Clayton Emery { read online } Sword Play Netheril #1 – Kindle ePUB or Book

SUMMARY Sword Play Netheril #1

Playing fair is a concept as alien to the wizards of Netheril as mercyBut the subject of their wager Sunbright Steelshanks of the Rengarth Tribe has a mind and a will of his own And Candlemas and Sysuemalyn are not the only players in this lethal game of swords and sorce. I ve a have already a few books in the Forgotten Realms verse So I decided to go back and read them in chronological order As a lot of series go it was a little slow to start as I got a handle on the main characters or should I say PCs and NPCs Once I had that in hand the story is enjoyable

READ ¹ E-book, or Kindle E-pub É Clayton Emery

Sword Play Netheril #1

Wizard's WagerThousands of years before the Age of Elminster dragons rule the skies of Faerûn and elves dominate the huge forests that cover the land Only in the mighty magical empire of Netheril are men a force to be reckoned withBored and haughty in his midair castle t. A short takeThis is a fun fantasy tale that reminds me of older sword and sorcery fiction Some of Emery s twists were uite imaginative in the context of a shared worldMore thoughtsI picked this up because I liked the premise two all powerful wizards make a wager based on the longevity of a single mortal barbarian throughout a series of uests and trials True this kind of plot is an obvious homage to the usual DD trope with wizards barely subbing in for the author but I don t mind a simple set up so long as the story is fun and adventurousSword Play is both of these along with being interesting thanks to some creative ideas on Emery s part The story went places I did not expect and the stakes leaped beyond any guesses as to how everything would play out An even better surprise is Emery s ability to ground the story in protean details like the way the smell of sheep makes Sunbright nostalgic for his home or the feel of fatigue that sets in after a protracted battle This book is way smarter than I expected which just goes to show that I am too biased as a reader My mistake and my gain because I enjoyed this book and I know better than to write off other fare that could offer similar rewardsOne last thought it s nice to be enjoying adventurous fantasy again I missed these kinds of stories

Clayton Emery É 9 REVIEW

He Netherese mage Candlemas bets fellow wizard Sysuemalyn that a certain barbarian who has caught his eye can survive the most savage tests his friend and deadly rival can devise The only rule The tests must offer the subject some chance to survive however slightOf course. At its purest Sword Play is a tale of maturation and love At its worst it s a mess of events strung together to form a story I can t help but think of the potential in this tale There IS a story somewhere in here but it s muddled by bad characterization an aimless plot that just keeps going and really really bad namesFirst let s talk about some of these names Sunbright Steelshanks Candlemas Greenwillow Harvester of Blood They all sound just a bit too much like over the top 80s insanity like I almost expected the lich to be named Skeletor Now there are some perfectly fine names like Dorlas Ruellana and Sysuemalyn despite being unpronounceable Honestly if Emery had just changed Sunbright to something Shinegar or Sonnebrand that would have made everything a little palatableOh did I mention a lich Yea there s a lich and that s not even the biggest challenge for Sunbright Too bad all the challenges but the final fight seem just so underwhelming due to the fact that Emery wants to fill this book with bigger badder threats that leave them just strung along with all of them feeling flat Like Michael Bay with explosions Emery heaps way too many in way to little space Let alone the way that Sunbright seems to almost Mr Magoo his way through all of the threats presented him which is even further exacerbated by the fact that the central plot point is that two wizards are leading him like a rat through a maze experiment There s just no sense of pacing The book lurches forward at parts and then comes to a crawl at others I honestly thought the lich was the end of the book and the confrontation would take the entire second half of the novel BUT WAIT THERE S MORE Emory seems to sayLastly the character development needs work Neither of the wizards go through any character development one staying petulant and the other an anxious mess Greenwillow has the vague outline of an arc in her relationship to Sunbright but not in the most gracious steps does this happen Just like the pacing of the book the pacing of this character development lurches and stops and lurches again Sunbright has the most compelling character development given that he s the main character of the book I should sure as well hope so He finds himself torn between two characters and realizes by the end of the book which is the right choice but he pays a price for his slowness I genuinely felt for the guy at the end of the book and there is a moment halfway through when he and Greenwillow leave the tavern that Emery actually paints incredibly well The tension felt between the characters felt real and I wish of the book was like that moment That said Sunbright has plenty of moments where he seems to backpedal on his character development having learned a lesson and then pays no heed to what he learned and not just where Ruellana is concerned It makes Sunbright seem incredibly thickheaded but then Emery paints Sunbright as someone of great wit in other places So Sunbright at times just seems out of character with himself At the end of the day I can say I don t ENTIRELY regret reading this book Then again my life wouldn t have been much dimmer without it If I were Emery s editor I would have told him to focus on the relationships of the characters because that s where this book could have really shined Also pick a threat They re gonna fight that Cool They re gonna fight these five other things Not so cool Maybe just stick with one of those and call it a day FOCUS That s all this books needs FOCUS


10 thoughts on “Sword Play Netheril #1

  1. says:

    A short takeThis is a fun fantasy tale that reminds me of older sword and sorcery fiction Some of Emery's twists were uite imaginative in the

  2. says:

    One of the original Realms books this story depicts the first installment of the fall of the Netheril Empire the older Faerunian race of god wizardsSunbright Steelshanks is a barbarian banished from his native tundra and trying to fi

  3. says:

    I've been reading this book for weeks and I just can't do it Maybe it's the writing style but I found this book to comedic and I just couldn't continue Maybe one day

  4. says:

    After enjoying Emery's Star Of Cursrah my favorite entry in the Lost Empires series I decided to backtrack to t

  5. says:

    At its purest Sword Play is a tale of maturation and love At its worst it's a mess of events strung together to form a story I can't help but think of the potential in this tale There IS a story somewhere in here but it's muddled by bad characterization an aimless plot that just keeps going and really really ba

  6. says:

    The first installment of author Clayton Emery’s Netheril trilogy opens with a blurb where a glob has the maiden Ruellana

  7. says:

    This is the first novel I've read that's tied directly to the Dungeons Dragons multiverse and according to the lists I found online is the first chronologically in the extensive Forgotten Realms library I think knowing beforehand how

  8. says:

    This is as average a book as you can get so it’s really 2 12 stars The plot is linear and the main forces in this book remain behind the scenes for most of this book apart from the unnecessary and over the top Neth hunti

  9. says:

    I've a have already a few books in the Forgotten Realms verse So I decided to go back and read them in chronological order

  10. says:

    Excellent read Especially if you have ever felt like a barbarian or a sympathetic superior type Candlemas and Sunbright both have given me ideas for character interactions in my own campaign for Dungeons Dragons Coincidentally I already had a character named Yanguang Which means sunshine or sunlight Oh well the