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Publisher's Summary

The “First Blade of Ostia” is an accolade few will achieve. In Ostenheim, a city obsessed with duelling, it is one that nobody forgets.

Bryn’s earliest memory is of watching duels in the arena. His earliest dream is of taking his place there.

Amero dal Moreno has no dreams. His life has been about fulfilling the expectations of others. In search of a path of his own, the dreams of others are too tempting to resist.

After years of sacrifice and hard work, Bryn Pendollo is finally a professional duellist. Becoming the First Blade of Ostia no longer seems the childish fantasy it once did. To find the man standing in his way is also his best friend will test him in ways he would never have believed.

The First Blade of Ostia is a standalone swashbuckling fantasy adventure novel set in the Middle Sea World of the Society of the Sword Trilogy.

©2014 Duncan M. Hamilton (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Loved it

Stayed awake all night to finish..

If you also loved the following books you will like this book too!
1) The Eye of the World
2) The Name of the Wind
3) The Warded Man

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  • 09-21-19

Great book, I lived my headphones on for two days.

I pre-ordered both Joe Abercrombies new book “A Little Hatred” and bought Duncan Hamilton’s new book, They both hit my library this week. I decided to listen to First Blade of Ostia first.

The highest compliment I can give is that I was sorry when First Blade of Ostia was over, and I had to move on to the latest Abercrombie book.

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11 Hrs with 0 payoff.

11 hrs of listening to this book which had an excellent build-up to something that never occurs. Greatly disappointed with the end. There is no pay-off.

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Real fantasy

Great characters and and a plot that kept me guessing. Looking forward to the next instalment. Thanks Duncan, Derek and team for an entertaining 10 hours.

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stunning

thank you , thank you
I love reading your books. I love how you give back ground to your characters. just another awesome addition. thank you

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An improvement on Society of Swords

First Blade is a bit derivative of the subsequent Society of Swords trilogy; there is a feeling of "this again..?" However, First Blade is in large part an improvement, particularly in pacing and focus. While the "moral to the story" might be a bit heavy-handed, the book's final outcome is not cliched nor predictable, even to those familiar with the trilogy. Overall, I enjoyed First Blade more than the subsequent trilogy.

Spoiler alert: I'd like a better explanation of what made the chief villain a sociopath. Overuse of magic, perhaps? He's first introduced as only a rogue before becoming more obviously evil.

Perkins' voicework was excellent as usual.

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Could've been better

I loved the other story's from this world but I can't understand how this MC is supposed to be likeable because he's such a weakling and an idiot. Pride goes before the fall and this guy is all fall, he is just making stupid mistakes that I don't think are in regards with normal human acts. You also have basically a special forces soldier who is unwilling to kill, this guy is no Chris Kyle, he gave up a 50 goldcrown job to go on to the road and almost die leaving his mother in debt because of his pride. I think it could've been better, but all boots can't be a winner.

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Very interesting

I read this a year or two after reading the society of the sword trilogy. I wish I had read it before but i have to say Perkins has created a really great world with this series. I hope it continues to find more success and he further develops the world.

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Awesome Story of Best Friends vying for a Titles!

Fabulous story of best friends who met in the sword academy only to place first and second upon graduation. After that, they attempt professional sword dueling in the public arena vying for First Blade of Ostia title. Each has to grow up in their own way. It’s a fascinating dichotomy of rich versus poor and what is important in life. I loved the story and will now read the Society of the Sword Trilogy as this Ostia book is a prequel to the Trilogy.

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I like it.

I really enjoyed the first trilogy and this prequel didn’t disappoint. It, as a relevant prequel should, enhanced the original work with subtle nods and explanations that help understating the common Characters.

Fun adventure that I really enjoyed.

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  • 09-26-19

Just ok

A touch slow and feels forced in some instances. Not as good as other books that follow.

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  • 06-26-21

Great stand alone novel in the world of Ostia.

I've listened to all the books set in this realm and this was the last. I was caught the whole time trying to anticipate what would happen and if Amaro would get his comeuppance. I'm going back now to re-listen to the Society of the Sword.

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  • matthew
  • 11-30-19

Yeeeehhhhhhaaaaarrrr

Awesome. A refreshing change. Great pace and you need to listen for your own option!.