Thinblade : Sovereign of the Seven Isles

  • by David A. Wells
  • Narrated by Derek Perkins
  • Series: Sovereign of the Seven Isles
  • 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great potential, lacks polish and nuance.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Some serious editing. The prose is loaded with clichés, and often weighed down by superfluous words. Tighten up!

The characters need personality. Alexander seems to have no flaws; he's perfectly good and perfectly capable. I find this kind of paragon boring... how can a character experience growth if there's nothing to improve?

Any additional comments?

I downloaded this book on the basis of its reviews, and I should have looked more closely. I have the feeling some of the positive reviews are the author's friends and family.

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- stephen

Lacks Believability

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

Best part was the narrator Mr. Perkins is very consistent. The worst part was the story itself the writing was unimaginative and the story was tough to believe (I know that is a weird thing to say for a Fantasy book).

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

The writing is not descriptive at all never using descriptive language to set the scene for the reader. The characters were also disappointing the good guys were "perfect" the bad guys too bad. It makes for a lack of connection with the protagonist and doesn't help development a sense of believability in the antagonists. The abilities of the main character were also unbelievable. He goes from having a vague sense of if a person is good or bad based on color to be able to tell very abstract traits this also plays into the descriptive language as I struggle to see what color would describe some of the personal traits described. The entire concept of a magical signal that notified the entire world of the arrival of the main villain was subsequently invalidated at every turn by the rest of the story. First, why would the only person capable of stopping this evil be hiding on an obscure farm when there was an entire army mountain valley dedicated to protecting and serving him? Second, the legend of the return of this villain was supposed to be common knowledge to the entire world yet the arrival of the hero is doubted by everyone he encountered. The world is also not well thought out. This is all supposed to be taking place on island nations. What type of island nation has a 70000 man army and no navy? These examples and many more really killed the story for me Fantasy is supposed to be just that but the story needs to have a sensible flow. This book lacks that at every turn.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where the main character receives gifts from the guild mage. Not because it was a good scene but for its total ridiculousness. " Here you go hero I have a gift specific for every one of your entourage specific to their skills." The main character never had to go through any real trial in order to earn all the power he was given.

Was Thinblade worth the listening time?

Not really. Maybe for a young child.

Any additional comments?

This book had great potential and up till the end I was planning on reading book two in the hope that Mr. Wells would grow as a writer through the process. Unfortunately after reading reviews of the second book it is clear that's not the case. I would not recommend reading this series.

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- Quinn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-04-2014
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing