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The story is not overly surprising so far, but not the kind of "I've known this three chapters before, you stupid character! Also the book has a charming feature I highly appreciate after a long day of work: Sometimes there are some action scenes that seem to be hasty, but overall it's wonderfully balanced in tempo and suspense. There are some lovely character concepts as well that add the right dose of originality. I immediately started the second volume after I finished the first one. Had I been reading a physical book — you know, a bound book with pages and everything — I would have thought that the last few pages had been torn out of my copy.
Not that the ending was bad. Just the way it ended. I was so wrapped up in the story — the pace really picked up close to the end, with so much happening and so many battles coming to a head — and I was That ending…that ending!
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I literally started to verbally sputter. I was desperately hoping that I had missed something, that there was more to the story, that something would materialize to give me an ending, but NO! I may still be a bit emotional, so that statement may not be entirely true. And horribly let down… Despite the truly terrible ending, I did love this book and the story. My favorite character by far was Tam, who had the right mix of intelligence, loyalty, humility and bravery to make a strong lead character.
I enjoyed the other characters as well, but Tam stood out as my favorite by far. The many varying storylines took a while to get used to, as jumping from one character or group and location to another muddled the flow of the story a bit. I truly enjoyed the mix of history and magic, the stories that may or may not have been true and the things that the companions learned and encountered along the way. The thing that kills me, though, is the fact that there are so many unknowns.
Am I projecting, again? I sure hope some answers are forthcoming… Nov 18, P. Not a bad fantasy series. It is well written and fleshed out quite nicely. The main three characters are a little too much like the main characters in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Three young men, one a big burly boat builder who wants nothing more than to go home, one a quick witted rogue, and the third a level headed young man you suspect is destined for greatness.
But the young men in Russell's saga are not complete cookie cutter adaptations. Nor are they the only major characters. Th Not a bad fantasy series. There a number of interesting story lines that hold promise for future installments.
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My favorite concept from this book was the river Wynnd, and the secret river that sometimes branches off of it. Likewise, the character Alaan's ability to find unknown pathways was very interesting. The ending of this first volume does not achieve enough of a climax for this book. What it does do it set up story lines for the next book in the series.
All in all, it was an enjoyable read, and I will probably continue with the series. Aug 18, Cheryl rated it it was amazing. This is a fantasy book with a story like I have never read before. At least, if there is one out there I have not come across it. This book series takes place around two families who have been feuding for year and years and generations and generations.
It is laced through with three ancient siblings who have managed to stay alive through sorcery and making bargains with those who are close to death. Serving them in order to be preserved from death. Those making the bargain For Libby: Those making the bargains have no idea what they are getting themselves into for two of the three siblings live for war and the one has spent his existence trying to make peace between them.
The story is well developed with plot and intrigue and betrayal and unrequited love and love renewed. I first came across this series in Minnesota and read the first two books and then spent several years waiting for the third. I now have to re-read the first two but it is a good read and one worth the effort. Jun 05, Tara rated it it was ok. An okay book, but it really took some reading to get into it.
I really dislike the books that jump between multiple main characters every few pages in the beginning - what's the main plot? In whom do I invest my interest? Ironically enough, the jumps occurred more frequently in the beginning, with lots of quick vignettes, and then started slowing down in the middle of the book. I almost stopped reading a couple of times because it just didn't hold my attention.
But it got better halfway through, An okay book, but it really took some reading to get into it. But it got better halfway through, and the storyline started getting interesting, enough that I'm slightly curious what happens in the next book. But I don't know that I'm going to pick it up - it's just too slow.
Nov 14, Daniel2 rated it did not like it. No clear mission, or characters whom I care about. I want so badly to go on an adventure damn it, but no one's taking me. I don't want to be a fly on the wall during a series of conversations. It's boring and so many books do this thinking it's what LOTR did. Frodo was the guy we followed, so pick a fucking character and let me go along through his trials would ya?!?!?!?!? Don't know if I'm gonna get through this one Didn't get through it. On to the next epic fantasy travesty.
May 12, Benjamin rated it really liked it. One of the better fantasy novels I've read. There's no quest, but there is an endangered princess and an endangered kingdom. There is also a land and a river that change unpredictably, though some know their secrets. Jun 17, Ashley rated it liked it. The One Kingdom by Sean Russell takes us to a world torn apart by two of its ruling families, the Wills and the Renne, and the hatred that the two groups have had for each other for generations.
Each wanting nothing more than to take their "rightful" place upon the throne of old and see their enemies cower before them, neither one is willing to step back and say enough is enough, and it seems war is imminent as the Wills look to use their scion Elise as a pawn in order to draw allies to their ba The One Kingdom by Sean Russell takes us to a world torn apart by two of its ruling families, the Wills and the Renne, and the hatred that the two groups have had for each other for generations.
Each wanting nothing more than to take their "rightful" place upon the throne of old and see their enemies cower before them, neither one is willing to step back and say enough is enough, and it seems war is imminent as the Wills look to use their scion Elise as a pawn in order to draw allies to their banner. Caught in the middle of this power struggle are three young men from the Vale of Lakes, soon to be chased halfway across their world for the crime of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and it seems destined that these two groups, pushed on by a mysterious third hand, will come together in order to try and prevent a more sinister darkness from awakening.
Oct 11, Neil McGarry rated it did not like it. When I write a book, I follow a simple rule: The first chapter has got to make the sale.
After plowing through more than a third of The One Kingdom , I don't know what the hell author Sean Russell is selling. I get that fantasy authors are pressured to write An Epic That Spans a World, and I don't mind a story that takes its time getting started. However, by the end of the first few chapters, I need to have an idea what kind of story intrigue, swashbuckling, mystery I'm reading, and the nature o When I write a book, I follow a simple rule: However, by the end of the first few chapters, I need to have an idea what kind of story intrigue, swashbuckling, mystery I'm reading, and the nature of the conflict.
After pages of Kingdom , I'm not sure of either. Is there a dragon whose hoard must be recovered? A dark lord to be opposed? An evil queen to be undermined? Taking your time is one thing; wasting time is another. Accordingly, I have decided to stop wasting time on The One Kingdom and move on to an author whose wares are more clearly labeled. Aug 30, Matti Tornio rated it it was ok. This was a passable read with some serious issues. Perhaps the biggest problem is how unoriginal it all feels.
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Most of the main characters are walking cliches and could have been lifted straight from other popular fantasy series. There's some more original material here and there, but most of the time it's hidden within the sea of mediocrity. The pacing has some serious issues too and the plot takes way too long to get properly going.
Sep 08, Kyle rated it liked it. The One Kingdom is a full 5 star read all the while being a 1 star book. Or maybe the other way round. I don't know if I liked this book. I read it all though, so I must have liked something. Great book that is only missing the proverbial It. And a good ending. Seems like Sean Russell got to pages and said, "I probs need to finish this".
May 24, Pam Burleson rated it it was amazing. I really liked this series. It started off a bit predictable, but I found the magic system and world building to be fairly unique. I also really enjoyed the character arcs. Aug 26, Aaron rated it liked it Recommends it for: Patient lovers of epic, character-driven fantasy. Sean Russell's strength of slowly stitching together a story with crafty and subtle characterization rather than non-stop action almost works to his disadvantage in book one of The Swan's War trilogy.
The story meanders and branches mysteriously like the river along which the essential plot elements unfold, with barely a stretch of white water. It teeters precariously but does not quite topple over the precipice of too slow and too unfocused. If I were not already a fan and thus inclined to trust Sean Russell's strength of slowly stitching together a story with crafty and subtle characterization rather than non-stop action almost works to his disadvantage in book one of The Swan's War trilogy.
If I were not already a fan and thus inclined to trust the writer, I might have given up. But in the end, as I expected, my patience was rewarded. For Russell more so than most authors I can think of, the story is the part that happens between the battles, chases and duels. These interludes are when people talk, question and argue; when they confront personal demons, in the flesh or in their dreams; when they laugh, love and untangle the moral choices that guide them when the battles come and that give those battles meaning.
It also features the same top-notch descriptive writing that Russell has a real gift for, especially when it comes to the sights, sounds and smells of nature. I prefer The River Into Darkness series: It's a legitimate five-star masterpiece, a deep and compassionate character study that hones in on a handful of fascinating characters in an equally fascinating setting. The Swan's War, in contrast, eschews this tight focus and aims squarely at epic: I'm just not prepared after one volume to declare whether it hits its mark. I am in fact tempted to call this book a prologue: Russell takes essentially the entire novel to weave multiple disparate elements into a single story quilt.
Three friends seeking adventure and treasure unwittingly pulled into ancient feuds. A princess used as a pawn in a ruthless power play. A prince determined to do right, fearful that his duty will not allow him to, willing to risk his life opposing an enemy who appears to have no weakness. Implacable foes with enmity that is stronger than death. Mysterious travelers and storytellers with keen insights into history and magic.
And a handful of peacemakers trying, possibly in vain, to blunt the forces pushing relentlessly to rekindle suicidal warfare between rival families seeking a contested throne. I look forward to finding out. Jan 10, Kyle rated it liked it. While I enjoyed the story, the Kindle formatting was a bit jarring. Many times, I found words chopped up, which caused me to stumble. The novel was light on detailed battle scenes, but it did include several small conflicts that kept the plot moving along.
The author chose to spend a lot of time focusing on the political maneuverings of the Wills and Renne families that are battling one another for the right to rule the entire kingdom. Mixed into this struggle is the journey of three young men — Tam, Fynnol, and Baore, as they travel down the mystical Wyrr river in search of a little adventure. The young men found their adventure and more! They boys are decent archers and come from a small, distant village.
One aspect that is different is the author putting them into a setting where there is mention of sorcerers and magic, but the system is not explored or understood much in this first novel. At most, there is a hint of some mystic powers associated with the Wyrr River. One aspect I liked about this story is that it was a clean read. I think the story holds its own against the likes of George R. Her story slowly builds to a climax and ends in a bit of a cliff hanger at the end of the first book.
I mentioned there were some perceived holes in the world building. I would have also appreciated more backstory on Wyrr, the ancient enchanter, and what exactly is the deal with his three children who seem to be some kind of water spirits. I will gladly push on to the next novel in the series in hopes I can find answers to these questions. Jun 23, Eastendleo rated it really liked it.
Book one of three like that's rare , I am looking forward to the next. The gift of this author that shone clearest for me is his love and notice of nature. I don't think a page goes by where the landscape the characters occupy doesn't have a vivid and emotional presence. The play of light on water, leaf, and field. The movement of clouds and the changing nature of forests and elevation.
Many are the books that set the surroundings well. In this book, any nature lover will find a feast. And wherea Book one of three like that's rare , I am looking forward to the next. And whereas I would not say that the relationships between the characters are delineated in a subtle, complex or evolving way, I found that there was something simple and straight forward about the writing that was very satisfying.
And it was more than serviceable for the task. Sean Russell also gets the balance right regarding the familiar and the novel. Even after decades of Lord of the Rings knockoffs, he shows that it can still be fresh. This might seem like a damning with faint praise review, so I have to say that the pleasure of this book is great enough to overcome what in less talented hands would be deal breakers.
I don't like epic fantasy. The good are good and the bad are eeeevil. I'll bake if I want cooky cutters. There is no suspense really: Evil will almost triumph and we'll all be safe and sound in time for tea. Starting an epic fantasy novel is too often like looking at Google maps: And I don't like novels that have wall paper women. While you focus on the guy action, there are NPCs with breasts. I'd love to see an honest book that just dispenses with that shallowness and has NO women.
To be clear, my first choice is writing that includes depth diversity. And these are flaws of the book. But it was still a very enjoyable read. I count Sean Russell as a happy discovery. And I look forward to reading more of this trilogy and more by this author.
Though I do hope the flaws continue to be sufficiently overwhelmed by the strengths in the sequels. Sep 22, Luke rated it really liked it. I ultimately found this series very satisfying, even if it is quite derivative. Unfortunately I think it's currently out of print here in the UK. Running through the series is an interesting fusion of western and eastern fantasy influences. On the one hand we have the standard Tolkien set up of three lads heading off on an adventure down the river and yes, they are shockingly derivative of the characters in Jordan's WoT series, or maybe even Shannara with the mysterious "Alaan" leading them an I ultimately found this series very satisfying, even if it is quite derivative.
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On the one hand we have the standard Tolkien set up of three lads heading off on an adventure down the river and yes, they are shockingly derivative of the characters in Jordan's WoT series, or maybe even Shannara with the mysterious "Alaan" leading them and a feud between two noble families. On the other there are the mysterious Nagr river spirits, derived from the Thai Buddhist Naga, which live in the river. The latter give the series its uniqueness, but Russell embeds them in his Westernized fantasy world so well they never seem out of place. The three Nagr are the children of Wyrr, the father of the river Wynd.
They are tied to this world through objects, "smeagh", they were close to in their past life. It's this combination of their ghostly nature and immense power that makes them some of the most interesting characters in the series. Russell's prose is pretty good. He seems to be close to nature and the way he describes the movements of the trees, the flow of the river, the fog covered land comes across as a great strength. There is a deep sensitivity in the way he draws his characters, especially the blind Carral Wills who I think is one of the best written characters in fantasy fiction. The style of the series with its short cliff-hanger chapters make it eminently readable despite its length.
And it is very long, book 1 clocking in at over pages, albeit of fairly large type and books 2 and 3 not being much shorter. All in all, a worthy read for a high-fantasy fan. Few river chapters and I'd have given this book 5 stars. If you like fantasy stories this book should be on your list. Nov 30, Brannigan rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a great start to a series. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page.
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I found the book very self absorbed, it kind of creates a culture of me, me me. What's really important is me. Now that does not mean I think that me as a person, or the individual is unimportant, but I think that we need to be more con Hard to do a review on this book. Now that does not mean I think that me as a person, or the individual is unimportant, but I think that we need to be more concerned for the welfare of others than this book would lead one too.
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