Those who read and enjoyed the original three-volume series, The Seventh Sword, will remember that the original trilogy presents a series of surprising endings, especially in the third volume. In order to avoid spoilers, the author has chosen to skirt some issues central to those volumes in the description for this new, original and additional volume which follows the original series publications by well over a decade. New readers may wish to start with The Reluctant Swordsman, The Seventh Sword 1; The Coming of Wisdom, The Seventh Sword 2 and The Destiny of the Sword, The Seventh Sword 3, before starting on this brand-new adventure set in the world of The Seventh Sword.
The Reluctant General
For 15 years the truce has held. Swordsmen of the Tryst of Casr have kept the peace and extended the rule of law over half the World, but now sorcerers have started killing swordsmen again, and swordsmen traitors are aiding them. Shonsu-who was Wallie Smith before he became a swordsman of the seventh rank and liege lord of the Tryst-must once more gird on the seventh sword of Chioxin, and this time he rides out to fight the war that he hoped would never come. As he leads his army forth, its two most junior members are Vixini, son of Shonsu, and Addis, son of Nnanji, who has an oath of vengeance to fulfill. Their failure or success will determine the fate of the World for the next thousand years.
©2012 Dave Duncan (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I've read this book before and loved it. Not as good as the first three but it's not bad. The narrator is about as exciting to listen to as a bored kid reading out an English essay.
Different narrator; possibly having them not speak so close to the recording microphone. The Narrator has a pleasant voice, and I believe I would have enjoyed it, but the speakers in both my tablet and in my vehicle accentuate the high pitched "s" sounds he makes
I couldn't listen to it for more than 2 minutes. I loved the other books, both in print and in audio (all from Audible). But not this one - the Narrator is different from the other books, and this new Narrator's voice was impossible to listen to for any length of time.
The Narrator was either speaking too close to the microphone which caused the strident "s" sound to be accentuated, or his articulation causes this naturally.
I have no idea, as I only listened to 2 minutes of the production before having to cut it off.
I wish I had listened to a sample before buying it. I wish I had listened to it earlier and gotten a refund. As it is, I am stuck with a book I will never listen to since the audio is so irritating.
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
I enjoyed this entire series for light reading on a mythical planet, told in 3rd person. This book is set about 15 years after book 3. The characters make the series. Recurring characters include Nnanji, his wife Thana, their son Addis, his brother Katanji, and Shonsu/ Wallie Smith, his wife Jja, their son Vixi (a baby in books 1-3), plus a few minor secondary characters.
Good read, but the ending left me disappointed somewhat, in that certain conspirators to mass murderer weren't punished, or not nearly enough.
New narrator. Bevine is good, but he didn't pronounce Nnanji and Jja correctly. The author's note (in previous book) explained that it's Na-nanji, and Ja-ja, as the prior narrator correctly pronounced.
Have not read the print version.
How the author maintained that his death would be of old age and surrounded by his family.
Sonsues son battling with swordsman of higher rank and winning.
It would be nice if all the books were read by the same person, or if the person who takes over in a series would listen to the previous performer, one gets use to names pronunciated in a particular manner, it changes the listening experience when names get changed.
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