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The Sword Defiant

By Gareth Hanrahan
The Sword Defiant by Gareth Hanrahan digital book - Fable

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Set in a world of dark myth and dangerous prophecy, this thrilling fantasy launches an epic tale of daring warriors, living weapons, and bloodthirsty vengeance.​

"The Sword Defiant is a treat for all fantasy fans . . . . It’s an absolute blast.” ― Justin Lee Anderson, author of The Lost War


Many years ago, Sir Aelfric and his nine companions saved the world, seizing the Dark Lord's cursed weapons, along with his dread city of Necrad. That was the easy part.

Now, when Aelfric - keeper of the cursed sword Spellbreaker - learns of a new and terrifying threat, he seeks the nine heroes once again. But they are wandering adventurers no longer. Yesterday's eager heroes are today's weary leaders - and some have turned to the darkness, becoming monsters themselves.

If there's one thing Aelfric knows, it's slaying monsters. Even if they used to be his friends.

"In the tradition of Tolkien and Eddings, with a richly detailed narrative, well-drawn characters, epic battles, and political and religious intrigues, Hanrahan's outstanding first outing in the Lands of the Firstborn series will thrill fantasy readers—who will anxiously await the next book." ― Booklist (starred review)

"This novel has the potential to become a fan-favorite among those who appreciate vast and eloquent epic fantasy. Readers will enjoy the unique twists, absorbing intrigue, and endearing characters." ― Library Journal


"I will buy any novel that Gareth Hanrahan ever writes." ― The Fantasy Inn

For more from Gareth Hanrahan, check out:

The Black Iron Legacy
The Gutter Prayer
The Shadow Saint
The Broken God

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Slightly Smiling Face“At first glance it seems like the typical high fantasy story with elves and the wizards and the knights and the dwarfs and the dragons and the monsters and all of the other tropes you find in this kind of stories. However what made this book interesting to me was that the story is not about how the great heroes of this world went from being regular people to become legends. The story is about what happens when the heroes fulfill their mission, after peace is restored and they are free to continue with their lives. The result is a very heart warming story filled with longing and nostalgia that also has all the action, the magic and the adventure one would expect from a book of this genre. It took me a little while to get into the rhythm of the story. It has a lot of internal monologue of the main characters reflecting on their lives, which makes the story flow really slowly. However, I thought it was interesting to see the characters struggling to find a new purpose for their lives after achieving greatness. It's an interesting approach to the genre.”
Diverse charactersDescriptive writingUnpredictableDark settingThought-provokingAnimal abuseViolence

About Gareth Hanrahan

Gareth Hanrahan's three-month break from computer programming to concentrate on writing has now lasted fifteen years and counting. He's written more gaming books than he can readily recall, by virtue of the alchemical transmutation of tea and guilt into words. He lives in Ireland with his wife and three children. Follow him on Twitter at @mytholder.

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