The Destiny of the Sword (The Seventh Sword #3) ★★☆☆ ½

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Title: The Destiny of the Sword
Series: The Seventh Sword #3
Author: Dave Duncan
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 370
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Wally unites the swordsmen, captures a top wizard and realizes that The World needs both of them. So he hammers out a peace deal between them. In the process though his protege Nnanji rockets up through the ranks and by the end of the book is a Seventh Level Swordsman himself.

Nnanji is charismatic, is willing to kill, can delegate, has a brother who can scheme like nobody else, a wife that is ambitious and an unshakeable belief in Wally. So of course, he is on the road to becoming the first Emperor of The World.

And Wally gets all butthurt and starts whining about democracy and slinging terms like psychopath and fascist and dictator. Thankfully the little god has a talk with him and Wally accepts that he’ll have to play second fiddle to Nnanji from now on.

 

My Thoughts:

This was a decent story right up until Wally starts whining about Nnanji supplanting him. He was all 21st century ideals in the first book but had gotten over that in the second and in this book. Up until that point. Then it was a one chapter tsunami of weak willed bs.

It ruined everything up to that point for me.

The story is wrapped up satisfactorily thankfully. This was originally a trilogy and then years later he wrote a 4th book, The Death of Nnanji. I will not be reading that.

★★☆☆ ½

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  2. The Coming of Wisdom (Book 2)
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The Coming of Wisdom (The Seventh Sword #2) ★★★☆ ½

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Title: The Coming of Wisdom
Series: The Seventh Sword #2
Author: Dave Duncan
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 350
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Sorcerors are taking over cities and ruling them with much less graft and corruption than their swordsmen counterparts. The goddess obviously can’t have this, so it is up to Wally to figure out the riddle and fix all the problems.

On a boat.

 

My Thoughts:

Enjoyed this more than the first book, that is for sure. Part of it was that this was not an intro story but with characters we already know about. Another part was that we don’t get Wally wallowing in trying to reconcile 2 different world views. Internal self-angsting has it’s place, but I don’t particularly enjoy reading it. So the lack thereof in this book was rather nice.

The whole adventure pretty much taking place on a boat and on the river was nice. A different town every couple of chapters made for an adventure that never felt stale. And having things be between sorcerers and swordsman instead of swordsmen and swordsmen also added a nice difference from book one.

Several of the side characters got some real page time and became a lot more than just generic “helpers”. It is nice when characters become people.

Duncan is a good writer and when he’s on top of his game and not pissing me off with his anti-religion bs, he keeps me captivated. This book kept me interested the whole way through and I’m looking forward to the next one in the series.

★★★☆ ½

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  1. The Reluctant Swordsman

The Reluctant Swordsman (The Seventh Sword #1)

c2f7fa1b84078b9267cb25381b2d56e8This review is written with a GPL 4.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at WordPress, Blogspot, Booklikes & Librarything and linked at Goodreads & Mobileread by  Bookstooge’s Exalted Permission
Title: The Reluctant Swordsman
Series: The Seventh Sword #1
Author: Dave Duncan
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 321
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Wallie dies. The End.

Ok, not really. In fact, he wakes up in the body of a magnificent warrior who is a Seventh Sword, the highest rank possible. He also wakes up into the middle of a power struggle between corrupt warriors, priests and some “gods”. Specifically, Wallie has been chose by a goddess to be the divine instrument of her will in the current game.

Forced to recognize that he is in a different world, in a different body and that the gods are real, Wallie must play along or die.

 

My Thoughts:

This had the same fingerprints as Duncan’s The Great Game trilogy. As such, there is a lot of mocking of religion in general and very not-subtle jabs at Christianity. This type of thing might not bother you at all, so your mileage is definitely going to vary from mine.

The story was great, the setup very good, the action was fast and furious and overall I really enjoyed my read.

But just like going on a picnic in a beautiful field with my wife, if I place the blanket over an ants’ nest, those little buggers are going to bite me and cause some annoyance and that’s what I’ll remember instead of the good time I had. Duncan’s jabs were like little pin pricks and it made it very hard to just sit there and enjoy my time. I’ve read enough of Duncan’s various works to know that he doesn’t always take potshots at religion and I’ve truly enjoyed those books. Therefore, it’s deliberate on his part and that just makes it all the more unpleasant.

I’m going to give the second book a chance when I cycle around to it, but if it has the same smug dismissive attitude as this one, I’ll be stopping there.

star30full-custom

 

 

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