When second son Alexander Valentine loses his brother to an assassin's arrow, he discovers that his family protects an ancient secret and reluctantly finds himself at the center of the final battle of a war that was supposed to have ended 2,000 years ago.
Pursued by the dark minions of an ancient enemy, Alexander flees to the mountain city of Glen Morillian where he discovers that he is the heir to the throne of Ruatha, one of the Seven Isles, but before he can claim the throne he must recover the ancient Thinblade. Seven were forged by the first Sovereign of the Seven Isles and bound to the bloodline of each of the seven Island Kings in exchange for their loyalty to the Old Law. Each sword is as long as a man's arm, as wide as a man’s thumb and so thin it can’t be seen when viewed from the edge.
Thinblade is the story of Alexander's quest to find the ancient sword, claim the throne of Ruatha, and raise an army to stand against the enemy that has awoken to claim dominion over all of the Seven Isles.
©2011 David A. Wells (P)2014 Podium Publishing
I will freely admit I did not love the beginning of this book. I kept thinking the author seemed like an amateur. I tired quickly of the seemingly copied and pasted over-long and unnecessary descriptions of food ("rich creamy butter" anyone?). But as the book went on it got a little bit better...enough to make me listen to book 2, and not just because of the abrupt anti-climactic ending that leaves you thinking where the heck is the rest of the story. Now that I have completed book 7 and can look back on the entire series, I'm very glad I stuck with it. I really enjoyed the ride.There are many twists and turns and unexpected surprises along the way. There is a lot more to this story than you would expect after finishing this first book. It was nice to see the author's writing skill grow with the story, each book better than the one before it.
Happy to report that "rich creamy butter" is probably only mentioned 1 or 2 times for the entire rest of the series!
fans of terry goodkind will love this story while waiting for the next sword of truth book to come out. I was reading it to kill time for just that reason and fell in love. I will definitely be reading the entire series!
This was a very good book. If you enjoy The Wheel of Time series or the Sword of Truth series this book will not disappoint. Although it seems more like the Sword of Truth then the Wheel of Time (before Terry Goodkind lost his touch). I would even say this would be a good start to a series if your looking to break away from the downward slope of bad writting that Goodkind has been putting out lately.
Story is about a young man, Alexander, who is asked to take on the responsibility of being a savior for a nation against an enemy that woke up after centuries of slumber. Story verge on being classic fantasy where lines for good and evil are well drawn. I am a fan of GRRM and Joe Abercrombie, and this book seemed to be for young adults even though there is enough violence to argue otherwise.
The book has shades of LOTR and Belgariad in it. References such as 'line has been remade', and 'sword' that is the evidence of succession ideas which were abit close to LOTR. Where protagonist asking himself 'why me' reminded me a lot of Belgariad. As I said book is on the classic fantasy side; therefore, these type of comparison are inevitable.
World created in this book has high utilization of 'magic'. Magic is well known, there are various type of mages / wizards / arch-mages .. etc. Still, I had a to cringe a bit at times when the word magic was utilized a bit casually. My second gripe with book was that everything fit a bit too neatly that messages that were meant to be delivered to 'chosen or cursed' one were delivered even after centuries / magical gifts were provided and guidance was available readily.
Regardless of minor gripes, story is fast paced, and delivers entertaining story. Characters are well developed and reader gets a good sense of their motivations and reasons for their actions. Story develops in such a way that reader feels the urgency on various aspect of the story.
Narrator did a fantastic job, and it was a very enjoyable listen.
Again, if you are expecting ASOIF type book then look else where; otherwise, it is an entertaining book.
Silly question, I do not rate book linearly at the time of writing this review I have completed the first 5 books. Or all that are currently out on audible. The full series is coming out rather quickly. One complaint is that in several of the books,the stopping points are very abrupt. It is clear that this series is one big huge story. It is great fun and while in many ways it adheres to. The classical dungeons and Dragons universe, it does so only in the same way that hobbit seems very much like it. Also unlike many wizards,of the coast books, this story in no way is serving the actual game of dungeons and dragons it is simply in the vein of those kind of world and beastie tropes. For all that there is much that is very original and much that has some thought to it, I found the book and all the other books only get progressively better and the plot and character had more depth. For cynics or young amature shrinks, it is true that many of these character are very vanilla in that they are idealized and really are committed to do the right thing. but as an older reader who has been on a battlefield. While there broken or odd ball characters there are more straight forward heroes just ready to do their best that one might think. So I might not see this collection of loyal and moral folk as far fetched as others. That said this is not George R R Martin, not that there are no villains or heart breaking character kills, the flavor of this book is definitely more, for those who want a fun intricate large world that is full of very clearly a good side and a dark side. There is just enough subterfuge between our protagonists to keep the characters from seeming one dimensional. For the person who wants a fun escapist fantasy that is intelligent and issue filled,to be engaging but also clean and clear enough on plot that it serves as am escape for those who do not find the focus on grit and grime by say an Abercrombie all that great. I am a former marine. I know all about bush wounds and bush grit but the truth is if you do it for a living you get thick enough callouses that in my case, I Was able to step on a tack and not know it is was in the center of my heal till I heard the tile make noise when I walked. In other words, you do not focus on that stuff, And if you are constantly it's miserable, things I do not need in my adventure prose. But for a young buck who is really trying to I imagine there stories as real I can see how it might be alluring. This is for those who want a fun intelligent, coherent complex but straightforward fantasy story with a lot of cool fighting and cool Magic and it all works. I highly. Reccomend this book. If I could I would have giving this book a 4 and a half stars I would because for what it is. A great fantasy escape with depths to explore without any pretense of trying to be gritty "speculative fiction". It's just a da,n entertaining book that is part of a damn entertaining series. Book one The thin blade is all about setting up the social and metaphysical aspects of the world and obtaining the thin blade which is quite the cool weapon. If you want innovative fantasy that avoids the usual tropes of magic and fighters and wizards a and Dragons, This is not for you but if you can,enjoy such tropes if they are part of an intricately built and yet gigantic world then you might give it a try. I really enjoyed it but I was looking for a long epic escapist story while I healed and I found this series superb for an alternate place to put my mind for a while
The dragons in general were credible
Yes a fairly intelligent discourse between Alexander and Lucky on human nature and power. Fairly insightful reasoning,
The narrator. Was good but not astonishing. It is worth noting all of these books are long audio books and I never got sick of the narrators voice so that cannot be overlooked.
THIS IS A GREAT STORY LINE EQUAL TO ANY DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS LIKE BOOKS I'VE READ, ESPECIALLY THE WHEEL OF TIME SERIES BY ROBERT JORDAN. GREAT CHARACTERS, VERY HARD TO PUT DOWN. MAKES ME WANT TO CONTINUE LISTENING.
I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next book
I would recommend this book and the series to anyone.
I am not much for writing reviews, but when I find a book that really takes me into their world, then I do. For me, this is one of those books where I am present with the characters. It is magical when that happens.Looking forward to book two.Magic fascinates me. Within these pages, magic is not felt through the story. Magic is told. I really do enjoy feeling the magic, the body, texture and the difficulty in mastering. The author fails to bring magic alive. Instead Alex (the main character) learns from a book and a statue that comes to life. That said, perhaps in book two the connection will be better made.
engrossing, imaginative storytelling.
I would compare this to Jim Butchers Codex Alera series (Academy's fury, curser's fury, etc.) it is along the same lines that a nobody is all of a sudden running things because they did not know their lineage. it also deals with magic and fantastic beast. what makes this different is the premise of how magic is used and the division of different lands and their abilities. in some ways it also reminds me of game of thorns.
I would not change this title
I was looking for a series to listen to in between my other favorites like the Dresden files, the presidents agent and the lost fleet. this will fit in nicely with what I like.
A better written story the plot is fine but the writing style is very basic. For example all emotion is stated and then the charecters continue chatting as if they are not a experiencing those emotions.
"Nothing particularly fresh or original"
No probably not. Narrator is good.
The story is fairly simple and uninspired. Even the big action sections had me far from on the edge of my seat. I found Alexander too nice and angelic. Characters were either all good or all bad...not particularly convincing. The main story just seemed very unoriginal, taking bits and pieces from other books and rejigging them a bit.
I thought the performance was good. Not much to dislike.
Didn't gain any great affinity to any of the characters to be honest. Take your pick.
If I were you I wouldn't bother with this book. It is a pretty unconvincing, uncompelling and flat story. Many better alternatives out there. Personal favourite fantasy book series would be Patrick Rothfuss and the Kingkiller Chronicle for a hero based story or the Game of Thrones books for a much more convincing and interesting set of characters and relationships.
"More Drivel in a competative genre."
I didn't , after 7 hours I gave in. I hate what seems like nice suburban attitudes and nicey nicey ness being applied to medieval/ fantasy worlds. people in the world do not act like this and it makes it hard to relate to. I have nothing against the author but people don't think or act like soaps.
the people there mentality and attitude. I have a joint degree in politics and history, have read first and second hand source material of people from the tenth century all the way to the Napoleonic wars. (not every year obviously) people based in the medieval / renaissance era which is the closest I can relate this fantasy world to just wouldn't act like this. I know each author can just say well it my world people will act like this but its just odd and off putting. almost like reading a children's book with all the sharp edges taken out to save my fragile mind.
Steven Brand is a good narrator
well Americans will make a TV/movie out of just about anything so you never know do you.
With authors i mean top notch authors like Jennifer Fallon, Terry GoodKind, Robert Jordan, Anthony Ryan, Patrick Rothfuss and may many more out there this sloppy slow paced stuff just doesn't measure up. there seems to be more poor Fantasy / fiction genres than others and its getting tiring.
"The return of the king!"
This is a well performed book, Derek Perkins voice initially doesn't sound right for the book but grew on me to the extent that I am now working my way through the seven book series.
The obvious comparison here has to be Tolkien, but that would be a mistake. I think it's more in line with David Gemmell but at the end of the day, they all do hold their origins in Tolkien. I think Wells' prose is better than JRR in that very little is wasted in terms of description and so far, there are no blind alleys (think Tom Bombadil).
I like Derek's characterisation for the majority of characters, he plays the lead Alexander as a teen with an old head on his shoulders but still with the youthful voice.
Lord Fein's Foul!
I enjoyed this so much, I'm listening to the entire series. Also, in case you're wondering, my Headline is a reference to how much the book is derivative of Tolkien - ever since the Lord of the Rings, it appears that every fantasy has to feature the Return of a King, everyone of the leads is royalty in some form....
"A Quest indeed"
Like most of the stories I like, this one grips you from the first paragraph and doesn't let go until the end.. Narrated brilliantly. An excellent read.
Yes, interesting theme with many twists and turns
the variety of characters and heros
to many to individualise
Listened to all 7 books excellent story
If you can allow for some repetition of mantra's this is an entertaining story not the best but good enough to go on to the next one
an easy book to listen to. The narrator brings the characters to life. Awaiting the next with baited breath
"Well the story of magic"
I would rank the thinblade in my top 15 I would put it up they with before they hang
iPad Finley Juel Crombies for the home due to the adventure and magical content. With fast paced storyline and get interested throughout
Alexander is my favourite because as well as being A Ventures
His conscience makes him feel a real person with out getting boring and tedious
They are times when sarcasm made me laugh to myself
"Fantasy at its best!"
Thinblade is right up there with Lord of the rings. A fantasy epic that explores magic in lands of wonder.
Lord of the Rings trilogy. The story immerses you in a fantasy world with danger at every turn.
I have listened to the other books in this series and have nearly concluded book 4. Can't wait for book 5!
If I had the time too, yes.
If you love a fantasy tale with magic and all the creatures you herd of as a child, this series of books is so well written and narrated... I can't recommend it enough.
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