The Sword and the Flame (The Dragon King, Book 3)

The Sword and the Flame (The Dragon King, Book 3) In The Third Volume Of The Dragon King Saga Quentin Finally Reigns As The Dragon King Faced With The Kidnap Of His Son, He Struggles With His Conscience As He Again Faces Necromancer Nimrood This Time Than A Kingdom Hangs In The Balance This Edition Contains Anglicised Spellings

was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA Most of his early life was spent in America where he earned a university degree in Fine Arts and attended theological college for two years His first professional writing was done at Campus Life magazine in Chicago, where he was an editor and staff writer During his five years at Campus Life he wrote hundreds of articles and several non fiction books.After a brief foray into the music business as president of his own record company he began full time freelance writing in 1981 He moved to England in order to research Celtic legend and history His first novel, In the Hall of the Dragon King, became the first in a series of three books The Dragon King Trilogy and was followed by the two volume Empyrion saga, Dream Thief and then the Pendragon Cycle, now in five volumes Taliesin, Merlin, Arthur, Pendragon, and Grail This was followed by the award winning Song of Albion series which consists of The Paradise War, The Silver Hand, and The Endless Knot.He has written nine children s books, many of them originally offered to his two sons, Drake and Ross He is married to

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Sword and the Flame (The Dragon King, Book 3)
  • Stephen R. Lawhead
  • English
  • 11 January 2017
  • 9780745946191

10 thoughts on “The Sword and the Flame (The Dragon King, Book 3)

  1. says:

    First I d like to say please don t judge all Lawhead books by this one His later works are MUCH better However this book was really not worth reading The characters are cardboard cut outs Every single character behaves exactly as you would expect them to except maybe for Quinton whose ridiculousness mood swings were just annoying and out of proportion with what had happened I kept hoping Theido would slap him in the face Seriously that would probably have solved half their problems right there And all the female characters randomly decide to go to Durka for no real reason Honestly if my son had been kidnapped I would be where he was most likely to be found One last thing the dialog is horrible I winced as I read it This book s one saving grace is the fact that it is fairly fast paced If this had devolved into a wheel of time esk inner monologue of each and every character I would have burned the book.

  2. says:

    A five star read excellent epic fantasy about faith, betrayal, trust, friendship, depression and salvation Quentin, the Dragon King who has defeated the monstrous Nin, now faces his greatest challenge, as the evil necromancer Nimrood takes his young son captive With this book, Stephen R Lawhead puts himself into the company of J.R.R Tolkien, C.S Lewis and David Eddings More detailed review in Bulgarian here

  3. says:

    Too spread out to too many pov characters, IMHO The denoument, however, was worth it.Like the first two of the trilogy, this book has strong Christian themes, with Quentin serving the One God and trusting that the God won t forsake him in his darkest times This was fine It fit the book and world, and it added to the story However, it left me expecting a literal deus ex machina moment the entire book, which sort of happened in the first two Hmm This did kind of happen, and it is not as fun My writer self was unsatisfied at this plotting.Characters I didn t like Quentin He turned mopey I liked Pim I disliked Esme s scenes because she felt strange Very little happened in most scenes I couldn t feel attached to anyone and found myself wishing I could just finish the book and be done Of course, part of this might have been Hoopla the audiobook app , which kept losing my place.Plot Dull Lots happened, but slowly I didn t feel like there were high stakes, though the Prince s life and the kingdom itself were in the balance I also kept thinking I had read this book before, and why couldn t I remember any of it Guess I hadn t.Go read a C.S Lewis novel Or Tricia Mingerink, or Donita K Paul

  4. says:

    By read, I actually mean that I gave up on this trilogy I can t imagine that this book would be any better than the previous two Clich piled on clich , with powerless women and a bundle of fantasy stereotypes, compounded by over elaborate, unnatural writing I did used to like Lawhead s writing, but not so much in these books It might have got better in the next book, but I have far too many books to hang around and wait for that If you can t keep me interested, you re out I find it odd how many high ratings it has here Oh well There s no accounting for taste Maybe I m missing something.

  5. says:

    Not very good I mean you have the Dragon King throwing temper tantrums and kids saving the sword of light Very childish book with very little detail.

  6. says:

    This was the first fantasy series so ever read and I personally love all three

  7. says:

    Quentin has settled in as King and has built a family for himself But Nimrood the Necromancer has returned, hungry for revenge Nimrood kidnaps the Prince and Toli and stirs up the people of the realm against Quentin and Quentin s god Quentin finds himself unexpectedly alone and descends into mad grief Everything is being taken away from him his son, his family, his friends, his faith Will the promise of a new era indeed come to pass, or will it crumble like so much dust If you ve read the first two books in the trilogy, you should have a pretty good idea what to expect right now In fact, if you ve read the above paragraph and can make an educated guess about the ending, you have the whole story The most interesting thing about the whole book, for me, was seeing Quentin descend into madness He s been so noble in both the previous books, pure in motive and in deed, that it was quite a change to see him raving at his friends and behaving very badly in general.The main focus of the book, spiritually, is about how a new era of faith is built There are a number of good discussions about faith, what it means to have faith, and the strange role the Most High takes compared to most gods It can feel a bit like a sermon wrapped up in prose at times, but the points are good.My main complaint, other than the book s straightforwardness, was that it never went into depth on certain things like Esme s marriage or Toli s role Esme might not be telling anyone else what happened to her, but the narrative goes into her head often enough that it s frustrating not to get anything definite Similarly, Toli has so little characterization that I m left wondering at the end of the book if they ever did plan to get married.If you liked the first two, read this one If you didn t read the first two, best pick those up first, as this one explains nothing about the earlier books, despite Nimrood making his return Recommended, with the same caveats that applied to the earlier books.

  8. says:

    First Look 5 Of course, the first two were amazing, so I knew this had to be amazing too My cover the reddish and white one is okay, but while searching for an online picture I found another one, which is cooler.Setting 5 I want to live in this world No joke That s how good it is As I read I could vividly see it all around me.Characters 5 Awesome That s the best word to sum it up They were all very complex, and even Quentin s crazy mood swings spazz moments were believable Prince Gerrin is adorable.Plot 5 Um, this is epic fantasy How can it not have a killer plot This is better than the first two combined, plotwise Clich ness 4 Quentin broke a stone altar I do believe Aslan did that too Other than that, it was fine.Writing 5 All writers seriously need to read this It s like taking a crash course in using powerful description Now, if only I could write like thatLikes I loved the added spiritual ness of this third book The first two books had some pretty serious religious symbolism, but this one threw out the symbolism and wove God into the storyline It really brought the whole thing together So if you have something against Christian books, don t even bother with this.Not so great Here it is again There s a castle steward guy named Oswald Why And these other covers are cooler than mine Total Score Yes, of course I would recommend this Beautiful writing, an epic plot, awesome characterswhat s not to love And it s the best kind of fantasy Read it, unless you don t want the religiousness Read reviews at

  9. says:

    My name is Toli, and the king has blamed me for the kidnapping of his son And he s right, I should have protected him better Now, the king has lost all hope, and he s in danger of losing his throne I ve learned the kidnapper is Nimrood we should have made sure he was dead when we had the chance He is demanding the king s sword as ransom for the prince s safe return, but the sword has disappeared However, the king s greatest threat may come from within the kingdom His faith and devotion to a new God Most High has frightened many of the townspeople, and they may rebel I must do what I can to help save the prince, the king, and the kingdom, or I must die trying.As with the previous books, this one has a strong spiritual aspect to it that may turn off some readers It will probably appeal to mature readers The king s faith in a new god is a driving force for many of the characters I found the descriptions of their struggles to understand the god s motives and beliefs to be a distraction from the plot It kind of stopped the flow in its tracks I m not anti religion or anything I m just reacting as an avid reader I enjoyed the loyalty of the king s close friends, as they maintained faith in him even as he lost faith in himself Much like the first book, an innocent young boy displays great bravery to become a hero The boy in the first book became King Quentin The plot had its moments of action and suspense, and once again the climax involved a giant battle Most of the characters live happily ever after.

  10. says:

    Presenting challenges in a trilogy s third and final installment can prove to be difficult, and whilst Quentin s self centered fall from grace at the kidnapping of his son and loss of his enchanted sword is but one of the factors unsettling Mensador, I believe The Sword and the Flame lacked the pernicious threat of the previous works due to the fact that several story arcs worked to steal from each other, so that, in the climax, a scene that should have been justifiably epic, as a clash between gods to prove who s god has all the power, doesn t sing with the full merits of its gravitas, zooming in on personal conflicts and confrontations instead of fully biting into what religious unrest and despotism begged to be the grandest of the three book s final acts In summation, the Dragon King Trilogy is a solid series suitable for adventure minded readers, capping off the effort with the happiness due a light epic s truest nature, to entertain and uplift, and this decent entrance into Lawhead s rich array of works in no way matches the densely woven elegance of The Song of Albion books, which not only dive much deeper into several of the same dramatic elements with the contrast of darkness and light they deserve, but glow with the vivid nature of fiction s highly detailed and perfectly stylized realism in the way that the Dragon King trilogy and the land of Mensador never really did for my taste But, not to harp on comparisons too much, The Dragon King Trilogy remains an upstanding example of classicist epic fantasy, albeit, perhaps with of a zoomed in lens.

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