! Each one is fully fleshed out and seems like a real person.

I could go on and on about how great the writing is, how as an editor I was thrilled not to see it filled with grammatical mistakes, etc, but I won't. I'm going to stop right here and let you guys go out and pick up your own copy so you can see just what I mean when I say that this book is totally fantastical and amazing!

Oh! And come back next week for my review of the second book in this series!

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I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are my own.

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