The Sworn: The Fallen Kings Cycle: Book One

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Not to mention reading this book is spoilerific for the four that came before it.

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So, in some ways it is the start of a new adventure - or, at least, the introduction of a new threat. But I still don't think it's a good starting point because I don't think you'd really care so much if you didn't know everything which had come before. As the fifth book in a series, and the start of a new arc, it's very good. I wish it were a bit better, and a bit less repetitive in places, and that we, perhaps, lingered on my favored characters, but, alas, there's a lot going on, so I guess we gotta go along to get along, as it were.

All-in-all, I enjoyed it but it wasn't the best in the series, since it was mostly set-up, and I do hope the next one's better. And I recommend that anyone who picks this up and is interested in it goes back to the beginning and starts with The Summoner. You'll thank me for it later. This was a tough one. It hovers between 2. I loved the first four books "The Chronicles of the Necromancer" and this is really just an extension of that.

The author claims you can pick this up and start fresh if you never read the others but man do I disagree! It's really just Necromancer book 5 but with a different series title. So, on one hand, I was happy to have more of this world. I like the characters and the setting is well worn in after four books. On the other hand This was a tough one. It's pages in Nook form anyway of a new, threatening menace that every single character in each of their respective kingdoms gets the same basic warning is on the way.

The book literally ends without anything happening; it ends as the enemy is spotted approaching. So now I have to wait until for actual content and actual events to occur? I take that back. Two characters die but it feels sudden and random and more like she wanted to change up things but didn't want to invest time into writing out a full story of progression. And yet everything ELSE was overwritten and overexplained ironically.

Anyway, it was a little frustrating because it was long but without any payoff in this book. I'll read the next because I'm invested in the series but Dec 22, Chelsea rated it really liked it Shelves: This review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club. Martin knows how to craft big-scale fantasy. And she includes elements we adore: Martin is well-known for her Chronicles of the Necromancer series, and The Sworn is set as a gateway into that series for new readers.

The Fallen Kings Cycle series is set in the same world as Chronicles of the Necromancer with many of the same characters. The goal for this book was to allow new readers to j This review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club. So, in that way, The Sworn really can be an entry point. The Sworn by Gail Z. MartinThe overarching story in The Sworn is of followers of an ancient cult — ones who worship The Destroyer — seeking to bring him back into the world.

These cult members, or Black Robes, seek to bring chaos to the Winter Kingdoms, to bring things back to the ways before there were lords and kings. And the more blood they spill in the process and demons set free the better. Vampires and shifters are being captured as sacrifices, the dead rising, war is coming and powerful magic is awakening. I really loved the parts spent with The Sworn — a nomadic group of mages who protect the places where the ancient magic is secured.

The group dynamic and the primary couple in that storyline is gripping, and each time the novel shifted to another subplot or point-of-view, I was sad to leave them. Not sure if this is your thing? If you dig George R. May 02, Marleen rated it really liked it. Copy received from and reviewed for Bookgeeks. The Winter Kingdoms are a troubled place. A plague and famine scourge the lands, old problems and rivalries are either still around or resurfacing and an invasion is threatening from across the Northern Sea. Several people in different parts of the kingdoms can feel the danger and are trying to investigate what exactly they are up against, and what they discover is deeply disturbing.

Not only does the invasion appear to be headed by a traitor as well Copy received from and reviewed for Bookgeeks. Not only does the invasion appear to be headed by a traitor as well as a dark spirit mage wielding blood magic, forces are also trying to bring forth the Dread and the dark force they hold, deep underneath the earth. The Dread are a force to be reckoned with, and also an unpredictable factor.

The Dread are allied to no one but might choose to join either the invaders or those defending the Winter Kingdoms. As the Sworn, a tribe dedicated to keeping the Dread confined in their borrows, knows it might be best for all if the Dread would stay out of the conflict all together. This is a fantasy novel and as such there are a lot of characters to get acquainted with, a lot of friendships, fueds and enemies to keep separate and all sorts of creatures and powers not known in real life.


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We find magic, ghosts, vampires called vayash moru and werewolves vyrkin in these pages. It has been years since I last read a fantasy novel, and I wasn't sure how much I would end up enjoying this book. But I was pleasantly surprised. I found myself caught up in the story and the characters almost from the first page and kept on turning the pages until I had read the last word.

And although the next book in this series won't be published until next year, I think I will probably read it when it comes out. I find myself liking the characters and wanting to know who their story will unfold. I would give one small warning to those deciding to read this book. Although this title is the first in a new series, it does follow on from an earlier series of four books, The Chronicles of the Necromancer. The author herself says that this book was written in such a way that it could be read, without problems, by those who had not read the previous series.

And that is true. However, I do think that I might have gotten even more out of this book if I had been familiar with the back-story. As it is, I had a very enjoyable time reading The Sworn and am grateful for the opportunity to re-aquaint myself with the fantasy genre. A group of Black Robes is trying to bring an old religion back to life. More trials and tribulations for our heroes. I think the whole story is too much for one book, so SWORN gives us the background leading up to the war.

The war is in the next book. This is my second reading of this series. I have to give this book three stars. Aug 29, Chris rated it it was ok. I am really over this author. I was really hoping she'd mature by now, but she hasn't. And I don't care much about what happens going forward, because so far it's pretty much the exact same arc as the first 4-book series.

Jul 30, Heather Codename: I know the book says you don't have to The Summoner to get into this book, but, you really do. However, I couldn't get into The Summoner and Gail's writing is too basic for me to consider her a high fantasy author. I can also only take so many 21st century ideologies in a book that takes place during the 12th century before I have to stop.

Sep 30, Amber rated it really liked it. This book is as action packed as the previous novels! I loved that the new cycle is giving more insight into the pasts of the kingdoms and showing how much the characters are being forced to change due to circumstances in the plot. I hope the next one is out soon! Jun 18, Lyn Mckenzie rated it it was amazing. This is the first book that I have read by this author although I had heard some very good things about this author's work so I had wanted to read her books for a while. Along with this book I bought the second book and I am so glad that i bought them both as I can't wait to read the next book.

At the beginning of this book I did struggle a little bit with the previous history and all the different characters living in different parts of the Winter Kingdom but I think that is mainly down to the f This is the first book that I have read by this author although I had heard some very good things about this author's work so I had wanted to read her books for a while. At the beginning of this book I did struggle a little bit with the previous history and all the different characters living in different parts of the Winter Kingdom but I think that is mainly down to the fact I have memory loss and not the way that this author wrote it.

This is an extremely detailed storyline with many aspects to it, I loved how all the different tales from the different characters end up coming together at the end and make complete sense, I loved that! This is most definitely not a storyline that you can predict and the more chapters that you read, the more hooked you become on the story and the more that you want to read!!! The characters in this tale are many, I loved how different that they all were and it was amazing to read how much obviously went into the creation of each character, the care and attention that is put into them is very obvious and comes across throughout the pages.

The way that these characters are written draws you as the reader into their lives, you want to know more about them and their pasts. I highly highly recommend This book and this author's work, especially if her other books are as good as this book. This author is extremely talented and I am super excited to read more of her work!!!! Jul 13, Geoff Battle rated it really liked it.

The previous entries in the series have been hit and miss in delivering tension even though the characters and plots had been fleshed out enough to create credible fantasy.


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There are some unique ideas that carry this series and those elements are explored further, with some interesting plots concerning the relationship between the living and the dead. The Sworn, due to the sheer scale of the plot, requires a diverse cast and this makes the first half quite dense, for the last four books have adde The previous entries in the series have been hit and miss in delivering tension even though the characters and plots had been fleshed out enough to create credible fantasy. The Sworn, due to the sheer scale of the plot, requires a diverse cast and this makes the first half quite dense, for the last four books have added many characters and they are spread across the Winter Kingdoms.

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Once the characters have been established Martin creates a strong feeling of foreboding, this entry is very much the calm before the storm; a prologue for the next chapter. Thanks to some unpredictable plot twists and careful manoeuvring of the protagonists The Sworn guarantees you'll be eagerly awaiting the next book, The Dread. Mar 04, Mimi rated it it was amazing. Have just came back to read Martin's the Sworn. Having read the other books previously, this one does not disappoint. Feb 25, Diana Offbeat Vagabond rated it really liked it Shelves: Offbeat Vagabond Wow, this was better than I expected.

Thanks to Netgalley, I had the pleasure to add this to my iPod. I must say, I have not had the pleasure of reading Gail Z. Martin's first series, Chronicles of the Necromancer, but I see why she is so popular in this genre. It was truly epic with all sort of supernatural beings that made it quite refreshing. I have never come across a series that was an epic fantasy that is full of zombies, demons, vampires, werewolves an Review posted here: I have never come across a series that was an epic fantasy that is full of zombies, demons, vampires, werewolves and more.

It was pages of greatness. The Sworn is about individuals who come together to try and take on a group we know as Black Robes, that want to raise an ancient cult known as the Destroyer. They want to raise it so they can bring back the old ways of the Winter Kingdoms. But while all of this is happening, the Winter Kingdoms are swarmed with multiple problems.

Crops are slowly running low, there is a plague happening that turns people into zombies or ashtenerath and there are also demons or dimmons being raised by the Black Robes to attack people. Even worse, the Black Robes are capturing vampires and werewolves to sacrifice their blood to the Destroyer. I will not go too much in the details because there are a lot.

Each chapter is a different addition to the plot. I love that there isn't just one or two main characters. Everyone is a main character. There were so many subplots that led to the big plot, it was a tad confusing, but I believe that was due to the fact that I just got into this world and haven't read the first series. The Sworn is a spin-off of Chronicles of the Summoner series for those that don't know. I also loved how when the books changed from one character to the next, it is a different world. Each world is full of magic in one way or the other.

Whether it be the world of summoning because of King Tris, who has the ability to raise the dead or talk to their ghosts. Or the world of Aidane, the serroquette a ghost whore , who has the ability to harbor a ghost's spirit and let them live through her but only for two hours.

All their abilities end up playing a huge role in this seemingly inevitable war. I am so regretful for not starting Martin's work earlier, but I definitely intend to. Her work is beautifully written and imaginative. It is full of fantasy, horror, and magic, it was hard not to get engulfed by this book.

Actually this book leaves off on a sort of cliffhanger and even though it is a little over pages, I was literally screaming at iPod because I didn't want it to end. So if epic fantasy mixed with vampires, demons and werewolves sounds like your kind of thing, I highly recommend this book to you.

Jan 26, Lindsay Stares rated it liked it. I have only one quibble with The Sworn, but it's not a small one: If you are in the mood for some good epic fantasy, you might enjoy, as I did, the experience of catching up, but there is serious catching-up to do. The author has written four previous books set in this world, dealing with most of the same characters.

The prologue of The Sworn summarizes these books in a brain-numbing flood of n I have only one quibble with The Sworn, but it's not a small one: The prologue of The Sworn summarizes these books in a brain-numbing flood of names and events, and if I hadn't already read and enjoyed the first chapter, I might have put the book down right then.

The characters who seemed to have been created for this book were the ones I found most immediately approachable. I was surprised at how widely the focus of the plot ranged across all the different characters, I suppose because I've been reading a lot of narrowly focused first-person narratives recently. The plots were starting to pull together by the end at least into a few main threads , and I'm certain they will continue to do so in the sequels.

This is true epic fantasy: The only reason the wide-ranging plot was a problem for me was that I kept being introduced to new characters and plotlines before I'd gotten a handle on the ones I had already read. It was chapter eight before the book returned to the characters I'd liked so much in chapter one. I have to say that to my surprise, the use of vampires and werewolves in place of other fantasy races works really well.

They slip beautifully into a supernatural spectrum that includes a very present spirit world, elemental and ghost-based magic, shamanism, and a well-explored system of goddess-worship. By the end of the book, I was invested in all of the characters, and had a hard time putting it down. I really like the world, and I like the plot, although there's nothing groundbreaking about it. Overall, I enjoyed this book as a solid, original, large-scale fantasy.

I'll watch for the next one, now that I know the characters, and perhaps in the meantime I'll go back and read the previous books. Aug 26, Brandon Zarzyczny rated it really liked it. Having read all of Martin's previous book, I welcomed a return to the world she created and it's characters. In an interview at the end of the book, the author says that this book would be a great spot to enter the series, but I disagree with her. While it's true that all of the enemies in this book are new, I think it would be a disservice to not read the previous books.

The biggest reason for this is that, other than the very few new characters, none of the main characters evolve or change in Having read all of Martin's previous book, I welcomed a return to the world she created and it's characters. The biggest reason for this is that, other than the very few new characters, none of the main characters evolve or change in this book, they are essentially static. There is no actual conflict in this book, other than a slight conspiracy at the very end, which I assume the author intended as the climax of the book. This book is basically the set-up for the next book which will contain an epic war.

The author didn't even introduce any of the actual villains, who they are and why they're attacking. The only people you see in this book are the "Black Robes" who are trying to raise an ancient evil from the barrows that the Sworn guard. These villains aren't too impressive; they're never given a face or a background; apparently they're just some ancient cult that popped up out of nowhere yet are very resourceful and powerful. So while I enjoyed reading this book, her words have a great flow that makes you want to keep turning the page, I was ultimately left disappointed.

This is one of the main problems found in today's epic fantasy stories: For any potential readers of this book, if you've already read her previous books you should definitely read this one or the next most likely amazing book won't make any sense. However, if you're new to Gail Z.

Martin you would be much better served to start with the first book, which is amazing. Apr 17, Sam McManus rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book 1 in the Fallen Kings Cycle, sequel series to the Chronicles of the Necromancer series by the same author.


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Big events from the first series are obviously spoiled and I would just prefer to know the back history ahead of time. That said, I enjoyed the read. I was pleasantly surprised by the addition of werewolves and Book 1 in the Fallen Kings Cycle, sequel series to the Chronicles of the Necromancer series by the same author. I was pleasantly surprised by the addition of werewolves and vampires.

While I really enjoy these two fantasy races, it can be very difficult to find well written characters of their type in any genre. I also liked the set up and pacing of the story. Kinda cool to see everyone heading toward to the same conclusion but maybe reaching it a little differently. Also the way they are all bonded to each other through history and friendship has me excited for a future gathering of them all in the same place to face the enemy.

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Just the little spoilers and whatnot in this last book has got me curious to read and actually experience all the events in the first series. May 20, Daniel rated it liked it. I really had to force myself to get through this book. The characters are introduced in a prologue that explains the past four books, but there is so much information laid out that it fails at its purpose. In one sense, I like Martin's writing, but in most cases I do not. It gets tiring reading the same italicized names for vampires and werewolves.

Nothing here is original. We have a powerful king, a bard, villains who wear black robes and are a cult, a lame magic system, zombies, ghosts, vampir I really had to force myself to get through this book. We have a powerful king, a bard, villains who wear black robes and are a cult, a lame magic system, zombies, ghosts, vampires, and werewolves. I randomly picked this book up, so that's my fault, since I did no research before purchasing.

I will not bother with the next book in the cycle, as the first one moved at such a slow pace and failed to keep me wanting more. Perhaps the biggest lack in The Sworn, however, is that it does little to advance the greater story of Martin's characters, and instead seems intended primarily to set up the action in the next book in the series. The word for that is 'filler', and I always think it's unfortunate when good or merely competent writers fall into this trap. This is a great book, however, it would be best if the reader also read the other books in this series Chronicles of the Necromancer.

While both series of books stand on their own, this book is really part 5 and The Dread is part 6 of the Summoner books. It follows the main characters from the other series, but also adds one new Character "Aidane", and expands on some minor characters from the original books. I particularly loved Aidane's character, she has a unique occupation, and the chapters that followed her tended to be the most emotional.

All in all, a great read, I would recommend this to anyone that likes Epic Fantasy. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Definitely worth the money. Martin has written in this world of hers in Chronicles of the Necromancer " series before, but this novel can stand alone. But I would definitely read that series also. You won't regret buying any of the books in both series. Following characters previously established, the story remains true to the those characters. The already detailed world is even further developed. The writing was captivating and the plot suspenseful.

Having read all of Martin's previous book, I welcomed a return to the world she created and it's characters.

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In an interview at the end of the book, the author says that this book would be a great spot to enter the series, but I disagree with her. While it's true that all of the enemies in this book are new, I think it would be a disservice to not read the previous books. The biggest reason for this is that, other than the very few new characters, none of the main characters evolve or change in this book, they are essentially static.

There is no actual conflict in this book, other than a slight conspiracy at the very end, which I assume the author intended as the climax of the book. This book is basically the set-up for the next book which will contain an epic war. The author didn't even introduce any of the actual villains, who they are and why they're attacking.

The only people you see in this book are the "Black Robes" who are trying to raise an ancient evil from the barrows that the Sworn guard. These villains aren't too impressive; they're never given a face or a background; apparently they're just some ancient cult that popped up out of nowhere yet are very resourceful and powerful.

So while I enjoyed reading this book, her words have a great flow that makes you want to keep turning the page, I was ultimately left disappointed. This is one of the main problems found in today's epic fantasy stories: For any potential readers of this book, if you've already read her previous books you should definitely read this one or the next most likely amazing book won't make any sense.

However, if you're new to Gail Z. Martin you would be much better served to start with the first book, which is amazing. See all 43 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Martin has created a world worth reading Published 6 months ago. Published on August 4, Published on November 12, Published on July 2, Published on June 9, Published on June 3, Published on January 2, Published on December 14, Published on July 27, Published on May 17, There's a problem loading this menu right now.

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