The Sword Chronicles: Child of the Empire

About the book by Michaelbrent Collings
Science Fiction & Fantasy, 610 Pages,
Age Level 12 to 18

Cover ArtShe is a Dog – one of the many children and teens across the empire of Ansborn who have been sentenced to fight in the arenas. There they fight in battle after battle until they die for the sport of the people of Ansborn – an empire built atop the peaks of five mountains.

But one day she picks up a knife… and everything changes.

She discovers she is a Greater Gift – one of a handful of magic users with powers so great they have only two choices: to join the Empire as one of its premier assassins, or die as a threat to the Empire itself.

She is no longer a Dog. Now, she is Sword. And she will soon realize that in this Empire, not all is what it seems. Good and evil collide, and she can never be sure whom to trust – not even herself.

She holds life in her hands for some. Brings death by her blade to others.

She is a killer.
She is a savior.

She is Sword.

Child of Sorrows, the second in this series has just come out! If you love this one, the next is already waiting for you.

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Reviewed by Guest Reviewer, the Twisted Book Carmudgeon

I was asked to read this book for The Twisted Book Curmudgeon.  All I can say is this is a five star book.  If you are looking for a great fantasy book to read this is it.  The author takes you on a journey of the rebirth of the main character, who has no name in the beginning.  She is a strong, young girl who lives in a world where “kill or be killed” is the norm.   From her lowly beginnings as a “dog”, which is a sort of gladiator who must fight to the death as entertainment for the masses, she becomes a talented warrior and is given the name ” Sword.”  All the while she dreams of a man and woman who once loved her.

The twists and turns and action in this plot made it impossible to put down. The lines between good and evil are blurred with each character Sword encounters.  Who are the good guys and who are the bad is really questionable.  There is no real evil in the story. It seems the characters believe their motives are pure.  The  plot moves quickly and flows seamlessly – a pure joy to read.

Written for young adult reads I would say about sixth grade and up based on the sophisticated plot twists and inference used in this story. I really think adults would enjoy this book as well.

Throughout the book, I found myself intrigued by Sword and her adventures.  Unlike many series, the story ends with so much explained.  Yet, there is so much more I really want to know.  I love when a book stays on your mind and you can’t wait to read more.

♦   ♦   ♦

With thanks to Lilac Reviews for the opportunity.  Twisted Book Carmudgeon’s Facebook Page

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