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The Sword of Wisimir (The Wisimir Tales Book 1) by [Stroud, Allen]
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Opportunistic thief, Jack Von Drey thinks his luck is in when he steals the Governor's taxes from the back of a treasury wagon. But it turns out, this is a game with higher stakes than he bargained for.

City Minister, Urin Braymes makes one bad decision. Unfortunately for him, it opens him up to being blackmailed for the rest of his life.

Magister Leel's scheme to recapture his position of power seems to be right on track. But, when he makes a bargain, he finds he has unleashed magic that even a wizard cannot control.

And Jarno Herren? Well he just wants to find out the truth.

The Sword of Wisimir is a fantasy tale of crime, intrigue, life and death. Where ideals are cheap and, in the end, everyone finds out what they'd sacrifice to survive...

About the Author

Allen Stroud is a writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is a University Lecturer at Buckinghamshire New University in High Wycombe, England. He runs the BA (Hons) Creative Writing for Publication degree and is studying for his doctorate in Creative Writing. His website is here:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3652 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1533198853
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  • Publisher: HWS Press (Dec 13 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AO614NW
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa482f678) out of 5 stars An entertaining first novel in the Wisimir Tales series July 21 2013
By Media Man - Published on
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"The Sword of Wisimir" is a fantasy novel written by Allen Stroud. It's the first book in "The Wisimir Tales" series and follows a down-on-his-luck thief named Jack Von Drey who lives in the coastal city of Wisimir. With hopes of turning his life around Jack decides to steal the local Governor's tax money from the back of a transit wagon. Little does he know, others have interest in the very same tax money he just stole. Setting off a chain of events he didn't predict, Jack must disappear in order to stay safe in hopes of living long enough to enjoy his newly acquired wealth. Unfortunately, he's disrupted the plans of powerful and dangerous foes who will stop at nothing to recover it and punish the thief who's responsible.
Here are my thoughts on The Sword of Wisimir;


+ Abundant and well thought out political and social intrigue.

+ Quick and enjoyable read.

+ Well-written overall.

+ Magister Leel is a great villain.

+ Two colorful and simply detailed maps of the city of Wisimir and the surrounding lands.

+ Cliffhanger ending on multiple levels leaving the reader eager to find out what's going to happen.

Cons <Contains SPOILERS>

- No Dramatis Personae. This story contains and abundance of characters who repeatedly appear and at times I found it difficult to keep track of who was who. Also, many of these
characters often have vague or no character descriptions which makes it more difficult. Most of the characters would be a lot more memorable with just a bit more depth and fleshing out.

- Tale needs a bit more action, which is a shame because the author shows real talent during those that occur. The story slows down quite a bit in the middle (when Jack joins the city

watch) making it more of a character driven fantasy than an action fantasy.

- I found it unbelievable that it took until the end of the book for Jack and those around him to realize his sword "might be magical.

- Story takes place entirely in the city which may turn some readers off, especially after viewing the map of surrounding areas in the beginning of the book.

- Other than the initial theft of the Governor's taxes Jack does no other thieving.

- A few minor spelling and grammar errors.

"The Sword of Wisimir" was an enjoyable and entertaining fantasy read with all the right elements. Jack's the kind of protagonist who you quickly grow to like and Magister Leel is the perfect villain who you love to hate. As I read the tale I found myself wanting to learn more about the history of the world the author created, especially during the time of the dragons. The struggles of various characters are well described and purveyed, especially those of Minister Urin and Watchman Jarno. There were a few things however that I felt were underutilized in the story such as Jack's lacking of thievery and the gradual slowdown of the story towards the middle. Despite a few minor gripes "The Sword of Wisimir" was generally well-written and kept me interested until the end. The cliffhanger ending definitely made me want to continue with the story in the second book. If you're looking for a straight forward city based plot driven fantasy with a healthy amount of scheming and intrigue then you may want to give "The Sword of Wisimir" a read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa482f8c4) out of 5 stars Sword of Wisimir March 13 2013
By Jonel - Published on
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I absolutely love that this story jumps straight into the middle of the action and stays that way throughout. The author has a very smooth and easy writing style that keeps up with the fast pace of the story. There are some very unique and unexpected twists and turns in this novel that keep the reader on their toes. It's also very well written so that the audience doesn't have to slow down and figure out what's going on. I also commend the author on the fact that although there is a lot going on, a large number of major characters, and a few different story lines, it is very easy to keep everything straight but you can also see the connections between everyone and how the different storylines begin to intertwine.

Each of the characters in this novel are perfect for their roles. They are all uniquely and fully developed to suit a purpose while becoming very well rounded individuals both in personality and appearance. I appreciate the fact that the characters' names are very unique but easy to remember. This avoids any confusion as to who did what, where, and with whom, while keeping each individual unique.

This story was very well rounded and has a little bit of everything. There's some intrigue, lots of action, magic, and some mythical creatures. The author includes all of this while keeping the book light and easy to follow. It was a brilliant read and I can't wait to continue on this journey with the characters. It did, however, leave me with just one question... How in the world does this end???

Please note that I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa482fb04) out of 5 stars Jack rocks Oct. 20 2013
By Hippy_Lettuce - Published on
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A story about a thief who steals the city treasury delivery. Problem is, he has fallen into a plot devised by others to steal the money also. This is his tale of how he copes with it.

His accomplice is dead, sort of. He is being hunted by city watch, magicians, and the crown. Can't escape the city, so what to do?

Well, he finds a sword in his friends house, and decides to join the garrison. Hide in plain site. Only now, with his sword, he seems to be a master fighter. Inept without it, his new pals decide to enter him into a tournament and make some money off of him. Well, another problem arises, he gets to be too well known, and gets drawn into the conspiracy to take down everyone, and he doesn't want anything to do with it.

Great plot, with many villain's and anti hero's. Action from the start, and action thru out the novel. Read as Jack goes thru trials and tribulations in order to keep his head. Read about the various different factions within the city and how they all interact with each other. Very nice read...
HASH(0xa482fca8) out of 5 stars An enjoyable read. Oct. 3 2013
By Twrchuk - Published on
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An enjoyable introduction to the world of Wisimir which makes you want to read on to complete the series story.
Lost one star as in my view the writing in this 1st book (although building nicely towards the concluding chapter) could be a little more colourful in building the picture and joining the threads of the detective story with that of the fantasy world.
Will be continuing the saga though and see how it builds..!
A good start to an interesting story.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa482fb7c) out of 5 stars Read this book! Feb. 6 2013
By Clíodhna Ní C - Published on
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First book in the series, and I am dying to read the next in the series. I would strongly recommend this series to fans of a good fantasy series