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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Fantasy, 2016

After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated. It was prophesized that someday the demons would return, and only the descendants of Ramrowan would be able to defeat them. They became the first kings, and all men served those who were their only hope for survival.

As centuries passed, the descendants of the great hero grew in number and power. They became tyrannical and cruel and their religion nothing but an excuse for greed. Gods and demons became myth and legend, and the people no longer believed. The castes created to serve the Sons of Ramrowan rose up and destroyed their rulers. All religion was banned and replaced by a code of unflinching law. The surviving royalty and their priests were made casteless, condemned to live as untouchables, and the Age of Law began.

Ashok Vadal has been chosen by a powerful ancient weapon to be its bearer. He is a Protector, the elite militant order of roving law enforcers. No one is more merciless in rooting out those who secretly practice the old ways. Everything is black or white, good or evil, until he discovers his entire life is a fraud. Ashok isn’t who he thinks he is, and when he finds himself on the wrong side of the law, the consequences lead to rebellion, war - and destruction.

©2015 Larry Correia (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This book has everything I like in fantasy: intense action scenes, evil in horrifying array, good struggling against the darkness, and most of all people - gorgeously flawed human beings faced with horrible moral choices that force them to question and change and grow." (Jim Butcher, creator of the New York Times best-selling Dresden Files)
“I loved the book, it was great, fast paced, with wonderful characters, and also a lot of wonderful scenes that screamed to be painted.” (Larry Elmore, legendary, award-winning artist and cover artist for Son of the Black Sword)
"Correia skillfully sets in motion this story of plots within plots, revealing complex, sympathetic characters and black-hearted villains with equal detail and insight. Full of action, intrigue, and wry humor, this exciting series launch promises many more thrills to come." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • D
  • corona, ca United States
  • 10-31-15

A Great Beginning to a new Epic Series

From the creator of “Monster Hunter International” and the “Grimnoir,” series one of my favorite authors, Larry Correia, has created a different world from his normal “pulp” fantasy; an intricate new world of swords, magic, and demons as he lays the foundation for his new epic series “Saga of the Forgotten Warrior.”
In book one, “Son of the Black Sword,” we meet Ashok Vadal, Protector of the law; a man tormented by the duty he has always unbendingly upheld, and the truth.
This is a fantastic tale as Mr. Correia begins with an amazing backstory worthy of “The Wheel of Time.” With believable and complex characters and great action scenes, if this is only book one I can’t imagine what is going to come.
The narrator, Tim Gerald Reynolds gives a great performance.

79 of 88 people found this review helpful

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I’m typically a strictly urban sci-fi fantasy kind of a girl. Save for a few exceptions (think Tolkien, CS Lewis, Douglas Adams, Herbert and Orwell) I prefer my sci-fi/fantasy novels peppered with a hefty dose of the Now – this place in time and space. With trepidation, I downloaded this book on the strength of the author’s previous work. Nary a one of Correia’s books has ever failed to capture and hold my attention. <br/><br/>I downloaded. Lo and behold, abracadabra, shazaam!, I absolutely had myself an audio marathon. That my friends, is so entirely unusual for me, that I was honestly surprised that I enjoyed it so much. Excellent character development, an engaging plot line combine to make this a wonderful inauguration into what I hope will be a long series. And the narrator? Perfection.

63 of 73 people found this review helpful

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Interesting concepts

The book has some interesting concepts and characters that you can get into. It took me a while with the main character, but I care enough now to see what happens next. I think some of the violence could have been edited out because it didn't feel like it was really doing anything constructive to the characters or story. I would give it a 3.5 overall.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Tania
  • Papamoa, New Zealand
  • 04-17-16

Good but not as good as Larry's other titles

Enjoyed the story although the characters seem a little more one dimensional (if that's possible) than in Correia's other books. They do develop throughout the book as does the story, and I'm looking forward to the next instalment. I can sense something big coming. The narration isn't as good as it could be - it's okay but not great.

25 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • Wesport, CT, United States
  • 10-30-15

Loved it

Great first installment, definitely a page turner, the novels political construct is probably a micro model to how the author perceives our current political power system. Larry mixes in legendary sword myth, even though he is a gun person, but very well researched, somewhat entertaining, not young adult fiction, but not really adult fiction, should satisfy all, very similar to his other novels, I think he did work a bit harder on this one, maybe because he is established now and has more leeway. The narration is excellent.

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  • Adnan
  • Chula Vista, CA, United States
  • 11-14-15

Great start, and potential for an epic series

Book starts off slowly and it even seemed that it is another monster hunter type book in fantasy setting. However, author delivers a thought provoking story with depth and complexity. The story surrounds a paladin type person Ashok Vadal who is a protector of law dispensing justice as he was taught; however, Ashok begins to question the law itself as the society is built upon cast system where some of the cast had no rights. Ashok's struggle while discovering the truth makes of an intriguing story line. There is political element that is quiet prevalent in the story that basically want status quo at the expense of unjust cast system that is in place. To round it off, there are monsters, wizards and magic aspects as well. Over all, this book sets up a foundation for a story that could mature into a great series.

Interestingly, there are some elements that seem to be taken from Indian society (such as the cast system) and even name 'Ashok' is Indian. Certainly it is not a commentary on Indian culture or religion, but it is interesting to see what could have been the inspiration for author while writing this book.

As usual, Tim Gerald Reynold's narration is great. And as other (5 star) books, I didn't mind the busy traffic while listening to the book. I would recommend this book and look forward to the next in series.

29 of 34 people found this review helpful

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Good, but predictable and a little trope-y

I enjoyed the story arc, and the character development was somewhat interesting, but entirely predictable. The main character is supposed to be one-dimensional, but knowing this didn't save him from being the most boring character in the book. It seems like he's the overly annoying paladin in your role playing group, but there's not enough humor in the other characters to bring him down to relatable levels. Make him more human!

As for the narration, I feel he did a good job on engaging us. The only problem is some off hand comments received more drama than I believe was intended. I think this made the writing feel a little cheesier than it might have if the characters didn't sound so dramatic or self-important.

22 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Drawn out and repetitive

His other books read like watching action movies. This was slow and terribly repetitive. Upon finishing I was excited only that I was done. Overall it sets up the series with potential but it could have been half as long and better for it. The preoccupation in the sorry over how shady the main antagonist is with his "dark councils" was grating. The dude is planning a holocaust and yet readers keep getting reminded every other chapter specifically how underhanded and sneaky he is like that bit in particular is vital to convincing us of his evilness even in the context of him planning a HOLOCAUST. Instead of exploring this character further the author just repeats himself endlessly. He doesn't explore the other characters much either. They're mostly really flat. His other books are fun and funny and exciting. This is ponderous.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Piyush
  • Brea, CA, United States
  • 11-02-15

Definitely a Top 10

I am a fan of Larry Correia and this book does not disappoint. Great characters and great narrator. I have a book hangover after reading this and cannot wait for the next book in the series. This is, for sure, one of the top books in my collection.

28 of 34 people found this review helpful

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IF YOUR THINKING ABOUT DEFEAT, THAN YOUR ALREADY

LOST
This universe has a sever cast system. The untouchables can be killed for any reason. They are not even consider human. There are several levels to this cast system. The main character believes in law and will not break it. I only listened to three hours of this, as I found it boring and the main character boring. The book had no humor, which is very strange for Correia. Only hard core Fantasy Epic fans are going to love this.

DO YOU KNOW WHERE BLACK STEEL COMES FROM?

63 of 78 people found this review helpful

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  • Euan
  • 12-02-15

Has promise and problems

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I am glad I finished the book. It starts out very slow and the main characters are generally unlikeable. I did slowly start to warm to then as the story picked up though

What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He makes it. Loved him in the riyria series and is the main reason I picked this one up.

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The book does have its problems. Mainly the characters are hard to care about. The author also has a very bad habit of revealing important information to the characters but not to the reader. Leaving many chapters on semi cliff hangers only to resolve in the next 2/3 chapters. The the evil forces in the book also don't have a reason for what they are doing. Power? Maybe but that is very unimaginative. And deamons are evil because deamons. I want to know more about them. Where did they come from are the just creatures or are they intelligent. There is so much that is skimed over and not really fleshed out and it makes me sad. I will ge getting the next in the series wp whit the hope of gradual improvements.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • chris
  • 11-17-15

Simply brilliant. much like David Gemel.

One of the best books you will ever read. A violent book full of action . not your usual nonsence, this book is intelligent i.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Tonybennett
  • 02-12-17

Cutting

Wjeni first started this book I believe some reviews stated the characters are not likeable,sorry but I don't see that being likeable makes it better story. The composition is what I think matters, yes it does fpgo backwards and forward at the beginning but that adds to the story without giving away the plot ,the ending was reasonable providing another installment is near completion.if it doesn't get an ending then its a waste of time, like 'the Game of Thrones' . I read the last one of those probably 8/9 years ago, and would not bother to buy another installment, its been to long!

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  • Mark
  • 06-09-16

Very good conflicts, both thought and fight.

This book carries good thought provoking story lines and characters. Interesting twists, and what I hope to be a really good set for the next one. Hurry up please.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Johnny
  • 02-19-16

Surprise!!

Really enjoyed this book once again narrator really brings it to life!!!

Was not predictable and leaves you gaging for more

Well done all involved!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • 12-13-15

Goodish

Would you consider the audio edition of Son of the Black Sword to be better than the print version?

why would i spend £10 on the book and £20 on the audio. i just bought the audiobook.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

well this is the issue it wasnt that interesting. the main characters there are 3-4 are dull. not much humor or much at all to them. the concept of the book is good. but in his past books Mr L Ms books had contained humor and battles. i am a huge fan of both his other series . but so far this one is meh.

Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favourite?

none stood out.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

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this book i be leave was an attempt to do a different style of writing and while the frame work was good and the foundations solid it isnt that good a book. 6 out of 10 at most. its a fantasy world which seems inspired ish by anthny ryan blood song. i mean there are similar trends. chaotic world. military order religious nut job style and a hero who cant be beaten and falls out with his order. <br/><br/>it was distinctly meh. on many levels <br/><br/>listen with an open mind. but this is no magnus

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-01-16

brilliant

really got into this new book by Larry Carrera it doesn't have the humer of Monster Hunter international but you do sympathize with the lead character AshockThe book is intriguing and I can't wait to read the next installment.

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  • Dani M
  • 07-13-16

A really captivating story read really well!

Found it hard to put it down. The structure and pace is so fluid you feel like you are watching it on a screen!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 03-19-16

Brilliant, loved it

Can't wait for the next book. Very interesting and additive storyline.

Narration brilliant

Larry Corriea does it again.

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  • Jarrad
  • 04-13-17

fantastic listen

an absolutelu fantastic book, with great in depth characters. Fantastic fight scenes and the caste system was very interesting

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  • Jamie
  • 01-07-16

Awesome as usual from Mr Correia

I loved this book , it's a bit of a break away from Mr Correia's usual style. But it shows more of his talent , well thought out plot and characters. Nice change form the usual fantasy novel, get it you won't be disappointed