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Mighty Rome subjugated the isle of Britain only to abandon it, leaving behind a bloody patchwork of warring tribes. The fragile peace imposed by the conquerors has been shattered, compelling Artoria Argantel -- Lady of the Lake and Druid priestess -- to call upon the Spirit of War and Justice to deliver a champion who will unite the broken land. It is from Argantel's ancie Mighty Rome subjugated the isle of Britain only to abandon it, leaving behind a bloody patchwork of warring tribes. The fragile peace imposed by the conquerors has been shattered, compelling Artoria Argantel -- Lady of the Lake and Druid priestess -- to call upon the Spirit of War and Justice to deliver a champion who will unite the broken land. It is from Argantel's ancient and royal blood that the hero will spring; his sword will be forged from star-steel by ancient spells, carried by soldier-priests from the steppes of Asia to the edges of the Empire. Only one man can wield this holy steel, aided by the wizard Merlin, whose heritage is a magic wilder still. Only one man can free the sword from its prison of stone. Artor, a fosterling of unknown parentage. The promised High King.


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Mighty Rome subjugated the isle of Britain only to abandon it, leaving behind a bloody patchwork of warring tribes. The fragile peace imposed by the conquerors has been shattered, compelling Artoria Argantel -- Lady of the Lake and Druid priestess -- to call upon the Spirit of War and Justice to deliver a champion who will unite the broken land. It is from Argantel's ancie Mighty Rome subjugated the isle of Britain only to abandon it, leaving behind a bloody patchwork of warring tribes. The fragile peace imposed by the conquerors has been shattered, compelling Artoria Argantel -- Lady of the Lake and Druid priestess -- to call upon the Spirit of War and Justice to deliver a champion who will unite the broken land. It is from Argantel's ancient and royal blood that the hero will spring; his sword will be forged from star-steel by ancient spells, carried by soldier-priests from the steppes of Asia to the edges of the Empire. Only one man can wield this holy steel, aided by the wizard Merlin, whose heritage is a magic wilder still. Only one man can free the sword from its prison of stone. Artor, a fosterling of unknown parentage. The promised High King.

30 review for The Book of the Sword

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bill Tillman

    Another spin on Arthur just not as shinny as I like.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ghanima

    While well researched, the characters are flat, and if there were any interesting themes in the story, I missed them. I liked how the magic was very thought out, and I liked the idea of Merlin, having all these crisis. If he'd had a personality, he could have been a great character. Often, I didn't get why the characters acted the way they did. I like the few modern fantasy novels from Paxon that I've read, but so far all of her historical fantasy bored me. While well researched, the characters are flat, and if there were any interesting themes in the story, I missed them. I liked how the magic was very thought out, and I liked the idea of Merlin, having all these crisis. If he'd had a personality, he could have been a great character. Often, I didn't get why the characters acted the way they did. I like the few modern fantasy novels from Paxon that I've read, but so far all of her historical fantasy bored me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Many may say that this is just another King Arthur story, but in my opinion, it's not. It's really about the Sword. Yeah, it does tell the story of the origins of Merlin (Ambros) and Arthur (Artur), but the Sword is behind those stories, and is the star of the show more than once. A wonderfully told tale, Diana Paxson is one of the best when it comes to this. Good read. Many may say that this is just another King Arthur story, but in my opinion, it's not. It's really about the Sword. Yeah, it does tell the story of the origins of Merlin (Ambros) and Arthur (Artur), but the Sword is behind those stories, and is the star of the show more than once. A wonderfully told tale, Diana Paxson is one of the best when it comes to this. Good read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dena

    Interesting variation of the Arthurian legend.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    I wrote this in 2008: Arthurian series with a unique representation: 'Paxson departs from the usual fare is in her consideration of the Saxons as people with their own goals and beliefs and lives, rather than as stock barbarians who exist only to destroy what is left of Roman civilization'. I am very much looking forward to reading these novels. I've read Ms. Paxson before and like her style. As Marion Zimmer Bradley's sister in law and most trusted friend, she's worked on the Avalon series with Mar I wrote this in 2008: Arthurian series with a unique representation: 'Paxson departs from the usual fare is in her consideration of the Saxons as people with their own goals and beliefs and lives, rather than as stock barbarians who exist only to destroy what is left of Roman civilization'. I am very much looking forward to reading these novels. I've read Ms. Paxson before and like her style. As Marion Zimmer Bradley's sister in law and most trusted friend, she's worked on the Avalon series with Marion. Today: So far, I've read nothing in regards to a unique representation nor any consideration of the Saxons. This is straightforward traditional Arthurian novel, the same as so many others. 3 more books to go in the series, and hopefully, I'll get what I bought this series for, something unique.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Berta

    I enjoyed this different perspective of the Arthurian tale, and am already gobbling up the "Spear" book two of the 4-book set. I like Diana Paxson's writing. I love this type of historical fantasy, and I am a huge Arthurian fan. I am enjoying the series very much. I enjoyed this different perspective of the Arthurian tale, and am already gobbling up the "Spear" book two of the 4-book set. I like Diana Paxson's writing. I love this type of historical fantasy, and I am a huge Arthurian fan. I am enjoying the series very much.

  7. 4 out of 5

    stormhawk

    really having a hard time deciding what I think about this book. I like that it is a different take on the Arthur legend, with more of an emphasis on the magic of the sword itself, but the writing is rough and unsatisfying.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Bättig

    Artussage Teil 1: Artur erhält das Schwert von Merlin, der es in einen Stein steckt

  9. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    I liked this book - it started earlier than usual in the author legend, with Merlin's birth. Not a common angle, but familiar enough to satisfy Authorian legend fans. I liked this book - it started earlier than usual in the author legend, with Merlin's birth. Not a common angle, but familiar enough to satisfy Authorian legend fans.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Afie

    Definitely more the Arthurian scholar instead of the Arthurian romantic.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Workmanlike tale of Merlin's birth and emergence of the young Arthur. Nothing special here, but future instalments may improve. Workmanlike tale of Merlin's birth and emergence of the young Arthur. Nothing special here, but future instalments may improve.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    concept was good, writing was just too flowery (dense, heavy, just not right) for me....

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Strobel

  14. 5 out of 5

    Janet

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Ledel

  16. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sam Lor

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennybeast

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jill Texeira

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Barnes

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gay Lynn Bond

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ann Donegan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Torftar

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Hill

  27. 4 out of 5

    Haley

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessie C

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

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