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Two forms of power - natural and chemical - divide the world. Dragons, who keep the chemical power in check, have long retreated from human sight; few still believe in them. Inside a castle surrounded by Tuscan hills more and more threatened by chemical forces, 16-year-old Anders lives a sheltered life. But much as his parents try, Anders can't avoid the forces that threaten....

Fantasy Adventure for All Ages

Eight years ago, when his dying grandfather whispered words of power in his ear, there was already something special about Anders Tomason.

But these days Anders is sick of being special. Forced to study in a locked room when he isn't having lessons, his only escape is daily practice with a staff; he hopes that one day, he'll get to swing a blade.

That day comes on his 16th birthday: Anders receives a wooden sword from his blade master, along with two surprises: a mischievous and flirtatious spirit inside the silver handle, and the dance of swordplay to the music of his own blood. Then, that same night Anders is drinking a new tea and burning incense to help him focus on his studies. But he's sick of studying, sick of being locked in. So sick of it, that in anger his blood magic opens a gateway. A girl bursts into his locked study. She has a stolen book of nature magic and a chemical warlock hot on her trail....

©2012 Teddy Jacobs (P)2012 Teddy Jacobs

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  • James
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • 01-05-13

Swords, Spells and Elves....What else do you need?

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sword Bearer?

The magical quality to foods seems a new twist on the genre. I almost get the sense that Teddy is a nutritionist based on how much focus he has on magical power being tied to diet.

What does J. M. Badger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His pacing is perfect for battle scenes. I really feel the excitement and don't want to bother flipping pages.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Take the first step of the journey to the Dark Lord...

Any additional comments?

JM Badger's narration made me want to break out my D24 and play some D&D!

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If a 0 star rating was possible I would have used

I morn the loss of the time I spent on this book. It was so bad that it was almost painful. I would advise against wasting your time or money on it

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This book stops in the middle of the story

What disappointed you about Sword Bearer?

Decent story until it Just Stops in the middle of the story. Having a successful series requires reader interest. You cannot maintain that interest if you just stop writing. Even episodic stories need some true ending for each book. not just The End !

Would you ever listen to anything by Teddy Jacobs again?

NO, Not Ever !

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sword Bearer?

I would have added an ending not just say The End !

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Not for me.

What would have made Sword Bearer better?

It wasn't necessarily bad, it's just not for me.

Has Sword Bearer turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes for young adult books but no for fantasy books.

What does J. M. Badger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

nothing in particular, I guess if i had to actually read this book I never would have gotten to the "end".

What character would you cut from Sword Bearer?

The zits

Any additional comments?

Not my cup of tea. It seemed like a Young Adult book, lots of dialog about zits.

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good story

Enjoy this telling as a beginning to the journey. it leaves a lasting impression with you and the narrator tells it well.