Thinblade, book one:
When second son Alexander Valentine loses his brother to an assassin's arrow, he discovers that his family protects an ancient secret and reluctantly finds himself at the center of the final battle of a war that was supposed to have ended 2,000 years ago. Pursued by the dark minions of an ancient enemy, Alexander flees to the mountain city of Glen Morillian, where he discovers that he is the heir to the throne of Ruatha, one of the Seven Isles, but before he can claim the throne he must recover the ancient Thinblade. Thinblade is the story of Alexander's quest to find the ancient sword, claim the throne of Ruatha, and raise an army to stand against the enemy that has awoken to claim dominion over all of the Seven Isles.
Sovereign Stone, book two:
After gaining entrance to Blackstone Keep and recovering the legendary Thinblade, Alexander must seek out the Sovereign Stone, and quickly. Contained within the ancient teardrop ruby is the secret of Wizard's Dust, the source of magic and the one thing that will ultimately decide the final battle of the Reishi War. Prince Phane will stop at nothing to lay claim to the Stone and with it the world.
Mindbender, book three:
War has erupted across the Seven Isles. Alexander has recovered the Sovereign Stone, and much to his surprise it has bonded to him, revealing the truth of his bloodline and his duty. He is the Seventh Sovereign of the Seven Isles and champion of the Old Law. Fleeing the wrath of Prince Phane, Alexander has traveled through the Reishi Gate to Ithilian in search of an alliance, only to discover that Ithilian is facing the threat of invasion as well. Alexander struggles to bring the army of Ithilian to his aid while secretly searching for information about his unique magical calling, information that he desperately needs if he is to have any chance against Phane. What he finds is beyond anything he imagined.
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Could Use an Editor and a Thesaurus
Some spoilers ahead, though not many. I'm actively trying to avoid that.
Derek Perkins went a long way to helping me make it through this story. I will definitely listen to him again.
The work, on the other hand, is very unrefined. A solid edit could probably cut a lot from this book and make it much more enjoyable, rather than feel like a task to finish.
Many terms were used and reused.
World of Time and Substance
He said to no one in particular
Sea of Infinite Possibility
The list goes on. Change this kind of repetition up or it really impacts the story.
Also, the characters, with one exception, were extremely flat. Very black and white, good and evil. I was able to tell whether someone would be with the hero or an unforgivable villain from just their job title. That doesn't make for a compelling story.
Not a scene, per say. But the concept of magic in this novel was good. Given polish to the rest of the book, that concept could have even been great.
About 30% of the overall length. An editor could be used to trim down a lot of portions of this work without impacting the story. If you're familiar with the term "Chekhov's Gun", this book breaks that a lot. Taking out just those points would help the length.
Three last comments.
First, there was definite improvement by the third book. Still not great, but it earned the rating it's second star.
Second, the conservative notes are a little ham fisted. Every "petty" noble and bureaucrat is horrible. Central government is bad, an odd idea for a book about reestablishing a long dead monarchy. You can be a conservative author, but not every union member is a vile person. Not every noble is a slime bag. And red tape is not worse than torture.
Finally, the piece in the third book about how women use magic is a touch sexist. Women are too emotional to detach from their feelings? Was that needed?
I know my words might seem quite harsh, but I forced myself to listen to this entire work to write this. Then I took a couple weeks before I wrote this blurb. Trust me, some harsh criticism is needed here.
A Poor Man's 'Sword of Truth'
- Sean ""Not all those who wander are lost" -JRR Tolkien"