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The Society of the Sword Trilogy

Written by: Duncan M. Hamilton
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 31 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Fans have described the trilogy as Game of Thrones meets The Three Musketeers.

When Soren is plucked from the streets and given a place at the prestigious academy of swordsmanship, he thinks his dream of being a great swordsman has become a possibility. However, with great intrigues unfolding all around him, Soren discovers that he is little more than a pawn to the ambitions of others.

As he is swept from high society into exile in foreign lands to escape those who see him as a threat, he must rely on a mysterious gift and the lessons learned at the academy if he hopes to survive in a society where disputes are settled with a sword.

The Society of the Swords Trilogy contains the complete series.

©2016 Duncan M. Hamilton (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Extremely enjoyable, left me wanting more

The story was very good, but there were a lot of areas I feel could have been fleshed out more, and there were loads of potential additional story lines that were dangled in front of you, but never quite fulfilled. The narration was brilliant, however, and unlike a lot of books I’ve listened to, it did not take long to get immersed in the narrators style and voices.

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loved this trilogy

i bought this trillogy because of the wolf of the north trillogy. i liked this one better. the story was well done and you had the opertunity to learn more about this world. the narater did a good job and i thouroly injoyed this trillogy. #audible1

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  • Daniel
  • 2017-10-15

Great Series Overall, but seemed Rushed

First, I want to say that I enjoyed the series. With that said, I believe it could have been so much more. The first book was just as I would expect from a fantasy epic. The rushing seemed to come more in the second book, and, even then, not until the ending. It seems like there was much or should have been much more written, but the author was coming up on a deadline and just rushed the ending. To be honest, it was a lot like how I write (technical writing, not stories). I can do great up to 95% complete, but that last 5% is just so much trouble to finish. You know it isn't going to go as easily as it should and you are going to find more things that are going to extend that paper/book, and you just don't want to find them (for me its from ADD and enough meds helps power through!) Anyway, that was a digression, but it felt so familiar how the ending just suddenly happened and part of the end plot was just chopped.

Finally, the third book. I don't want to say too much to ruin the plot, but one major portion of the world is finally starting to be explored, but it was done so lightly that nothing was really revealed about it or why things became the way they were except for the same dogma that has been repeated through all the books.

This review may sound like I didn't like the books, but that is completely wrong. I did. I just thought they could have been so much more. I hope there is another series to go into depth with the dangling points either never discussed or just touched upon lightly. I can see a great world of books continuing from this series, and I hope there is!

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  • Scott
  • United States
  • 2017-10-15

So many threads cut short!

I read a review before buying this book that suggested that Hamilton couldn't keep a story arc going to save his life. I fully believed it couldn't be that bad...but it definitely is! Potential story arc after story arc after story arc that Hamilton just throws by the way side. I honestly couldn't figure out whether Hamilton knew what he was doing or not, or if he just got bored writing this and decided to just finish the main plot instead of making this book the epic that it could have been.

Now, from the main story part, it's actually not that bad of a story. A little magic, a lot of sword play, the characters he sticks with are deep and inciting, and the plot is more than enough to keep you interested. At least, this is true for the first two books. To explain, this product is all three books put together, and this description fits for the first two books to a T. This third and final book in the series, is just lacking. The plot is all there for the final book, its just that the new characters are so incredibly terrible that the whole series is almost ruined. They're desperate and confusing. They seem like they should have been in the story the whole time, but Hamilton is just throwing them in at the end and expecting us to accept that their story's line up perfectly. It's annoying and a little insulting.

All in all though, the story is all there. I'm just complaining for the most part. But i just couldn't rate it any high, having all these potentially great characters and story arc's just eliminated before they could shine is just too infuriating.

It's a good waste of a credit and Perkins is pretty good.

64 of 69 people found this review helpful

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  • garth
  • 2017-10-19

almost great

this would be a great book, except I kept wanting to slap some sense into the arrogant main character. if I could have liked it him it would be good. as it is, I wasn't sure who to root for good guy or bad guy.

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  • Joella Longnion
  • 2017-09-22

Great Story

I have found myself, when searching for a new title to read, searching for Derek Perkins. I have never been disappointed. A well written story is always better when narrated by Mr. Perkins.

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  • Jack Brown
  • Texas
  • 2017-09-25

Excellent

Fun book, sad its over. If you are looking for a book about sword fighting, this is the magnum opis. I found this book by recommendation from Kel Kade and it was spot on. If you liked the kings dark tidings series this might be right up your alley.

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  • Donald
  • 2017-12-28

Not a fan

To me the characters and world had no imagery. There was no mystery that things may not turn out alright, nor any doubt in my mind how the first two books would end. I didn't finish this trilogy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-10-27

loved it

this trilogy was very well put together and the books made for exciting and easy to follow listening.

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  • Malu E. Krause
  • 2017-10-12

omg

i have never ever read of a hero that is so indecisive - when he does decide - 75% of the time he makes the wrong decision. it annoyed me so much...he even admitted to it towards the end. Other than that - the book was ok

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  • J. Peters
  • Indiana, USA
  • 2017-11-09

Just ok

I couldn't wait for this to be over. There was just something lacking in the story. Not enough details and then lo and behold, the character remembers something from his childhood. The premise was good, I just needed more.

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  • Jared
  • 2018-06-19

Finally over

Bland, lifeless prose that lack any emotional content. Characters that are barely more than sketched outlines. A plot that lacks imagination. A world that is left virtually unexplored and feels like a half painted backdrop behind meaningless events. A protagonist who lacks any truly defining characteristic other than he is good at stabbing people. Oh...and a love story as vibrant as day old oatmeal.

Truly, please don't spend your time on this book. There are so many other stories that contain new ideas, beautiful worlds, epic events, and, perhaps most importantly, skilled writing. If you want those things when you read a book, look elsewhere, because you won't find them here.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful