Fans have described the trilogy as Game of Thrones meets The Three Musketeers.
When Soren is plucked from the streets and given a place at the prestigious academy of swordsmanship, he thinks his dream of being a great swordsman has become a possibility. However, with great intrigues unfolding all around him, Soren discovers that he is little more than a pawn to the ambitions of others.
As he is swept from high society into exile in foreign lands to escape those who see him as a threat, he must rely on a mysterious gift and the lessons learned at the academy if he hopes to survive in a society where disputes are settled with a sword.
The Society of the Swords Trilogy contains the complete series.
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Fun, not too heavy, fantasy epic
- Christina t
The Mary-Sue of Mary-Sue Characters
The first book in this trilogy was full of Insta-Effects. For example the main character gains 2 insta-friends after beating up a bully. He also gets an Insta-Girlfriend. The "challenges" the main character faces are laughably overcome and what the author sets up as potentially interesting conflicts are resolved without much trouble or attention. Life altering events are given a page or three in summation and the main character comes out of things unscathed.
From this genre? No From the author? Yes. I've read worse books in the same genre but the author's level of immaturity has turned me off reading their other works.
Mr. Perkins does an OK job at giving the different characters different voices.
Um... the main character. He's the ultimate Mary Sue character. Overcoming problems with ease. Ridiculously overpowered and obnoxious.
There are hints of some quite interesting plots in the story. However all of the potential of these plots are either eliminated with only a paragraph or two or completely ignored.
For example our "Hero" is from the streets and sometimes runs short of money for food. He gets a large chunk of money and instead of hording it, or being thrifty with it. He splurges it on a date with a girl who's already his Insta-Girlfriend. If he'd come form a well-off family I could see him doing something like this but he's supposed to have been poor, very poor and there's no guarantee that there will be more money in the future so I just can't see him wasting it.