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The Tattered Banner (Society of the Sword Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Duncan M. Hamilton
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-Society of the Sword Trilogy Book 1-

-The Tattered Banner placed 8th on Buzzfeed's 12 Greatest Fantasy Books of 2013-

Unique talent always attracts attention…

In a world where magic is outlawed, ability with a sword is prized above all else. For Soren this means the chance to live out his dreams.

Plucked from a life of privation, he is given a coveted place at Ostenheim’s Academy of Swordsmanship, an opportunity beyond belief.

Opportunity is not always what it seems however, and gifts rarely come without conditions. Soren becomes an unwitting pawn in a game of intrigue and treachery that could cost him not just his dreams, but also his life.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2662 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 374 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 148101322X
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  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00C2S2K4C
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Geradlinige Schwertkämpfer-Fantasy 25. März 2014
Von javelinx TOP 500 REZENSENT
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Der junge Soren schlägt sich seit dem Tod seiner Eltern auf den Straßen von Ostenheim durch und lebt von der Hand in den Mund. Sein grosses Idol ist der Schwertkämpfer Amero, dessen Kämpfe er heimlich in der Arena verfolgt. Als Soren die Chance bekommt, in die Fussstapfen seines Idols zu treten, kann er sein Glück kaum fassen. Der Weg zum Erfolg ist allerdings noch weitaus beschwerlicher als erwartet..

Die klassisch anmutende Sword-and-Sorcery- Geschichte beginnt wie so viele andere auch, die derzeit auf dem eBook- Markt zu haben sind: ein junger Held zunächst unbestimmter Abstammung, der trotz vieler Widrigkeiten seinen Weg geht und sich zu einem aussergewöhnlichen Kämpfer entwickelt, allen Gehässigkeiten der Privilegierten um ihn herum zum Trotz. Da wundert es nicht, wenn er auf wundersame Weise ungeahnte magische Fähigkeiten entwickelt, und man wartet schon fast drauf, dass er trotz einiger heimtückischer Angriffe weitere Heldentaten vollbringt und eine Prinzessin rettet.

Bis zu diesem Punkt ist die Geschichte um den Underdog Soren ziemlich vorhersehbar und erinnert an eine Mischung aus "The King's Blades", ein bißchen "Harry Potter", und "Lord of the White Hell". So gut sie geschrieben ist und so sehr einem der Underdog ans Herz wächst, ist das auch der Punkt, wo man in Versuchung gerät, aufzuhören zu lesen, weil es klar scheint, wie es weitergeht.

Dennoch sollte man weiter dran bleibne, denn nun wird es erst richtig interessant. Anstatt den strahlenden, tugendhaften Helden zu geben, steigt Soren der Ruhm seiner Kamfkunst zu Kopf.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Promising writer, passable start 11. April 2013
Von Anthony G. Laplume - Veröffentlicht auf
There are good points and bad points to this book. Like a lot of indy league writers, the author has unrefined instincts but an inventive mind that engages for good stretches at a time, yet becomes a little lost when certain elements that may seem obvious to an outsider get lost in the shuffle.

The lead character of the book is Soren, who stumbles from rags to riches, and never forgets it, and apparently for good reason, yet it's not so much his fault but the complicated world he begins to experience for the first time that continues to affect his fortunes.

This particular reader thought the story should have gone in a fairly obvious direction, but the author had other ideas. He may believe that further books will be able to explore what I thought should have happened in this one, and yet there's always the risk that if the lead character and the author don't seem interested in exploring the elephant in the room (being the prior age of magic that grants Soren an incredible gift), the reader may lose their patience, as this one did.

Yet it's not a lost cause. Soren is a multi-dimensional character, making him as unpredictable as the story around him. He's not strictly speaking a hero, and he's not an anti-hero, either. He's very much in development, which may after all explain my concerns.

And yet the one thing the author absolutely must know is that he relies far too heavily on sentence structures with the word "had" involved. Other than that, not so bad.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An enjoyable swordfighting fantasy 13. April 2013
Von Mrs. Pauline M. Ross - Veröffentlicht auf
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Soren is eighteen, trying to survive on the streets, when a theft gone wrong results in a street fight and a passing swordsman recognises some talent in him. He is taken to the Academy to learn to wield a rapier and be a gentleman. The early chapters are the usual street-boy-goes-to-posh-school affair, but fortunately Soren has the intelligence to keep his nose clean, so he's not constantly getting into trouble. He also turns out to be something of a fighting phenomenon, not an unusual theme in fantasy, but nicely intriguing here. Is his ability a natural talent, or some kind of magic?

Fortunately, the author avoids getting too entrenched in schoolroom dramas and Soren is soon out and about wielding his rapier and discovering the extent of his extraordinary gift. These early battles are beautifully described, the highpoint of the book for me, and I loved every moment of each one (especially the belek). The romantic entanglement is slightly more clunky, but that fits with Soren's rather self-effacing nature. The background scenery is lightly sketched, with more emphasis on architecture than geography, but it works fine, and the deep history - of empires and mage wars and other intriguing events - is no more than hints. I found it interesting that Ostia (Soren's country) has outlawed magic, but still makes use of mage lights, while the barbarians still practice magic.

Soren is a likeable protagonist, making (mostly) sensible decisions. I liked his response to a trick played on him by a fellow student. His friends tell him his honour has been impugned and he must challenge the trickster to a duel, but Soren is reluctant; he is far more concerned with trying not to break the rules of the Academy and thereby get himself thrown out. Unlike his rich, titled friends, he is more focused on making a career for himself than on abstract concepts like honour, and he never forgets his origins. He seems to adapt surprisingly well to a life of protocol and diplomacy, but he's clearly a smart cookie, so I can go along with that (and frankly, a socially inept character would be pretty tedious - I wanted Soren to succeed, not trip over his own feet). It has to be said, though, that he's very gullible - although to be fair, it fits with his personality and previous life, since he's too grateful for his reprieve from the streets to question things, and he has no understanding of political nuances.

The writing style is enjoyably literate, if rather wordy, but it works very well for a story like this, built around formality and protocol. The author has a habit of dumping information occasionally, but it's small scale stuff and not obtrusive. There is some untidiness, repetition and excessive exposition, and the author might care to look up the difference between `discrete' and `discreet'. The latter part of the book becomes a little episodic and the fights rather perfunctory, but Soren's investigations into his abilities were still intriguing. The big reveal at the end is hardly a surprise, and the ending somewhat glib, but these are minor issues.

I really enjoyed this book and found it seductively easy to keep turning the pages - that just-one-more-chapter syndrome. It's the first time I've read a story focused on the rapier as the weapon of choice, and I found it a refreshing change from the more usual broadswords and bows. I would have liked to know more about Soren's abilities and the mage wars, but perhaps that will come in a later book. This is a somewhat flawed effort in many ways - the choppy ending, the not-quite-convincing romance and the sometimes too wordy style - but I found it a great read. A good four stars. And the belek was awesome.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A quest for the adventurer in us all 20. Mai 2013
Von Ionia Martin - Veröffentlicht auf
The Tattered Banner by Duncan Hamilton is a different sort of fantasy novel and one that the reader can grow with. The events in this book span a lengthy period in the main character's life and therefore the plot reveals itself in bits and pieces and there is a good amount of rise and fall in the story. The reader never has a chance to get bored as the pace is quick and the story is thoughtful.

Reading through this novel, there are moments when you know what is coming for a long time, but it isn't exactly predictable. It actually feels rewarding when the character finally realises the same thing that you have known as the reader for a long time. There were a lot of other places in this book where the author went a completely different direction than I expected, and for the most part I think it worked.

I was impressed that Mr. Hamilton did not waste pages and pages of space describing the school his character was sent to. This has been seen and done in other novels of recent memory and I felt avoiding that aspect made this book much more original.

The descriptions in this novel are handled well. There is not so much description that the actions and events become lost in it, but there is enough to paint a visual picture of the world.

The story itself is well written and highlights the author's style of writing. I enjoyed the third person perspective as it gave the reader an opportunity to get to know all of the characters rather than just the main.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read that fantasy lovers and those who enjoy reading adventures will most likely want to read again. If you haven't read this book yet, pick up a copy and explore this world for yourself. I recommend it.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good solid start 6. Mai 2014
Von James H. Vanriper - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I guess my main thought is that I really hate everyone giving 5 star reviews to all the indy books. Really. A 5 star review is for The Hobbit, 2001, Stranger in a Strange Land. A game changer. A 3 star review is a good review and what most good books should get.

As far as this book goes, it show a lack of polish but a good start.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Almost like Codex Alera(Jim Butcher) meets Blood Song(Anthony Ryan) 26. Dezember 2013
Von Donnie - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I love this book, was pleasantly surprise by the dark turn in the later part of the story line & not your usual clean cut hero protagonist. I would have given this a 5 star if the author would have added a little more complexity in the progression of the story. It felt some parts are mostly summarization to quickly move on to the next phase of the story. Don't get me wrong it's a great story, great characters, great action scenes. Looking forward to book 2.
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