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Publisher's Summary

Fans have described the trilogy as Game of Thrones meets The Three Musketeers.

When Soren is plucked from the streets and given a place at the prestigious academy of swordsmanship, he thinks his dream of being a great swordsman has become a possibility. However, with great intrigues unfolding all around him, Soren discovers that he is little more than a pawn to the ambitions of others.

As he is swept from high society into exile in foreign lands to escape those who see him as a threat, he must rely on a mysterious gift and the lessons learned at the academy if he hopes to survive in a society where disputes are settled with a sword.

The Society of the Swords Trilogy contains the complete series.

©2016 Duncan M. Hamilton (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Great Series Overall, but seemed Rushed

First, I want to say that I enjoyed the series. With that said, I believe it could have been so much more. The first book was just as I would expect from a fantasy epic. The rushing seemed to come more in the second book, and, even then, not until the ending. It seems like there was much or should have been much more written, but the author was coming up on a deadline and just rushed the ending. To be honest, it was a lot like how I write (technical writing, not stories). I can do great up to 95% complete, but that last 5% is just so much trouble to finish. You know it isn't going to go as easily as it should and you are going to find more things that are going to extend that paper/book, and you just don't want to find them (for me its from ADD and enough meds helps power through!) Anyway, that was a digression, but it felt so familiar how the ending just suddenly happened and part of the end plot was just chopped.

Finally, the third book. I don't want to say too much to ruin the plot, but one major portion of the world is finally starting to be explored, but it was done so lightly that nothing was really revealed about it or why things became the way they were except for the same dogma that has been repeated through all the books.

This review may sound like I didn't like the books, but that is completely wrong. I did. I just thought they could have been so much more. I hope there is another series to go into depth with the dangling points either never discussed or just touched upon lightly. I can see a great world of books continuing from this series, and I hope there is!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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So many threads cut short!

I read a review before buying this book that suggested that Hamilton couldn't keep a story arc going to save his life. I fully believed it couldn't be that bad...but it definitely is! Potential story arc after story arc after story arc that Hamilton just throws by the way side. I honestly couldn't figure out whether Hamilton knew what he was doing or not, or if he just got bored writing this and decided to just finish the main plot instead of making this book the epic that it could have been.

Now, from the main story part, it's actually not that bad of a story. A little magic, a lot of sword play, the characters he sticks with are deep and inciting, and the plot is more than enough to keep you interested. At least, this is true for the first two books. To explain, this product is all three books put together, and this description fits for the first two books to a T. This third and final book in the series, is just lacking. The plot is all there for the final book, its just that the new characters are so incredibly terrible that the whole series is almost ruined. They're desperate and confusing. They seem like they should have been in the story the whole time, but Hamilton is just throwing them in at the end and expecting us to accept that their story's line up perfectly. It's annoying and a little insulting.

All in all though, the story is all there. I'm just complaining for the most part. But i just couldn't rate it any high, having all these potentially great characters and story arc's just eliminated before they could shine is just too infuriating.

It's a good waste of a credit and Perkins is pretty good.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

Fun book, sad its over. If you are looking for a book about sword fighting, this is the magnum opis. I found this book by recommendation from Kel Kade and it was spot on. If you liked the kings dark tidings series this might be right up your alley.

31 of 34 people found this review helpful

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Great Story

I have found myself, when searching for a new title to read, searching for Derek Perkins. I have never been disappointed. A well written story is always better when narrated by Mr. Perkins.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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another 'meh' high fantasy

First things first. Predictable story. A guy from the gutters rises up to become one of the nations best swords ever. There is a magic system in place but it's too 2 dimensional. The character development is non-existent. The protagonist is an extremely boring character with no background story to drive him forward. overall, I wouldn't really recommend this to anyone. if you have 30 hrs to spare, pick up something else.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Just ok

I couldn't wait for this to be over. There was just something lacking in the story. Not enough details and then lo and behold, the character remembers something from his childhood. The premise was good, I just needed more.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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loved it

this trilogy was very well put together and the books made for exciting and easy to follow listening.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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almost great

this would be a great book, except I kept wanting to slap some sense into the arrogant main character. if I could have liked it him it would be good. as it is, I wasn't sure who to root for good guy or bad guy.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Fun action packed

Great narrator!!! No time wasted just fun action. Yes it seems Soran easily solves problems in the beginning but maybe sword fights don’t need to be drawn out good times

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great

I really enjoyed this series, there was plenty of action and just enough back story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • 11-05-17

BigAl

Very enjoyable story, well delivered. Leaves room for further books, but finishes the journey nicely. Thumbs up.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Graham
  • 11-27-17

Took a chance on a new author and....

I was not familiar with Mr. Hamilton's works but thought I would take a chance on a new author. It is not often that I can say that I was drawn in to the story by the narrator so quickly. The characterisations worked (for me at least) the pace was just right and the story and characters developed well. The pictures of the characters and story appeared in my mind with no problems, sometimes this is a hesitant process, but not in this case. I genuinely wanted to know what happened next so I just kept listening. Something of a shock when you consider the length (aka value for money) of the three volumes.

I will not spoil any one's pleasure by discussing the plot, characters of twists and turns other than to say buckle your swash and enjoy.

I shall be looking out for the next offerings from both author and narrator.

Only down side: I used the earlier slightly more compressed format and was plagues by loads of breaks, skips, jumps and odd noises. This was not the case in the past so whatever Audible have done to their production methods has not worked. The new high res format while clear take up an awful lot of space on portable devices. Why the step back? So be careful not to detract from an excellent audio book with a less than optimum presentation.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • gda2004
  • 11-02-17

Derek Perkins is a good narrator. Good story too

Derek Perkins is a good narrator. Good story too. Worth a listen. recommended for people who like books with a bit of magic.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • JXL
  • 12-14-17

pretty good

This is no Monte Cristo, but it is a compelling romp through an interesting fantasy world executed rather competently.

combined with good narration and a 30hr length I'd say its a damn good use of a credit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Pathfinder
  • 10-25-17

Wonderful long story - I wanted more.

The dislikes were minor (small repetitions which worked well to refresh my poor memory) the likes many. A true story with gentle magic and a little romance. Likeable characters. Thought it was written by a female no idea why. I kept listening until done. I enjoyed the narration which was superbly illustrative without ever drawing attention to the voice per se. I was quite delighted just when I needed a companion in my life. Thank you.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • warwick
  • 11-19-17

Great story and well paced.

The story was well paced and always had something going on. Occasionally the timescale of the plot wasn't too clear but it all clears up again after a few paragraphs. It is not the most complex of plots but it keeps you interested and always leaves you wanted to listen to 'just another chapter'.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr
  • 10-21-17

Enjoyable but last book a let down

The story overall was a good bit of fun. Follows a fairly typical fantasy scenario of a young boy coming of age etc etc. The first book was for me the best. Second was ok and the third was really disappointing. It just seemed vague and the last chapters were incredibly predictable.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • 01-16-18

Simplistic but entertaining

Soap opera fantasy by numbers but so fast paced that it remains entertaining. The characters are wooden, the plotting wafer thin but the world is well drawn and the action relentless. Works well as an audio book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 12-01-17

Fantastic

There are a number of similarities with the king killer chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. I think if you like those books then you’ll also love this. The reader of the book is also very talented and succeeds in bringing the characters to life.

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  • mark mccann
  • 02-19-18

Thoroughly enjoyed it

Good story, great narration. Wasn't sure at the start but just kept coming back for more

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  • 11-22-17

Repetitive and weak

Great narrator and he is what convinced me to get these books but the writing was weak. The end of book two made me vomit in my mouth a bit.
The love story was under developed and unbelievable and the whole story felt cliched and repetitive. Sorry.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-18-18

disappointed

I found it hard to listen to, not because of the narrator but because there was little to no in depth to the plot. it was just a little too straight forward and predictable. great idea for a story, but I just didn't like the lackluster detail and intrigue it was capable of.

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  • Tahn
  • 01-15-18

just awesome...so much adventure this book flew by

loved it. great characters great story great narration
cool concept i would recommend this easily

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  • Anthony
  • 01-14-18

First class reading

From start to finish it’s fun and lively script has been enjoyable even though some times predictable ..

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  • hotea1313
  • 01-04-18

wasn't so bad I had to delete but not amazing

was fun to listen to but very cliche and predictable. the first book was much better vtgan the following two had a great idea but could use some changes

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  • James Macdougall
  • 01-03-18

ending is rushed, lot of loose ends

interesting premise and decent characters but too many dead ends and tangents in the plot while key plot points remain unresolved.

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  • Adam
  • 12-07-17

Loved it

pretty classic "orphan boy becomes a hero" type story but exceedingly well done, very enjoyable. my only criticism is that the titles of the chapters are often major spoilers of what is going to happen in the chapter, a bit annoying.

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  • Hugh
  • 11-21-17

engaging

great story. A bit fluffy round the edges but highly entertaining and a satisfying ending.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-18-17

was great to get into the story that keeps you int

was great to have story that keeps you interested and well written to the end

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  • 11-04-17

Riveting tale from end to end

I loved the whole trilogy, and the narrator captured the pace of the book excellently.