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The Swordsman's Oath : The Second Tale of Einarinn [Mass Market Paperback]

Juliet E. McKenna
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Difficult Review March 10 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've had this book for over a year and after several stops and starts, finally finished. The bottom line is "The Swordsman's Oath" is just not as good as the previous novel in the series. I liked the story and the characters, who really seem to live and breathe, but Juliet McKenna really has overwritten the narrative this time around. The 500+ page book would have been greatly improved by the editing of 50-75 pages of unnessary detail. On the positive side, the author really knows how to write for character, especially Ryshad this time around. Every one appearing along the way is fully realized and three dimensional. It seems this book has introduced more than a few characters who may be major players in future volumes. So, not as good does not mean bad, only more...challenging than what has past. Recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Difficult Review March 10 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've had this book for over a year and after several stops and starts, finally finished. The bottom line is "The Swordsman's Oath" is just not as good as the previous novel in the series. I liked the story and the characters, who really seem to live and breathe, but Juliet McKenna really has overwritten the narrative this time around. The 500+ page book would have been greatly improved by the editing of 50-75 pages of unnessary detail. On the positive side, the author really knows how to write for character, especially Ryshad this time around. Every one appearing along the way is fully realized and three dimensional. It seems this book has introduced more than a few characters who may be major players in future volumes. So, not as good does not mean bad, only more...challenging than what has past. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great followup Aug. 10 2001
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This is a fantastic sequel that doesn't let down the audience from the first book. The story is even more interesting, as it switches from the past to the present. I don't want to give too many details here, but the new developments are really interesting.
As usual, once you start reading, you'll find it hard to stop. The pace quickens at a tolerable level, to a point near the end where you will find yourself reading late into the night, or forgetting that your lunch hour is only an hour.
The characters are as rooted in reality as always. McKenna does an excellent job writing from the point of view of a man as she did for Livak. This book is written from Ryshad's perspective, though Livak does appear in the book as well.
If you're tired of the fantasy genre, you'll probably still enjoy this book. The characters aren't necessarily heroic. Like most of us, they have reasons for what they do - even the villains. The best thing about McKenna's writing is the reality she infuses into the characters - the way they swear, have sex, joke, and love one another. It feels like real life, and it truly reflects the 'commoner' status that her characters have. Unlike most fantasy novels, these are not princes and princesses, or noble knights. She writes about a maidservant turned expert gambler, a craftsmen's son that signs up in the service of a lord.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Why did Juliet choose the name "Livak" Aug. 7 2001
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While I am not a fiction reader, I did buy the book out of curiosity since my last name is "Livak". It is not a very common name, yet you chose it as the main character for your book.
Ms. McKenna, can you explain as to the way you came up with the name "Livak" as the main title for your character since now my last name is now known as a synonym for a "thief".
Lately, I have been thinking of writing a book of my own. It's about a town "drunk" named McKenna.
Sincerly,
Livak
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful 2nd book April 10 2001
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Having just finished this book about 1/2 an hour ago....I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was disconcerting at first to get used to the main voice being Ryshad instead of Livak, but once I was accustomed to it, I was fine. I enjoyed the glance into the Archepelago culture and Hadrumal. I thought the characters evolved nicely as well...not too quickly and not too wildly. As there is apparently a third book coming out, I hope we find out just WHY the Elietimm are so crazy. I suppose it could be their solitary climate, but I hope there's a better reason in store for us. Nice to see Artifice users on OUR side now :) Still a great world with a great history...meaning that it seems well developed. A truly fantastic author and a wonderful read. I would recommend reading the Thief's Gamble first however.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Swordsman's Oath April 2 2001
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After orienting myself with the switch in the first person character, I found this book thoroughly engrossing. My attention was captured and retained in the first book, The Theif's Gamble, and I was definitely entertained with the strong character of Livak. However, I found this book even more riveting than the first and look forward to what McKenna will do if there indeed is another book in this series as it seems was set up. These books are entertaining and not too far fetched, given the allowance of magic in her world. McKenna has created an avid and thorough history and proves her forethought into this with the multiple letters and passages she provides at the start of each chapter. I highly recommend both books and, if you have only read the first, urge continuance into the intricacies woven in the next chapter of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid backgrounds, well rounded characters, great story.
The Swordsman's Oath picks up the tale of trying to deal with the Elietimm from the Ice Islands, in the Spring after the action in The Thief's Gamble. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Swordsman's Oath
I love Juliet's books. Especially the fact that if you know a bit of history, and you really get into the book, you'll realize it's like what happened with The Lost Colony. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2000 by Plague2032
1.0 out of 5 stars the swordsman's oath
Actually I am wondering how Thief's Gamble could be so engrossing and this be so dull. In her attempt to show a man's voice she lost track of the humanity and believableness of any... Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2000 by "nwall@mindspring.com"
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first one.
This book was kind of tough to get through. There are way too many characters, including ones in flashbacks that are hard to recognize as flashbacks. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting perspective....
the book was rather intriguing,and i liked the characters ecspecially the heroine!!! She was great, extremely well-developed character. This book wasn't a bad buy. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2000 by Rex
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, yet not better
All in all, _A Swordsman's Oath_ is a very well written book. If any of you have read _The Thief's Gamble_, you'll most likely enjoy this sequel. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2000
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