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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. Seven were forged by the first Sovereign of the Seven Isles and bound to the bloodline of each of the seven Island Kings in exchange for their loyalty to the Old Law. Each sword is as long as a man's arm, as wide as a man’s thumb and so thin it can’t be seen when viewed from the edge.
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.
©2011 David A. Wells (P)2014 Podium Publishing
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By Jason on 02-07-15

Just the beginning...the series gets better!

Would you listen to Thinblade again? Why?

I will freely admit I did not love the beginning of this book. I kept thinking the author seemed like an amateur. I tired quickly of the seemingly copied and pasted over-long and unnecessary descriptions of food ("rich creamy butter" anyone?). But as the book went on it got a little bit better...enough to make me listen to book 2, and not just because of the abrupt anti-climactic ending that leaves you thinking where the heck is the rest of the story. Now that I have completed book 7 and can look back on the entire series, I'm very glad I stuck with it. I really enjoyed the ride.There are many twists and turns and unexpected surprises along the way. There is a lot more to this story than you would expect after finishing this first book. It was nice to see the author's writing skill grow with the story, each book better than the one before it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jattaan P'Tal

Any additional comments?

Happy to report that "rich creamy butter" is probably only mentioned 1 or 2 times for the entire rest of the series!

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By Robert G. on 10-28-14

a great classical adventure epic fantasy, not GRRM

Where does Thinblade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Silly question, I do not rate book linearly at the time of writing this review I have completed the first 5 books. Or all that are currently out on audible. The full series is coming out rather quickly. One complaint is that in several of the books,the stopping points are very abrupt. It is clear that this series is one big huge story. It is great fun and while in many ways it adheres to. The classical dungeons and Dragons universe, it does so only in the same way that hobbit seems very much like it. Also unlike many wizards,of the coast books, this story in no way is serving the actual game of dungeons and dragons it is simply in the vein of those kind of world and beastie tropes. For all that there is much that is very original and much that has some thought to it, I found the book and all the other books only get progressively better and the plot and character had more depth. For cynics or young amature shrinks, it is true that many of these character are very vanilla in that they are idealized and really are committed to do the right thing. but as an older reader who has been on a battlefield. While there broken or odd ball characters there are more straight forward heroes just ready to do their best that one might think. So I might not see this collection of loyal and moral folk as far fetched as others. That said this is not George R R Martin, not that there are no villains or heart breaking character kills, the flavor of this book is definitely more, for those who want a fun intricate large world that is full of very clearly a good side and a dark side. There is just enough subterfuge between our protagonists to keep the characters from seeming one dimensional. For the person who wants a fun escapist fantasy that is intelligent and issue filled,to be engaging but also clean and clear enough on plot that it serves as am escape for those who do not find the focus on grit and grime by say an Abercrombie all that great. I am a former marine. I know all about bush wounds and bush grit but the truth is if you do it for a living you get thick enough callouses that in my case, I Was able to step on a tack and not know it is was in the center of my heal till I heard the tile make noise when I walked. In other words, you do not focus on that stuff, And if you are constantly it's miserable, things I do not need in my adventure prose. But for a young buck who is really trying to I imagine there stories as real I can see how it might be alluring. This is for those who want a fun intelligent, coherent complex but straightforward fantasy story with a lot of cool fighting and cool Magic and it all works. I highly. Reccomend this book. If I could I would have giving this book a 4 and a half stars I would because for what it is. A great fantasy escape with depths to explore without any pretense of trying to be gritty "speculative fiction". It's just a da,n entertaining book that is part of a damn entertaining series. Book one The thin blade is all about setting up the social and metaphysical aspects of the world and obtaining the thin blade which is quite the cool weapon. If you want innovative fantasy that avoids the usual tropes of magic and fighters and wizards a and Dragons, This is not for you but if you can,enjoy such tropes if they are part of an intricately built and yet gigantic world then you might give it a try. I really enjoyed it but I was looking for a long epic escapist story while I healed and I found this series superb for an alternate place to put my mind for a while

Which character – as performed by Derek Perkins – was your favorite?

The dragons in general were credible

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes a fairly intelligent discourse between Alexander and Lucky on human nature and power. Fairly insightful reasoning,

Any additional comments?

The narrator. Was good but not astonishing. It is worth noting all of these books are long audio books and I never got sick of the narrators voice so that cannot be overlooked.

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By miss on 12-06-14

Poor story

What would have made Thinblade better?

A better written story the plot is fine but the writing style is very basic. For example all emotion is stated and then the charecters continue chatting as if they are not a experiencing those emotions.

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By William on 09-21-14

More Drivel in a competative genre.

What did you like best about Thinblade? What did you like least?

I didn't , after 7 hours I gave in. I hate what seems like nice suburban attitudes and nicey nicey ness being applied to medieval/ fantasy worlds. people in the world do not act like this and it makes it hard to relate to. I have nothing against the author but people don't think or act like soaps.

What was most disappointing about David A. Wells’s story?

the people there mentality and attitude. I have a joint degree in politics and history, have read first and second hand source material of people from the tenth century all the way to the Napoleonic wars. (not every year obviously) people based in the medieval / renaissance era which is the closest I can relate this fantasy world to just wouldn't act like this. I know each author can just say well it my world people will act like this but its just odd and off putting. almost like reading a children's book with all the sharp edges taken out to save my fragile mind.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Derek Perkins?

Steven Brand is a good narrator

Could you see Thinblade being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

well Americans will make a TV/movie out of just about anything so you never know do you.

Any additional comments?

With authors i mean top notch authors like Jennifer Fallon, Terry GoodKind, Robert Jordan, Anthony Ryan, Patrick Rothfuss and may many more out there this sloppy slow paced stuff just doesn't measure up. there seems to be more poor Fantasy / fiction genres than others and its getting tiring.

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By BEAUMONT on 10-30-14

idle isles

David A Wells has come up with a pretty interesting world with some alright characters but the whole thing is lacking something. First of all the lead character Alexander is soooo boring and he seems to always be right or he knew that a situation was going to arise because he thinks he is so awesome and all the other characters tell him how right he is and how smart he is COME ON! it makes me really dislike him he needs some real human faults David A Wells kind of tries to do this by making him kind of enjoy killing but he is doing it for the greater good so that ruins it. The rest of the characters just seem underdeveloped with no soul.
Derek Perkins does an average job, pretty boring but it might just be the writing.

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By Amazon Customer on 11-15-16

Thinblade Awesome

If you could sum up Thinblade in three words, what would they be?

Great book. Story line is absorbing. Loved the audiobook too. Love being able to switch from reading to listening.

What did you like best about this story?

As a stand alone it is exciting and colourful. As the first in a series it really sets the scene.

Which character – as performed by Derek Perkins – was your favourite?

Lucky

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