The Sword and the Flame

  • Title: The Sword and the Flame
  • Author: Stephen R. Lawhead
  • ISBN: 9781595549594
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Sword and the Flame Sometimes the greatest evil lies within The Dragon King who rules the land of Mensandor is none other than Quentin whose courage and heroism have slowly transformed him from an orphaned servant into
    Sometimes the greatest evil lies within.The Dragon King who rules the land of Mensandor is none other than Quentin, whose courage and heroism have slowly transformed him from an orphaned servant into a war hero, respected leader, and a fierce man of faith.But even the powerful can fall prey to weakness The world is turned upside down when the dark sorcerer Nimrood longSometimes the greatest evil lies within.The Dragon King who rules the land of Mensandor is none other than Quentin, whose courage and heroism have slowly transformed him from an orphaned servant into a war hero, respected leader, and a fierce man of faith.But even the powerful can fall prey to weakness The world is turned upside down when the dark sorcerer Nimrood long thought dead after a battle with the previous Dragon King returns with a fearsome plan Shattered by the death of a dear and trusted friend, the abduction of his beloved son, and the loss of his enchanted sword, Quentin finds his faith tested like never before.In The Sword and the Flame, the final volume of Stephen R Lawhead s captivating Dragon King Trilogy, the fate of the entire world depends on the outcome of this climactic battle between good and evil.

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    About Stephen R. Lawhead


    1. Stephen R Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction His works include Byzantium, Patrick, and the series The Pendragon Cycle, The Celtic Crusades, and The Song of Albion.Also see his fanpage at Myspace myspace stephenlawheadStephen 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 Alice Slaikeu Lawhead, also a writer, with whom he has collaborated on some books and articles They make their home in Oxford, England.Stephen s non fiction, fiction and children s titles have been published in twenty one foreign languages All of his novels have remained continuously in print in the United States and Britain since they were first published He has won numereous industry awards for his novels and children s books, and in 2003 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Nebraskaso write under the name Steve Lawhead


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    1. 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 t [...]

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    2. 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:citadelata/the-sword-and-t

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    3. 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. Cliché piled on cliché, 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 [...]

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    4. 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.

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    5. 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. [...]

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    6. I really liked this book and I really want to give it five stars but for one thing that went through all three books and came back blatantly in the last one. "I told you once that for men of my race, no higher honor could come to them but that they serve a great master and help him achieve his greatness" says Toli of the "dark-skinned race" to Quentin of the "Light-skinned race." Normally I don't get into that and yeah this book was written in the 80s but seriously? Would it have been so hard to [...]

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    7. A lot of Authurian usage in this one. From feelings of betrayal to the destruction of a power item to redemption. Again, this series centers strongly on belief in a higher power. This time how trying to win others over is not easy, but when they win themselves over, things are much better.

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    8. It was a good book, but I have to say I enjoyed the first and second books better.

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    9. I really enjoyed this book. I do like fantasy and the idea of dragons and gods

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    10. I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first two, but it's still a good story.

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    11. Pretty basic and perhaps a bit childish. I have read quite a bit of his later stuff and particularly enjoyed the King Raven trilogy I found this series to be overly preachy. Byzantium, a later work, was also religious but it was very well integrated into a good story.

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    12. Stephen R Lawhead is one of my favourite authors, but this series is not his best work. I found myself with nothing else to read as I was traveling and so finished it, but until you get to the second book the story is a bit predictable and the dialogue forced. However, by the end you do find yourself invested in the characters and genuinely disappointed the story is over- something Lawhead is really good at.

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    13. 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 [...]

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    14. 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 b [...]

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    15. 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 [...]

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    16. 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 [...]

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    17. In some ways this book is the strongest of the trilogy and in some ways it's the weakest. The technical aspects of Lawhead's writing is noticeably improved over the first book, In the Hall of the Dragon King. However, the plot felt weaker than the other two books. The story feels like a blend of King David and Job. I found it a bit difficult to identify with the characters. In some ways the characters behaved as they ought to have rather than how I imagine real people would have. That is with ex [...]

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    18. This is the finale of Lawhead's Dragon King series. This book does two things. It first brings out a more direct spiritual element in the work. Quentin is enthroned as the Dragon King who aims to bring in the kingdom of light, and to facilitate the worship of the One True God. Perhaps this directness turns some readers off. No attempt at allegory remains it is a direct Christian tale now. On the other hand, this book gives hints of what's to come in Lawhead's writing. The tale is quite dark and [...]

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    19. Not bad but.is was a decent conclusion to the trilogy. I struggled with deciding whether to give it three or four stars and decided on four because the problems I have with the story are do to my own beliefs. The story has a generic fantasy formula feel to it which is not necessarily a bad thing but it was obviously a vehicle to promote Christianity. I kept thinking of King Quentin as Emperor Constantine converting to Christianity and the overall feeling I got about the books made me think of th [...]

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    20. Great finality to the 'Dragon King Trilogy'. I could've sworn that Nimrood was taken-care-of in 'The Warlords of Nin' episode, but he's back to rear his evil, demonic head to tap-into selfishness, greed, arrogance, blasphemy, and seek revenge on the Dragon King. Thankfully our Most High is a forever reigning-and-present Lord in our-lives/my-life, especially in the midst of my sinfulness and disobedience. When Quentin turns to Him, whether He be-there for him, or not, and decides he will still be [...]

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    21. Another approximate ten year gap has passed in Quentin’s life. This time evil takes a much more personal form. It is Quentin who wrestles and begins to succumb to depression. His friends wrestle with how to break through to him and he eventually must evaluate his faith.I have enjoyed this trilogy and will definitely read it again. It was such a great story and I was caught up in the adventure. Quentin is such a likeable character and his wrestling with darkness makes him an even more compellin [...]

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    22. This book had a great start and the ending made me want to continue on to the next story as quickly as I could, however the middle was terribly dry. Lawhead spends a lot of time building different characters up, and I found it slightly boring, especially in the middle section There were some intense scenes throughout the book that kept me going though. I did not like the demise of the bad guy, I felt like it came too simply and left me thinking it should be more dramatic. Overall a pretty good b [...]

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    23. Finir ce livre était une véritable corvée ! Je l'ai fini parce que je suis une tête de mule, mais je ne lis pas de romans (encore moins de romans de fantasy) pour me faire évangéliser.Le seul moyen de surmonter les épreuves, dans ce livre, c'est de prier. Mon fils se fait enlever ? Bah je vais dans une ville sainte et je vais prier. Ma bataille se déroule mal ? Prions un peu, mes braves. (view spoiler)[Le grand méchant ne veut pas me rendre mon fils ? Tant pis, je me pousse et je prie t [...]

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    24. The third volume in the Dragon King series, was just as good as it's predecessors. I found the wild mood swing within the protagonist a bit hard to believe without skepticism, yet this was still a good read. What struck me is how short The Sword and the Flame is compared to other fantasy books. Nonetheless, Lawhead's characteristic (meaning excellent) character development, plot, settings, and back story are all here. The back story is a bit lacking, but so be it, because this is still a decent [...]

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    25. The greatest enemy is self-that is what Lawhead portrays in this third book of the Dragon King trilogy. as Quentin must deal with not only the actions of his enemies, but his own as well. The modern man and his struggles is well portrayed, as well as the very real truth of an all-present God, no matter how one feels. A good read, though I found the conclusion lacking in some ways; there is definitely room to expand with a few characters.

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    26. Overall a great story and enjoy Lawheads style. There where just some things that were frustrating about the main character and his sudden changing of attitude and heart to be sullen and then suddenly resolved to do good. Based on how the character was developed in the past 2 books of the series I expected a more mature and even tempered person than was portrayed.Good book just very annoying on that one point.

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    27. This one was a bit harder than the other 2. It bothers me that the main character deteriorated so fast. I felt like it was too unrealistic in that. Then suddenly, with very little explanation, he was himself again. His character was amazingly different from the other books, I felt; and the characterization just was not as good. I love this series, but this last book left a little something to be desired after how good the first 2 were.

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    28. Best book in the series. While, like the other books in the series, the villains are kind of defined by being purely-evil and thus not particularly interesting (though quite powerful!), the MC's character arc was well done and a powerful look at anger and revenge against mercy and forgiveness. I read this book several times when younger and enjoyed it each time.3.5-4 Stars. (Very Good)

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    29. My least favourite book in the series but still enjoyable. Prince Gerin is kidnapped and the king looses the flame of his sword. A much deeper struggle for Quentin where he questions everything and it seems that he looses his mind in the process. The ending was epic and made a good finish to the series.

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    30. I have really enjoyed this entire series, but especially The Sword and the Flame. The story was gripping and left me wishing for more. The ending was good and made me think of many Bible stories as well as a few other stories that I have read all rolled into one. I will definitely be reading more of Lawhead's books.

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