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You swing a staff until you're ready to swing a sword. Then you go on all kinds of adventures - fighting monsters, casting spells and saving damsels in distress. At least that's how it's supposed to work, but I didn't believe a word of it.BOOK ONE OF THE EPIC FANTASY SERIES RETURN OF THE DRAGONSLocked in his room in the castle, young Anders yearns for adventure. Until theYou swing a staff until you're ready to swing a sword. Then you go on all kinds of adventures - fighting monsters, casting spells and saving damsels in distress. At least that's how it's supposed to work, but I didn't believe a word of it.BOOK ONE OF THE EPIC FANTASY SERIES RETURN OF THE DRAGONSLocked in his room in the castle, young Anders yearns for adventure. Until the day he opens a magic portal and a girl bursts into his locked room with a chemical warlock hot on her trail. And adventure finds him -- an adventure full of danger, full of blood, fire, demons and evil. To face it, he'll need the sword given him by his blademaster, need the ancient words his grandfather gave him on his deathbed. Need the song that runs in his own blood, in his veins.A sword will be reforged, magic words discovered, battles fought, friends made and lost, secrets revealed. And blood will be spilled. But will blade, word and blood be enough?...

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Sword Bearer Reviews

  • Belinda
    2018-12-06 12:16

    5 STARS! This first book of the series I Loved from the start. Anders is a boy who turns 16 at the start of this novel. He and his father do not get a long. He spent mutch time locked up in his room. He has to study and do a lot of homework. When he turns 16 his sword master takes Him outside and let him chose a sword. The one who Speaks to him. He pick one out because of the light that comes from it. He is able to do magic but his is not traint for it. When his parents have to go away the lock him up again. And than at ones their is a gateway to another place and a beautiful girl needs his help.....The girl is Kriek and she says he has also Kriek blood. In this book a word can be power by magic. At what of the Dark Lord, the lost city and much, much more. While I am Dutch a lot of the spoken words of power and places are familiar to me because the are German words and places. 😀😀😀.

  • Weisser
    2018-11-23 16:17

    I like reading new YA fiction because you usually find some lovely gems. However, gem this story was not. I kept hoping the story would take off but I felt like I was treading water. I did not feel any real angst for Anders, the pimply-faced teen who just seems to flounder. While the story started off slowly it really did not give me enough information for me to bond with him as a main character. In fact, I could not bond with any of the characters. I felt no loss at the deaths, I felt no relief when Anders and his friends made their way to safety. Nothing. The story did not draw me in. The worst part of the story was the abrupt ending. Actually, it did not "end" at all. The story just stopped in a weird place. The inserted first chapter of book two felt more like the ending of book one. It also felt as though the author really has no clue as to how modern teens speak or think. Jacobs tried too hard to be a sixteen year old boy. Too many references to pimples and the characters were too flat and unbelievable. I would not suggest reading this book until it has had a couple go-rounds with an editor and serious re-writing to flesh out the characters and storyline.

  • Mark
    2018-11-15 19:16

    Sword BearerBook One: Return of the DragonsAuthor: Teddy JacobsPublisher: Wicked Evil Press Date: 2014Pgs: 156REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERSSummary:An apprentice swordswift swings a staff until ready for the sword. Adventures await; monsters, spells, damsels...sure if this was a scribe’s story in a book.Anders looks forward to all this...until the day a magic portal opens in his room and in bursts a young woman with a chemical warlock chasing after her. Danger. Blood. Fire. Demons. Evil.The gift of the blademaster, the words of a grandfather, the song of the blood.Wait...did someone say the Dragons were returning?Genre:AdventureApocalypseDragonsEnd of the WorldFantasyFilmFictionMagicSword and sorceryWizardsWhy this book:Dragons. Adventure. Away we go.______________________________________________________________________________Least Favorite Character: Anders Tomason is whiny. He’s ungrateful. Yes, he’s supposed to be young. But he’s so much teenage angst stereotype that he’s unlikeable. In the midst of mystic wonder and tragedy, he comes across as all the worst parts of Anakin Skywalker from the Star Wars prequel trilogy...only worse.The Feel:There is a bit of Mary Sueishness developing around Anders. What I call the Canis effect. Canis was a story about a barbarian that I read many eyars ago. He was a barbarian in England before England was England, in the time of Boadicea, pre-Viking, Roman era. Everybody LOVED Canis. Despite Anders’ parents and Gerard’s Dark Lord, I’m getting that everybody loves Anders feel.Favorite Scene / Quote:When his grandfather’s sword begins singing to Anders Tomason on the practice field as he practices with his blademaster Giancarlo. And for the first time in his life, he is the first one to draw blood signalling the end of practice. When Anders pulls the girl through the portal from Gerard’s shop amidst magic and counter magic.Plot Holes/Out of Character:In one instance, Anders accepts and is onboard with what fate has thrown at him. And, in the next, he is whining about it and crying about this person wronging him or that person wronging him.Hmm Moments:The concept of the three blooded Prince is cool.The evil creatures the characters encounter are continually referring to Anders as “Herr”. Wonder what the connection is that they would refer to their enemy as Lord.WTF Moments:What could possibly go wrong teaching a powerful immature sword wizard to hide his feelings.Meh / PFFT Moments:Kalle and Kara engaging in what would be bad/weak table banter at the RPG table when they come to the road gate leading to the secret city in the woods. Also, how they seemingly, suddenly have known each other for a long time even though when Anders and Kara emerged from the portal with Kalle saving them from the demon wizard, or whatever he really is, Gerard, they didn’t seem to know each other this well.The circuitous conversation after the feast when the main characters are discussing the Dark Lord, the Book of Id, and Anders training...that just a few pages ago was going to have to be put on hold because of the Dark Lord’s imminent at least a month or two distant. In 1980s movies, this is where the music video training montage would kick in.______________________________________________________________________________Last Page Sound:There’s not really a climax there.Author Assessment:Despite my feelings about the characterization of Anders and the circuitousness of some of the scenes, I love the concept. I’m going to have to consider whether to read more of the series. But I did like the concept and the ideas behind the story.Editorial Assessment:Could have benefited from a trip or two under the editor’s pen with a look toward scene and plot structure.Knee Jerk Reaction:meh!Disposition of Book:e-Book______________________________________________________________________________

  • Drako
    2018-12-10 17:44

    I'm a fan of anything with dragons, peresonally, hints the name that spelled properly means dragon in latin. So naturally I simply had to read this. I must say, I'm not entirely clear on the Return of the Dragons part. I assume its the name of the series. But that little detail does not take away from the story.This story centers around Anders, apparently an out of shape wizard without much practical knowledge and with bad acne. He's a bit sheltered, and by a bit I mean a lot. He's often locked in his room to do homework and can't be let out until he's done. His tutor apparently sucks so he learns very little magic. He's had no real exercise so he's terribly out of shape. His father is a diplomat and he expects to follow in his father's footsteps. Of course there's always more to things. His father has more power than he shows, and Anders himself has a great deal as well. As we open the story, Anders is going into his first sword lesson, with a wooden sword. The sword he picks winds up being something of a family heirloom, one that will be much more than it seems. His practice goes surprisingly well, as his sword has magic within that he innately channels to land a blow on his teacher. Yet again that night, he is still locked in his room to do homework, on the eve of his birthday.Things get a little strange from there. He taps into more magic in a fit of anger and transports himself to a girl about his own age, Kara, who is in a local store stealing back her own heirloom from the owner. Anders unwittingly helps her out and transports her to his room, which causes more trouble than he expected as the shop owner is a dark wizard and comes after his family. He escapes with Kara, who takes him with her to her friend (who's more than a friend apparently) Kalle, and the three flee from the shop owner, right into a forget city of magical beings. Thanks to the magic of his sword, Anders gets them into the ancient city, where Anders true calling comes out. All in all, this was a great start to series, with a cliff hanger at the end that gave me a bit of a fit. I do thing this should be classified under the young adult category, as it fits best in that genre. But even as an actual adult, I would like to read more of the series

  • D.F. Haley
    2018-11-11 17:16

    Fat pimply kid is really the three-blood prince. Who knew?Dislike these plots where everything is given rather than earned. Today's kids already have a feeling of entitlement. They hardly need yet another plot which reinforces that they are right to feel this way. At least Harry Potter had to fight his way up. I much prefer plots where the hero/heroine uses skills, smarts and grit to win the day, rather than discovering their "innate" magical talents and blowing everyone away.Characters were about what you'd expect in a young YA fantasy story. Cardboard cutout dark lords, magicians and elves. Parents did not ring true, but typical for the genre.That said, the story moves right along, and the protagonist's ignorance and confusion is well-developed. I especially liked the pixie in the sword, and the first descriptions of the magical hidden city. Not enough to make me want to read the next book in the series, however.

  • Mike
    2018-12-08 17:26

    If I'd known there was a Chosen One and a Dark Lord, I never would have started this. The worst thing about Chosen One stories is that, at the extreme, the Chosen One doesn't need to have any training or even make any decisions in order for everything to work out for him, because the Prophecy and his Destiny takes care of all that. This is that kind of book. It makes for a completely uninteresting protagonist. Looks like it has had some editing since some of the reviews were posted, but there are a few errors. There's no such word as "alright" in English. It should be two words, "all right". The expression is "rite of passage", not "right of passage". And a hoard is a collection of valuables. A large number of dangerous beings is a horde. Stopped halfway through, not much point in continuing.

  • Erika
    2018-11-24 14:22

    Flat characters. I didn't understand who the main character was, I couldn't connect with him. The love interest was weak- who goes around kissing boys with green clay masks on their faces when they have a boyfriend? I was disappointed that the main character didn't have to work to get anything, it was just in his blood and he didn't even know what he was saying or doing it just magically happened. And he was waaaaaay too trusting and buddy buddy with people he just met. There was no reason for me to believe any of the story or motives or anything. The world building was weak. All in all it was a disappointing read. I kept hoping for a sweet storyline to save the weak characters but it just never happened.

  • Ron
    2018-12-08 19:41

    While reading this short (125 page) fantasy novel, I debated whether it deserved three stars or four. Then it stopped. It didn’t finished (it’s the first of a series); it didn’t conclude; it just stopped. I really dislike that. Give the reader some sort of closure. Yes, set hooks for the series if you must, but give the reader some satisfaction for having read this book.Interesting blend of Harry Potter and LOTR-lite set in a medieval Europe analog. Likeable, clueless hero, who says magic words, sings magic songs, does the right things at the right time. Unerringly and usually un-coached. Boring.Pleasant style. Clean text. Jacobs has talent; his work will get better.“Okay” at best.

  • Donna
    2018-12-02 16:40

    Anders is a wonderful kid, one who will appeal to middle grade students, especially boys. It can be difficult to find books to entertain and hold the imagination of a middle grade boy. (I have one, getting him to read can be difficult at times).This is a great book. Hopefully the author will write more stories. This book was fun to read and exciting. I give it 5 stars!

  • Maddison
    2018-12-01 20:45

    Boring. That's almost all I want to say. Weird? Pointless? Really far-fetched? Unbelievable? Correct. This is a series I definitely will not be continuing. The way that the main character just accepted that (view spoiler)[he was friends with the 'beautiful thief' as soon as he saw her in Gerard's office, someone he'd known all his life, was crazy. The fact that he loved her as soon as he saw her, without knowing her, also crazy. This whole 'three-blooded prince' thing?? The magic spells he can suddenly do without any practice?His skills with a blade?His acceptance with the people of that lost city?The way he just believed that his parents with the imps in them were correct and how he almost acted on their instruction..How does all of this stuff just happen? (hide spoiler)] Just really retarded. Worst book I've read in a LONG time. I really didn't want to keep reading it, but I did for a challenge. Never again am I reading this book.

  • **✿❀ Maki ❀✿**
    2018-12-05 13:43

    Anders is a teenager who has normal, teenage problems. He's got terrible skin. He's terrible with girls. His parents frequently lock him away in a room and force him to study, and only release him when all of his homework is done.To be honest, it feels like the author was trying too hard to make a fantasy character relatable to a teenage audience. It sort of defeats the purpose of trying to make the main character a normal teenager when you give him magic blood and a pixie living in his sword that he can talk to with his mind. You don't have to have him whine about his pimples every three pages to make him a relatable character.There's a scene near the end (don't worry, I don't give spoilers...or actively avoid trying to, anyway!) where he's crying about his parents. He cries because even though his parents locked him inside a room for hours on end, almost never spoke to him, and were terrible parents in general, he still loved them.Yes! GOOD! THAT is relatable! And you didn't even have to mention his skin condition!The book started off fairly slow, but by the end, the plot was careening past you. Things definitely got interesting in the last few chapters.There's also a nice afterword by the author, saying that if you write a review and email him a link to it, he'll send you a free copy of the second book in the series. I don't think I'll be taking him up on that, but I thought it was an amazingly sweet gesture.I like the way magic works in this world. Magic can be created from any language that isn't English, apparently. Though that does make it seem that English could have been put together to give names to things, without running a risk of tampering with the object you're naming. Ah, ignore me my short rant on linguistics there...The way magic works is based on the person saying the word. For instance, a word for fire. Depending on how the speaker intends it, fire could warm someone or something up, cook food, create a light, become a weapon, weld something's all just based on what you mean when you say "fire".I guess this has turned into a bit of a ramble, hasn't it? It's the magic system. I'm endlessly fascinated by magic systems in fantasy stories.I suppose to sum up: I would have liked the book more if Anders wasn't constantly whining about his pimples.

  • Nate
    2018-12-06 15:25

    I had very mixed feelings about this book.Anders, 17 year old with a boring life is suddenly pulled into a role that he is unprepared for. In a land where magic spells are words in German and there are 3 primary races, a Dark Lord (evil magician) is amassing an army to battle the forces of good and Anders must help defeat him. The book is written for a young adult audience, so take my 20-some year old reaction with a grain of salt.The good:-Story line feels fresh, not just a rehash of an old story-Many creative elements (German magic)-Intriguing characters and relationships (girl already has a boyfriend)The bad:-The amount of time given to talking about Anders' bad skin on his face is too much, even if he is self-conscious about it. It seems that almost every single supporting character mentions his bad skin more than once.-Character development seemed inadequate. I had a hard time figuring out what race all of the characters were, but that may have just been me.-Voice seems to change tenses, sometimes it is narrating in real time, and sometimes it seems to be describing the day as in a journal.-Some typos, even words missing in a few spots. Needs to be edited.-Much of the dialog seems very contrived and unnatural; here is an example:(After Anders has had a stressful and difficult experience involving his parents, his friends try to comfort him. His response is this.)QUOTE" did you know, that I was upset?"Kara looked at Kalle, who nodded. She said: "We can see it just looking at you, Anders. In your aura, your emotions are like an open book."END QUOTEAnders' friends realize that he is upset, as anyone would be in that situation, but their awareness of his obvious emotion is made to seem strange just so that it can serve the story line. It just feels very unnatural to me, and there are many points of dialog like this.All of that said, it was still certainly a decent read, and younger readers may appreciate it more, despite its trying too hard sometimes.

  • Denae Christine
    2018-11-26 20:40

    At least it was short. And free.Anders is an okay character, though he gets knocked out any time something exciting happens near him. Gateway? Knock him out. He's tired? Knock him out. And no one cares; they put him in a bed and act like it is taken care of. If he is passing out, something is wrong with him! Why does he lose consciousness half a dozen times in a 150pg book?Kara is bland, no personality at all. She caters to Anders and kisses him every time they have a conversation. Dumb. The other characters are forgettable. Carolina is neat, but I wish she had a pixie-like name. Carolina is also the only one with decent dialogue. Everyone else's is stiff and unrealistic.Setting? Skimmed over. There are scenes that go for a couple pages before the reader knows when or where Anders is. Often I wondered if they were inside, outside, if there were many trees, and what season it was. I don't like many details, but give me more than this!Plot? Bad. Things keep happening to Anders, and his blood makes him sing a song, and this magic solves everything. Except for having bad complexion, Anders is a Mary Sue. He has super magic powers, a prophecy, an evil relative, and everyone likes him for little reason (You sing magical songs! You have the right blood! We love you and will pledge loyalty to you forever!). No. A character should struggle, not get handed everything.There was also no climax. Anders should have remembered things (like Giancarlo) sooner. I don't think Anders actually DID anything except listen and follow.I'm not reading any more.

  • Alysa H.
    2018-11-25 13:33

    I suppose I'm not the obvious target audience for this book (that would be middle-schoolers) but in a way I am, because I am a parent who would love to pass along my most beloved fantasy novels someday. I can see why this book might please the younger crowd, but for the wrong reasons: it's a somewhat generic Chosen One swords-and-magic tale in which the hero is basically a stand-in for any plain teenage boy, who doesn't really have to learn or do much to be the hero, because he is the Chosen One, see? It all happens so fast! And he meets a girl who is beautiful, and beautiful. And also, she's beautiful. Is this what we value in our female characters, still?Even apart from all that, the book was just underwhelming. I never really connected with anything.

  • Scott Collins
    2018-11-13 19:25

    Sword Bearer is the story of a young prince who finds out he's much more than he previously thought. Sitting alone, locked in his room to study, Anders in thrust into the middle of a battle between forces he'd never even known existed. I liked some characters more than others, but felt they all had their own voice. The plot moved fairly rapidly so I never felt it got bogged down with details or side-stories. It is aimed at the younger crowd, but I still enjoyed the read. It was a little short, but I am looking into purchasing the next book to see where Mr Jacobs takes us.

  • Karen
    2018-11-14 20:36

    This book could have been so much more. I realize that it is the beginning of a series but I felt the author could have developed the main character a bit better. I just felt sorry for him but didn't really connect with him. Maybe the second book will help but I'm not sure I will read it.

  • Lacinda
    2018-11-19 18:24

    This book was free for me on my kindle.Cool, Dragons. OK.The third star is for the Dragons.Quick read but definitely geared for 5th or 6th graders

  • Hamish
    2018-11-22 16:16

    great start to a fantasy series. the characters are good and the story line flows well. one of the best new fantasy worlds I have read in a while

  • Dan
    2018-11-24 19:37

    Not bad.

  • Karen Frayne
    2018-11-25 19:43

    I liked this a lot. Good characters, little different take on magic. It left me wanting more!

  • Catherine
    2018-11-27 16:24

    Anders is a teenager in a medieval magical world facing typical teenager problems (not television adults pretending to be teenagers problems): looks, girls and that love/hate relationship with the parents. Angers finally is able to beat his sword master and able to choose his own sword. It's one of his steps towards becoming a man. Too bad his parents still treat him like a child and lock him in his room to finish his studies while they go out for the evening. Anders is used to it, if annoyed, but tonight is different. Magic happens and Anders sees a girl like none he's ever seen and she's in the process of stealing a book from someone he knows. For some reason Anders feels like he has to help so he pulls her through the portal into his room. That is how the adventure begins as Anders discovers he has more magic that he ever imagined and a destiny he never would have guessed. I really enjoyed reading this story. There was plenty of action and a fast pace. So fast that it was over too quick. So why 4 stars? It's supposed to the first book in Return of the Dragons. There are no dragons in this book. There is no dragons mentioned in the book. There is no one nicknamed dragon. Where were the dragons? Book 2?

  • Kerry Dillenburg
    2018-11-25 12:27

    Teddy Jacobs has a long and prosperous career ahead.A hit! Very entertaining. I finished reading the novel before I knew it and was left looking for more. Any author that does that for an audience deserves my applause and a 5-star rating.

  • Neil Aguilo
    2018-11-13 13:18

    Good read.I like this book. The story was intriguing and although I am normally pretty good at guessing outcomes, I was often wrong with this book. Only complaint I have (if you can call it that) is I felt the book was too short. Luckily there's a book 2! 😀

  • Jen Christopherson
    2018-11-25 20:37

    This was a great book. I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters and how the main character always seemed to be "falling" into situations.I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a great read.

  • Kent
    2018-11-26 12:16

    Good start to the story, but more of s novella than a full story

  • Candy Sheppard
    2018-11-26 14:21

    Cliff hangerGreat story line, great characters, but a cliff hanger.Nice and clean, kid safeI'll be trolling for the next book

  • Wynn B.
    2018-11-10 20:35

    Juvenile Not much more than Harry Potter ish. Younger folk might enjoy this classical fantasy. Not for me. There are more books to this . Perhaps it gets better.

  • Sharon Wadeson
    2018-11-26 15:40

    I loved it. I give it a five star rating. To all who love dragons, I highly recommend it. It stopped abruptly. I need to find out if there are more in the series.Sharon Wadeson

  • K. Parker
    2018-12-08 15:19

    NOTE: This review is for the 2012 edition of this book, which I purchased for free in 2014. There is a second revised edition for this book that was published in 2015, but I have not read it.Also, spoilers below. Proceed with caution.Tropes. Tropes Everywhere.Sword Bearer by Teddy Jacobs is a relatively short, YA Fantasy that I picked up for free about two years ago. I liked its premise and thought it was a fairly classic set-up: young noble boy feels trapped in his life and wants to break free of it only to find himself involved in something much bigger. Even in the book's back blurb, the protagonist, Anders Thomason, acknowledges that this is how the classic fantasy adventure worked:You swing a staff until you're ready to swing a sword. Then you go on all kinds of adventures - fighting monsters, casting spells and saving damsels in distress. At least that's how it's supposed to work, but I didn't believe a word of it.And it was this level self-awareness about fantasy conventions and genre limitations that intrigued me. I thought it was going to be a kind of meta-genre story that poked fun at the fantasy tropes.But it wasn't. It wasn't that at all. Instead, it felt like I was wading through a swamp of tropes.What I Thought Worked WellSetting/World-buildingThe story takes place in a sort of fictional Germany-Italy-Europe, which I thought was interesting, but I thought the most interesting part of the setting was having an enchanted sword be able to cut like a normal sword by using "words of power" and fairies that stayed inside the sword itself. For me, in addition to roasting magical nuts and consuming them for a kind of quick pick-me-up, those things made the magic system a lot more unique than most I've encountered. Sadly, the setting/world-building magical systems were some of the only unique things about this book.What I Thought Didn't Work WellCharacters, Plot, Style, and ThemeAnders is your typical, awkward teenage protagonist with noble heritage -- a bit on the chubby side and with pimples all over his face. He trains with his swordmaster, Giancarlo, and on his sixteenth birthday during the opening scene, he inherits his grandfather's wooden-yet-magical sword. Then his life completely changes when a magical portal opens in his room, and he meets the "intoxicating," "beautiful" Kriek girl with "perfect skin" named Kara, who has stolen a book back for her people.Then the two of them get out of the castle and escape the evil Gergard, who hadn't gotten a mention until that moment, and run away from the dark boars chasing after them.Then Anders discovers that he is not just a prince, but a prince of multiple heritages.Then Anders discovers that he has an evil uncle that's behind everything.Do you see where I'm going with this? Do you see where the story is going because of all these tropes? And do you see why I would be frustrated with a story that seems to promise the tropes will be challenged, but doesn't?There are some instances of disbelief in Anders. When the portal opens up, he wonders if it's the incense or the tea in his room that's causing him to hallucinate. But hardly anything else changes about him. And what little character development there is barely scratches the story's surface, because even the writing style and theme appear to struggle with carrying the story as well.Somehow I think the song the sword was singing was the song of my blood. My body moved with the song.When Anders first gets a taste of his newfound powers, he is a little unsure of what is happening. And as an awkward teenager, I'm okay that he's unsure of what's happening, saying "Somehow" and "I think." But when this hedging occurs even in the latter part of the novel, I start to wonder if the character has changed: "My stomach grumbled. In any case, I was hungry." I know you're hungry from your stomach growling, Anders. You don't have to restate it or hedge it.My VerdictI don't mind beautiful romantic interests or evil uncles or pimply protagonists. But what I do mind is when tropes are expected to do the work of the story that the story itself is supposed to do. I don't mind if certain characters are bewitching, but I do mind if they are only bewitching and barely have a life outside helping the protagonist. The edition of Sword Bearer I reviewed came out in 2012, and before writing this review, I discovered that there was a second edition that was published in 2015. Perhaps some of the things in this edition were revised out of the second, but either way, I will not be looking to read this book again or its sequel. 1 Star

  • Clayj98
    2018-11-28 18:23

    Beginning of a fantasy taleA fairly quick read, and feels like typical fantasy coming of age story. Follows the standard boy finds out he has magic powers a magic sword and future to defeat that has him fighting a great evil and saving the world. The magic system and world has a lot of potential.