Vilkata the Dark King returns from exile seeking revenge on those who defeated him. His first goal is the vault in which is enemy Prince Mark has placed the remaining Swords; with these in hand, none can oppose his rule.
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Only one untested warrior stands in his way: fourteen-year-old Prince Stephen, with Shieldbreaker in hand. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 15th by Tor Fantasy first published February More Details Original Title. Lost Swords 8. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 23, Cindy added it. It was an escape into a fantasy land of chivalry, excitement, and danger, far removed from my own albeit beloved reality. Metric system - Those are my personal opinions, you may discord, my final rating of the book is not necessarily linked to this system and may diverge from it. End of the serie - Best book in the serie: The Black Mountains - Best book in subseries: The Last Book of Swords: Shieldbreaker's Story - Best character in the serie: The Emperor - Best moment in the serie: view spoiler [ Lord Chup rushing to meet Drafut hide spoiler ] - Best moment in the subserie: view spoiler [ Coinspiner beating Shieldbr Metric system - Those are my personal opinions, you may discord, my final rating of the book is not necessarily linked to this system and may diverge from it.
Giving even an impression that the reader is reading a script of a book and not a finished work. Not nearly the best, but also not bad. Could have happened some 7 books ago, which would leave a great serie with some taste for more, but as it is I'm somewhat relieved it's finished. Like many others, it extended a little too much. Anyway, this last book is one of the best in the series, with almost all the swords making their way into it, some secrets of the Emperor and the return of some characters.
It was a interesting journey. End of a series Or is it? There is Sword of Arneth, but not sure how it is related, but somehow is Jan 06, Patricia Hamill rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviewed-by-me , reads , a-z-challenge. Well, this one was surprising. As the last installment of the Book of Swords series, The Last Book of Swords: Sheildbreaker's Story definitely wraps up most, if not all, of the series' questions.
Some of the questions include: Who is the Emperor? Who or what is Ardneh? What happened to Vilkata? Does Yambu find peace? These and many more. The story follows Vilkata who was banished along with his demonic cohorts in The Sixth Book of Lost Swords: Mindsword's Story in his quest to seek revenge on t Well, this one was surprising. The story follows Vilkata who was banished along with his demonic cohorts in The Sixth Book of Lost Swords: Mindsword's Story in his quest to seek revenge on the royal family of Tasavalta. Still in possession of the Mindsword, he returns to the palace upon confirming that Mark and Kristin are absent and converts most of the populace into worshipful followers.
But, Stephen, the royal couple's youngest son narrowly escapes that fate with the help of Sheildbreaker which nullifies the effects of the other swords and Sightblinder which helps him take advantage of the mindless followers or escape their notice. Meanwhile, Baron Amintor, a long time foe of Prince Mark and his family, arrives in Sarykam following the direction of Coinspinner, the Sword of Luck, for his own reasons. Prince Mark and Kristin, in a nearby village, hold Woundhealer, and one of the Baron's allies holds Farslayer.
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The occupied armory holds Stonecutter and Townsaver, and even Soulcutter, the Mindsword's opposite, is located and nearly put into play. With so many swords concentrated in one place, chaos is the only possible result. Quite a fantastic wrap to a an epic story spanning generations. Aug 21, Todd rated it liked it. Finishing the Saberhagen nostalgia reading. Book 8 was a nice coda to the series. Sure things make little sense but it is fantasy.
Though much is simplistic, I like that not everything is explained. Many things are left mysterious so I am left wanting more. Nov 29, Rachel rated it liked it. This last book started out great, it had the edge of your seat action the last few had been missing. However it quickly turned into a "let's wrap up all the plot lines as quickly as possible" kind of thing which I didn't enjoy and felt forced.
I'm glad I reread the series, I was a child the last time I did, I won't read them a third time though. Jan 07, Rmd rated it did not like it Shelves: fantasy. A disappointing end to what was a great series. It almost feels like he rushed the ending to be done with the series. It was interesting how he tied it back to his Empire of the East series but it felt somewhat contrived. A disappointing end to a great series of books. Feb 01, Jefferson Coombs rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy.
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