The Sword of the South

Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
Series: War God, Book 5
Length: 23 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (603 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Number one in a new epic fantasy series by 28-time New York Times and international best seller David Weber, set within his Bahzell Bahnakson/War God universe.

A swordsman who has been robbed of his past must confront an evil wizard, with a world at stake.

Know thyself. It's always good to know who you are, but sometimes that's a little difficult. Kenhodan has no last name because he has no past...or not one he remembers, anyway. What he does have are a lot of scars and a lot of skills - some exhilarating and some terrifying - and a purpose. Now, if he only knew where he'd gotten them and what their purpose was....

Wencit of Rm, the most powerful wizard in the world, knows the answers to Kenhodan's questions, but he can't or won't share them with him, except to inform him that he's a critical part of Wencit's millennium-long battle to protect Norfressa from conquest by dark sorcery. Bahzell Bahnakson, champion of Tomank, doesn't know those answers, and the War God isn't sharing them with him, except to inform Bahzell that the final confrontation with the Dark Lords of fallen Kontovar is about to begin, and that, somehow, Kenhodan is one of the keys to its final outcome.

Wulfra of Torfo doesn't know those answers, either, but she does know Wencit of Rm is her implacable foe and that, somehow, Kenhodan is one of the weapons he intends to use against her...assuming she can't kill both of them first.

But, in the far northern port city of Belhadan, an 11-year-old girl with a heart of harp music knows the answers to all of Kenhodan's questions...and dares not share them with anyone, even the ancient wild wizard who loves her more dearly than life itself.

It's not easy to face the future when you can't even remember your own past, but if saving an entire world from evil sorcerers, demons, devils, and dark gods was easy, anyone could do it.

©2015 Words of Weber, Inc. (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Weber has done it again

great story and performance I will have to read the war God books now also.

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Who actually wrote this?

The Audible performance of this book was quite acceptable and the story was pretty much acceptably engaging.

The issue I had that limited my enjoyment of the book is that in a large number of places it seemed as if the writing had been subcontracted to a creative writing support line in India. I don't see a co-author listed in the credits, so that's the only reason I can come up with for all of the sudden and tiresome adverb ambushes that occurred throughout the book. what was weird was how they were separated by chunks of bog-standard and acceptable Weber prose. Very disconcerting when and if the two intersected. Definitely broke the trance, as it were.

In any case, the plot was meh more from predictability for the end, but lots of romp and setup for the next book to come. I just hope that they hire an editor willing to actually EDIT Weber for the next one.

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Well done!

ignore the naysayers, it is a great read by nick again and cannot await the next! While a little slow at start shows all the well grounded feel of Weber's fantasy

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Great story

Lots of fun from my favorite author. The only way to improve it is to write a sequel

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Interesting

If you could sum up The Sword of the South in three words, what would they be?

Draw You In. This book explains some questions brought up in various other short stories and books in the Orfressa universe.
What are Dragons like?
What kept the Empire together over 10,000 years
What God did Brandark eventually belong too?___ Still pending....

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sword of the South?

The drawing of the sword from its sheath, and the underlying change in the main character.

Which scene was your favorite?

Meeting Brandark again on the ocean.

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

No extreme action, but I am interested in where it is going next.

Any additional comments?

What other long term placements is Wencit working on?

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Entertaining and a promising start

The characters are great and the long awakening seems awesome. I just hope theres a lot more where it came from.

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Can't wait for next one.

Loved it very much especially Kenhodan and his former identity. I wonder about him and Gwynna.

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super nice

awesome awesome awesome can't wait for the next one simply loved it the new characters are awesome

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Weber as author is enough said!

love reading and listening to Webers stories! I have been reading Webers books and loving every story told. I can relate with the characters and love or hate them.

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Loved this book with all my heart and soul.

Yet another entry in this series of books and I am already looking forwards to the sequel. So much heart and non stop intrigue with absolutely perfect voice acting brings this story to life in all the ways that matter.

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Fantastical and Refreshing

I found this book to be well written and refreshing. The narrator did a wonderful job. I intend to read more of David Weber works.

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