Thursday, January 12, 2012
Author: Resa Nelson
Publisher: Mundania Press LLC
Publication Date: June 1, 2008
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Summary: For Astrid, a blacksmith who makes swords for dragonslayers, the emergence of a strange gemstone from her body sets in motion a chain of events that threaten to destroy her life. Her happiness is shattered when her lover-the dragonslayer-disappears without a trace, and the life that she knows and loves implodes without warning. Astrid lives in a world of shapeshifters whose thoughts have the power to change not only themselves but others. Everything Astrid knows to be true is called into question when she learns the truth about her past and the mysterious family from which she was separated as a child. Reality turns inside out as Astrid gradually learns the truth about the people she loves as well as those she disdains. With the fate of dragons, ghosts, and slaves in foreign lands resting on her shoulders, Astrid faces the challenge of deciding who she is and how she will stand up inside her own skin. Will she withdraw and hide from the world that has disappointed her so much...or will she rise to lead others to freedom and peace?
Review: The Dragonslayer's Sword is a nicely done fantasy that's filled with lots of revelations and twists along the way.
One of the things that I liked best about The Dragonslayer's Sword was the plot. I was very interested in the plot, mainly because Nelson incorporates a lot of fantasy that I've never seen before! She definitely did a great job with that. The shape-shifting part was easily my favorite. There are some slow parts in the middle of the book but after you get over that hump the reading was easy and interesting.
Astrid was a good character and a likable one, too. She is definitely different from your usually heroine. Astrid is scarred, both mentally and physically, and I think that's what made me like her so much.
There were a couple of times during the book where I had a, "What?" moment. Some of Astrid's choices were a little hard for me to understand. There are quite a few supporting characters that I enjoyed but some seemed a little unnecessary.
The writing was fairly good and simple most of the time, but it was easy for me to get caught up in the story!
The Dragonslayer's Sword is definitely worth a read, especially if you love a different types of fantasy!
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Rating: 3.5 stars